I received two questions from candidates last week that essentially led to the same set of answers.
‘I’ve never worked with a recruiter before, what do you do?’
‘I’ve also seen that role advertised by the company online, should I apply via you or apply directly?’
I could go on and on about the value I believe we represent to candidates in their recruitment journey, but here are a few questions to ask yourself, that I think will lead to insights into how we can really help you.
Firstly, how comfortable are you chasing up your application directly? Do you even know who to reach out to? Do you feel comfortable chasing up your potential new employer multiple times to get feedback on your application OR would you feel more comfortable having you’re recruiter do this on your behalf?
How much do you know about the team and role you are applying for? The hiring manager? Who they report to? What does the rest of the team look like? We work with both new and existing clients all of the time and it’s our job to know all of those answers for you and share as many insights as possible about the role you are applying for.
You’re in multiple interview processes and they are all at different stages? Are you equipped to manage the timing of outcomes? Do you want to receive a job offer two weeks before you’ve even gone through the process for the role you really want? We can help to manage this for you.
How comfortable are you negotiating your own salary? If you ask for more and the answer is no, how happy are you to push back? The likelihood is that you don’t want to piss your potential new employer off, so it can feel easier to back off.
Salary negotiation isn’t always necessary and sometimes the answer is yes and sometimes the answer is no, but would you rather someone else who is experienced at salary negotiation do this on your behalf?
Hopefully that provides some food for thought in terms of where and how we can add value to your job search. We will manage the entire end to end process on your behalf from sharing career opportunities with you, support through interview preparation to job offers and everything else in between.
Not to mention the opportunities that we work on that are exclusive to Oaktree.
If you are a Management Consultant looking for your first move to an in house role or an ex Consultant looking for their next step and would like to work with us, please get in touch with me or Asha Walsh at Oaktree Talent.
Our client is a well-funded fintech that is seeking a super smart individual to take on a senior leadership role in their company as Strategy and Business Operations Manager in Sydney or in Melbourne. We are looking for a highly skilled individual who can tackle complex, multi-faceted issues and devise innovative solutions while still being able to execute them across the organisation. This person should be an impressive all-rounder who is capable of performing daily tasks.
The client understands the importance of operational and organisational improvements. That’s why the Business Operations team was created – an internal consulting group dedicated to assessing critical projects, tackling issues, and executing solutions across the organisation.
Key Responsibilities of the role:
Optimise and create reliable processes across all aspects of the company.
Able to think critically and provide strategic answers to questions such as our operating model, new products and markets.
Streamline and improve our processes and should be detail oriented, analytical and has the ability to think outside the box.
Analyse various aspects of the operations and use those insights to help improve different parts of our business.
Responsible for projects that will allow us to expand operations into international markets.
Identify opportunities and develop innovative solutions.
Key Qualifications of the role:
You have ~1-2 years of experience at a top-tier management consulting firm, engineering firm, law firm or investment bank with a proven bias to execution
~1-2 years of experience in a similar Business Operations role at a high growth startup
Problem solving skills – you’re able to see complex problems, break them down and solve them in a logical and analytical way
Clear communication skills – you’re able to clearly articulate your thoughts to stakeholders at all levels
Transparent – you challenge respectfully, share insights freely and own your mistakes
Passionate – you’ve got high energy to build a leading insurance company
Resilient – you can stay collected and remain effective at all times
Focused – you can keep your eyes on the prize, even when there are a million competing priorities
A high achiever – you’ve always been able to generate success
If this sounds like a good challenge to you and you think you are a perfect fit, please reach out to Asha Walsh and send your CV to be considered.
Are you looking for an opportunity to take your career to the next level? Join this highly professional, collaborative, and engaging team as they revolutionize their industry. Through this role, you will have the chance to work on amazing projects that will help solve some of the business’s biggest challenges. They are looking for a Senior Strategy Manager in Melbourne to join their ambitious team.
This role will report to the Chief Strategy Officer and will assist the company and the business units in developing n defining effective strategies that will enable profitable growth for all stakeholders. To achieve this goal, the Senior Strategy Manager is expected to:
Lead the future of their strategy by participating in the annual strategy planning cycle.
Explore new business models to ensure that the company is well-positioned for success over the next 2, 3, 5 or 10 years.
Drive the team forward to deliver strategic solutions that will further strengthen our competitive edge and ensure long-term growth.
Identify key market, competitor, consumer, customer, and develop insightful market intelligence to ride in product trends to support strategic recommendations
Shape the digital consumer experience, with a focus on digital funnel management and conversion
Solve problems and develop rigorous, fact-based analysis including business cases, market sizing or other quantitative analytics to support recommendations, supported by others in the team product trends to support strategic recommendations
Communicate clear and concise recommendations to senior management and other stakeholders.
Understand the importance of working within tight deadlines while keeping projects on track.
