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We are Competo

Team

Competo comprises of people who have turned their passion into a career. A variety of experiences, expertise, and competencies are continually being translated into bold business ideas. These are then put into practice on the basis of an ‘all for one and one for all’ principle.

Matic Vošnjak

Partner, General Manager

Main areas
  • Strategic management
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  • Business development
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  • Sales

As the architect of Competo’s success story, Matic is always, one way or another, involved in every project of the firm – but he is also first past the post when it comes to causing mischief. Matic is in charge of the company’s strategic management, our partners’ business development, sales, and guiding the team towards pursuing ambitious goals. He also runs executive management selection projects. He began his career at the GetWork project, continued as a manager of the Novelus institution, until 2007 when he was employed by an international human resources agency first as an advisor for senior management recruitment and then as a manager of executive position recruitment and selection. Matic has learnt from experience that business is all about people, though it may be cliché to say this. He uses his active listening skills, interpretation abilities, and a solution focused approach to successfully guide his team and to maintain good business relations. When his lively mind needs some rest, Matic takes some time to play beach volleyball, tennis, or goes for a run in order to redirect his thoughts from ‘aims and collaboration’ to an ‘inhale, exhale’ mindset. Works like a charm in reducing stress.

dr. Aleksander Zadel

Partner, General Manager

Main areas
  • Strategic management
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  • HR development

Dr. Aleksander Zadel, founder and director at Competo and founder of eCoaching platform Potendo, holds a PhD degree in psychology. He was a professor in the department of Biopsychology at the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies (University of Primorska). For more than 20 years he has been a mentor and coach to many Slovenian companies and leaders: he consults Slovenian and international companies on how to develop sovereign and autonomous solutions, based on their potentials and wishes in order increase personal satisfaction and efficiency. He is an established coach for business leaders, who also conducts psychological assessments and profiling.

Laura Smrekar

Partner, Head of Communications

Main areas
  • Marketing
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  • Public Relations
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  • Sales

Can you hear the fast clicking of high heels? Here comes Laura, who is in charge of marketing, PR, and leads projects with great passion and energy. As a graduate of Sinology, Laura started her career in an international employment agency, where she fell in love with human resources management. Her focus on people, perseverance, targeted orientation, and optimism are why Laura always does an excellent job. She enjoys sports and never runs out of motivation, loves cookery and great food, especially after a workout, but is happiest in the company of family and her four-legged friends. Despite several spilled cups of coffee and our hurried missions to save Laura’s documents, we cherish those stains as mementos of her whimsical office adventures.

Tina Novak Kač

Partner, Head of Sales

Main areas
  • Sales
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  • Business development
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  • Marketing

Many would roll their eyes at the sight of her busy and varied timetable, but Tina, Head of Sales, only smiles back. Attending meetings, meeting new people, and hearing interesting business stories make up the fabric of her ideal working day. Although she has a Master’s in Communication, she directed her career to sales – first at a business media agency and later at one of the biggest Slovene media magnates. Her career path led her all the way to South Africa, until she joined the Competo team in 2015. As a persistent and goal-orientated optimist, Tina believes in the goodness of people and knows that the right team will complete even the most challenging of projects. Tina makes sure that both her work and leisure timetables are ‘blazing’, as she spends her free time doing hot yoga, running with her hair blowing in the wind and sailing the seas.

Blaž Bejek

Senior Executive Search Consultant

Main areas
  • Production
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  • Development and technology
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  • Logistics, supply chain, and maintenance

When niche expertise in engineering, chemistry, logistics, and other scientific areas is required, Blaž saves the day. As an engineer in the textile industry, a graduate of Economics, and a former manager of production, Blaž is in full charge of Competo’s Search and Selection services as well as of managing projects for specific technical/managerial and professional positions. What guarantees satisfaction to both his clients and his candidates are Blaž’s attention to detail, integrity, and timely manner, alongside his experience of managing a group of people in the production process. Working with him brings pleasure to all but especially to his colleagues, who chuckle or even burst out laughing at his witty remarks. Blaž spends his spare time playing the guitar, working outdoors, and riding his motorcycle on Slovenia’s beautiful and winding roads.

Jasna Benko Živec

Senior Executive Search Consultant

Main areas
  • Pharmacy and medicine
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  • Marketing and sales
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  • HR

Competo’s members often discuss doctors and medication with Jasna, luckily not because of any illnesses in the team, but because of Jasna’s focus on pharmaceutical and medical projects. Sometimes we joke that she is more persistent and tenacious than a virus, because Jasna’s stubbornness, resourcefulness, and optimism give rise to satisfied clients and candidates, who often seek her advice even after the project was completed. Jasna began her career in an international HR agency as an undergraduate student of HR and after completing her course she took on the challenge of joining Competo’s founding team. She also took an important role of leading our talent sourcing team. Her hobbies and coffee dates have recently been replaced by cooing talks and games, because Jasna spends most of her free time with the newest addition to the family.

