Simon Rutten

Executive Director

A senior specialist, Simon is skilled in spotting talent and using strategy to grow businesses.

Before entering recruitment in 2004, Simon worked big global media accounts, including Singapore Airlines and Chanel. Now a business owner, he hires C-suite execs, leaders and senior finance professionals.

Simon Rutten Verve Executive Director

Simon’s specialties

Executive Search

Our executive recruitment experts lead a search campaign to uncover the right leaders for your business, delivering fresh thinking and future success.

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Finance recruitment agencies don’t always get the role-filling sums right. By looking at the people and work culture, we make things work.

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Clients value my industry knowledge. I believe I can add value based on my deep understanding of business requirements, culture and what builds success.

Simon’s Q+As

What do you like best about your work?
The people: our team, clients and candidates. Also, partnering with businesses to advise them on their recruitment needs and strategies to help them grow.
How do you stay on top of changes in the industry?
Podcasts, constant reading, and, most importantly, working my network, including peers and industry colleagues. I’m actively involved in Business Hunter and attend many events.
If you didn't work in recruitment, what would you be doing?
Probably working in media, it's where my career started. If not, it would definitely be something related to helping businesses solve problems – a consultant of some kind.
Describe yourself in 5 words?
Passionate, driven, high energy, strategic, struggle to let go
What was your first paid job?
What's your favourite quote?
"Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It’s the courage to continue that counts."
What do you think clients/candidates love most about what you do?
The fact I care and want to see the results, including growth. They also like that I’m solutions-focused. I remove their problems and come back with solutions. Plus, they appreciate my ability to tap into talent based on years of experience within the recruitment sector.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Continuing to grow Verve Partners nationally within our target markets. We’ve already opened our Wollongong office, and plans for our next location are in the pipeline.

“Managed the whole process so professionally and I felt that nothing was a problem.”

Alison Baker, Candidate, John Holland

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