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EXECUTIVE RECRUITMENT & SPECIALIST SEARCH


The Convergence Partners story began in October 2010. Since then, we've been opening doors, making introductions, supporting career defining moves, and changing the way our clients identify and recruit exceptional talent.

Our operating model blends methodical research with long-tenured recruitment practitioners who bring decades of experience within their specific markets.

As an employee-owned business, we exist and thrive solely on the energy of the people who choose to work here. Decisions are made together - big and small. We don’t have layers of bureaucracy or internal politics, just a team ready and willing to lead the way in building successful talent partnerships.

Our approach goes far beyond the traditional recruitment search process. Using a hugely diverse range of human and data networks, across multiple sectors and geographies, we are more thorough, forensic and creative in unearthing talented individuals.

We’re particularly good at identifying high performers for leadership roles, and for those tricky specialist positions that often require access to game changing ‘off-market’ talent, undiscoverable using traditional methods.

As a result, we distinguish ourselves as a nimble, highly professional, specialist recruitment organisation with the capability to successfully partner with business of all sizes, industries and geographies who truly value the transformational power of the perfect match.

OUR AREAS OF EXPERTISE

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    FINANCE, LEGAL & RISK

    FINANCE, LEGAL & RISK

    Finance

    We understand that modern ambitious organisations need both a visionary finance strategy, and finance professionals who are agents of change and help make the strategy a reality - these are the networks we have sought to cultivate.

    Roles we recruit:
    Senior Finance including CFO, Finance Director, Financial Controller, Shared Services Specialists, company Accountant, Analysts, Finance Business Partner, Newly Qualified. Professional Practice including Audit, Accounting Services, Corporate Finance, Transaction Services, Insolvency / Corporate Recovery, Tax, Forensics, Management Consultancy.

    Legal

    Our network of connections spans New Zealand’s local, regional and national legal practices, and the in-house legal departments embedded within the country’s small, medium and large enterprises. We have an excellent understanding of both in-house and private practice markets, focusing on mid and senior level roles.

    Roles we recruit:
    Private Practice including Solicitors, Associates, Senior Associates, Partners, In-house including Legal Counsel, Senior Counsel, General Counsel, Compliance and Risk, Corporate, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Employment.

    Risk & Compliance

    Convergence Partners is a long-standing specialist in this area, holding enduring client relationships with a selection of top tier investment managers, insurance companies, multi-national corporations and smaller boutique financial institutions.

    Roles we recruit:
    Financial Risk Management (market risk and investment risk), Operational Risk & Compliance, Enterprise Risk Management, Internal Audit & Group Auditing, Financial Crime & Fraud, IT Risk & Information, Security & Regulatory Risk, Quantitative Risk, Actuarial.

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    TECHNOLOGY, TRANSFORMATION & CHANGE

    TECHNOLOGY, TRANSFORMATION & CHANGE

    TECHNOLOGY, TRANSFORMATION & CHANGE

    Businesses need experienced professionals that can improve the way they operate, reduce costs, manage risk, innovate and grow; transforming today's business into the business of the future. Whether a project involves releasing a new product, merging two organisations or implementing a new system, we have access to permanent and contract resources across the full spectrum of business transformation, technology and change.

    Roles we recruit:
    Programme Manager, Project Manager, Head of Change Delivery, Portfolio Manager, Project Planner, Business Architect, Business Analyst, and Business Change Specialist.

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    SALES & MARKETING

    SALES & MARKETING

    • Contact our recruitment specialists:
    • Erin Kirk

    Sales

    Successful salespeople know it's not enough to be a skilled relationship builder; they're not only savvy about customers' buying triggers but are also attuned to the broader market and competitor activity. Our track record of finding Sales performers with emotional intelligence and commercial acumen, across a variety of businesses and industry sectors, means we can actively work with you to improve your sales capability.

    Roles we recruit:
    Sales Director, Business Development, National/Regional/Area Sales, Field Sales, Territory Management, Account Management, Channel Sales, Category Management, and Export.

    Marketing

    From the most respected and renowned global organisations to the smallest, trail-blazing start-ups and local entrepreneurs - we partner with all types of businesses and brands. Whether it's finding permanent or contractor senior marketing leaders or 'up and coming' talent, Convergence Partners can help you find the right marketing, digital and creative professionals.

    Roles we recruit:
    General Management, Brand Management, Innovation & NPD, Digital & Online Marketing, CRM, Acquisition & Retention, Loyalty Marketing, Consumer Insights & Research, Customer, Category & Shopper Marketing, Communications & Campaign Management, and Consultancy & Strategy.

