“We have energy and are passionate about what we do and why we do it. We always meet and then strive to exceed client expectation”.
PROFESSIONAL RECRUITMENT FOR THE ENERGY SECTOR
Freshwater Group is a best practice energy sector recruitment business operating across the whole of Australasia.
We focus on those areas of the energy sector that we believe will play an increasingly important role, such as low carbon emission and renewable energy generation; energy infrastructure, storage and management; and energy efficiency and disruptive clean technologies.
Our focus on the energy sector gives us an insider’s knowledge of its issues, challenges and opportunities. It means that we can offer our customers – our clients and candidates – a genuine partnership, enabling them to make the best decisions in their hiring and career choices.
A RIGOROUS AND TRANSPARENT PROCESS
We maintain the highest standards of professionalism, using a rigorous and transparent process. We take time to understand our customers’ needs and, most importantly, we treat them with respect, communicating and acting with integrity and discretion.
Our entire process is based on best-practice techniques, with robust and valid assessment at its heart. This ensures the people our clients interview not only have the necessary skills and experience, but that their natural behaviours are a great match for the role, the company and its culture. This is the only way reliably to predict whether people are going to perform at their best, and just as importantly, whether they will be in a role that is just right for them and their careers.
Our process, which we consistently apply to all roles, regardless of seniority, includes detailed candidate briefs and candidate reports, regular and transparent communication with all parties, and regular dashboard progress reports for our clients, so that they are always completely up to date about how many people are being considered for a role and how each is progressing.
A customer paying for a professional service wants to be assured that it is based on objective, measurable and reliable processes and techniques. The service must be transparent, illustrating exactly what has been done, when and how. In short, it must clearly demonstrate good value for money. At Freshwater Group, we offer that promise.
We manage the entire process of sourcing, assessing and selecting great people for permanent or contracting roles right across the energy sector. Our recruitment process is professional and robust, and we apply it to every role we recruit for. Assessment is at the heart of this process, allowing us objectively to learn about people’s style and behaviour through psychometric assessment, ability testing, interviewing and referencing.
We offer assessment consultancy as a stand-alone service. Our clients use this, for example, to sample our assessment tool before they commit to the full recruitment process, assess a candidate they have sourced themselves or analyse the behaviours and traits of existing team members. Clients can use all of our assessment process or just one part of it. It is entirely modular and flexible enough to accomodate your specific needs.
We treat people as people, not commodities, always communicating openly, honestly and transparently, and always putting their interests first. That’s why our recruitment service, with its focus on robust, professional assessment, is as much about finding a great role for a person, as finding a great person for a role. We want our candidates to find roles that they thrive and succeed in – roles to which they are entirely suited.
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What They Say
“My experience with David Young and Freshwater Group has been by far the best I’ve had with any recruiters. You have made the experience of finding the right job enjoyable and was very present each step of the way. Even after starting my new job you stayed in touch which I have not had happen and made me feel that there was genuine care about how it was all going. I know if I decide to move on from current career I’d 100% be contacting yourself for help as I know that through your assistance I will be able to find the right job suited for me.”
Rachelle Eid, Project ManagerOctober 2021
David is without exception the best recruiter I've worked with. He found me via LinkedIn and supported me all the way to job offer and beyond into employment. He knew the recruiting company, the team, culture and role to such a high level I felt like I was talking directly with the company. He never once came across as pushy or sales like and simply guided, supported and informed with top professionalism, skill and the human touch.
Ben Ewens, Head of Business OperationsSeptember, 2021
“Very professional and always a great conversation with David. David provided good advice and was very polite.”
Marcus Ng, PV EngineerSeptember 2021
“Having to know David is one of the turning point in my life. His professionalism, sincerity, willingness to go above and beyond to assist you throughout the whole process is just impressive. The advices he provided are very valuable, I've learnt a lot from him and also get to know myself better in the process. Definitely recommend Freshwater Group, top notch!!”
Ariel Lee, PV EngineerSeptember 2021
“David was highly professional. Unlike other recruiters he takes his time to give a genuine feedback on your profile. Very helpful.”
Abhishek Renganathan, Technical Sales ManagerSeptember, 2021
I have nothing but good feedback . David was very helpful and successful at finding me a job . The whole process was made very easy and simple . David even checked in a few times to make sure I had settled in well and that I was happy in my work environment.
Angela Glaros, Workshop ManagerAugust 2021
I had a perfect experience with Freshwater Group. David Young's job was different from any other recruiter that I had seen previously. I went through the process smoothly and easily with David's professional manner of being available and ready to answer my questions any time.
Masood Hashemi, Structural EngineerAugust 2021
I was contacted by the Freshwater group about a new exciting position. David and the team were supportive and extremely professional. Their guidance and tips helped me with my confidence and I was successful in my application. David has followed up and made sure I am happy and all is going well. I strongly recommend the Freshwater Group.