Nataša Tovornik

Senior Consultant

Main areas
  • Top management
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  • Finance industry
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  • strategic HR consulting

Seneca’s quote above is what inspires Nataša’s work. She assists our partners in establishing HR processes, recruiting suitable colleagues, and implementing methods of collaboration that facilitate the achievement of strategic objectives. She has a degree in Economics, but extended her knowledge at the University of St. Gallen and University of Vienna. She gained hands-on experience as an assistant, conducting audits in the Ernst & Young branch in Zurich. After she had returned to Slovenia, she first started working in IT advisory services and was later employed by Sparkasse Bank as a manager of HR services and retail banking. In 2010, Nataša launched her career as an independent consultant and coach, collaborating with Competo as senior consultant at senior management recruitment and HR consultancy services.

Miha Novak

Senior Executive Search Consultant

Main areas
  • Electric power industry
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  • Energetics
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  • IT technology

When it comes to recruitment and selection of the best candidates for positions in the electric power industry, energetics, and IT technologies, we always turn to Miha, who graduated in Electrical Engineering. He gained rich experience in designing and managing process automation systems and running projects to provide specialised solutions in efficient energy use. This allows Miha to apply his professional expertise in the process of selection and creating a perfect fit between the candidate and the employer. Miha soon assumed the role of technical director for these areas. As part of his independent business career, Miha cooperated in international engineering projects, working on construction of electrical substations and power lines. Despite the fact that we sometimes exchange puzzled and anxious glances, when his interviews last a long time, we always calm down in the end, knowing that another successful collaboration will take place.

Nina Ivančič

Consultant and psychologist

Main areas
  • Psychological profiling
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  • Organisational psychology
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  • HR diagnostics and team development

When Nina knocks on our doors, we either have to participate in a psychological evaluation questionnaire that she is currently developing or play a game of table tennis that we will most certainly lose. We analyse all the results of the psychological evaluations of our candidates using Nina’s professional psychological screens. These enable us to select the best co-workers for our clients, based not only on their education and employment history, but also on their skills, competencies, and personality traits. Her curiosity and audacity inspire Nina’s work, but when we add her passion for understanding people and their nature to the equation, we get meticulous and carefully outlined psychological analyses. Her love for research expands past the office door; Nina spends her spare time reading, working out, and developing her creative ideas. She is currently working on a 3D animated cartoon, for which she wrote the story and the screenplay. Yes, she still watches cartoons!

Alja Zadel

Administration

Main areas
  • Organization
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  • Work administration

Alja is responsible for communication between potential customers of our services and our providers. She makes sure the director always has a full calendar and employees have their own TRR account, every 15th of the month. At the same time, she ensures that the invoices are settled so that the employees’ paths run smoothly and that they do not run out of good will at work. She is a graduate economist, who, however, has long gone into purely other directions. Her hearth has always been in working with people – therefore she started working within the human resources field. In the spare time she is also a taxi mama, hypnotist, reflex stump and aromatherapy.

Ana Domenis Cankar

Psychologist and Senior Consultant

Main areas
  • Psychological profiling
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  • HR development
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  • e-coaching

Ana is a university graduate psychologist who has always been interested in the hidden potential of people – in particular, how people can empower themselves to exploit these potentials in the direction of greater professional and life satisfaction. She is the one that covers a variety of projects within the field of HR development, from the implementation of workshops, designing of the competence models, profiling and coaching. Her orientation towards people, operability, tolerance and adaptability enable her to cope with many challenges at work. Her biggest disadvantage is the use of social networks or other modern applications. If you share a work desk with her, you can quickly notice that you run out of space because of her very creative organization of work surfaces. She also enjoys walks in the nature, old town houses and colorful people in towns. She likes to move her hips in the oriental rhythms and in the evening calming her over-thinking mind with meditation.

Katja Bedenik

Customer Relationship Specialist

Main areas
Because she specialises in multitasking, Katja is in charge of both project management and sales in Competo. She started gaining her experiences by managing an office as an administration secretary, working as part of an HR agency for executive management recruitment, until she joined Competo. Katja is friendly, communicative, and always determined to make her clients happy. She is often chased away from the office at the need of her golden retriever, who waits for Katja at home and brings her joy and pleasure, but also elicits so much happiness whenever she visits our office.

Klara Zavrl

Outplacement Programme Manager

Main areas
  • Outplacement
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  • Career programmes
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  • Recruitment strategy

Klara is in charge of our outplacement programmes and a new programme “MY Career in Slovenia” designed for foreigners looking for career challenges in Slovenia . She makes sure we are familiar with the latest technology trends and software solutions.

Ana Gabršček

Communications Associate

Main areas
  • Communications
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  • HR Consulting
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  • Event Management

Ana is in charge of various things connected to communication and HR consulting. She makes sure that everyone who comes into contact with Competo experiences the passion for a better future of work that emanates from the offices at Livarska Street. Ana integrates her knowledge of human resources management, marketing communication, and public relations, which she has acquired during her studies, into brilliant communication and HR ideas. She is an active member of various associations. Previously, Ana gained experience as a journalist, as head of PR services for a variety of projects, and as an assistant in designing communication schemes for the world of science. While at work, Ana swears by her resourcefulness, flexibility, and curiosity.  Come rain or shine, you will always see Ana running errands or following a longer route on foot.