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    SUPPLY CHAIN, OPERATIONS & PROCUREMENT

    SUPPLY CHAIN, OPERATIONS & PROCUREMENT

    SUPPLY CHAIN, OPERATIONS & PROCUREMENT

    The quality of an organisation's supply chain and procurement function has a profound impact upon service delivery, operational efficiency and profitability. That's why the competition to identify and recruit analytical thinkers and problem solvers in this area has become so fierce. By attracting this high calibre talent, we are able to help you implement best-practice and devise innovative new solutions that deliver a sustainable competitive advantage.

    Roles we recruit:
    Manufacturing Operations & Product Management, Purchasing, Procurement & Strategic Sourcing, Inventory & Materials Management, Supply Chain & Logistics, Warehousing, Distribution & Transport Management, International Trade & Shipping, Operational Excellent & Continuous Improvement, Project Management, Health & Safety, and Facilities Management.

"We have given Convergence Partners a number of hard-to-fill roles outside of Auckland. I think the thing that made the difference was their true search capability, tenacity and sense of humour. The team have been in the market for decades, they have proven experience to deliver results."

ALLYN GLAYSHER: PEOPLE & SAFETY AT DELMAINE FINE FOODS

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    "We have given Convergence Partners a number of hard-to-fill roles outside of Auckland. I think the thing that made the difference was their true search capability, tenacity and sense of humour. The team have been in the market for decades, they have proven experience to deliver results."

    ALLYN GLAYSHER: PEOPLE & SAFETY AT DELMAINE FINE FOODS

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    "The team at Convergence Partners are unique in that they have taken the time to understand our business and our culture. They spend quality time with our business and with the candidates to ensure that a reasonable match is made between candidate, the business and the particular role. Because of their depth of understanding of our requirements, they consistently find excellent people who are a good fit for our business."

    THERESE SINGLETON: CEO AT RESOLUTION LIFE NZ

OUR APPROACH


Consultative:

Our clients rely on us to introduce transformational talent to their businesses. That’s a big responsibility and one that requires us to take a thoughtful, consultative approach - providing market insight, challenging assumptions and striving to deliver value over and above the recruitment mandate.

We see ourselves as a long-term strategic partner for our clients - an extension of their brand and aligned with their values. We're in this for the long run - creating relationships rather than transactions; clients rather than customers.

Research Driven:

Intelligence gathering is crucial to our recruitment method, and we have become an established leader in global talent mapping and research. Unconstrained by sector or geographical boundaries, our in-house Research Team wield formidable research capabilities to locate and evaluate sought-after talent. A rigorous search process allows us to mine deeply and extensively to ensure that we have the strongest pool of talent for each assignment.

We work with a palette of leading edge research tools, innovative market mapping techniques, human and data networks, and deep web mining to systematically map the suitable talent in the market and uncover names that are simply unavailable through more conventional means.

Objective:

Through a process of creative research, patient courtship, and persuasive advocacy, we are able to help you move beyond appointing only ‘the usual suspects’. All proactive approaches are handled by experienced consultants who are skilled in the art of engaging key talent in career conversations.

Our selection process goes far beyond the customary best practice interview frameworks and referencing. We delve deep into the full range of candidates’ experience, underlying drivers and career potential; and we pride ourselves on providing objective assessments of their readiness to perform in the role, their key development areas, and appraising how smoothly they would integrate into an organisation and its culture.

Expertly Navigated:

We always work in an honest, fully transparent partnership, and take time to understand our clients’ needs, their unique culture, as well as identifying challenges they’re facing, both within the business and in the wider market. We work at pace, without compromising on quality, allocating significant resource to every search. and leveraging our teams’ extensive experience to carefully steward the process to a successful conclusion for our clients.

Ultimately, we ensure that every client has undivided attention and representation in the marketplace.

OUR PEOPLE


We have built a team of functional and industry specialists. Many of us are ex-industry so we know your markets as well as you do - we know where to headhunt from and who the key players are within each of the specialist areas we cover.

When you're investing in industry experts, you expect them to be just that. It's our job to work with you to help shape the very concept of the 'ideal candidate' based on our insider knowledge of the available talent.

That's why we are often called upon for 'hard-to-fill' and business critical appointments requiring candidates with specialist experience, intellect, and emotional intelligence.

