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Architects, i2C reveal secret success of unconventional recruitment process

Having recorded their strongest growth period ever in 20 years of operation, with over $13 million in revenue in the 2021 financial year, architecture from i2C is taking the opportunity to highlight what it believes is the secret to its success. 

The company’s unique recruitment process involves a voicemail questionnaire and Friday night drinks, rather than the standard resume and interview process, across all four of its Australian offices. 

“Eleven years ago, we stopped taking resumes and started hiring for culture rather than credentials,” company co-founder Anthony Merlin said.

Instead, applicants are asked to call a number and leave responses to a series of questions. They are then invited to a group interview in an informal setting, usually held on a weekday afternoon over drinks and snacks.

“This provides us with the opportunity to see who will be the right fit for our team. From there, we look into credentials as a secondary focus once we know what they can bring to the team,” Mr Merlin said. 

Boasting its highest employee retention rates ever, the design firm has also ranked in the top 20 list of Great Places to Work Awards Program, for the last five out of six years. 

Company managers say they use the program as an opportunity to receive honest and anonymous feedback from team members regarding the work environment.

Developers get behind trucking and logistics worker health push

Charter Hall has joined the push for better health outcomes for those in the trucking industry, becoming a Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds (HHTS) Open Road sponsor.

HHTS is a mental health and wellbeing organisation seeking to address concerns surrounding the road transport, warehousing and logistics industries, and the impact workplaces have in contributing to poor outcomes. 

Early in the year we revealed Frasers was also getting behind the initiative, citing the significant cross over between road freight and the property industry. 

Some of Charter Hall’s biggest tenant customers, Coles, Woolworths, Toll, and Australia Post are all among HHTS’ Founding Partners.

“The mental health-related statistics in our industry are confronting and raising awareness is critical,” Charter Hall Industrial and Logistics chief executive, Richard Stacker said. 

“We look forward to working closely with HHTS and ensuring that businesses and employees across the industrial and logistics sector are equipped with the tools to prioritise wellbeing and drive positive change.” 

Partners in the net zero transition

A husband and wife team will help guide companies to achieving net zero, the Australian Financial Review reported this week. 

Rennie Partners, run by Matt and Simone Rennie, will provide regulatory, strategy and projects guidance based on their extensive background and knowledge in energy markets.

Mr Rennie was formerly head of EY’s Australian energy advisory business while Mrs Rennie was manager of energy market regulation at Australian Energy Market Operator. 

Job Movements

Sustainability and energy management company ENGIE Impact has welcomed Abbey Dyson as a new consultant, bringing with her an extensive education in environmental science and on the ground experience with sustainable projects. 

Adelaide-based studio, Matthews Architects has added two new highly experienced players to its roster, with Yvonne Rantzen joining the company as senior interior designer and Kevin Leek as senior architect.

Together the duo have over 50 years experience in the field. Ms Rantzen’s recent

roles include interior design principal at Hames Sharley in Adelaide while Mr Leek was formerly senior architect and principal at DesignInc Adelaide.

“Matthews Architects is one of Adelaide’s premier architecture and interior design studios and I’m thrilled to join a talented team of professionals that are passionate about innovative design,” Ms Rantzen said.

And finally, think-tank the Grattan Institute, which reports frequently on climate matters, has appointed Lindsay Maxsted as its next chair. 

Mr Maxstead is also chair of Transurban, former chair of Westpac, and former chief executive of KPMG and succeeds Alex Chernov who will retire at the end of November after five years in the position. 

“Under my predecessors, Grattan established itself as a household name in Australian public life,” Mr Maxstead said.

“I relish the opportunity to help consolidate its position as the home of independent, rigorous, and practical public policy research and recommendations.” 

Our pick of the jobs

If you love the planet as much as you love animals, Vets for Climate Action (VfCA), which represents veterinarians, veterinary nurses and associated professions in calling for climate action, is looking for a new chief executive. 

At just two years old, the VfCA has plenty of room to grow, but in that time has carved out a place working with the broader community and training those within the profession to become climate advocates, largely through the work of volunteers. 

Along with the chief executive, there are two other paid positions, who will all work to grow the VfCA into an impactful climate action advocate through organising strategic plans, fundraising, creating partnerships and so on. 

Another chief executive role on offer is with the Climate and Health Alliance. According to the organisation, it is “deeply committed to playing a leadership role in tackling the climate crisis.”

You will be tasked with leading a coalition of more than 60 health groups, representing more than 500,000 health and medical professionals, advocating for climate action and sustainable healthcare.

With so much at stake you will need to be pretty slick and experienced in leadership — but if we know our readership there is someone out there with just those credentials.

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