Ryan + Alexander is a recruitment agency in Tauranga with a difference. We’ve chosen to focus all of our international-level expertise squarely on regional New Zealand and our success shows that we understand client expectations and work hard to exceed them. R+A is multi-disciplinary and our team have a breadth of expertise across disciplines and industries and therefore Ryan+Alexander is able to cover the full breadth of roles; temporary, contract or permanent, from entry-level to Executive Management. This is what we mean when we say we’re a ‘full-service’ recruitment agency. Our Tauranga-based job employment agency is renowned for its approachable and friendly atmosphere, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t conscious of the value of your time. Working with us will never be onerous; our aim is to be excellent to do business with and to keep our dealings with clients and recruits as straightforward and efficient as possible.
Shari HammondOffice Manager
Renee HanleySenior Consultant
Lynda RogersCandidate Manager
As head of Ryan + Alexander’s executive search function, I run a rigorous recruitment process. Over the past three years, we have placed recruits of the highest calibre in to a number of impressive roles across regional New Zealand. Our clients include Robotics Plus, Hancock Forest Management and Comvita.
Executive search is my speciality. I have developed a keen instinct for recognising individuals with international-standard expertise who will fit, and thrive, in regional New Zealand. Throughout my 16 year career, I have helped large corporates fill senior roles in London, Singapore, China, Italy, the US and various points between. I have specialised across a number of sectors, including financial services and agribusiness, and been tasked with responsibility for placing senior executives in roles such as CEO, operations and general management.
I was born in Invercargill and raised in Rotorua but have lived and worked around the world – from Japan, to the United Kingdom, to Holland. I returned to the Bay of Plenty in 2013, with my husband and two boys in tow, to work for Zespri International. I managed the company’s mid- to executive-level global recruitment and further honed my instinct for the attributes which set outstanding candidates aside from the pack. In 2016, I left Zespri, and Kiri and I founded Ryan and Alexander Consultancy.
Examples of local clients I have worked with:
- Zespri International
- Planttech Research Institute
- Addiction Foods
- Jace Group
I head Ryan + Alexander’s professional services function and I love nothing more than partnering with clients to find people that will help their business thrive, and, on the flip side, helping candidates understand what opportunities are out there and find their next great career move.
Since launching Ryan + Alexander with Bernadette in 2016, I have helped place countless candidates in to great roles across the Bay of Plenty.
Our clients include
- Robotics Plus
- Classic Builders
I developed a talent for professional services recruitment when managing a fast-paced temp desk in the United Kingdom. I have a reputation for making great job placements at speed.
On return to New Zealand, I landed a role with Madison Recruitment in Auckland. I managed a dual recruitment desk and 10 consultants. We worked at a furious pace, ranging across a variety of sectors, including public health and finance. Though we worked swiftly, I took pride in my team’s reputation for thorough checks and thoughtful, effective matching.
After a short stint in Nelson, my husband was transferred to Tauranga, and we jumped at the opportunity to move our family to the Bay of Plenty. I set up a local offering for Madison and, after maternity leave with my third child, co-founded Ryan + Alexander.
While I got my start in recruitment in the centre of London, I’m a farm girl at heart. I grew up on a dairy farm in a small town in the mighty Waikato, and I really enjoy connecting with our many agribusiness clients.
Examples of clients I have worked with:
- Classic Builders
- BOP Regional Council
- Robotics Plus
- Plus Group
I was born in Thames and, like Kiri, I grew up on a dairy farm and commenced my career as a banking consultant in the Rural Bank when I was 17. I had a varied career across banking and real estate and then, after the completion of my Bachelor’s degree which I completed while working full-time, I moved into an FMCG Territory Manager based in Auckland. My OE was calling and I too ‘fell into recruitment’ working for a boutique recruitment agency specialising in investment banking support staff and working on the temporary desk as a consultant. My husband and I returned to Tauranga, where he is from and I worked for a global recruiter, achieving the top 10 consultant in the world status in 2008. I moved to Zespri where I worked across nearly every team over a six year period. Now, having school-age children, I love the flexibility around school hours and I feel I can bring all of my skills learned over the last 24 years to contribute to the success of R+A and the local region.
I have worked both in New Zealand and the UK, and am a qualified librarian with several years of experience in research, information and library roles across different sectors, including law and higher education.
During my time in London I worked in the research division of a global Executive Search firm, specialising in finance and investment banking. My husband and I then had the opportunity to follow our roots to Scotland and work at the University of St Andrews.
Upon returning to New Zealand, I spent five years working at the University of Auckland Library. This included working with colleagues on developing and providing new services for researchers. Following parental leave, I embarked on some contract and part-time roles, including librarian for a barristers’ chambers, and research and sourcing for Convergence Partners in Auckland. I have always had an interest in supporting and enabling people to develop their careers and completed a postgraduate certificate in career development through AUT in 2016.
I’m originally from Auckland but moved to the beautiful Bay of Plenty in 2018 with my husband and son. Since moving to the Bay I am enjoying discovering more about industry in the region and working with the team at Ryan + Alexander.
I started my professional life whilst travelling the world on my OE. I was based in London and Dublin for nearly three years, working in the fast-paced world of Investment Banking.
On returning to New Zealand, I fell into recruitment at Madison Recruitment. My formative recruitment years were in the Contact Centre team, where we did temp and perm recruitment and the team were often juggling 100+ roles at any one time. I spent some time managing this team before moving into a role as a Technical Recruitment Consultant. In this role, I had my first taste of search and strategic sourcing, recruiting difficult to find roles, both in the local and offshore markets. I had my first child and Madison were excellent at supporting my return to work and I worked part-time over the next couple of years while I had my two children. 13 years later, it was time to leave Madison and try my hand at internal recruitment.
Since early 2016, I’ve worked at Downer NZ as a Senior Consultant managing a team of three recruitment consultants and looking after a portfolio of senior technical positions in the transport services sector. This role involved working as a business partner with various stakeholders and strategic sourcing of some extremely hard to fill roles.
I was born in Auckland and lived there most of my life. But in January 2018, my family was seeking a lifestyle change so we decided to move to the sunny Bay of Plenty where I continued to work for Downer NZ up until recently. A small world it is, and I re-connected with my old Madison colleagues, Bernadette and Kiri, and before I knew it I was heading back to agency recruitment with R+A. I’m excited about being part of this small boutique – yet growing – recruitment agency and embedding myself in the local recruitment market in the BOP.
Examples of clients I have worked with:
- Downer NZ
- Auckland Council
- Hamilton City Council
- Southern Cross Healthcare
- Coca Cola
- Tower Insurance
- Opus Consultants
- 2 Degrees
Throughout my career I have worked mostly within the banking industry. I started in retail banking and worked my way up to leadership, career coaching and training. I have been fortunate to work across many different divisions and locations. I was born in Wellington but work and life took me to a number of locations across New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. In 2013, I settled in the Bay of Plenty with my husband and son, working as a relationship manager for ANZ.
I now bring my diverse skill range to Ryan + Alexander. As candidate manager, I support candidates in their career journey and work hard find the best fit for candidate and client alike.