The Public Sector is a vast and significant portion of the Australian job market, which covers multiple industries each with their own specific knowledge and skills. This is why at Public Sector People, we have a number of consultants who specialise on recruiting for these particular industries- whether Finance and HR or Construction and Engineering. By focusing on one or two disciplines, our consultants can absorb and develop an extensive knowledge on the market and know what organisations are looking for when hiring new talent and ensuring they are matching candidates to the roles that will best match their needs.
One of our key consultants for who is responsible for finding and securing new talent for management level roles across the public sector and local government is Paul Gleeson. We’ve provided a little more information on how Paul recruits for clients based on the specific criteria they provide him and his unique understanding of the industry. He also shares the steps to building strong relationships with both clients and candidates throughout the recruitment process and the current roles he has available.
Can you explain your role at Public Sector People?
I am a business leader at Public Sector People, heading up our Search & Selection Practice.
What are the types of positions you recruit for?
The typical roles I recruit for range from mid-level technical roles to executive senior roles across both Water Authorities and Local Councils (Government).
For active jobseekers, what are the key things your successful applicants have in common?
A strong common thread is the technical background amongst many candidates. In particular, candidates who have degrees in Engineering, Environmental or Science backgrounds. Practical work experience across Industry, Engineering Consultancies and Water Authorities/Councils is also very typical with successful applicants.
You work exclusively with clients to help them recruit for new roles. Can you explain this process further and the commitment and service you provide the clients you work with?
All roles that I recruit for are under a retained exclusive agreement with our clients. This ensures a strong commitment on for both parties in the process, and it also provides our clients to work closely with them on key projects that will eventually be beneficial to their business – i.e. finding great talent.
My search processes include targeting key prospective candidates in the market that have backgrounds aligned to the core requirements of the role, and maybe interested in an open/confidential discussion. Furthermore, through my fifteen years’ experience, I have found ‘good people are always happy to refer good people’ for opportunities. So, I spend a lot of my time building and forging partnerships and relationships across the sector to assist as many people as possible for their future career moves.
What commitment will you make to the active job seekers you choose to work with?
I aim to keep my candidates informed as much as possible through-out the recruitment process. One of the biggest issues our industry constantly faces is candidates complaining they never hear back from applications, or of not being kept up to date on the recruitment process. Communication and remaining transparent is an area of the process that is really important, and a simple phone call or email to provide an update, is not only essential, but courteous in my mind.
Why is the aftercare stage so important in the recruitment process- especially within search & selection for these management-level roles?
Our aftercare is vital in Search & Selection as it aids both the client and candidates time to help settle in from the recruitment process, through to onboarding. Sometimes, long notice periods are required, and hence delayed start dates can take up to 4 to 6 weeks in most cases, from the time a candidate accepts the role until their commence date. So, during this phase I contact both clients and the candidate weekly and maintain this throughout the first 3 to 6 months, until the candidate has settled well into their new role.
I recently completed two major assignments with South East Water. First was a Group Manager – Strategic Asset Management role and the second and Integrated Water Manager Engineer position. Both positions were complex in nature and required a specific targeted search to market.
I am also currently in the middle of three roles with City West Water – Major Government Works Team Leader, Project Delivery Team Leader and Senior Project Manager. Again, because the roles are technical in nature and quite specific to City West Water, I conducted a dual targeted mapping and search process, complimented with a strong external advertising campaign.
With the roles above, we also included all internal employee applications and put them through a comprehensive and transparent recruitment process that aims to reduce any internal conscious or unconscious bias, to ensure they were afforded the best chance of success in the process as well as the external candidates.
To find out more about any of the roles listed above, or to reach out to Paul for a confidential chat about the upcoming opportunities for management level roles within both local council and water authorities, you can contact him at:
Phone: 0420 979 409
Public Sector People is proudly and exclusively partnering with South East Water to appoint an exciting opportunity as Design Manager – Strategic Asset Management. Reporting directly to the Group Manager Strategic Asset Management, the role will have a clear mandate for the overall management of the design and estimating support for the Liveable Water Solutions group. Regarded as a key People Leader within the business, the role will focus on the development of product requirements and design standards for South East Waters capital works projects. Critical to success, you will:- Lead a team of 6-8 direct reports. oversee design and estimation for the group, develop technical expertise and design support, manage internal and external auditing processes, control budgetary requirements, contribute to business case development, tenders, and work order bids, manage compliance and ongoing standards to adhere to relevant codes, oversee processes to drive continuous improvements and consistently promote and drive a culture of safety for South East Water. To be considered for the role, you will hold Tertiary qualifications in Engineering, Science or Asset Management with planning and design of water related assets regarded as essential. Ideally you will be a Chartered Professional Engineer (CP Eng) or equivalent as recognised by Engineers Australia. To be considered for an interview, you must be able to:- demonstrate your experience in risk management methodologies, possess strong people management capabilities, and lead a team of professionals to deliver key projects with favourable outcomes. Furthermore, with your design management skills you possess an understanding of the infrastructure asset project lifecycle, asset creation and delivery of capital works in the water industry will be essential. You will exert high-level influencing and negotiations skills, problem solving and the ability to be agile with sound industry legislative knowledge, all with a clear focus for customer outcomes. Applications close Sunday 14th March 2021. Public Sector People has been Retained as an exclusive recruitment partner for this assignment. All enquiries to Paul Gleeson – email@example.com or M - 0420 979 409
Public Sector People is proudly and exclusively partnering with Alpine Shire Council to appoint a Manager Planning and Amenity. Reporting directly to the Director Corporate, this exciting role will have a clear mandate across key business functions including Strategic and Statutory Planning, Regulatory Compliance and Local Laws, Building Services, Environmental Health and other projects as needed. Whilst leading a high-performing and passionate team, your role will be to ensure legislative obligations are met and that systems, processes and culture continue to develop to create a safe and well-planned municipality. Furthermore, you will look to streamline processes to reduce complexity, and leading from the front providing exceptional customer service. With your positive and enthusiastic personality, you be adaptive, flexible and agile with your approach to the role, be willing to embrace change and open to working collaboratively across other councils and key stakeholders as required. To be considered for the role, you will hold a relevant tertiary qualification in either Town Planning, Environmental Health, Building Services or a related discipline. You will need to demonstrate your proven ability to develop plans, policies, and performance criteria. Coupled with competency in the use of relevant technology, excellent written and verbal communication skills and a sound understand of risk management principle and practices. The ability to people lead and manage a team with strong problem solving, strategic thinking and sound judgement capabilities will be essential. A current driver’s licence will be required as well as probity checks. The commencement of the role will be based upon the status COVID-19 Government Safety guidelines. Applications close Sunday 14th March 2021. Public Sector People has been Retained as an exclusive recruitment partner for this assignment. All enquiries to:- Paul Gleeson – firstname.lastname@example.org or M - 0420 979 409