Published on 24th October 2018
Andrew Stevens-Milne is the Team Leader of the Software Engineering and Digital team in Sydney. His genuine approach and his ability to empathise with candidates and clients has seen him build a successful career in the recruitment industry for over 20 years. We spent some time getting to know Andrew and what makes him tick.
Tell us about yourself
I started in the recruitment business back in 1997 and built my career in the UK until 2005 when I made the decision to move to Australia. Since then I have specialised in the I.T space, including a two-year stint as an internal recruiter for a technology company.
Outside of recruitment I am a family man, I dabble in building no-code websites and I am a massive movie buff.
What do you think you bring to the Ambition Software Engineering and Digital team?
I want the Software and Digital team to be regarded as the first choice for our clients. We will achieve this through building trust, transparency and going the extra mile; and by continuing to constantly build our networks and knowledge, so we can find the most suitable candidates and opportunities quickly.
What have you attributed your success too?
Developing a deep understanding of what’s important to candidates and to clients and having the ability to empathise with them. You have to maintain focus on what your clients and candidates actually want and need.
Describe your job in 3 words?
One for all
What is something in this industry / your space that you want to fix?
Nothing much. I think most recruiters try to do the best and most ethical job they can, when often faced with tough targets and high expectations.
What’s your top tip for anyone starting a career in recruitment?
Concentrate on becoming an expert in whatever area you are recruiting in, or choose to recruit in an area you are already expert in. It also helps if you have a genuine passion for the area as well.
If we were to meet you outside of the office, what would you be doing?
Trying to keep up with my three kids. If I ever have any spare time (and the energy to enjoy it) outside of that, then I’ll probably be working on building a website, watching re-run after re-run of The West Wing, or trying to find time to watch a movie.
If you could swap places for a day, who would it be with and why?
Aaron Sorkin, because I would commit (on his behalf) to writing a new season of The West Wing!
Tell us something we don’t know about you?
Nothing to tell… I’m an open book!