Jo Martin, Warranty Customer Services ManagerAugust 2021
“Highly recommended. Exceptional service and engagement with David from start to finish. David's professionalism as representative of Freshwater Group and energy sector clients spoke volumes in terms of service, connection and engagement. Stand out and exceptional service all round.”
Carolyn Eade, Procedure Writer1 October 2020
The Freshwater Group approached me about an executive role. The employer was an international group in the process of establishing Australian operations, which made for a complex search process. David and his team steered me through everything expertly. Importantly, they empowered me by providing all the information I needed about the company and the role.
Dan Cass, Energy Policy and Regulatory Lead22 June 2020
Highly recommended. Excellent processes and engagement with David at Freshwater Group. David is professional, transparent and has a good eye on recruiting quality talent in a complex energy industry. Thank you.
Sandra Chui, Group CFO6 June 2020
David is the ultimate executive recruitment professional. He approached me about a role he had and although my background is in financial markets and I never would have considered applying for such a role, he identified that my network, experience and skills would be well suited to the role. Throughout the process his insight into the energy sector, guidance, support and transparency were invaluable and like nothing I have experienced before when going through a recruitment process. Although selection for the position has been deferred indefinitely, David has still kept in touch with me. I would highly recommend engaging with David and his team.
Sally O’Keefe, Senior Business Development Manager5 April 2020
David provided outstanding service from the outset. He was professional, prompt, reliable, friendly, respectful...the list goes on. I thank him for his assistance in placing me in my new role, and would strongly encourage others to utilise his services.
Aaron Moreton, Partnership Manager2 December 2019
Freshwater Group is highly professional and I had a nice experience with them. They follow systematic skills evaluation techniques and provide personalized feedback throughout the process. It was good working with Anna and she's very helpful and supportive in nature.
Sivaguru Paramasivam, Energy Storage Solutions Manager16 September 2019
My experience with Freshwater Group has been great. Anna Carolina Santos was really helpful in getting me through the recruitment process and was always responsive and prudent in her replies every time I had a question. In the end, it was really hard for me to turn down the offer especially after having such a great relation with Anna. I highly recommend Freshwater Group.
Vishnu Viswam, Project Engineer02 September 2019
David's clear communication, knowledge of the industry and ability to understand my career progression made the recruitment process one of the best I've had. At no stage did I feel I was being sold to or pushed for a role that didn't fit my skillset. I was well prepared for each interview stage with my potential employer and genuinely felt that David was pushing for a win-win outcome. Thank you to David and the Freshwater Group.
Anthony Yarrow, Business Development Manager20 August 2019
I was recruited recently through David and the team at Freshwater group into a great role I'm enjoying. They made the process very clear, with great communication and professionalism. I really appreciated their advice and attentiveness.
Jacques Liu, Energy Management Team Leader16 August 2019
Very happy with recruitment process, excellent communication skills. Clear process and always available if you have questions. They easily provided me with the best recruitment process I have experienced. Great work!
Nick Mercure, Business Development Manager8 July 2019
Excellent service from end to end. Freshwater Group were thorough in ensuring I was the right candidate for the role and were incredibly communciative throughout the process. I'd definitely work with them again.
Daniel Johnson, Sales Director8 July 2019
David and Freshwater Group were an absolute pleasure to work with. Their professional approach and clear and continuous communication made the whole recruitment process very smooth. David went above and beyond to ensure that he could help me at each stage of the process. Would not hesitate to go through the recruitment process with Freshwater Group again, knowing that they genuinely care about matching the right applicants to the right roles.
Alex Leemon, Demand Response Manager8 January 2019
I have dealt with many recruiters in my time. Freshwater is by far the best experience I have ever had. Always prompt with any questions I had and extremely professional. You are not treated like a number like many other recruiters. I would recommend Freshwater to any business in the energy sector.
Adam Stammers, General Manager Sales7 December 2018
The process Freshwater Group provided prior to shortlisting was informative. Meeting with David Young was a good opportunity to learn more about myself and my skills. The information provided for the interview appointment was concise. Overall, the process was professional.
Liliana Taylor, Franchisee8 October 2018
In relation to future recruitment needs, I wanted to highlight how impressed I am with your process and industry focus and would be keen to use you in the future as needs arise.
Leo Figueira, Global Head of Risk26 September 2018
I had the pleasure of working with David and his team recently, which led to my success in a fantastic role. David kept the process transparent, and kept up the communication at every stage. I would highly recommend the Freshwater Group to anyone looking to take the next step in their career.
Catherine Fetherstonhaugh, Electricity Market Compliance Manager18 September 2018
I have been in the workforce professionally since 2007 and have dealt with countless recruiting agencies and will wholeheartedly say David and Freshwater are head and shoulders above the rest. Very professional and thorough, right from his initial approach. Knows what he is talking about, doesn't up sell. Although I was ultimately unsuccessful, he had flagged well before that it could have been an issue. Very insightful, highly recommended.
Billy Wong, Property Manager4 July 2018
David is a great operator in the recruitment field. His level of professionalism, communication and attention to detail were second to none when compared to my other recruitment experiences.
