Engineering Manager (Protection)
Location » Perth
3 months contract Key Management Role Competitive Rates A 3 months contract position for an Engineering...
Our Team & Associates
Knowledge and Experience
Through its two directors and co-founders, John and Sonja Masters, JSM Appointments is able to draw on extensive industry related HR consulting services and engineering experience. We have an established network of HR consulting service providers enabling us to extend our consulting role to a fully outsourced HR management service including psychometric tests. Our focus is on recruiting engineers and from an engineering recruitment perspective our unique combination of experience obtained locally and abroad enables us to successfully refer engineering professionals that will not only meet the skills and knowledge requirements of clients, but meet all the competencies required for a high performance culture.
Engineering Recruitment Consultants
The team at JSM Appointments is proactive and customer focused. Our engineering recruitment consultants are qualified and experienced HR professionals who have demonstrated that their values align with those of JSM Appointments. Our consultants have a keen interest in the engineering profession and each has completed JSM Appointments’ in-house training and development program to ensure that they offer both clients and candidates a professional and highly effective engineer recruiting service.
Team leadership, training, marketing and business development is the responsibility of our management team leaving our engineering recruitment consultants to do what they do best - recruiting engineers.
Director / Principal Consultant
BA (Hons) Social Work; IPM Dip; MAHRI
Background and experience:
Sonja's extensive experience covers more than 23 years as a corporate human resources generalist and engineering recruitment specialist. She has held a number of senior HR positions in international organisations, covering industries such as engineering, information technology and telecommunications. As a recruitment specialist, Sonja has consulted to the financial, IT and engineering industry.
Sonja's corporate career in South Africa included her appointment as HR Manager for Babcock Engineering and Construction, as well as Workforce Planning and Staffing Manager and Human Resources Consultant at IBM.
On arrival in Western Australia in 1998, Sonja worked as a recruitment consultant serving the finance industry, and then joined Telstra Corporation Ltd as a Human Resources Manager.
Sonja continues to offer a range of HR consulting services, and has extensive experience in developing and implementing a range of HR policies, processes and specific HR initiatives such as performance management frameworks; incentive models for staff; learning and development frameworks for front line management and extensive management training on HR initiatives. Sonja can advise on the use of various assessment tools and psychometric tests, and is an advanced interpreter of Harrison Assessments™
“My experience as an HR professional has convinced me that the most important function in an organisation is the recruitment and selection of staff that will enable an organization to meet its objectives. Having had firsthand experience of the damage and devastation caused by employing the wrong person especially in management, has resulted in a desire to work with clients where I will be afforded the opportunity to provide a service that will achieve the above.
“I am often surprised as well as disappointed at the lack of care taken when an engineering recruitment exercise is undertaken. I still subscribe to the old fashioned values when recruiting engineers. Comments from clients that “you (JSM) attract good engineering professionals” reflect the value of applying experience and knowledge in the proper assessment of each candidate. We often attract the same candidates as our competitors, but we only present candidates that are suited to the role- we do not convey batches of CV’s in the hope of hitting the jackpot. Those clients that engage us as partners in their recruitment campaigns have had excellent outcomes, testament to my belief that true engineering recruitment is a value added role when engineering jobs are filled through professional HR consulting services.”
TMIEAust; MSAIEE; NHDip(Mngt.)
Background and experience:
John's 25-year electrical engineering career spans a broad range of industries in South Africa and Australia. During his 12-year engineering career with South Africa’s national electricity supply utility (Eskom), John gained extensive engineering and management experience in the power supply industry. In South Africa John also worked on contract to engineering firms where he consulted to manufacturing, mining and mineral processing companies.
Since his arrival in Western Australia in 1998 John has been involved in electrical design, project management and consulting work for various engineering, mining and electrical power supply utilities.
John is able to draw on his professional experience as well as his knowledge and understanding of the targeted industries in Australia and abroad to assist organisations with the selection and placement of quality engineering staff. John has a keen interest in the engineering career and issues that impact on engineering employment.
“My engineering career was littered with experiences of frustration and dissatisfaction in dealings with the engineering recruitment industry, both as job seeker and employer. Employers continue to turn to external recruiters to supplement their engineering recruitment function, and I felt there was a need for reliable recruitment services focused on engineering jobs, ones that are both respected by members of the profession and recognised and trusted by the industry that employs them.
The engineers' recruitment industry is largely driven by conflicting interests: employers want access to talent as and when required; candidates are driven by a variety of motives in their search of employment and engineering career opportunities; while recruiters seek to profit by matching the needs of these two parties. In the case of the latter shareholder pressure and dare I say greed encourages tactics that lead to much of the inappropriate and unethical behaviour pervading the engineering recruitment industry.
I believe that attention to detail, sticking with what we know and treating clients and candidates with respect offer the best results for a sustainable engineering recruitment business.”
Maria Palleros Baez
BComm (HR, Management); BA (Italian, Chinese)
Background and experience:
Originally from Argentina, Maria is a recent graduate from the University of Western Australia. Her studies have focused on Commerce and Foreign Languages, with a special interest in Human Resources.
Maria has a keen interest in people and other cultures due to her extensive travel experiences. Living in five different countries has exposed her to different environments and has helped her appreciate the need for a flexible attitude and an open mind.
Her career in HR started with an Internship at SKILLED Group during her final year, and was followed by a year of teaching English in Spain. With a special interest in the Engineering Industry from a young age, combined with her studies in HR, she has now joined the team at JSM Appointments with the objective of identifying and sourcing quality professional engineers with the right skills to match the needs of the clients.
“My career in Human Resources is only just starting, however I hope for my skills to become a valuable asset to the business and to provide both clients and candidates with a unique service that can reflect the amount of care and attention to detail JSM Appointments places on its work.”