Australia's rail industry is booming! In the 2021-22 federal budget unveiling earlier this month, the Morrison government announced an additional $15.2 billion will be invested into infrastructure projects - a significant amount of which, are rail-based. This is in addition to the ongoing projects the government have already committed to, including the Sydney Metro (due to open in 2026), the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail project and the much-needed Melbourne Airport Rail Link.
Which is why we are very excited to introduce our latest member to the Sydney Design & Build team, Sophie Potts! Sophie has extensive experience and knowledge not only within the recruitment industry but in the rail engineering space and will be focusing on growing and developing our rail client and candidate base in NSW and Queensland. We recently caught up with Sophie in her first week with D&B to find out what brought her to the D&B team and what makes her tick....find out below:
How did you first get into recruitment?
Landing back in the UK after (probably) too many ski seasons, I was ready to enter the ‘real’ world’ and like most fell into the world of recruitment. My first interview was with the business director dressed as a cat (fancy dress day in the office). I was studying my degree part-time back then and they decided the closest recruitment division to what I was studying, was Civil Engineering.
What excites you most about recruiting within the rail space?
It is busy! Australia has some of the largest rail projects in the world right now and it's an exciting space to be in. Rail Engineers are passionate about what they do and I really enjoy discussing what’s happening in the sector with so many interesting projects pushing Engineering/technological boundaries.
What do you hope to bring to the Design & Build team and your new role?
I can honestly say I love the area I recruit in, you can’t spend your days recruiting in an area that doesn’t interest you. Hopefully, I will bring some knowledge of the engineering sector. I worked for a global engineering consultancy where I learnt a lot about sourcing skills for projects and what motivates people.
What does building trust mean to you?
Being trusted to deliver for my clients and candidates. In such a competitive jobs market it’s more important than ever that as recruiters we exceed expectations. Engineers have a lot of opportunities, as a recruiter, I believe it’s my job to give a thorough overview of what’s happening in the market and provide insight into what each company can offer and the best fit.
What motivates you?
I love working in the engineering sector. The passion people have for their careers and the excitement Engineers have for the projects they are delivering is inspiring. I also love living in Australia and never want to go home!
Do you have any type of motto or mantra that you live by?
Treat people how you hope to be treated.
What’s the best present you’ve ever received?
A skydive. I didn’t realise until I received it that I’m actually a bit nervous about heights. But I jumped out of that plane and loved every second of it.
Apart from recruitment and engineering (of course) what’s a topic you could spend hours talking about?
Earth Sciences – Climate, Volcanoes, Earthquakes. My dissertation was correlating El Nino to Australian drought… I can bore you with the 15 million year history and depositional environment of Sydney Sandstone.
When you’re not at work where are we most likely to find you?
Jumping in the ocean, come rain hail or shine.
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Chips and Gravy from my local chip shop at home. Not good for the waistline, good job I came to Australia.