Felix Rohde, Wind Farm Construction Project Manager12 Jun 2018
I dealt with David Young at Freshwater Group and was reassured and impressed with the professionalism, clarity in communication, and ease to deal with. Recommended for sure.
Jaad Cabbabe, Engineer – Energy Storage Lead4 June 2018
My experience with Freshwater Group was very positive, the team is very professional and helpful. They really pay attention to details and the communications is the strong point. I am really thankful for the support during the whole recruitment process.
Eleonora Catalano, Technical Analyst25 January 2018
A highly professional recruitment firm that provided strong attention to detail and communication. I was well prepared for my interviews.
Richard Moreton, Renewables Engineer15 January 2018
David was great, very organised, very communicative, and he really understood the role he was talking about, which I appreciated immensely.
Laura Bailey, Technical Writer8 January 2018
Freshwater Group is a recruitment company that treats candidates with a lot of respect. Their analyses of the profiles are relevant and the feedbacks they provide are very personalized. I highly recommend their services in the sector of energy recruitment.
Gabriel Réchard, Sales Engineer18 January 2018
You interviewed me for the Civil Engineer role. Throughout our communication, everything was clear to me. I am sure you have chosen the right candidate, based on your level of expertise and skills. Thank you for your time.
Daniel Rajabi, Structural Engineer17 October 2017
My experience with David was exceptional. The use of Skype for interviews, profile testing and timely feedback was very efficient. I'd like to thank David for his assistance in the whole process.
Roger McNamara, Electrician15 September 2017
David and Morgan from the Freshwater Group recruited me for my current position at Redback Technologies. I found them both very professional and friendly to deal with, and it was great doing an interview over Skype as we were in different cities. David helped me through the process, including after I had started in the new position. I'd highly recommend Freshwater, David and Morgan.
Daniel Hampton, Operations Manager27 June 2017
Excellent and very professional recruitment agent with a pleasant team of people.
Wil van Vorstenbosch, Director of Finance18 June 2017
I found the team at Freshwater Group to be very professional in all aspects pertinent to proactive recruitment. They have excellent insights across emerging industries and are building relevant contacts to match their target markets. At the same time, their humble nature has earned my respect as they draw a clear line about what they don't know and are happy to call that out rather than speculate with incorrect or false information. I would consider Freshwater Group for an effective, nimble and ethical search firm.
Joseph Raheb, General Manager Sales & Strategy23 April 2017
I found Freshwater Group to be very professional and helpful. The team were well versed in the client's activities and provided an insightful application process. A very positive experience.
Dean Tsilfidis, Electrical Engineer9 March 2017
Very thorough and friendly staff, good communication with the client and excellent feedback. A positive experience all round.
Evan Tims, CEC Design & Install Electrician3 February 2017
Very friendly and helpful team, excellent support and communications even after job placement. It was a very positive experience for me.
Saeid Veysi Raygani, Electrical Engineer3 March 2017
I'd like to sincerely thank you for considering me for the Electrical Engineer role. I'm sorry to hear that the decision did not go my way, but appreciate that the decision was a difficult one. I appreciate the care and thoroughness shown to me during the process. I'm impressed with your company, the way it conducts business, and it was a pleasure talking to you. Please kindly pass my gratitude to the rest of the team.
Basil Joseph, Electrical Engineer8 February 2017
I had the opportunity to work with David and his team earlier in the year and found their professionalism and attention to detail to be well above par in terms of recruitment services in Australia. At all times during the recruitment process I was well informed of the status of my application via strong communication from the team. I wouldn't hesitate engaging with Freshwater Group again, should the opportunity arise.
Rob Masefield, UX Designer30 December 2016
I had a positive experience working with Freshwater Group after applying for a role through LinkedIn. Morgan was particularly diligent and professional. I felt she was a genuine agent for Freshwater and for the company she was recruiting for. She kept communication lines open and seemed very honest about the situation with active assurance through the process. Meeting David was a pleasure. He was very thorough in giving background information on his client and retrieving information for his client to get the best picture. Though initially a little intimidating, the personality assessment taken before the interview is a very enlightening and valuable tool for gaining genuine applicants. Though I was not successful in the role, I believe Morgan and David acted professionally and with empathy. I would recommend this team for gaining quality work.
Zoe Baker, Graphic Designer7 November 2016
First and foremost you guys are truly professional and set very much apart from my experience with other recruiters. Superb!
Ian Turner, GM Software Development31 October 2016
As GM of a start up organization, I found David Young’s approach fresh and very thoughtful. His attention to service and details provided us with excellent candidates. He’s been a partner in hiring and also in the business.
Mike Haines, GM Sales & Marketing at Redback Technologies9 September 2016
David has redefined executive search in my eyes. Prior to utilising services from the Freshwater Group, in previous companies, the hiring of recruitment consultants rendered high fees and low quality deliverables. David, in contrast, takes his job personally, providing significant care in each engagement and delivering to a standard few hold themselves accountable to.