This week we are celebrating our superstar consultant, Denise Kostoulias’ 1-year anniversary with Design & Build. Throughout the last 12 months, Denise started a new desk within our Engineering team and has successfully managed to place candidates with 20 new clients due to determination and her strong work ethic.
Here she shares her achievements and highlights of the last 12 months and what’s in store for her in 2020…
So Denise, what would you say you have learned most throughout your 12 months at D&B?
I’ve learned that as long as you apply the Design & Build values to your day to day work no matter what you will get a positive outcome.
What’s been your proudest achievement so far?
Professionally, I would have to say my recruiter insider efforts. At this stage I have received over 120 reviews within 12 months from candidates and clients I am working with. I love that they’re taking time to give me feedback which helps me improve on my own internal process.
And personally, I was invited (forced) to go skydiving with the High Achievers crew at D&B and I have lived to tell the tale! (Proof in the photo below)
How has your role evolved?
My role has evolved by coming into the business with a cold area that hadn’t been targeted in the past to now being a thriving market where clients are choosing Design & Build as their preferred recruiter. I have gone from focusing on prospecting new business to being delivery-orientated for our respected partners.
What are some of your highlights from the year gone?
Honestly it would have to be simply joining this team. The culture here at Design & Build is fantastic and I’ve been lucky enough to make a few life-long friendships even with some people halfway around the world.
What’s in store for you in 2020?
Starting in 2020 I will be transitioning into a new team here at Design & Build as there was an opening to work in the thriving Commercial Construction space. I will be inheriting a desk which dates back to Andy’s (Managing Director) days in recruitment! I’m excited for the upcoming challenges next year and look forward to taking on a different market.
NSW State Manager, Kelly reflects on Denise’s soaring year with us…
“It has been a pleasure to work with Denise over the last 12 months. She is full of energy, always has a smile on her face and has an enviable work ethic! Denise has built a desk from scratch and introduced over 20 new clients to the business here at D&B. She is a consistent high achiever and genuinely cares about the welfare of her clients, candidates and colleagues alike.
Fondly known as DK… We look forward to the next 12 months working alongside you!”
If you're looking for a new role in the Commercial Construction space for the new year, why not reach out to Denise today on firstname.lastname@example.org to see what projects she has coming up in the new year!
Established 10 years ago, our client is a specialist in the Industrial Construction market delivering various builds such as Warehouses, Distribution Centres, Cold Storage Facilities and more. Originating in Melbourne, they have expanded into the NSW having successfully delivered a number of projects across Sydney. Due to organic growth and their continued success, there is an excellent opportunity for a Contracts Administrator to join their team and assist with ongoing and upcoming projects. This will be the first permanent office-based hire in the NSW division with several more upcoming roles to be added to the team. As the Contracts Administrator you will be responsible for: Preparing, collating and evaluating tender documentation (including award). Preparation of subcontractor packages, scopes, lettings, procurement schedules. Progress claim assistance and external variations. Review, negotiation and finalisation of subcontracts. Management and tracking of project expenditure, inclusive of subcontractor claim. Administration of RFIs to clients, architects and consultants. Administration of the project HSE system. To be considered for the position of Contracts Administrator you will require: Minimum 2 years' experience as a Contracts Administrator for a Head Contractor in Australia. Industrial experience preferable. Tertiary qualifications in Engineering or Construction Management. Demonstrated experience delivering Commercial projects across NSW. Knowledge of NSW construction market and subcontractors. Strong attention to detail and proven communication skills. Experience using Jobpac will be highly regarded. For any questions relating to this role please contact Denise Kostoulias on (02) 9376 8200 or click apply. Your application will be treated as strictly confidential. #LI-DK1
Exclusive to Design & Build, our client has a rare opportunity for a Design Manager to join the business to deliver various High-Rise and Mixed-Use developments. This company is a National Tier 2 Builder that delivers projects ranging from Commercial, Industrial, Correctional and more. With a fantastic name in the industry, they pride themselves on delivering projects valued up to $200M. Their workplace culture offers collaboration within a flatline management structure. Staff retention is also a key offering of the business as they pride themselves on putting people first. As the Design Manager you will be responsible for managing the delivery of construction projects from inception to completion which will include: Preparation of feasibility sketches and the initial design brief. Overseeing the delivery of DA/CDC drawing documentation. Coordinating with consultants and managing/tracking the progress of state and local authority approvals. Collaborating with the