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“Moir Group has the ability to provide constructive advice. They have a clear understanding of their subject matter and provide practical alternative solutions, which greatly assist in resolving issues.”

Domenic Chiera, Chief Financial Officer, Lake Maintenance


“I can confidently recommend Moir Learning as a great resource to assist someone entering the job market. As a new immigrant, Moir Learning Services took the time to review my CV with me and offer suggestions on how to better align it to the Australian style. They also offered feedback and advice to help me better myself in the marketplace. They were a pleasure to work with.”

Katie Zuzek, Senior Project Accountant (contract), International HR and BPO


“After spending time with Moir Learning Services, to go through my resume and LinkedIn account, I have learned techniques in maximising their use and I have gained more confidence in my job search. I’m highly recommending this session to anyone who has just come back into the job market.”

Belinda Beattie, Senior Commercial Finance Manager, Apple


“Matthew Talbot Homeless Services are pleased to acknowledge and commend Moir Group for their commitment to the ‘Work it out’ Program. The importance of the program can, and will, make a major difference in assisting our clients to seek employment and help rebuild their confidence and self-esteem.”

Julie McDonald, General Manager, Community & Corporate Relations, St Vincent de Paul Society – NSW


“I completed a CV/LinkedIn session with Moir Group and it was absolutely brilliant.  I've come away with the confidence that they are up-to-date and professional.  I would recommend this session as a worthwhile investment for anyone re-entering the job market.”

David Kneeshaw, General Manager, Finance and Business Operations, Intercompany and Stock


“It is excellent to work with an organisation that is able to adapt to our needs so willingly and effectively. The facilitators are always professional and committed to ensure that all participants involved are provided with personal attention. Feedback from participants of each workshop is outstanding. Moir Group displays a capacity to reach out to the disadvantaged; they offer compassion to individual needs and provide real practical advice to our service users affected by homelessness, or at risk of homelessness. ”

Caterina Giuliano, Program Manager, St Vincent de Paul Society NSW Support Services Ozanam Learning Centre


“The people at Moir Group understand our requirements and consistently provide quality finance and accounting people to our team.  I would recommend Moir Group to those who are looking for professionalism and transparency in a recruitment partner.”

Mark Roberts, Director , Human Resources, amaysim Australia

“We have worked with Moir Group on a number of projects over the last 12 months. I have found them to be helpful and reliable in producing quality candidates for our business.  I would have no problem recommending Moir Group for finance recruitment needs and will definitely work with them again in the future.”

Kim Van Der Poel, People Advisor, Dalkia Energy Solutions


“With the understanding and knowledge Moir Group have acquired of our business over the past 2 years, they are capable of meeting our exact requirements and we can always rely on them for high quality candidates. They are not only reliable and efficient, but, very friendly to work with. If asked, I would recommend Moir Group’s services.”

Raheel Irfan, Group AP Manager, Idameneo Pty Ltd


“Moir Group have consistently introduced quality candidates to our organisation. Their experienced team and willingness to understand the client ensures the right people are employed and gives me every confidence in returning to Moir Group for recruitment advice and assistance.”

Chris Mamarelis, Chief Financial Officer, The Whiddon Group


“Moir Group assisted Steadfast in the recruitment of multiple roles. I enjoyed working with them and they delivered excellent outcomes and displayed a high level of professionalism and integrity at all times”

Rosalie Lau, Group Financial Controller, Steadfast Group


“I thoroughly enjoyed working with Moir Group. Their style is professional and thorough and they worked hard to source some excellent talent for our business.”

Sandra Cittadini, Senior HR Manager, SunRice


"We needed to build a quality team in a short space of time and Moir Group were key in assisting us. They listened to our needs and presented the right people to help us develop the culture we had begun building. As a result the transition has been an overwhelming success.”

Gary Margetson, Head of Shared Services, News Corporation


"We have been working with Moir Group for over 12 months now and have filled a number of senior roles. Their feedback, preparedness to challenge, as well as provide sound advice, has been invaluable to us. They constantly sought to understand our needs, to refine that understanding and to ensure we were able to continue moving forward. Their service throughout the process was exceptional.”

Carol Pegler, Director of Human Resources, Bard


“Integrity, professionalism and the desire to find the right fit between candidates and prospective employers - it was a pleasure to experience these attributes with Moir Group. Their commitment to finding the right role with the right cultural fit was second to none and I’m looking forward to maintaining my relationship with the Moir Group well into the future. The Moir Group does indeed stand out from the rest.”