People are at the heart of your business and they're the heart of ours. Get to know who you'll be working with below:

  • Dave Rees

    Dave Rees

    Managing Partner

    Dave Rees

    Dave Rees

    Managing Partner

    DDI: 09 300 6875
    Mob: 021 511 466
    Email: dave@convergencepartners.co.nz

    Recruitment Specialisations
    Permanent & Contract

    • FINANCE, LEGAL & RISK
    • TECHNOLOGY, TRANSFORMATION & CHANGE
    Sectors: Investment Management, Investment Banking, Insurance, Private Equity, Real Assets, Infrastructure & Renewables Finance.
    Functions: Corporate Finance, Project Finance, Investment Analysis, Actuarial, M&A / Corporate Development roles.

    Recruitment Experience

    Recruitment since 2004. Dave is a founding Partner at Convergence Partners. He undertakes global searches for leadership roles and specialist positions, predominantly in Financial Services. Dave also helps growing New Zealand companies to improve standards of governance, often by introducing independent Directors or helping to establish advisory boards. Aside from recruitment, Dave is passionate about helping 'NZ Inc' to capitalise on its strong base of scientific research, and frequently acts as a commercialisation mentor to public research organisations via the Kiwi Innovation Network.

  • Erin Kirk

    Erin Kirk

    Partner
    Sales & Marketing

    Erin Kirk

    Erin Kirk

    Partner
    Sales & Marketing

    DDI: 09 300 6791
    Mob: 027 532 5328
    Email: erin@convergencepartners.co.nz

    Recruitment Specialisations
    Permanent & Contract

    • SALES & MARKETING
    Sectors: Technology, Services, Financial Services, FMCG, Consumer, Building & Construction, Education, Rural, Manufacturing
    Functions: General Management, CEO, Executive Level & General Sales & Marketing including Management, Sales & Channel Management, Trade Marketing, Key Account Management, Category & Shopper Insights, Marketing/Product/Brand Management, Digital Marketing roles.

    Recruitment Experience

    Recruiting since 2004. Erin moved into the recruitment industry after a successful career in the consumer & professional electronics, IT and export sectors. With the bulk of her career at the leading global electronics giant, Sony, where she was a member of the New Zealand and ANZ leadership team. As the New Zealand Manager, Professional Solutions Division, this followed a strong Sales & Marketing career including account management, brand and product management, marketing communications, and business development.

    Erin has a wealth of experience in the search and recruitment sector, recruiting mid to senior level roles. Alongside her Consulting roles, she has also led a nationwide Consulting team for a mid-sized recruitment company.

  • Michelle Elsley

    Michelle Elsley

    Partner
    Supply Chain & Operations

    Michelle Elsley

    Michelle Elsley

    Partner
    Supply Chain & Operations

    DDI: 09 300 6794
    Mob: 022 640 2701
    Email: michelle@convergencepartners.co.nz

    Recruitment Specialisations
    Permanent & Contract

    • SUPPLY CHAIN, OPERATIONS & PROCUREMENT
    Sectors: FMCG, Manufacturing.
    Functions: Production Management, Supply Chain, Operations, Procurement, Logistics, Planning, Warehouse Management, Facilities Management and Project Management roles.

    Recruitment Experience

    Recruitment since 2003. Michelle became part of the recruitment industry in early 2003, spending several years honing her recruitment skills before specialising in the professional services sector. She has since gained experience working alongside companies designing and delivering technical assessment and talent management solutions. In addition, she managed her own recruitment consulting firm specialising in Supply Chain, Finance and IT roles. With significant international and local recruiting experience, Michelle now specialises in Supply Chain, Operations & Procurement roles.

  • Jenny Parker

    Jenny Parker

    Partner
    Risk & Compliance

    Jenny Parker

    Jenny Parker

    Partner
    Risk & Compliance

    DDI: 09 300 6798
    Mob: 027 913 7255
    Email: jenny@convergencepartners.co.nz

    Recruitment Specialisations
    Permanent & Contract

    • FINANCE, LEGAL & RISK
    • TECHNOLOGY, TRANSFORMATION & CHANGE
    Sectors: Financial Services, Services.
    Functions: Financial Control, CFO, Financial and Management Accounting, Operational Risk and Compliance, Project and Change Management roles.

