Launched in 2004 as a specialist technology recruitment agency, Potentia has come a long way over the last 15+ years. Yet, at that time, one thing that hasn’t changed is our focus on people. Working alongside organisations of all sizes, from New Zealand’s latest startups to large multinationals, it’s this people-focused approach that drives everything we do.
In 2017, we took our first steps into the Wellington market, following our appointment to the All-of-Government (AoG) supplier panel and scaling demands from clients in the nation’s capital. While technology will always remain a core focus of the Potentia brand, this expansion into the public sector arena created an opportunity to establish our specialist policy team as well. Today, our Potentia whanau has grown to more than 30 people across two offices in Auckland and Wellington. So, what sets us apart?
We know that recruitment is a partnership – one between ourselves, employers and the experts we work with up and down the country. To us, it’s all about putting people first. We only really succeed when both our clients and candidates succeed as well – it’s what we call a ‘three-way win’. Of course, developing these long-term relationships is a promise we make to everyone we work with; we’re with you every step of the way.
We cover the full spectrum of tech and change jobs, from development to data, project services to the cloud, not to mention a range of Government roles within the policy space. With an experienced team of specialist recruiters, it’s our knowledge of the market – combined with long-standing partnerships with candidates and employers – that helps us to match you with New Zealand’s latest technology and policy jobs, and the very best talent.
From hosting quarterly Korero Potentia events and attending local meetups, to one of our many sponsorships with local businesses and universities – everything we do is about our communities.
Our long-running partnership with the University of Auckland stretches back to 2013 through the Potentia Undergraduate Scholarship in Computer Science. Providing assistance to one Bachelor of Science student (who’s enrolled in software development) each year, the scholarship is now in its eighth year. As well as financial assistance towards tuition fees, the scholarship also prepares recipients for the job market through a Graduate-in-Residence opportunity within the Potentia team.
Not only this but given the talent shortages in New Zealand, the reality is that international recruitment remains a significant part of what we do. Because we’re so passionate about building from the grassroots up and developing that capability organically in New Zealand, we’ve partnered with two local universities; AUT and Massey, where we play a role in developing the curriculum for relevant undergraduate programmes.
While recruitment will always be our core offering, we understand that in the first few months of a new job can be stressful. That’s why every Potentia candidate who is successfully placed into an organisation benefits from a unique post-placement performance coaching programme to help with the transition into their new surroundings. With a dedicated in-house coach that works with candidates on a one-on-one basis, it’s just one more way we can help your career (or business).