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
This progressive Local Council is seeking a suitably qualified and experienced professional to join the Governance Department as Risk Management Officer. Reporting to the Risk Coordinator, you will be responsible for ensuring that the organisation is compliant with its obligations under the Local Government Act 2020, Local Government Act 1989, Local Government regulations and other relevant legislation. Management experience in the main functional elements of this position are:- Risk Management Freedom of Information and Privacy Legislative compliance Insurance Audit and Risk Committee, and; Service delivery standards and continuous improvement frameworks. You will have tertiary qualifications in Risk Management, Business Management, Law or a related discipline or a willingness to progress towards a formal qualification, and experience in leading corporate based governance, compliance and risk management. You will have sound verbal and written communication skills; with the ability to write reports and confidence to present to Council, excellent customer support skills, desire to achieve results and the ability to gain co-operation and assistance from other staff within the organisation. The position is full time, and based at our main office in Leongatha (with ability to work remotely if required due to COVID19 risks and restrictions). Apply below and for a Position Description all enquiries to Paul Gleeson - firstname.lastname@example.org;
Public Sector People is proudly and exclusively partnering with City of Monash to appoint a Manager Workplace Relations and Payroll that reports directly to the Executive Manager, People and Culture. The role will have direct oversight of a small team of Human Resources and Payroll professionals. The role will manage all workplace relations matters, operationally and strategically, including the City of Monash Enterprise Agreement. The role will also oversee the effective delivery of a progressive and compliant Employment Contracts Framework and the Human Resources Policy and Procedure Framework. The role will deputise for the Executive Director as required and will focus on core attributes: People leadership and management, Employee and Industrial Relations (IR), Payroll and Audit and Risk Management, and Reporting, delivery of key projects and general HR support. To be considered for the role, you will hold a relevant tertiary qualification in Human Resources Management, and/or qualifications or relevant experience. It will be essential that you have: Significant experience in leading a similar team with workplace relations expertise and hands on experience managing an Enterprise Agreement end to end, Experience overseeing and managing hands on complex employee and industrial relations matters, Demonstrated experience managing a diverse portfolio including payroll, reporting and risk management, An ability to respond to key priorities as they arise while maintaining core operations, Highly developed stakeholder management and relationship building skills, An ability to flex operational detail with big picture thinking, Exceptional team working and collaboration skills organisational wide, An ability to thrive in a fast paced and complex work environment, Local government knowledge and experience is highly advantageous. Furthermore, you will possess confident personal presentation and communication skills with the ability to influence and engage diverse and senior stakeholders. You have the capacity to work under pressure, be agile and adept to change with a ‘can-do’ attitude. You also possess an ability to deal with the detail, with the bigger picture in mind and appreciate diversity and inclusion. The commencement of the role will be based upon the status COVID-19 Government Safety guidelines. Relevant probity checks will be required. Public Sector People has been Retained as an exclusive recruitment partner for this assignment and any direct applicants to City of Monash will be referred to PSP to be included in the recruitment process. Applications close Sunday 18th July, 2021. Register your application online and to obtain a ‘Candidate Information Pack’ contact: Paul Gleeson (Business Leader - Search & Selection Practice). E – email@example.com
Public Sector People is proudly and exclusively partnering with Frankston City Council to appoint a permanent role as Coordinator Governance. Sitting within the Corporate Development Directorate, and reporting directly to the Manager Governance and Information, this exciting role will have a clear mandate across key business for: Lead the Governance Service Unit, which comprises of Governance, Councillor Support Team and Cemetery Team, building a team culture that aligns with Council’s priorities for the community, Coordinate Governance services to the organisation and Council, ensuring compliance and sound governance practices are in place, Deliver key governance and legislative obligations, providing advice, developing policies, and delivering governance projects, Whilst directly leading business unit Team Leaders and their passionate team, your role will be to ensure: Governance and Legislative obligations for the council, Coordinate Councillor Induction and ongoing programs, Oversee the administration of Frankston Memorial Park, and Other organisational responsibilities. 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 key stakeholders. To be considered for the role, you will ideally hold a bachelor’s degree in law, business or similar and working knowledge in Local Councils will be essential. You will require for the position: Excellent understanding of Local Government ideally in an operating environment, You may have sound experience in a Governance Officer role and be looking for the next step, Proven knowledge in legislation and the impending changes to the LG Act Sound management skills with the ability to provide leadership and motivation to a team, Demonstrated knowledge and skills in the Microsoft suite of applications, Understanding of and/or experience in maintaining and monitoring systems, Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and Strong problem solving with strategic thinking and sound judgement. A current driver’s licence and relevant probity checks will be required. The commencement of the role will be in-line with the status COVID-19 Government Safety guidelines. Flexible working arrangements will be place, and as this is a leadership role, the successful candidate will be required to do a 3 x Office / 2 x WFH working week. Public Sector People has been retained again as an Exclusive recruitment partner for this assignment and direct applications to Frankston City Council will be forward to Public Sector People for consideration. This role has been re-advertised, previous applicants need not apply. Applications close Sunday 18th July, 2021. Please register your application online and to obtain a ‘Candidate Information Pack’ contact: Paul Gleeson (Business Leader - Search & Selection Practice). E – firstname.lastname@example.org