    Recruitment Experience

    Recruitment since 2004. Graduating from Otago with an LLB, Jenny relocated to the UK in 2004 where she spent 8 years recruiting within the Investment Banking and Asset Management sectors with a focus on Financial Control, FP&A and Regulatory Reporting. On her return to NZ in 2012, Jenny has focused on recruiting roles within Accounting and Risk/Compliance across the Banking, Financial Services and the wider Services sectors.

    Jenny recruits roles from recently qualified through to CFO/CRO level and enjoys developing ongoing partnerships.

  • Claire Ellis

    Claire Ellis

    Partner
    Finance & Accounting

    Claire Ellis

    Claire Ellis

    Partner
    Finance & Accounting

    DDI: 09 300 6792
    Mob: 021 500 666
    Email: claire@convergencepartners.co.nz

    Recruitment Specialisations
    Permanent & Contract

    • FINANCE, LEGAL & RISK
    • TECHNOLOGY, TRANSFORMATION & CHANGE
    Sectors: Manufacturing, FMCG
    Functions: Accounting, Financial Control, FP&A, Analyst, Commercial Management, Compliance, Project Management roles.

    Recruitment Experience

    Recruitment since 2003. Claire commenced her executive recruitment career in 2003 following a successful Accounting career; located in both NZ and in the UK. During her recruitment career, Claire has held several senior recruiting positions within boutique and larger corporate agencies. She is an expert in the Accounting market; with a strong understanding of both the permanent and executive contracting disciplines.

    Claire is passionate about providing exceptional service to both clients and candidates alike, particularly focused on building long term relationships throughout people’s careers.

  • Alexander Hyndman

    Alexander Hyndman

    Partner
    Financial & Corporate Services

    Alexander Hyndman

    Alexander Hyndman

    Partner
    Financial & Corporate Services

    DDI: 09 300 6878
    Mob: 027 522 2447
    Email: alex@convergencepartners.co.nz

    Recruitment Specialisations
    Permanent & Contract

    • FINANCE, LEGAL & RISK
    Sectors: Asset Management, Investment Banking, Corporate & Institutational Banking and large Corporates.
    Functions: Investment, M&A, Corporate Finance and Business Development roles, from Analyst to Executive level.

    Recruitment Experience

    Recruitment since 2006. Alexander graduated with a Bachelor of Business (Economics & Marketing) and has consulted to the Banking & Finance sector since 2006. Having spent his initial years with a FTSE 200 listed global recruitment brand, he has gained experience in international markets spanning Australia, Brazil and New Zealand. Since arriving in New Zealand, Alexander has established a broad professional network and delivered on a diverse list of assignments spanning Corporate Finance, Investment Banking, Investment Research & Management, Corporate Development, Performance & Planning, Strategy, Relationship Banking & Product and People & Capability.

    Alexander takes particular pride in building a sound understanding of clients and the environment they operate in.

  • Mark Simpson

    Mark Simpson

    Partner
    Legal

    Mark Simpson

    Mark Simpson

    Partner
    Legal

    DDI: 09 300 6876
    Mob: 021 249 4647
    Email: mark@convergencepartners.co.nz

    Recruitment Specialisations
    Permanent & Contract

    • FINANCE, LEGAL & RISK
    Sectors: Professional Services, Legal, Banking.
    Functions: Solicitors, Associates, Senior Associates and Partners (Private Practice), In-house & General Counsels, Compliance, Risk, Procurement roles.

    Recruitment Experience

    Recruitment since 2007. A qualified lawyer himself, Mark spent more than 12 years working for large private practice law firms and as an in-house counsel for two of the major trading banks. Recruiting since 2007, predominantly in the legal space, Mark is able to draw on his extensive knowledge and experience of the legal profession and connections to place lawyers into roles in both private practice and in-house. He has sourced and placed candidates in leading corporates and law firms here and offshore. Mark is a key member of the Convergence Partners' Governance, Risk and Compliance service line.

  • Suzie Thumath

    Suzie Thumath

    Partner
    Research & Sourcing

    Suzie Thumath

    Suzie Thumath

    Partner
    Research & Sourcing

    DDI: 09 300 6790
    Mob: 021 632 737
    Email: suzie@convergencepartners.co.nz

    Search, Sourcing & Talent Mapping

    Suzie implements our Discovery process, harnessing market intelligence for candidate generation and market mapping.

    Recruitment Experience

    Recruitment since 2007. With over 15 years’ experience in Sales & Marketing, Suzie was in a Sales role at a management level working with leading corporates when she moved into recruitment. Consulting across several sectors, she has recruited multiple disciplines at an executive level with a speciality in HR recruitment. This led to Suzie's interest in talent research and mapping.

