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Our expertise in Senior Appointments & Executive Recruitment.

Executive search and senior appointments are a challenge in today’s complex and competitive business environment.

When hiring for roles such as CTO, CIO, or Head of Engineering, there’s a lot to consider: Requisite industry and functional experience; the ability to problem solve and adapt; a proven track record; and people and personal skills that fit within an organisational culture.

Unfortunately, organisations often get it wrong. A 10 year study published in 2017 showed that for many reasons, 50-60 percent of management new hires reportedly fail within the first 18 months.

At TheDriveGroup, we take those odds seriously; helping our clients beat the statistics with our proven search and recruitment strategies for hiring senior executives and senior leaders that go the distance.

We are the experts in Technology Recruitment.

From executive candidates to clients, we work with senior leaders and managers every day. We know what is important, what motivates them, and what they look for in both a new hire and a new role.

Through actively networking and nurturing professional relationships with senior executives – over a number of years - we have established strong connections and gained insights into trends and strategic challenges, as well as expectations of both organisations and individuals

Expert advice on Senior Executive hiring trends

Our Senior Appointment and Executive Recruitment team have specialist market knowledge of senior executive salaries, job titles and hiring trends to ensure our clients can attract their first choice candidate at a competitive rate. We also work extensively with both candidates and clients to ensure skills and leadership traits are aligned with industry, market and organisational fit, before we present anyone for an interview.

This extra level of due diligence, matched with our highly sought after network and unique ability to discover new talent, is why we are consistently chosen to seek out important new hires for roles such as:

  • CTO / CIO

  • Head of Engineering / Technology

  • VP of Engineering

  • Engineering Lead

  • Technology Lead

  • Development Manager

  • IT Manager

  • Head of Mobile

  • Head of Product

  • Head of Cloud / Practice Manager

  • Programme Director

Looking to hire a Senior Executive?

Through our specialised tech recruitment services that leverage the most innovative recruitment platform, and a pipeline of vetted, engaged and highly experienced candidates, we can take the hassle and time out of finding your next strategic leader – whether that is your CTO, CIO, technology lead, IT manager or director.

Talk to us today to see how we can help.

Looking for your next big challenge?

We partner with leading brands in emerging and fast growth markets to help them find and attract the best talent. If you are a senior executive or business leader looking for your next challenge in a company that shares your values- we can help you find them.

Search our available opportunities now or Register with us now and we’ll be in touch to discuss what exciting opportunities we may have for you.

Meet our Senior Appointments team


  • James Sullivan

    James Sullivan

    Director - Development & Emerging Technology
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    • 02 8076 4661
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  • John Ross

    John Ross

    Director - Data & Technology
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  • Jamie Dryburgh

    Jamie Dryburgh

    Principal Consultant - .NET Development
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    • 02 8074 8360
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  • Simon O'Rourke

    Simon O'Rourke

    Principal Consultant - Project Services & Digital Transformation
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    • 02 8076 4633
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Jobs in Senior Appointments

  • Marketing & Communications Coordinator

    TheDriveGroup: Driven by Technology, Powered by People.    We are a young and ambitious specialist technology solutions consultancy on a mission to become the no1 tech recruitment company in Australia!    Due to success and client acquisition, we are growing our team again and have an opportunity for an awesome Marketing Specialist to join and help build out our core marketing function. About The Role: As our first marketing expert, you'll work closely with our People & Ops Manager and help take our Marketing & Communications Team to the next level! As you develop, you'll have opportunities to work directly with our founders, customers, and clients and help generate key results across a variety of platforms and campaigns. Core Responsibilities Support Founders & Ops Manager Development of Marketing Strategies Content Strategy & Planning (Social Media, Email etc) Marketing Coordination & Planning Content Creation (Design, Video, Canva etc) Customer & Client Management (Mailchimp or similar) Market Research & SEO Event Marketing (Meetups, Online Talks etc) What Will Set You Apart: We want to hear from you if: You have started a career in marketing or have recently graduated with a degree in marketing, business, communications, or another related area. You describe yourself as both smart and great with people. You possess strong written and verbal communication skills. You love creative problem-solving using whatever tools you have at your disposal. You have a bit of a creative brain :) You love wearing many hats, have solid time-management skills, and love to take ownership of your work and can 'make it happen!'  You are a bit of a social media guru. You have hands-on experience in one or more digital marketing channels (Social, SEO, Advertising, EDMs, Marketing Automation etc). You genuinely enjoy helping others and want to change lives!    We hire people who are determined and we favour ability over experience, so if you do not tick all of the above, but feel you are who we are looking for, feel free to reach out and impress us :)    What We Can Offer: This is a rare opportunity for someone to get in early and join a successful scaling company whilst we are still young and you can really carve out your own career and path! On top of this, we have a lot of other perks such as: Work in an awesome TEAM environment Training, support and external training if required  Brand new (very cool) Surry Hills offices surrounded by the best bars, pubs & cafes in Sydney! Flat structure / No bulls**t / no office dramas! 100% collaboration / Work with other high performers on the same mission Perform & work your own hours/work from home Casual Fridays every day! Shorts, T-shirts, Jeans, Tuxedo - it's up to you! Pet-friendly office - bring your dog to work! Brand new equipment - Stand Up Desks, New Apple Mac, curved screens etc Never-ending drinks fridge - Redbull, beer, wine etc Extra paid days off including your Birthday Monthly TEAM Lunch Club @ the best restaurants in Sydney! Team days out, and annual team trip! + plenty more!   Our team like to stay pretty fit and active, attend the gym/workout/yoga and take part in events such as Spartan and City2Surf (when we can) - but we also like to eat out, drink together, and have lots of fun :)    If you like the sound of what we do, how we work, and think you would fit in well here - let's chat!
  • Technology Manager / Engineering Manager

