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We’ve turned 4!

What a year it’s been down at Onset HQ in Surry Hills, Sydney. Thank you to all of our clients and candidates, local supports, and brilliant team who have contributed to the business this year and cheers to many more!

The Onset – the technology recruiter of choice for Sydney’s startups and high growth businesses
Onset 4th Birthday Press Release

2019 marked Onset’s 4th year in operation and its most successful year to date.
FY19 has been highlighted by an outstanding new office space, significant senior consultant hires and affirming the agency’s position as the leading specialised technology recruitment agency in the country. With annual revenue of over $10M AUD, even in the saturated recruitment market, Onset’s directors have proven there was space for a business that values a commitment to customer service and excellence. 

Since inception Onset has placed over 800 technology candidates into the Australian market with over 100 clients. Onset’s customer-led model has ensured rapid and robust growth for the company with strong loyalty and referrals. Clients trust Onset’s outcome focussed approach and their ability to secure them talent when they critically need it.

Over the last 12 months, Onset has grown from 18 to 25 full-time employees. Through unique branding and a culture of accountability and ownership, Onset has been successful in attracting experienced and specialisation driven consultants to its philosophy. Aaron Williams, Managing Director commented “Our team is now one of the most experienced and deeply capable collectives of specialist technology recruiters in the region. We are a team committed to excellence in everything we put our hands to. Our culture of autonomy, trust and empowerment, coupled with a significant investment in ongoing training, and individual coaching, has enabled us to attract and secure high-impact recruiters from across the globe.”

Onset has established itself as the agency of choice for organisations who have technology at the epicentre of their growth. Sean McCartan, Commercial Director adds “our deep level of vertical specialisation and importantly our understanding of how these specialisations work together allows us to build teams and businesses. With such a strong team under one roof, we are relied upon to deliver permanent, contract and project resources across a range of high demand technical verticals such as Software, Embedded and Platform Engineering, Product & Design, Information Security, Infrastructure & DevOps, Data & Analytics, Sales & Project Services.

It’s made building trust with our customers a strength, as we are proven and increasingly are working with brands exclusively, and often being retained across some of the toughest recruitment sectors in today’s market”

Growth in people has led Onset to expand to a new flexible office space fitted out by the renowned Architect and Design team Shed Design and Space Control, in the heart of the startup community in Surry Hills. The new space extends on the brand promise, offering a creative and collaborative environment. Clients and candidates are frequently welcomed to work onsite with the space being designed with meetups and community events in mind.

In 4 short years, Onset has become the go-to for specialist technology requirements from startup through to enterprise with significant tenders won in the FMCG, Enterprise and Consulting spaces. This was largely due to the success of the specialisation model.

Onset has seen significant growth within it’s Executive practice, specifically within engineering and product in Sydney’s startup ecosystem. Contract recruitment has remained a key growth area for the business with the engagement of 3 senior Contract specialists alongside dual desk recruiters. Ronny Haughton, Co-Founder, observed “Our investment into contracting services has led to significant growth in our contract numbers and our specialist team have augmented Onset’s ability to deliver on larger scale project agreements. I expect our contract business to double over FY 19/20 based on our current run rate.” 

This year, after an extensive global product review, Onset has invested in a new recruitment technology platform, Vincere. Russell Gallagher, Co-Founder commented that “selection of the Vincere platform was made due its demonstrable strength in enabling the business to scale current performance, its sophisticated analytics, and aggressive product development roadmap.” 

2019 also sees the establishment of Onset’s advisory board including industry veterans, Jane Beaumont, and Phaedon Stough, with a view to providing further leadership depth and commercial rigour. 

As Onset has grown our focus on supporting the startup community has increased. Amy Skinner, Brand and Community Manager commented that “…we’re proud to now support Incubate of the University of Sydney, where a range of team members and leaders provide training and advice as part of the programs regular curriculum. This grassroots contribution to the next generation of tech startups is a great way to give back!”

Future growth of Onset is being considered via expansion into other local geographies, most likely being a Melbourne office in 2020 and continued consideration of a US footprint, with company Directors Williams and McCartan again heading to the USA in early 2020 to continue partnership exploration with a number of Joint Venture contacts.

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clients say

“Ronny & the Onset Group helped us scale our team in the early stages of our growth, finding a number of talented engineering candidates to join our Development team. The Onset Group are highly professional and a pleasure to work with.”

Georgia Punch HR & Operations

“IPG Mediabrands have built a solid, trusting working relationship with the Onset Group over the past few years. We are very selective on who we partner with regarding our recruitment needs. The Onset Group have proven time and time again, they absolutely deserve a spot on our PSA. They understand our business, they deliver, they follow up, they’re smart and they are professional.”