Maša Budnar Radilović

Executive search consultant

Main areas

When entering Competo offices, the first »hello« and a friendly smile surely comes from Maša, our Office Manager. Maša makes sure that everyone (including candidates, clients and Competo team) feels welcome and at home at Livarska 12. She strives for excellence, efficiency and timeliness and is known for staying calm and focused even in most stressful situations. We are very proud of her Event Management super powers: she co-authored an Event Management manual (Event from A to Z), was one of the finalists of Best Event Award competition and regularly shares her knowledge on international conferences. Thanks to her two young ones, her free time is soaked with Legos, reading books and playing hide-and-seek. She enjoys spending time with her husband, hanging out with friends and traveling. Even though she can rarely be seen wearing trousers in the office, she definitely puts them on when it comes to managing stresful situations and we are more than thankful for that!

Maša Žilevski

Psychologist and Consultant

Main areas
  • Psychological profiling
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  • HR development
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  • e-coaching

Imagine Competo as a royal court. And as every royalty needs it’s jester, we have one too. It’s Maša, who is actively trying to find a way how to make jester a part of future of work. When she does put her cap and bells off, she is a part of HR development team. She is a part of our team buildings, assessment centres, workshops… She implements psychological assessments and is a part of Potendo team in which she works as a content creator. She is upgrading her psychological knowledge in field of Reality Therapy as she strives to one day become a psychotherapist.

Manca Grom

Psychologist and Consultant

Main areas
  • Psychological profiling
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  • HR development
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  • e-coaching

During the course of her studies she has been taken over the adult developmental psychology and the introduction of digitalization into the field of mental health and HR development. She especially enjoys in the preparation of workshops, team buildings and assessment centers, where she can realize her creative ideas and plans to carry them out until the very last detail. When she was little she wanted to be a theater actress in order to learn how you can »get in the head« of other people and later found that psychology is a quite good approximation to this idea. Her greatest strenght at work is her constant desire for development and curiosity, which is why she also likes to look outside her field of work, whereas her perseverance and efficiency help her to carry out things as well as it goes. She likes to work with people and helping them and has always a fun version from the series or song lyrics in store for her colleagues. She spents her fre time visiting loud concerts, exploring the stories of art history, spreading her horizons and takes hedonistic escapes at home.

Barbara Bungič Holešek

Talent recruiter

Main areas
  • Research and recruitment

When you enter Competo’s offices, Barbara, our talent recruiter, will be one of the first to great you and give you an encouraging smile. It was her upskilling at HR conferences that inspired Barbara, a law graduate, to work in HR and join Competo’s forces. Barbara takes advantage of the quiet moments in the office by researching the employment market with great detail. She will not rest until she finds an exquisite group of candidates for our clients. She devotes all her spare time to reading, baking, and hanging around with friends, but if she gets the chance, she will escape to the seaside.

Zala Hovnik

Talent Recruiter

Main areas
  • Research and recruitment

As the newest member of Competo’s specialist team for talent recruitment, Zala also prides herself on many talents. She has learnt how to communicate with different generations of people during her studies in Social Work, her placements working with the elderly, and her voluntary work at a care home in Ljubljana. Previously, Zala was employed as an independent business owner, working under pressure in a variety of sectors. Her dialect from the Carinthia region added the missing piece to the diversity of Competo’s team. Her friends say she can be critical of others, but is mostly hard on herself. She likes travelling, attending concerts, and adores going to the seaside every summer, where she enjoys the sun and indulges in reading books.

Pia Lucija Kos

Psychology student

Main areas
  • Psychometric profiling
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  • People development
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  • Team building

Pia finished her diploma in Biopsychology and continues to explore areas of organisational psychology, brain functions and body responses. Whenever she walks into our offices, she’s ready to learn and take up new challenges, whether it is a new psychometric test, team-building or report. »Step by step« is her life motto. When it comes to free time, she’s an outdoor girl: in love with skiing during cold winters and enjoying windsurfing during summers.

Blue

Chief Energy Officer

Main areas

Blue became a Competo team member in August 2017. He is very lively, temperamental, entertaining, but also very kind, bright, brave, and extremely self-confident. He loves being outdoors on long walks and playing with his other four-legged friends. Despite his small size, Blue has got the nature of a large dog and is not easily scared. His charm and playfulness make Competo’s team and our visitors happy. From time to time, he gets into mischief and then makes our day. Blue is our source of energy, laughter, and good company.

Our outcomes in numbers

1st in Slovenia

in the executive search business

822

psychological tests in 2017

600+

interviews

Our culture

We value relationships and atmosphere in our team. We try to make the best out of every get-together activity.

Competo interviews

Petra Novak

I often observe that companies are not flexible at all when hiring: they want a very specific candidate according to education and professional experience. Focusing only on that they forget, that people are very complex and that these are not the only factors affecting work. I believe motivation, values and learning ambitions do not get enough attention even though these factors are very often the reason of dissatisfaction.