Shareholder and Manager of our Contract Division Jason Hinton is celebrating four years with Hunter Campbell. We talk to him about his job and what he enjoys doing at work and outside of work.
As well as leading the contract team, Jason recruits all manner of interim roles from CFOs and Financial Controllers through to Management Accountants and Commercial Managers.
Hunter Campbell Founding Partner Lee Marshall says Jason was brought into the business specifically to create a contract offering, set up processes and procedures and drive a strategically important part of the Hunter Campbell offering.
“Jason has a real passion for finding ways to help the boat go faster, and his love of a spreadsheet added a much needed analytical and systems dimension to the leadership team,” Lee says.
“From a contract recruitment perspective, Jason is the best contract recruiter I’ve ever worked with. His ability to place great candidates into roles is second to none, and he has an impeccable conversion rate. Jason is an incredible asset to our business.”
Jason – what do you like most about your job?
I genuinely enjoy having an impact on people’s lives by supporting and advising them at a time when they are making big decisions that will affect their professional lives. I like building long-term relationships, making a positive difference and getting the best outcomes for both candidates and clients.
I also enjoy working at Hunter Campbell as it means I can continue learning from some of the best people in the business.
Tell us about your career journey so far?
My recruitment journey started in 2006. I jumped straight into the industry after university (strange, I know!). I studied at the University of Auckland, completing a Bachelor of Science in Organisational Psychology and a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting, before getting my first job at a New Zealand-based recruitment firm where I focused purely on contract roles from the Accounts Payable level up to interim Financial Controller and General Manager Finance appointments.
In 2010, I set out to do the big OE but I loved Melbourne so much I ended up staying there for five years. I worked recruiting for a global Accounting specialist where I developed my skills as a specialist permanent recruiter in the $140 – $300K space.
I came back to Auckland in 2015 to establish the contracting division for Hunter Campbell. My focus has been driving growth and visibility of the Hunter Campbell contracting brand in the New Zealand market and developing a high performing team of contracting specialists. It’s been an amazing ride so far and we are just getting started.
What have been the highlights of your career so far?
Seeing the growth in the Hunter Campbell business over the last few years and knowing I’ve been an instrumental part in that journey has been a real career highlight. The work we put in at the beginning is coming to fruition and it’s rewarding to see the contracting team develop.
The Founding Partners here lead from the front and genuinely inspire me to keep pushing myself. It makes it really easy to come to work each day!
Establishing myself in Australia was another highlight. I was 27 when I left and even though I had some experience in recruitment, I had to start again from scratch. It was a real challenge, but a successful one that I learned a lot from.
What does your average work day look like?
My day generally always starts with a large coffee after my 18-month old has kindly woken my wife and I at around 4am.
After that, it’s always difficult to predict because there’s no standard day in the contracting world. What is critical is the ability to adapt and fulfil client requests. The day is normally a mix of meeting candidates and clients, sourcing for roles and providing support and advice to enable my team to continue to develop and be successful.
Name three things you would do on your perfect day off?
I’d spend time with my crazy toddler Caleb and wife Jayna and try and escape the city for the day. We would drive to one of New Zealand’s great beaches for a day trip and do our best to relax while keeping Caleb entertained. I’d finish off the day trying to remember how to play tennis with friends, but make sure I pick some that won’t make me look too bad!
What is the nicest (or strangest) compliment you have received?
I recently received several bottles of wine from a candidate who had been struggling to make his first break into the New Zealand market. The best part is he actually found the role directly but he said the constructive advice I gave around his CV and how to present himself in interviews was the potential difference in landing his first dream job.