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 find reach out to Sophie to see how she can help you achieve your career goals? Sophie can be contacted on:
Phone: 0468 927 182
We are looking for Project Engineers with experience in Traction/OHW to join a major contractor to work on exciting rail projects in Sydney with opportunity to gain exposure to Australia wide projects. Benefits of this role You will be able to work on major projects for a global business who can offer career development and opportunities to build your skills through ongoing training and structured career progression. A competitive remuneration package is also on offer. About this role You will implement and be responsible for work practices and standards ensuring QA/QC and that environmental and safe work practices are upheld while ensuring all construction work is being carried out to design and specifications. You will also liaise with site managers and construction. About you You will need to have prior experience working in a similar role and hold a certificate III in Rail Traction with AC and DC experience to be considered. For any questions relating to this role or other opportunities with D&B and our clients please contact Sophie Potts on 0468 927 182 / firstname.lastname@example.org or click apply. Your application will be treated as strictly confidential.