Resume

About me
I like to help people. The day I realized that was the day I hung up my developer hat and started my post-technical career. I am passionate about helping people achieve their goals and dreams, and about building a more diverse, inclusive workplace.

☎️ Contact information

📧 Contact • 🐦 Twitter • 🔗 LinkedIn 🐙 GitHub


💻 Work experience

Head of People (Contract)

Qsic, Melbourne – December 2020 to February 2021

I got Qsic set up with an efficient, candidate-friendly hiring process; set up and rolled out applicant tracking, people ops, and onboarding systems; and developed policies including a code of conduct, employee handbook, remote working policy, and gender transitioning policy.

Talent Acquisition Specialist (Contract)

A Cloud Guru, Melbourne – October 2020 to December 2020

A short contract role in which I owned six roles across engineering and design, from sourcing, interviewing, and candidate management to final offer.

Achievements:

  • Introduced new tools to the permanent TA team, including Textio and advanced Greenhouse reporting.
  • Maintained a warm, empathetic, high-touch approach to candidates in a high-volume, fast-paced environment.

Technical Recruiter

Automattic, Remote – February 2018 to February 2020

I was brought in as the first dedicated recruiter, and to own the hiring process end-to-end for software engineers (PHP/JavaScript, iOS, Android). I also assisted with non-technical roles and worked on sourcing, coordination, partner management, application review, screening, interviews, project management, and even a little coding.

Achievements:

  • Grew the number of engineering hires 81% year on year.
  • Increased our candidate volume by 78% year on year.
  • Managed a high volume of candidates (over 150 concurrently at the interview stage or later) while providing an excellent candidate experience.
  • Built a pipeline of passive candidates around the world through sourcing via multiple channels.
  • Used a data-driven approach to decrease time to hire by 80% through identifying efficiencies and improving processes.
  • Maintained an offer acceptance rate above 90%.
  • Created our How We Hire page to give candidates insight into what to expect from our process.

Technical Recruiter

Lookahead, Melbourne/Remote – April 2016 to February 2018

I made a career change to recruitment and never regretted it. Lookahead are technical recruiters who are actually technical. I hired developers for Ruby, JavaScript, iOS and Android roles, worked with some amazing startups, and drank a lot of coffee.

Achievements:

  • Managed multiple concurrent roles for brand-name clients around Australia.
  • Grew and maintained a pipeline of active and passive candidates through sourcing, research, attending conferences and meetups, and becoming a trusted advisor within the developer community.
  • Built relationships with clients and candidates that extended far beyond placement.

Solution Designer/Informatica Developer

Optus, Sydney/Melbourne – October 2014 to April 2016

Part of a $400 million transformation project across Australia and Singapore to consolidate 80+ legacy systems into one integrated billing and customer care application.

Development Manager

Optus, Melbourne – January 2013 to October 2014

Led a team of high-performing full-stack developers and owned the primary CRM platform for customer operations and retail.

Technical Lead

Hotglue, Melbourne – November 2011 to January 2013

Full-stack development of client websites, from simple five-page WordPress sites up to CakePHP/MySQL web applications.

Senior Solution Developer

Optus, Melbourne – August 2007 to November 2011

Full-stack PHP development, stakeholder management and LAMP server maintenance.


🛠 Skills

  • Technical recruitment
  • Screening
  • Interviewing (text-only, voice, and video)
  • Sourcing
  • Process improvement
  • Data analysis & reporting
  • Applicant tracking systems (Greenhouse, Lever, Workable, Google Hire)
  • Candidate experience
  • Public speaking
  • Employer branding

💁🏼‍♂️ Volunteering

Ruby Australia

General Member 2016 - 2017 Vice President 2017 - 2017 President 2017 - 2018 Secretary 2020 - Present

Ruby Australia is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the use and adoption of the Ruby programming language in Australia. Over the years I have served on the association’s committee in various roles, and wrote our current Code of Conduct.

Conference & camp organiser

I was on the organising team for RubyConf AU 2019, and co-organised Rails Camps in Melbourne (2017) and Hobart (2018).

Meetup host & organiser

I was the co-organiser (and usually host) of the Melbourne Ruby meetup between 2017 and 2019.


📜 Articles and Talks