David Sarafa

President / Practice Leader, Variant Partners
David Sarafa is the President of Variant Partners but also has his own search practice. He is part of our Manufacturing/Automotive Specialty Area which was established when the company was founded. David’s unique background in this industry enables him to gain a much deeper understanding of what is needed for the roles his team works on, and the expertise of the people they work with. David is fortunate to have a strong team working with him that he has been able to share his knowledge and experience with. This enables them to provide the right insight and understanding about opportunities with detailed knowledge of the qualifications needed to be successful in any one role.

Here are some highlights of David’s background:
- BSME and MBA (with an emphasis on organizational behavior) from the University of Michigan
- 15+ years of progressive professional recruiting experience at Variant Partners
- A year of experience working for PricewaterhouseCoopers in change strategy
-8 years working for a Tier 1 Automotive Supplier holding five progressive roles across four functional areas

David and his team work in the following specialty and practice areas:

Manufacturing
- Automotive
- Industrial
- Recreational Vehicle

Placements by Discipline
- Engineering 25%
- Sales & Marketing 25%
- Program Management 13%
- Plant 12%
- Other: Finance, HR, Purchasing, Quality 24%
  • Strengths
  • Automotive
  • Software Design & Development
  • Recent Placements
  • UI Developer - MI
  • Senior Staff Engineer - MI
  • Vice President of Engineering & Program Management - OH