Paul Wiggins, Global Financial Shared Services, Fosters Group Australia


"Thank you very much for helping to deliver outstanding candidates for this role. In comparison with other agencies, working with you was pleasant, professional and provided a great outcome." 

Stuart Rennie,Church & Dwight


"Moir Group handled this process in an exceptionally professional way." 

Craig Adams, Chief Financial Office, Clarendon Homes


"I will definitely stay in touch with Moir Group, I hold your company in very high regard and appreciate that your employees are genuine people who care about others, not just the outcomes."

Michelle Adam, Finance Manager, Woolworths


"I have dealt with a number of recruitment agencies, but by far Moir Group stands head and shoulders above all of them. I have found the engagement experience with Moir Group to be ground-breaking, new and so refreshing."

Hamilton, Candidate


"It was an absolute pleasure working with the wider Moir Group team and please be advised that I have recommended Moir Group amongst my network from both a candidate and client perspective."

Tim Howells, Software Controller, Microsoft


"The feedback, advice and enthusiasm Moir Group exhibits is absolutely refreshing. Hugely impressed with Moir Group."

Chris McFadden, Candidate


"A quick note to say thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement. Various conversations with your team and their positive attitude and willingness to explore options with me simply reinforced to me that you understood that its about people's lives and not just the numbers."

Tendai Des Moyo, Chief Financial Officer, Energy & Water Ombudsman NSW


"Thanks again for your personable professionalism and delivering on the promise of the Moir Group brand.

Wayne McCusker, Managing Director, Church & Dwight

"Moir Group thank you so much for your superb professional advice and warm encouragement. I'm very grateful"

Cherry Liu, Candidate


"Moir Group is great and I thoroughly enjoyed working with you as a company. You are very good at what you do, always have a good understanding of me & our business and are great people to deal with.

Kristian Mertens, Chief Financial Officer, Norman Disney & Young


" Moir Group is the best agency in Sydney without a doubt, your professionalism and kindness is rare these days." 

Alessandra Rizzo, Commercial Analyst, Inghams Enterprises Pty Limited 


"Moir Group really stand out in comparison to other agencies, you work together as a team and genuinely are passionate about finding people a job. The fact that I felt this when I first met Moir Group and still feel it now means it must be an important part of your culture as a whole, it sets you apart from all other agencies. Moir Group are by far the best!”

Steven Davies, Candidate


"Angela has been a valuable resource and support in bouncing ideas off in a competitive job market. She has a depth of knowledge, shown great empathy and I have found her advice to be relatable and grounded. I would highly recommend Angela to someone seeking advice in their job search."

Linda Lukban, Candidate


"I'm glad that I have met the right people! Job satisfaction  = fulfilled life - says it all.." 

Annake Dippenaar, Candidate 


Quarterly Market Update - July Edition

Empathy with an Edge:
The Makings of Great Leadership

There is a humane element to the best leaders. Traits that define strong leadership are commonly thought of as being at the tougher and less human end of the spectrum. There is a notion that good leadership means winning at any cost.

Whilst being geared to success is undoubtedly important for any good leader, true leadership is about winning in the right way. It isn’t necessarily about being the loudest or most high-profile person. Strong leaders who are humble, empathetic and unassuming are often the most impressive.

An empathetic leadership style instils confidence within an organisation and team, partly because there is less focus on self-promotion and more emphasis on bigger picture thinking. People think to themselves, ‘Here is someone who genuinely wants to partner with me and make things happen’. It immediately builds a level of trust and fosters a strong team culture.

Finding your edge

Leadership is not just about empathy though. There is an ‘edge’ required to take good leaders to the next level.

One key thing that a lot of great leaders have in common is that they are very clear and single-minded about the purpose, values and strategy of their organisation and deliver on these areas obsessively. At a recent Moir event, former Socceroo captain Craig Foster spoke about the importance of having clarity of vision and values, “For a culture to develop that you are proud of and that you want to be a part of, you have to actively create it. Don’t try and play a game that isn’t yours.”

Another key component of great leadership is achieving cut-through. Having the ability to work with the information that presents itself, weed out the unnecessary detail and get to the heart of what needs to be done. It’s also the ability to achieve cut-through in your relationships. Good leaders will then take others with them on the journey. This means working effectively with multiple stakeholders, often both locally and internationally, ensuring there is clear communication and that everyone is fully invested in the direction being taken.