Want to reach out to Sophie to see how she can help you achieve your career goals? Sophie can be contacted on:
Phone: 0468 927 182
The Company Established in 2005, this company is an independent commercial advisory, project delivery and asset management practice that operates across Australia. With offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, they deliver infrastructure projects that create positive outcomes for communities, driving Australia’s economic and social prosperity. The core business is providing advice to private infrastructure developers, asset operators, statutory bodies and government agencies across the asset and project lifecycle, from strategy and concept through to transaction, delivery and operation. Services are provided across a range of sectors including health, urban development, justice, arts, education, sport, transport, wastewater and energy. Delivering expertise across the investment life cycle to drive projects forwards. The Opportunity As part of a growing organisation and a key part of a dynamic team, you will be provided the support and investment to: Expand a high performing team and take on the market to service Australia’s most significant transport and rail infrastructure projects. Bring your leadership skills to life driving major engagements, leading commercial negotiations and collaborating with teams across the organisation to deliver business strategies. Apply your expertise across fee proposals, reporting, advice, negotiation and risk management to deliver complete assignments throughout all phases of the project lifecycle. Create a legacy by placing you and your team at the forefront of major infrastructure delivery success in Australia. About You You will have a strong understanding of how projects and programs are developed and managed to deliver high quality outcomes in the infrastructure market. You will have deep knowledge and subject matter expertise on the processes deployed to control and manage complex social and economic infrastructure projects. As the ideal candidate you will have: Tertiary qualifications in construction related fields of either engineering, architecture, construction management, construction law or similar specialised fields. Experience in developing, evaluating, and managing large scale construction projects specifically across linear infrastructure and rail projects. Ability to manage multiple assignments by leading high performing teams, creating strong client relationships and managing a project team of diverse stakeholders. At least 7 years’ industry experience on rail projects within rail operations or rail advisory roles. Relevant experience in business case development, strategy development, project management, construction process management, construction works procurement advice and contract management. Commercial acumen and a technical background to support subject matter expertise. Proficiency in project planning and reporting systems with strong report writing skills. Experience within asset management will be considered advantageous. A proactive, supportive and respectful approach to your team. The ability to function under pressure and demonstrate sound judgment. This progressive company has a fantastic workplace culture and provide an environment that empowers people to thrive. They invest in people and focus on developing future leaders through tailored learning, development, coaching, mentoring and career development opportunities. Committed to offering flexible work arrangements that support sustainable, collaborative teams and providing health and well-being programs to give the support people need to thrive in this dynamic working environment. To discuss this opportunity in more detail or to find out about opportunities across the rail sector get in touch with Sophie Potts - email@example.com/0468 927 182
The opportunity Join a growing business who focus on offering a range of systems engineering, systems and safety assurance, human factors, and management services, They specialise in helping clients develop fully integrated, human-centred systems for regulated industries and safety-critical applications. With offices in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne a team of over 30 specialists engaged with major infrastructure and technology projects across the country. Built on the shared values of integrity, collaboration, and engineering excellence, the multi-discipline team has established a strong reputation for delivering services tailored to the needs of both the project and the end-user. Catering to clients from a wide variety of industries, ranging from multi-national construction and infrastructure contractors and government agencies to rail operators and local start-up technology companies. About you Degree in human factors, psychology, or a related field. Extensive experience in industry. Experience applying human factors integration standards and procedures Experience completing human factors analyses and delivering high quality reports Strong workshop facilitation experience For more details on this role contact Sophie Potts at Design & Build Recruitment - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Opportunity Join a leading Engineering consultancy based in Sydney's CBD who deliver services in the Systems and Safety Assurance across major rail projects. You will be joining a diverse team of experts who have a shared passion for delivering on projects in Sydney. Responsibilities Appropriate application of System Engineering & Safety Management processes and tools scaled for the services or required project under supervision. Deploy Systems Engineering and Safety Assurance processes on projects, in accordance with client requirements, Project’s relevant standards (CENELEC, IEC, etc.) and internal procedures under supervision. Support production of Safety Assurance Plans, Safety Analyses, Hazard Logs, Safety Reports and other applicable deliverables to deliver upon operational safety arguments. Build the System Safety Case, integrating the Safety Cases of the associated products and / or generic applications, and ensure its completeness and acceptance. Support development of systems engineering and safety assurance processes for clients as part of advisory services. Develop, review and/or check deliverables required for the services. Support workshops and other activities required to deliver the contracted services. Maintain a CPD log against the SESA competencies About you Tertiary qualification in a relevant engineering discipline with stellar academic record Developing analytical and interpretation skills Relationship building, influencing and negotiation skills. Effective communication skills Desirable to want to develop subject matter expertise in at least one of the following: o System Safety / Safety Assurance o Systems Engineering o Requirements Management, Verification and Validation o Human Factors o RAM Most importantly the drive and commitment to learn. A career in the Systems Engineering space can lead you on a fantastic journey