Contract / S.O.W. recruitment.

Work with us to keep your team lean, mean, and flexible.

With the shift to remote working and the increased need for flexibility post COVID-19 we’ve seen a huge uptick in demand for contract resources.

Why pony up to pricey consulting houses? Our dedicated contract team will work to your timeframe and budget, to deliver specialist contractors to fill short to medium-term assignments.

Our contracting service includes the sourcing, supply, payroll and time sheeting of contractors. We can work to a fixed budget and deliver one or multiple resources in line with your business priorities.

Retained recruitment

Get our undivided attention

Retained work – the most effective way to get guaranteed outcomes with us is retained.

Our commercial philosophy is to match your commitment to fill your open roles. We do this by getting to know your business, understanding your values & vision and finding a new team member who aligns to what you need today and tomorrow.

When you work with us on a retained basis we’ll treat your vacancy with 100% attention. You can expect expert market mapping, a full project plan with dedicated timelines and a guaranteed outcome.

Aside from finding the right person we’ll share in-depth insights on the market and develop a thorough marketing and communication plan to amplify your brand throughout the recruitment process.

Prefer to chat? Give us a call on 0438 706 627

Permanent recruitment

We’ve got your back

Commitment can be scary! So whilst our preference is to work exclusively with our clients to ensure a high quality outcome, this can’t always be the case.

Sometimes clients want to trial us out, sometimes you have a panel you need to work with, and other times the timing might just not be right.

Whatever the reason, on occasion we’ll work on a contingent basis where you’ll only pay if we find you the perfect candidate for your role.

Project-based recruitment

Scale with certainty!

Hiring in volume is essential to scaling teams and businesses. Our recruiters are experts at growing multidisciplinary teams in tight timeframes.

Need 5 developers this month? Scaling up to 50 hires at a time across a variety of role types and levels? Our project services model sees us work as a cohesive team to deliver on milestones across your needs.

When you decide to work with us on a project we’ll assign a dedicated project lead who’ll run the whole process and make hiring in volume feel like a breeze. They will work with you exclusively until the project is delivered, with regular, clear communication and reporting.

We’ll guarantee the outcome you’re looking for, on time and to budget. This can be a surprisingly cost effective model and we have some great case studies if you’re curious about how this may work for you.

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Our track record
Service type:
Leadership Recruitment CMO
The challenge:
Following a rebrand, Mable sought the direction of a marketing leader to help accelerate their growth.

Mable had a marketing team, but no marketing leadership in place. Being in scale-up phase and relatively unheard of in the market, it presented a great opportunity for the ‘right’ individual to make a huge impact.

Mable retained us on an exclusive basis to secure their marketing leader. Onset’s Exec Recruitment team went to market for established marketing leaders across health and technology with emphasis on digital expertise.

The successful candidate had global experience as a leader and the executive gravitas to grow and add value to the existing ELT and continues to lead the team today.

Service type:
Project recruitment.
The challenge:
A total of 20 technical resources (80% contract, 20% permanent) needed to be secured within an 8 week time frame.

With the pending release of their OTP offering, oOh! faced the reality of needing to scale their technical capability.

Onset knew oOh!Media’s value proposition well and gathered new insight from their CTO and Head of Engineering helping us to best engage talent communities.

Appointing a team internally to deliver within competitive time frames. It was all hands on deck for the Consultants and Researchers involved and no stone was left unturned!

We helped to bolster oOh!media’s technology team with 20 new hires between September and December.

oOh! Media
Service type:
Leadership Recruitment CTO.
The challenge:
Find a strong technical leader, with an understanding of product and business priorities.

Rezdy were hiring a CTO to help grow their new platform and the infrastructure to scale. They needed a leader who could manage and develop the current technology team.

They required someone with an understanding of the product vision, customer insights, technology requirements and people leadership skills.

Rezdy engaged us on a retained basis as this was a key hire. Rezdy successfully hired a Chief Technology Officer who previously worked on creating Saas Platforms across a number of different industries including HealthTech, FinTech and EduTech.

What our
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
The Onset

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It's mental health awareness month and time to tune into others and importantly our own self care and mental well being.

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Introducing Alyse who has just joined The Onset in the marketing and operations team!

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Get in touch today if you have any queries about The Onset or want to know more about your next opportunity. Call us on 0438 706 627.

Last week we celebrated The Onset's 5th Birthday! It was a fun filled evening reflecting on the achievements of the team and some of our visions for the future.
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