    With experience in searching for that 'hard-to-find' talent, Suzie has provided effective strategies and solutions around talent identification for a diverse mix of industries and enjoys developing innovative sourcing solutions for clients.

  • Roslyn Howard

    Roslyn Howard

    Associate Partner
    Research & Sourcing

    Roslyn Howard

    Roslyn Howard

    Associate Partner
    Research & Sourcing

    DDI: 09 300 6795
    Email: roslyn@convergencepartners.co.nz

    Search, Sourcing & Talent Mapping

    Ros implements our Discovery process, harnessing market intelligence for candidate generation and market mapping.

    Recruitment Experience

    Recruitment since 2005. Ros gained a strong foundation in end-to-end recruitment working for a Global ASX listed recruitment firm in Sydney and Melbourne, specialising in Banking, Finance & Technology recruitment. She worked with Enterprise clients and SME’s across both private and public sectors. Ros then moved into internal recruitment where she was instrumental in building a team of 40 specialists for a start-up IT Consulting firm via strategic sourcing of domestic and international candidates, after which she joined a global data analytics firm as part of the Talent Acquisition team before migrating to New Zealand in 2017.

    Ros is recognised for her attraction strategies, selection techniques and go-to-market plans for hard to find, niche roles.

  • Mike Matthews

    Mike Matthews

    Commercial Manager

    Mike Matthews

    Mike Matthews

    Commercial Manager

    DDI: 09 300 6873
    Mob: 027 482 6650
    Email: mike@convergencepartners.co.nz
    As of April 2016, Mike is stepping back from recruitment work and is now looking after the commercial affairs of Convergence Partners.

    Recruitment Experience

    Recruitment since 1995. After nine years with KPMG in a range of roles in NZ, USA and throughout South-East Asia, Mike moved into recruitment. He has enjoyed a role incorporating hands-on recruitment while managing both major key accounts and a successful business unit. His significant recruitment experience is primarily in the Accounting, Finance, Banking and HR disciplines. In addition to being a qualified accountant, Mike also has an HR qualification with related experience, and his prior work experience includes project management, accounting and audit.

  • Liz Collings

    Liz Collings

    Marketing, Communications, Project Support

    Liz Collings

    Liz Collings

    Marketing, Communications, Project Support

    Mob: 021 542 024
    Email: liz@convergencepartners.co.nz
    Recruitment since 2003. Liz has been a key member of the Convergence Partners' support team since 2012. She works magic behind the scenes, undertaking a broad dual role which includes maintaining our brand across all marketing and communication channels, as well as managing a wide range of internal and external business projects. She has significant industry experience, having previously spent 10 years with an executive recruitment company in a multifaceted marketing/PA/training capacity.
  • Bobbi Ryan

    Bobbi Ryan

    Advisor

    Bobbi Ryan

    Bobbi Ryan

    Advisor

    DDI: 09 300 6874
    Email: bobbi@convergencepartners.co.nz

    Recruitment Experience

    Recruitment since 1998. Bobbi commenced her executive recruitment career in 1998 after a successful Sales Management background within large multi-national FMCG organisations. She has held a number of senior recruitment positions since, recruiting mid and senior level roles for well known organisations while also holding leadership positions, heading teams of consultants and sourcing specialists.

    Bobbi’s selections skills and ability to assess ‘fit’ is something she is recognised for. She has clients who have used her services for over a decade and candidates who have since become clients.

"I've successfully used Convergence Partners to help me recruit several specialist positions. Their detailed understanding of our business, our industry and our competitors meant that I was able to quickly access quality candidates with proven capability in niche roles that are often very difficult to fill."

SIMON PENNINGTON: CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER AT FIDELITY LIFE ASSURANCE COMPANY LIMITED

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    "I've successfully used Convergence Partners to help me recruit several specialist positions. Their detailed understanding of our business, our industry and our competitors meant that I was able to quickly access quality candidates with proven capability in niche roles that are often very difficult to fill."

    SIMON PENNINGTON: CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER AT FIDELITY LIFE ASSURANCE COMPANY LIMITED

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    "The team at Convergence Partners is highly respected and their tenure in the market certainly speeds up the recruitment process. I am always made to feel that my assignment is a priority for their team and they quickly understand my needs - it’s never about bums on seats."

    TONI CHRISTIE: FORMER SALES DIRECTOR AT COLGATE PALMOLIVE

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