    New Role Due To Growth: Technology Manager / Software Engineering Manager If you're a Manager who loves everything Tech - but you hate all the paperwork and meetings!? Read on.... We're on the hunt for a Software Engineering expert who is looking for a high-level tech role - but without the day-to-day people management holding you back from doing what you really love! This is a brand new role due to company growth and you will take responsibility for the future of the companies Mobile & Web Applications and help drive the growth of their already high-performance, public-facing, market-leading tech platforms! What We Are Looking For: You have experience in a Technology / Engineering Manager level role (or come from a very strong tech-consulting background) You were once a Software Engineer (and either know Front End, JavaScript, Angular or React, Mobile - iOS/Android - or - have managed teams and delivered projects across Web & Mobile) You're fluent in Agile, CI/CD, Best Practices, Software Engineering Principles etc You stay ahead of the latest tech/trends. You have worked with enterprise-level software/companies that are CX and UX-focused. You have experience working with Stakeholders, Vendors, Partners, Technical Leads, etc Your previous roles have involved Technical Roadmapping, Strategy, Budgeting, Costing, etc You're passionate about everything tech! We're ideally looking for a Sydney-based person but may also consider Melbourne-based applicants. The salary on offer is around the $200k level + 20% bonus + perk + benefits. Interviews are ready to go and the start date is ASAP! Thanks for reading and as always TheDriveGroup pays $1000 for any successful referrals. Check out our website for more information or email us at hello@thedrivegroup.com.au Thanks for reading and we look forward to hearing from you.
  • Engineering Manager - Golang / React / AWS / GCP

    Software Engineering Leader Role Golang - Node - React - AWS - GCP - Kubernetes Stack Established SaaS / Product Company HUGE Opportunity To Get In Early With Equity! Imagine Joining Canva or SafetyCulture In Year 1!? This is a truly unique opportunity to become an Engineering Manager with an established and successful SaaS company that already has a global reach!  Due to new client acquisition, business is booming and they are looking to bring on a technical leader who can help take them to the next level. They are looking for someone with a solid Software Engineering background, who has been through the ranks of Developer, Tech Lead, Engineering Manager, Head of Technology etc - but someone who is still close to the tech, can read code, pick up new languages, and jump into the code and architecture as and when required. Experience working in Product focused companies/teams is also crucial - as is been able to build a team, values, and a tech culture.  You will be working closely with the Founders and CTO in a senior leadership role with influence over the direction of the company and autonomy and ownership over the evolution and development of their core platform. Start-Up experience would also be highly beneficial. The Role As well as managing the development team your role will be a strategic one and you will be responsible for creating and implementing the product development vision and strategy. You will be a member of the management team and will have a voice in the overall shaping of the business and the direction it takes. You will remain hands-on and manage an existing team but with an immediate plan to grow and recruit more Software Engineers. Ideally, you will have: Experience working with start-ups or with tech products Experience in running small development teams and recruiting technical staff Strategic thinker who is equally at home with detail and implementation Hand on backend software engineering experience - Golang or Node is the preference. Technical Skills / The Stack: Extensive experience in development, system architecture, solution design, leading our technical team and technical strategy Extensive experience in building full-stack web applications - React.js, Node.js, Golang, JavaScript, TypeScript etc Experience with GIT, AWS or GCP, setting up build pipeline, DevOps/CI/CD, Docker, Kubernetes etc Experience implementing front-end frameworks using React.js Microservices Architecture & RESTful API development Security awareness, software engineering standards, and scalability.  NoSQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB or similar If you love to disrupt and tick most of the above requirements - get in touch! If you're looking for the next big thing, love a new challenge, and the thought of taking an up-and-coming, but already established tech product global excites you - get in touch! If scaling your own tech team and chasing unicorn status with skin (equity) in the game is what you've been looking for - get in touch! Please note: you must be in Australia/Sydney with Citizenship or PR to apply - but visa transfers are available for the right person. We would love to call and chat with every applicant - but our last EM level role had 100+ applicants, so we will only be scheduling phone calls with suitable applicants with the correct background/experience. We will, however, be sure to review every single application and stay in touch as and when suitable roles are available. Thanks for reading and we look forward to hearing from you.