Lisa Gray Head of Human Resources

“I’ve worked in the product community in Sydney for just 3 years and the Onset are my go-to folk for product talent (and opportunities). Once in my role I worked with the team at Onset to build out my product team of 6 over the next year. So I’ve experienced the quality and expertise from both sides of the engagement.”

Jennifer Flynn Group Manager, Product Management

“Working with The Onset was fantastic. They spent the time with me up front on understanding not only the requirements of the role but also the qualities and skill sets needed to fill the role well. The candidates provided were really strong and led to hires who have not only helped us fill roles but also enhance our overall company culture by introducing us to top quality candidates. Thanks Onset!”

Yaniv Klein Product Director

“We partnered with The Onset, a leading IT recruitment agency, explained the journey we were on, and asked them to sell our vision to the Sydney market in our search for high quality developers. It was important that the people we chose not only had high technical skills but were a good cultural fit and understood where oOh! was going”

Andy McQuarrie Chief Technology Officer

“…by taking time to understand our unique hiring requirements, both from the start and as our needs have evolved. At Digital Asset, we’re looking for engineers and product managers with a specialized mix of skills and industry experience, for example, a strong background in financial services, or knowledge of functional programming languages. Onset has helped us find experienced candidates who are not only highly qualified but also inspired to work with a firm like ours”

Drew Harding Senior Delivery Manager

“We partnered exclusively with The Onset to build our capability across engineering, product and design. It is rare to partner with a services provider and feel comfortable with them representing you and your brand but that is exactly what happened with The Onset. They understood what we looked for in talent, helped us nurture it and ultimately create a team that allowed us to modernise our offering and launch a second brand from the ground up.”

Jeremy Gupta Chief Technology Officer

“In addition to running the search and recruitment process they helped us to shape the role and were able to guide us through what was happening in the market and the experiences of other high growth companies.”

Rachel Debeck Chief Operating Officer

“We have been working with the Onset Group for the past few years, helping us secure both contract and permanent staff across multiple technical areas. They always ensure they have our business’ needs in mind and it’s great working with a partner that truly understands the technical space that we are in. Of all of the recruiters I have met or worked with over the years, I couldn’t recommend this group any more.”

Paul Madani Head of Data and Technology

“Onset has been partnering with Haventec for over three years. The team at Onset have the great ability to connect with our team and understand our business and culture to be able to place employees that fit our team like a glove. It takes great talent to recognise the unique needs of each business and to be able to deliver on them so well”

Edora David Business Operations Manager

“It was a pleasure working with Danielle to source a full stack developer for our company. She put real effort into understanding what we were looking for and helped us find the right candidate. Plus helped us find the first female developer!”

Antony Francis Team Lead
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Fresh roles! Advance your career with the help of our specialised consultants.

This is just a sneak peak! Check out our full range of jobs here https://lnkd.in/guM6BNc and get in touch to unveil new opportunities in your field 🔍

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A big hello to Illona who is the most recent member of the Onset crew, bringing over 18 years' of experience in Executive Recruitment to our team.

Illona has partnered with some of the world’s most exciting brands and run searches across Commercial Leadership, Product, Tech and Marketing from both local and International markets. 

"I have been lucky in my career to have worked with exceptional people, to have met inspirational business leaders, and to have seen firsthand the evolution of the digital and tech sector."

Welcome Illona and to all of the exciting exploits you will bring to Onset 👋👏

#executivesearch #team #executiverecruitment #executiveservices #leadership
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Technology evolves overtime, and so our knowledge must.

Every Onset recruiter works in a niche market specialisation meaning they’re highly networked, and have a deep understanding of recruitment in their sector.

Covering the practice for all things Mechatronics, Electronics and Embedded Engineering is Julien and Toby. Connect with them for more insight into opportunities in the space!

Julien is also the owner of the Techies Who Give A Sh*t community. Their next event is coming up this Thursday featuring some incredible speakers in the Aussie digital health and medical technology market.

Check out the link in the comments for more info and RSVP today!

#techieswhogiveashit #embeddedengineering #mechatronics #electronics #iot
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“If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it—then I can achieve it."

Inspiration is the cornerstone of everything we do at The Onset... not least our choice of office artwork. You'll find motivation and inspiration at every turn!

#designwithinspiration #muhammadali #officeart #motivation #inspiration
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In recruitment, it's not just what you know, but who you know. And we know the hiring manager!

We work with some incredible businesses who are making waves across a range of industries. @priyavase is Onset's Practice Lead for Product recruitment and Executive Search, and experiences first-hand how these companies, individuals and innovations are making an impact in the market.

To be a contributor in building the teams that make it happen is a huge reward in recruitment, and we love being a part of the journey.

#techrecruitment #product #executivesearch
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Full house feels...

Our end of month team huddle is feeling back to normal with some full couches in the office!

