Design & Build would like to formally introduce the latest member to join our Brisbane office, Jennifer McNamara! Jennifer comes to Design & Build with a wealth of recruitment experience as well as experience working within the construction industry, which will come in handy as our Queensland team continue to capitalise on the great opportunities happening across the state within commercial construction. To learn more about Jennifer, her new role as lead consultant and her goals for the year ahead, read her answers below:
Welcome to Design & Build Jennifer! You’ve come on board as a Lead Consultant, working within the Commercial Construction space. Can you tell us a little bit more about your new role and the key things you’ll be working on?
My new role as Lead Consultant with Design and Build Recruitment will see me working alongside Commercial builders within the private sector for all white-collar construction and site management positions. My functional expertise includes; Construction Managers, Site Managers, Foreman, WHS Advisors (all levels), Supervisors and Leading Hands.
What was it about the company and the role that made you want to work for Design & Build?
Design and Build have a great reputation in the market and are known for their professionalism and ethical approach to recruitment. A close friend and ex-colleague made the move to Design and Build and confirmed what a great company they are to work for. When I became available for a new position and Design and Build were hiring, it was an easy decision to make!
You’ve also had experience working within the construction industry yourself. Can you tell us a little more about this time and how these experiences help when recruiting within the construction industry?
My experience working in Commercial Construction has taught me how to ‘ride the wave’ in an ever-changing industry. The market demands fluctuate however the key principles of recruitment remain the same. My focus has always been to ensure I have an in-depth understanding of the client’s business and expectations from both a technical and cultural perspective. Knowing my clients, I am then able to match suitable candidates confidently believing it is a mutually beneficial result. It’s all about cultivating a strong partnership with both my clients and candidates.
What do you enjoy most about working in recruitment?
Recruitment sees you working with people from all different walks of life and no two days are ever the same. When candidates and clients are matched effectively, the result contributes to the overall success of a project or business objective and is an extremely rewarding feeling. Changing jobs can be one of life’s most stressful experiences. I take pride in ensuring the transition is smooth and that both parties move forward confidently in their decision.
What does building trust mean to you?
Building trust is the absolute foundation of what we do. It is imperative that we are ethically working for not just the client, but equally for our candidates. I partner with my clients and candidates, it’s not transactional recruitment, we are an extension of our client’s business and a trusted industry expert for our candidates.
Why do you think it’s such an exciting time for job opportunities in Queensland at the moment – especially in terms of commercial construction?
In Queensland we are in a construction boom across all facets of commercial, residential and infrastructure projects. We have seen a surge in interstate residents moving to the state which brings confidence to the market. In addition to this, last year's announcement of the 2032 Olympic Games being held in Brisbane has brought and will continue to bring a number of economic benefits to the city and Queensland overall.
What are your key goals moving forward in your new role?
I have a genuine interest and passion for the construction industry. I look forward to partnering with pre-existing and new businesses and helping to provide the best candidates in the market to our clients, in order to meet their staff requirements.
When you’re not at work where are we most likely to find you?
At the gym or the beach!