About us

In 2014, We Rethought Recruitment.

We’ve been growing tech companies and tech careers ever since.

We believe that tech recruitment is about building great teams - not filling individual roles.

This means deeply embedding in our clients’ businesses, and helping candidates grow careers they love. It’s about long-term relationships, not one-off transactions.

Embedding in our clients’ business

Helping Candidates Grow Careers


Keep reading to find out how we got here - and where we’re going.

In 2014, we saw a problem in the traditional recruitment model.

80% of recruiter energy was focused on clients

leaving just 20% for candidates.

Embedding in our clients’ business

We founded Talent Army to solve this problem.

The old model doesn’t work for tech companies or candidates. Recruiters need to really know their candidates. This is bigger than skills and salary expectations. It’s also about their goals, their values and how they do their best work.

To deliver on this recruiters need to, spend half their time on clients, and half their time on candidates. 50/50, not 80/20. That’s the only way to get the best people into these roles - time, attention and relationships that stretch across their entire careers.

Talent Army's CEO talking
Talent Army's CEO talking with an employee

Taking roles to market

It’s not just about getting roles from clients, taking those roles to market and filling them.

It’s about helping our clients define the right roles in the first place. It’s about getting the best people for those roles, and making sure they’re working on the right things to drive the business forward. And it’s about building a team that can work with one another and the rest of the business in a productive way.

Fitting overall goals

And at the same time...

It’s about drawing from a deep talent pool that comes from years of helping candidates build their careers. From placing them in roles to answering questions with no obligations, to helping them plan their next move, and figure out how each role fits into their overall goals.

Talent Army's CEO writting on sticky notes

That’s why we...

Help Clients


Build Relationships

Our Process

Help clients

Spend time upfront helping our clients define what they need - from the tech stack, to the team structure, to the JD itself.


Cultivate deep networks of talent. We know exactly who would be a perfect fit for a role, regardless of whether they’re looking right now.

Build Relationships

Build long-term relationships with our clients and the people we place in roles. We don’t just fill roles and move on.

Want to get involved?

Get in touch. Let’s build your perfect team - or find your perfect job - today.

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Meet the Team

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Dan BuchananDan Buchanan
Dan Buchanan



Dan went to France once and hasn't shut up about it since 🐌

Troy HammondTroy Hammond
Troy Hammond




We keep giving Troy travel books and he is not getting the hint ✈️

James WoodJames Wood
James Wood



James has webbed feet, but sadly it doesn't help his golf game ⛳️

Helena HamillHelena Hamill
Helena Hamill


Talent Lead @ Atlassian

When not at work you can find her SUP boarding or reading a good book 📚

 Maia Churichkova Maia Churichkova
Maia Churichkova


Talent Manager

Maia sees dead people. Literally, as her partner owns a funeral home 😵

Dom Gunn-TaylorDom Gunn-Taylor
Dom Gunn-Taylor


Account Manager

Probably posing in front of the Les Mills mirror right now🪞

Peter SewellPeter Sewell
Peter Sewell


Account Manager

Thank god this photo is cut off at the bust. 🚴🏻

Ben SmithBen Smith
Ben Smith


Talent Manager

He cannot wait to tell you he was once South Islands strongest man 💪

Hanna PuolanmaaHanna Puolanmaa
Hanna Puolanmaa


Talent Manager

Will pour out a whole bottle of perfectly good wine if it’s not great 🍷

Mitchell HazelhurstMitchell Hazelhurst
Mitchell Hazelhurst


Talent Manager

Mitch moonlights as a paid partier & curates house and DnB vibes for nightlife across NZ 🎧

Laura CahillLaura Cahill
Laura Cahill


Talent Sourcer @ Atlassian

Ask Laura about her taxidermy ferret called Jonathon 🙈

Thomas OsbornThomas Osborn
Thomas Osborn


Talent Manager

Tom likes your taste in music... He just likes his own much more 🎸

Sophia PilarSophia Pilar
Sophia Pilar


Talent Sourcer @ Atlassian

Eu adoraria conversar com você em português! 🇧🇷

Ange Travers-JonesAnge Travers-Jones
Ange Travers-Jones


Head of Finance

Ange was once a famous DJ in the Wellington Trance scene 👩🏻‍🎤

Talent Army team photo

Want to work with us?

Whether you’re looking to build a team, or looking for a job, the best first step is to have a conversation with us. Get in touch today to schedule it in.

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Refer someone to Talent Army, and get a $1,000 Prezzy Card if they get a job.

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