Meet Blair, our newest addition to the Melbourne team. Blair will be focusing on maintaining Design & Build’s strong client and candidate networks within Victoria, as well as leading the growth and development of our brand in both the South Australian and Western Australian region. Blair brings with him a wealth of experience, having worked within multi-disciplinary recruitment both in Australia and internationally for over 16 years. We caught up with Blair (virtually) to find out a little more about him and why he chose to work with Design & Build...
What was it that attracted you to join Design & Build?
Passionate leadership, a very strong brand and a commitment to becoming the most trusted recruitment agency in Australia.
What does Building Trust mean to you?
Forming genuine partnerships with clients, candidates & colleagues by doing exactly what you say you will do. Consulting effectively to our industry and adding value at all levels.
What can you bring to the Design & Build team?
Multidisciplinary recruitment experience across Australia. Strong client and candidate networks and a commitment to grow the business by doing the right thing by our employees, clients and candidates.
You’ve had a lot of experience recruiting in the Engineering, Manufacturing and Infrastructure sectors. What first drew you to these particular areas and what opportunities do you think they can hold for Design & Build moving forward?
I was drawn to these sectors as they have such a great impact on the cities we live in and their landscapes. I love that we get to play a role in city shaping civil infrastructure & building projects. The opportunities for Design & Build are wide reaching. In the short term our focus is of course, to continue to deliver to our long-term clients. In the medium term we will be enhancing our client network in underdeveloped but essential areas of the engineering and infrastructure space Australia wide.
As State Manager, you’ll be looking after recruitment in WA, SA and VIC. What are you hoping to achieve/focus on when developing these regions?
I’m fortunate that the role I have to play locally is to continue to build upon an already strong brand. Work with our long-term clients and candidates to deliver against their requirements. We will also be focused on developing and growing our team to keep up with the needs of new clients as we establish ourselves in new sectors. With regards to SA & WA we will initially be focussing on supporting current clients with projects in these states by growing our candidate networks. In time I would certainly like to see a physical Design & Build presence in South Australia & Western Australia.
What would you say is your proudest accomplishment?
My family. The benefit of working at home for 6 months has undoubtedly been spending time with my 1-year old daughter, 3-year-old son and watching my wife take whatever the day throws at her in her stride. Truly awe inspiring given the scale of destruction two young children can cause when your back is turned for 30 seconds!
What is your biggest fear?
Heights, almost all Australian animals and Tottenham Hotspur not winning the premier league in my lifetime.
If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
Noosa. If I had to leave Melbourne of course.
What motivates you to work hard?
My family & professional pride and development.
Design and Build are proud to be working on behalf of Australias premier contractor to source an experienced contract administrator. Our client Globally respected tier one contractor Multi billion dollar pipeline of Victorian work Industry best training and development program clear promotiion path and incredible project completion bonuses The role Front end sub contractor negotiation Procurement management on site contractor package management management of client contract / relationship The project(s) $700m CBD commercial tower 2.5 Year timeline High profile client and incoming tennant or $200m federal project multiyear project with first deliverables this year Rapid turnaround for subbie selection and procurement The experience /background required 5 Years in the tier one / two space demonstrable track record of progression Excellent sub contractor relationships Procurement management experience Large scale subbie package management client interface experience with sizeable developers Degree in QS or constuction management
Automation Project Engineer - 2 year contract Our client, a leading Steel manufacturing company are looking to recruit a Senior Automation Engineer to their growing site team south of Melbourne, to work on a variety of exciting upgrade projects. The client is looking for: • 5 years' experience in Controls/Automation engineering, preferably within the heavy engineering industries. (Steel, Oil & Gas, Water, Mining etc.) • A good working knowledge of PLC programming is essential. • Working knowledge and understanding of Australian building codes and standards • A relevant tertiary qualification in Electrical/Controls engineering. You will be responsible for; • Monitoring and managing system hardware performance • Ensuring system software management and backups • Providing technical support to reliability investigations • Providing technical support to Work co-ordinators in procedure development and job planning • Providing technical support to Maintenance Strategists in strategy development • Liaising with process analysts and other manufacturing resources using appropriate measures of process and equipment performance to identify priority work • Assisting with monitoring and managing key product and process variables (reviews process through level 2/3 logging systems performance) • Providing technical up skilling to others as required. • Ensuring that all design proposals are taken through appropriate processes (eg. Design review, hazop, etc) to ensure safe and successful outcomes. • Planning and executing small step improvement projects from inception to operations • Leading improvements resulting from failure investigations and approved quality improvements. • Assisting with engineering specification of system upgrade / change requirements (including ongoing audits) • Specifying and auditing significant improvement projects in the manufacturing area. If you want to apply, please contact Blair by email on firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.