New desk set ups, 20 new clients in 1 year, 32 permanent placements, 96.2 Recruiter Insider score and a 100% can-do attitude – is it any surprise that we’re celebrating Denise Kostoulias’ promotion to Senior Consultant only 16 months after joining us.
Let’s hear about what Denise’s promotion to Senior Consultant means to her…
Congratulations Denise, tell us what does the promotion to Senior Consultant mean to you?
In short, I am over the moon. I joined Design & Build a year and a half ago, and I was challenged with growing a desk where we had no pre-existing clients. I was able to build my success from the ground up and since been promoted to a Senior Consultant, I’m stoked that my growth has been acknowledged and I’m stepping up in the right direction.
Last time we caught up with you, you were moving onto a new desk, how has your 1st quarter been on your commercial construction desk?
Excellent. I am loving Commercial Construction and it also helps that the majority of my family too work in the construction space. Prior to COVID-19 restrictions, I was able to catch up with majority of our clients and it has set up the foundations to continue assisting during an everchanging time. Now in Q4 whilst there have been astronomical changes, my clients are still hiring and seeing the benefit of keeping an eye and ear out in the market as they believe acting now will continue to set them up for future success.
Where do you want to take your career with Design & Build?
As much as I plan my goals for the future, I also enjoy riding the wave and seeing where each step takes me. As I’ve been enjoying Commercial Construction, I’d like to remain working in this sector and hopefully mentor future consultants of Design & Build. Only time will tell where I end up with D&B but maybe I’ll follow in Andy’s footsteps… I am on his original desk in the business so it could be a sign!
What advice can you give for people who are struggling with the job market just now?
Don’t undersell yourself. The market will pick back up and we’re seeing changes already. A lot of people are fearing the unknown and with the growing pressures of being unemployed, it has meant people are becoming flexible on basic salaries, job titles and overall their future goals. It’s important to keep your goals at the forefront of your career planning as you do not want to take too many steps back from where you’ve come. I would suggest for anyone struggling to find a role it’s worthwhile discussing potential salary cuts (not in your overall salary, but a percentage figure) so that it is a periodic change, not a long-term one.
“Since joining the business in December 2018 Denise has been an absolute superstar. She has not only set up a desk for us on Civil Construction, she has brought 20 new clients to the business. Made 32 permanent placements and recently joined the Commercial Construction desk where she achieved over $100k in her first full Q on the desk…. No surprises then that DK (as she is more fondly known about town!) is also currently leading the way on Recruiter Insider with 11 reviews and 5 testimonials, 69% response rate and 96.2 score so don’t just take my word for it!
Smashes the phone, builds relationships, keeps in touch, cares and I think everyone will agree with me on this one…. gives it 100% everyday! WELL DONE DK and truly deserved.”
- Kelly Harrison, NSW State Manager
If you're looking for a new role in the Commercial Construction space, why not reach out to Denise today on email@example.com to see how she could help you.
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 South-Brisbane. 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 5 years' local experience in Project Management on Commercial projects as a principal contractor Tertiary qualification in Construction/Engineering or a trade background Previously worked on at least 3 industrial projects (warehouse, data centre, etc) 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
Site Engineer required for defence projects in Brisbane. Well respected by their clients and competitors in the industry, this client offers a great opportunity for you to gain exposure to high-profile projects. Our client delivers an array of works from new builds and fit-outs, through to heritage or remediation. Their diverse portfolio is what attracts Australia's top talent and their flat line management structure is what retains them. Due to several newly awarded projects, there is an immediate need for a Site Engineer to join the team. As the Site Engineer you will be responsible for: • Managing the OH&S on site • Assisting with Project Management • QA of all works carried out • Liaising with all key stakeholders relevant to the project To be considered for the position of Site Engineer you will require: • Building and Construction Degree or relevant tertiary qualifications • Minimum of 2 years' postgraduate experience working for a principal contractor (new build, fit-out or refurbishment) • Australian Citizenship • Strong communication skills and a proven ability to meet strict deadlines • Full drivers licence as there will be travel required across Brisbane • Experience on defence projects is highly desirable 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
Design & Build are currently working with an established Fit Out and Refurbishment firm that has been in the NSW market for over 15 years. They are looking for an experienced Foreman who has a strong skill set on fit-out and refurbishment projects over $5M. This company has a very tight-knit culture and a can-do attitude who can get stuck in and enjoy what they do. As the Foreman you will be responsible for: Conducting site inductions for staff and sub-contractors Managing the sub-contractors to ensure they are fulfilling their roles and responsibilities, monitoring their performance daily in regards to safety and quality and report deficiencies to the Site Manager Assisting the Site Manager in the commissioning and handover of the project by ensuring all relevant documentation is completed and provided to the Project Manager Managing cost control for certain aspects of the project, as directed by the Site Manager, in order to ensure the project meets its required performance targets in relation to budget To be considered for the position of Foreman you will require: Minimum 4 years' experience as a Foreman or Supervisor with a trade background Experience working for a Tier 2 or Tier 3 builder Proven capability in delivering NSW Government projects Refurbishment experience highly regarded Demonstrable experience delivering projects up to $5M Proven experience of effectively manage a team including sub-contractors, in a professional manner and ensuring the longevity of relationships 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
Design and Build are working with a well-known builder that has been in operation for over 40 years. They are successful in delivering Education, Health, Retail, Residential and Fit Out projects across Australia. Due to a number of upcoming projects, there is a need for a Project Coordinator to join their team. The projects the Project Coordinator will be involved in are fit-out and refurbishment projects. As a Project Coordinator 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 QA of works carried out (on-site) To be considered for the role of Project Coordinator you will require: Minimum 2 years' postgraduate experience as a Contracts Administrator, Project Coordinator or Project Engineer for a Commercial Builder (local experience) Experience delivering fit-out, refurbishment or makegood projects Experience working on NSW Government projects highly regarded Jobpac experience essential A background with a Tier 2 or Tier 3 contractor is preferrable 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. #LI-DK1
Exclusive to Design & Build, our client is one of Sydney's leading Builder Developers and has been constructing high-rise buildings for the last 20 years. Located in the Sydney Metropolitan region, they have continuously maintained their pipeline of projects and are going through a key period of growth. They are now looking for an experienced Draftsperson to join the drafting department to work on residential and mixed-use towers. The projects typically sit around the $40M mark and can range anywhere between 5-storeys up to 20-storeys. The role will entail the production of construction documentation and details, liaison with estimators and site managers, and project coordination. As the Draftsperson you will be responsible for: Timely production of design and drawings for mixed-use building as per building Codes of Australia Liaising and coordinating with Project design/construction team, external consultants and site personnel Delivering different design stages which includes, marketing, design drafting, consultant coordination and producing construction documentation producing required documents for council approval as a part of obtaining construction certificates To be considered for the position of Draftsperson you will require: Architectural drafting qualifications Revit is a requirement - must have used this software in a previous role Proficient understating of ADG, DCP and LEP Understanding of NCC Experienced working on da/cc for apartments Understanding of the construction phase of projects and delivering on-site Willingness to work for a Developer Ability to work full time in an office as this is a permanent, full-time role Ability to start in February 2021 or alternatively as soon as possible 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