Your Key Qualifications:
Relevant tertiary qualifications: Commerce, Finance, Law, Engineering, Accounting or Business degree
Strategic and entrepreneurial mindset and can-do attitude
Excellent analytical capability with the ability to frame and solve problems and undertake qualitative and quantitate analysis (financial modelling)
Strong verbal and written communication with experience in developing presentations and/or Board
Capable of operating in a fast-paced, dynamic environment, priorities effectively and meet deadlines
Ability to influence & build rapport, credibility & trust with internal stakeholders and able to run strategic projects and manage cross-business resources
Financial services, Real estate, and digital industry experience (highly regarded)
Demonstrated experience working in Strategy teams and/or in:
If you think you have what it takes to be a part of a collaborative team and be the forefront of this dynamic industry, this role may be for you. If you want to be considered in this position, please reach out to Asha Walsh and send your CV at firstname.lastname@example.org.
🔸 LEADERSHIP INSIGHTS 🔸 WHAT DO SOME OF THE BEST LEADERS SAY ❓
What I find most fascinating when speaking to the best people leaders around is the way in which they articulate their view of the world, and in particular, the way in which they live both their professional and personal lives. They are 100% values led and are totally congruent with what they espouse to be and how they actually show up in front of their peers, teams, stakeholders, friends and family. I’m really lucky and privileged to know a handful of these types of leaders and today I’d like to share a small piece of wisdom that Brad Whitcomb lives by.
1️⃣ Unguarded ✔
Unguarded, as a leadership attribute, embodies the willingness to be authentic, vulnerable, and open with others. Leaders who possess this quality are unafraid to show their true selves, flaws, and all. They create an atmosphere of trust and transparency, allowing their team members to feel comfortable in sharing their thoughts, ideas, and concerns. They embrace feedback, learn from their mistakes, and encourage a culture of continuous growth and improvement. This attribute fosters genuine connections and promotes an inclusive environment where everyone’s contributions are valued. Ultimately, leaders who are unguarded inspire loyalty, foster creativity, and empower their teams to achieve collective success.
2️⃣ Curiosity ✔
Curiosity is an indispensable attribute of effective leadership, fuelling innovation, growth, and transformative change. A curious leader possesses an insatiable thirst for knowledge, constantly seeking to understand the world around them. They approach challenges and opportunities with an open mind, eager to explore new perspectives and possibilities. Their inquisitive nature drives them to ask probing questions, uncover hidden insights, and challenge conventional wisdom. By fostering a culture of curiosity, leaders encourage their teams to push boundaries, take risks, and think creatively. They inspire a sense of wonder and excitement, instilling a lifelong love of learning within their organisations.
3️⃣ Gratitude ✔
Gratitude is a remarkable attribute that holds immense power in the realm of leadership. As a leader, expressing gratitude cultivates a positive and harmonious work environment, fostering stronger relationships with team members. By acknowledging and appreciating their efforts, contributions, and achievements, leaders inspire a sense of belonging and motivation within their teams. Gratitude demonstrates empathy and humility, allowing leaders to connect with their team on a deeper level and build trust. Furthermore, gratitude serves as a powerful tool to boost morale, inspire loyalty, and increase overall job satisfaction. When leaders authentically express gratitude, they not only elevate their team members’ performance but also create a positive ripple effect that permeates throughout the organisation.
This company has a strong presence in Europe, the United States, and Australia. They are looking to further expand their business in Australia and become the top player in the region. To achieve this goal, they are hiring for a Strategy Manager in Sydney to leverage their existing global resources, and increase brand recognition here in the country.
The Strategy & Development team in Sydney is responsible for keeping up with market trends, spotting potential opportunities, and managing acquisition processes. They also help local businesses develop strategies to reach their goals, as well as integrate bolt-on acquisitions into the existing operation. With their expertise in market analysis and project/acquisition management, they are the key source of guidance for our business. The role will report to the VP of Strategy & Development who heads the Sydney office.
Key responsibilities include:
Assist with large-scale investment decisions and strategy development for existing local businesses in ANZ, we analyze the macroeconomic environment.
Interact with economists and market forecasters, as well as engaging with industry contacts to determine the best course of action.
Use your expertise and insights into the current economic state
Provide an in-depth overview of the building materials sector.
Conduct a comprehensive analysis of detailed performance metrics, strategic initiatives, and current trends impacting both listed and private companies.
Track the progress of the industry, keep up on published information as well as develop an expansive network over time.
Identify growth strategies for our local operating companies, from acquiring other businesses to organic opportunities. This means staying in-the-know about the latest developments in the industry.
Oversee every step of the acquisition process, from taking proposals and coordinating valuations to performing due diligence and developing integration plans.
Provide assistance to our businesses on ad-hoc strategic projects and implementation of post-acquisition integration.
Key Qualifications include:
Undergraduate qualification in relevant quantitative based discipline such as Commerce, Engineering or Economics
Post Graduate Qualification such as an MBA or discipline-based master’s desirable but not essential
Preparing and delivering high quality strategic planning in large international corporate, management consulting, private equity, or investment banking environments
Providing analysis, research and modelling support to large clients or business units for large complex projects
Undertaking or assessing mergers, acquisitions, and divestments, including strategic rationale, valuation, due diligence and project management
Leading and / or project managing project teams
Are you an ambitious, driven individual who is looking for the opportunity of a lifetime? Apply now as a Strategy Manager in Sydney and take charge of your career. Here, you will be able to make use of your strategic skills to help drive this company forward and make an impact on their future. Send your CV to Asha Walsh at email@example.com.