As Finance Managers and Controllers take on more of the financial and technical aspects, the modern-day CFO is expected to consult, collaborate, identify strategic initiatives and effect change. “The role of CFO continues to evolve and is often broader now,” Nine Entertainment Co. CFO Greg Barnes told us at a recent event held by Moir Group, "You have to embrace risk and enable your management teams to make better decisions. Shifting the perception of the CFO from gatekeeper to enabler."

Great leaders are also great problem solvers. They are able to take advantage of opportunities, overcome obstacles and are totally goal obsessed. These qualities help them to develop cultures of execution and get things done. Leadership expert, Paul Mitchell of the human enterprise, who spoke a recent Moir Group event, recognises that challenges that remain undealt with can stifle an organisation “Your problems are not your problem,” he said “Your problem is your inability to solve your own problems.”

Promoting the right leadership skills

Promoting yourself as a strong leader requires reflection to gain clarity about what makes you excellent. This is not something that can be achieved on the fly.

When pursuing opportunities to step into a leadership role, people often put too much emphasis on selling certain aspects of themselves, whilst ignoring other key factors.

Whilst technical and commercial competencies are important for a leadership role, these are increasingly seen as base level requirements by a potential employer, i.e. skills that are expected in any good candidate. These skills do not necessarily make a person excellent. When things come down to the wire, it’s often the human factors that companies base their decisions on.

Before interviewing for a leadership role, go away and take a step back. Think about 3 or 4 things that make you truly excellent. When doing this, make sure you balance the factual evidence with some human elements. If someone is very clear about what makes them excellent and has a depth of thought around that, it comes across really well to a potential employer.

Some relevant qualities to consider may include:

  • The ability to plan for the long-term and see the bigger picture
  • Having the courage to put your hand up and take on a new challenge
  • Not being afraid to stand up and have a different view about an issue
  • The ability to be both strategic and hands on
  • Completing the circle: The ability to follow through and get things done

Once you have these 3 or 4 points of excellence, use these as a framework to organise your credentials. If anything’s not related to these things, leave it out as it will muddy the picture.

It’s also good to consider what the organisation in question is looking for in a leader. A lot of people (especially as they progress through their career and have more experience), make the mistake of saying they can run the gamut from A to Z. But really a company may only be interested in points A, B and C. Focusing on these key areas will make your offering more concise and relevant.

For more tips on how to take control of your career.

Making it happen

It’s really important to remember that Leadership is not just reserved for senior level people. Strong leadership is a key thing that organisations look for in any role, no matter what level. Even those at the start of their careers can show leaderships skills and build on these skills for the future.

If you’re keen to develop your leadership skills, a great thing to do is to work on your networks. This is key as people will go out of their way to help someone who has taken the time to build a genuine, human relationship with them. As you climb the ladder, having strong networks could open the door for you with a new opportunity or a transition to a new industry sector.

Another tip for building on your leadership credentials: Don’t be afraid to take on a new challenge in your current role. If you can back yourself and have a go, it speaks volumes about your potential to step up to a leadership challenge in the future. And if you fail, don’t worry, it’s a good thing to learn from your mistakes as you make your journey to great leadership.

Identifying yourself as a leader

Having identified these essential leadership traits within yourself, it’s important to articulate them when selling yourself at a senior level. For those still progressing through their careers, remember to actively develop these leadership traits as a part of your critical skillset.

Q2 Market Wrap-Up

Quarter 2 has been strong, with the number and variety of roles placed by Moir Group continuing to grow, particularly within Telecommunications/Media, Manufacturing/Fast Moving Consumer Goods and Professional Services.

Placements at the CFO/Finance Director level have seen strong year-on year-growth - both contract and permanent. This reflects the key role the CFO/Finance Director plays in an organisation. This role is and should be the right-hand person to the CEO. It’s interesting to note that 90% of CFO roles recently placed by Moir Group have been female. We have also seen an increase in the demand for Finance Managers/Controllers.

Quarter 2 has also seen strong demand for commercial advice to support businesses. This has contributed to an increase in the number of Analysts and Management Accounting roles. This will continue to be key over the short to medium term. We have also seen a good rise in demand for technically strong accountants.

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  1. How to be a more mindful leader Jessica Hamilton 19-Jun-2019
  2. Reflections of a CFO: The highs, the lows and what’s next? Jessica Hamilton 22-May-2019


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