construction delivery team to find solutions that will overcome design challenges. Consulting the delivery team to meet the successful completion of projects with Australian Codes and Standards knowledge. Liaising directly with local councils to achieve outcomes and also building rapport. To be considered for the position of Design Manager you will require: Tertiary qualifications in Construction Management, Architecture, Engineering or similar. Minimum 2 years experience in a Design Management role for a principal contractor. Experience working on high-rise and mixed-use projects is essential. For any questions relating to this role or other opportunities with D&B and our clients please contact Denise Kostoulias on (02) 9376 8200 or click apply. Your application will be treated as strictly confidential. Thanks for your consideration. #LI-DK1F
Leading High-Rise Residential Builder seeks an experienced Contracts Administrator for a high-rise project located in Sydney. With a number of projects currently running, they are going through a growth phase and are awaiting their new projects to start in late September 2020. As the Contracts Administrator you will be responsible for: Preparation of subcontractor packages, scopes, lettings, procurement schedules Progress claim assistance and external variations Review, negotiation and finalisation of subcontracts Management and tracking of project expenditure, inclusive of subcontractor claim Administration of RFIs to clients, architects and consultants Administration of the project HSE system To be considered for the position of Contracts Administrator you will require: Minimum 3 years' experience as a Contracts Administrator for a high-rise builder or developer in Australia High Rise experience essential CHEOPS or Jobpac experience ideal Experience of working on Commercial/Residential projects in Australia Knowledge of NSW construction market and subcontractors Strong attention for detail and proven communication skills For any questions relating to this role or other opportunities with D&B and our clients please contact Denise Kostoulias on (02) 9376 8200 or click apply. Your application will be treated as strictly confidential. Thanks for your consideration. #LI-DK1
This award-winning construction company has been operating for over 30 years within the Property and Construction market. They are now looking for an experienced Project Manager to join their team and work on an Industrial project located in Western-Sydney. The ideal candidate will have experience working on Industrial projects valued up to $50M. As the Project Manager you will be responsible for: Project Planning, scheduling, cost control and budgeting Writing of construction program and hands-on project management delivery of work Provide good technical knowledge and commercial awareness to the client High-level planning, teamwork, communication and negotiating skills Maintaining high standards of health and safety on site Playing a lead role in an ambitious company that has sustained growth through their years in Commercial Construction To be considered for the position of Project Manager you will require: Minimum 6 years' experience in Project Management on Commercial projects as a principal contractor Tertiary qualification in Construction/Engineering or a trade background Previously worked on Industrial (warehouse) or multi-storey commercial projects Travel across NSW and when necessary interstate travel Experience running projects up to $50M in value For any questions relating to this role or other opportunities with D&B and our clients please contact Denise Kostoulias on (02) 9376 8200 or click apply. Your application will be treated as strictly confidential. Thanks for your consideration. #LI-DK1
This successful and established organisation is considered a leader within their field and due to a solid portfolio of work and continuing growth they are looking to appoint an Estimating Manager. A prominent part of this role will be successfully managing major tenders for Commercial and Mixed-Use projects within the Sydney region. As the Estimating Manager you will be responsible for: Provide co-ordination between Architect Design and final Construction Team The preparation and costing variation documentations Deal with CC, DA and OC council requirements Develop and detail projects for Structural design and check for cost savings in designs and/or construction techniques Using industry and trade knowledge ascertain if drawn proposals can be built and determine most cost-effective construction methods Negotiation for the purchasing of all materials/ trade negotiations Advise on any impact of new building regulations & standards on the products they are using or the method of construction The updating and ordering of projects in Databuild including the creation of items and recipes To be considered for the position of Estimating Manager you will require: Minimum 5 years' of experience Senior Estimating experience A thorough understanding of construction processes, purchasing and pricing for residential/commercial projects Tier 2 experience desirable Software: Buildsoft and Cubic Excellent management skills and the ability to multi-task Experience using and maintaining estimating software and databases, Working knowledge of applicable building codes English language literacy and fluency Computer proficiency with Microsoft Offices programs For any questions relating to this role or other opportunities with D&B and our clients please contact Denise Kostoulias on (02) 9376 8200 or click apply. Your application will be treated as strictly confidential. #LI-DK1