We have an experienced team dedicated to filling roles in Professional Services.
These are positions which might once have been called “white-collar” roles. They often require a high level of industry-specific training and are usually office-based (although a lot of our engineers and surveyors are out in the field in work boots most of the day).
Our Professional Services team fill roles ranging from graduates, to senior practitioners, to team leaders, to specialised senior leadership. This covers everything from administration or accounts for a small family business to a role such as HR manager with an international company.
The Professional Services team is led by Kiri Burney, whose specialty is managing teams recruiting excellent candidates at warp speed.
Renee Hanley brings a wealth of experience across the spectrum, from high volume recruitment through to Senior Project Management roles experience, and is focused on recruiting for roles with salaries up to about $130,000. Renee and Kiri are supported by candidate manager Lynda Rogers.
The team maintains a carefully-curated pool of high-calibre candidates, which enables us to make swift placements with people who are a perfect fit for the role and your business.
“The regions offer some of New Zealand’s most exciting jobs,” Kiri Burney says. “We pride ourselves on capturing the best professional talent, and matching these enthusiastic candidates with the perfect role.”
Renee HanleyI 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
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
Born and raised in Wellington, my career began in the retail and business banking world, after which I moved into Leadership, Career Coaching and Training Roles. I have been fortunate in being exposed to many different divisions and business units, providing me a broad understanding of business and human resourcing needs, and allowing me to live in various locations across New Zealand. I travelled and lived abroad before deciding to settle in the beautiful Bay of Plenty in 2013.
A real highlight was my work as a career coach in one of New Zealand’s largest corporates, during a challenging time of mass redeployment and redundancies – not only was I able to make a real impact and help over a hundred people find their way through an unexpected change in their lives, but also in discovering a new pathway and mastering the steps required in the job search process. This experience became invaluable in Leadership roles that followed, allowing me to manage through change, build effective teams and motivate others to become the best they could be, by retaining my vision as a supportive, enthusiastic leader working towards the common goals of the organisation.
In 2018, I welcomed the opportunity to join the talented team at Ryan + Alexander, where I began as Candidate Manager assisting and guiding our candidates along their career pathway. Recently moving into an Associate Consultant role, where I continue to work closely with candidates as well as supporting our clients in sourcing the best suited candidate to fill their temporary positions.