Congratulations given out for the previous month and a good pep talk for the month to come. Our end of month wraps gives us a good boost, even for those tuning in remotely on the big screen 📺

#techrecruitment #eomwrap #officelife #remotework #team
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Are you an experienced or aspiring recruiter open to a new venture in your career?

We’re leading the way and raising the bar for technology recruitment in Australia. As the business and our network grows, new opportunities open up, which is why we’re looking for people to help us in continuing to raise that bar!

We build teams in some amazing businesses. Are you ready to join a driven, diverse team and overall great bunch of people?

We would love to hear from you and discuss how you can grow with us on our journey. Find out more and get in touch to be a part of the Onset experience - theonset.com.au/join
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Join us for the second instalment of Techies Who Give A Sh*t, live and in-person on 9th June at Morse Micro's offices in Surry Hills.

The topic of the day? Solutions in Aussie digital health and medical technology. 

Techies Who Give A Sh*t was created to facilitate discussion and awareness around using and creating tech for a good cause. This next event will be hosted by Julien, Onset's Practice Lead for Deep Tech & IoT. He will be joined by 3 awesome speakers who are all doing fascinating things in the market right now with cutting edge MedTech solutions.

So, if you fancy a slice of apres-work pizza and a bevvie, head down to Morse Micro at 5.30pm on 9th June. Invite your friends and colleagues too, the more the merrier!

*Note - there is limited space so make sure to RSVP via the MeetUp Event to secure a spot - link in the comments!

#medtech #digitalhealth #techforgood #emvision #neurode #harrisonai
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And here we "grow" again!

Introducing 5 new team members to the Onset crew in the past month 👋

Kylie joins our ever-growing Product team, working alongside Priya as a Principal Consultant.

Coming on board with Russell in the JavaScript world is Nina.

Junmer will be working with Reema, specialising in QA roles.

Joining forces with Danielle in the .Net market is Sazy.

And last but not least, in the Data domain with Ronny and the crew is June.

The power of 5, they are already making waves in their areas of expertise, and we are so excited to have them on board!

#techreceuitment #team #softwareengineering #javascript #data #product #qa #techjobs #recruitment
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"I heard it was take your kid to work day, so I brought my dog."

Yoshi claiming his favourite spot in the office 😍

#onsetteam
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Get your hands on opportunities that are engineered to your needs.

We have an extensive team covering the Software Engineering domain and they can help you land that next big move in your career across contract, permanent or leadership roles.

Check out our open roles at marketplace.theonset.com.au and get in touch today to meet a dedicated recruiter in your space.

#softwareengineering #technologyrecruitment #softwaredeveloper #backend #frontend #fullstack #qaengineering #techjobs #java #javascript #react #python #phpdeveloper #angular #softwaredeveloperjobs
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Our Onset fam has grown again, as we welcome Jade and Marianna!

Two women setting the recruitment world alight...

Jade is a talent solutions whizz across start-up, scale-up and enterprise, and is already stuck into projects with some of our clients, getting them ahead of the game in the Australian market.

While Marianna is here to drive the professional development of our team members, open up new horizons for Onset's culture, and generally refine the employee and community experience.

Exciting times ahead in our world and we are beyond excited to have Jade and Marianna on board and as integral parts of our growth journey!

#newhires #techrecruitment #executiverecruitment #teamculture #talentsolutions
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You're talented. We see you.

We will have your back throughout the entire recruitment process, matching your expertise with our own as we filter out the best roles for you from our extensive database.

Want to know more? Check out our full range of tech jobs at marketplace.theonset.com.au and get in touch to find out how we can help you thrive in your industry.

#techrecruitment #executiverecruitment #jobopportunities #techjobs
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What a start to the year 💥

Catching up on introducing some of our new starters as we have had a huge couple of months expanding our team! We are extremely excited to have some great people join us, bringing a world of experience to our crew across a range of areas. 

Ahad is our Practice lead for the DevOps, Cloud and Infrastructure space.

Nidhi will be working with Dan across Marketing and Sales.
 
Toby is already smashing it out of the park for roles in Embedded Engineering.

Renee is settling right in working with Priya in the Product space.

Aleksandra joins us recruiting across UX / UI Design.

Joselle has been working with John in the Project Services area.
 
David will also be recruiting for DevOps, Cloud and Infrastructure.
 
Hadassah is our new copywriter bringing her way with words and advertising skills to support the team and elicit the best candidates that the tech market has to offer.

We are always on the look out for additions to our team as we continue to grow. Reach out now to find out what we have on offer for you - theonset.com.au/join
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Cheers to all of the amazing ladies that we work with at Onset as well as across our network and community!

We had a celebratory lunch for those who braved the weather today. We are always over the moon to be working with such a great team of women!

Onset values diversity, equality and inclusion. We can all work together to #BreakTheBias.

Happy International Women's Day!
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