I have worked with Andy as a candidate and client for seven years and let’s just say, he gets it. He took the time to understand what I was looking for in candidates, and was relentless in ensuring he found the right solution. He has great connections in many markets and has found me amazing people both from Australia and offshore. He’s a sound judge of character, tells it straight, and cares about finding the very best outcome. On top of that he is a good guy – a real sense of humour and I can honestly say I trust him. (Candidate and Client at PWC, CBA and Optus)
Andy is not your typical leader in the recruitment industry - many leaders and brands in this category have come and gone, but Andy has built a solid reputation for great candidate care and client excellence over an extended period. Well respected in the industry and with deep connections to many clients and candidates, Andy has an excellent reputation in achieving results. I would have no hesitation commending Andy to both potential candidates and employers alike.
Chief Customer Officer
I returned to Australia after seven years in the US and Andy gave me an insightful overview of the market and immediately connected me with thought leaders. Considering I was quite far down the track with CommBank’s x15ventures at the time, I sincerely appreciate the time and expertise Andy still offered me. I now recommend him to all of my peers and friends returning to Australia as my preferred marketing recruiter.
Chief Brand & Marketing Officer
Andy is unquestionably one of Australia’s leading marketing recruitment consultants. He has an intimate understanding of the modern marketing leader’s remit; both from a technical standpoint and from a team leadership perspective. At different points throughout my career, Andy has provided sound advice regarding the best path forward for my professional development, advised on the roles that will bring me the most joy and provided wise counsel on making the right career moves at the right time. I cannot thank Andy enough for his support and advice.
Former Marketing Director
Working with Andy on placing me into my new role was a wonderful experience. What set Andy apart was his genuine care for people and the company he represented. He took the time to ensure the expectations of the role and culture of the company matched my experience, skills and values. Andy kept me in the loop during the whole process and was always very responsive. Andy, I can't thank you enough for all of your support!
Former Head of Loyalty & CLM at Petbarn
now Head of Growth & Retention at Stan
Andy is the only recruiter I trust implicitly. I have worked with Andy over several years during which we have had lengthy discussions on what makes a brand great (and grow), what good culture looks like and where the Australia job market is heading. When I first returned from the UK, I found recruiters who were rude, who lied or who blatantly tried to steer you into a position that would help their short term commission. Then I found Andy and my trust in this industry was restored! I will continue to work with Andy for future personal career development and my teams.
Head of International Partnership Marketing
I have been lucky enough to be represented by Andy and his team on two occasions both of which ended incredibly successfully. Hire Aspirations will always be my first port of call when looking to further my career. The whole team have a level of trust that has no equal and always have the candidate’s best interest at heart.
Director Marketing (SMB Partnerships and Mass)
Andy is one of the most genuine and approachable recruiters that I have had the pleasure to engage with in my career to date. His market knowledge is exceptional and communication style refreshingly open. I would not hesitate to recommend Andy as a trusted advisor regardless of whether you are a client or a candidate.
Regional Head of Marketing & Digital
My experience working with Andy, was fantastic, from start to finish. He saw an opportunity for me, and helped make it a reality. He helped me through delays, negotiated and ensured the contract gave me what I deserved. Without Andy I wouldn’t have landed a dream role with Avenue Bank launching a brand and building an entire function. Thanks for everything!
Senior Brand, Creative & Content Manager
I have known Andy for several years and he is always the person I reach out to for counsel and guidance as he knows the industry inside out. He has a deep level of expertise and is genuinely passionate about helping people. He is engaging, authentic and really cares about the people he works with. As a candidate he provides professional support throughout every stage of the recruitment process, he listens to your needs and seeks to find the role that is the best fit for you. He is truly a pleasure to work with and someone I highly recommend.
Former Director Business Ops & Governance at Optus
Now Brand & Marketing Director at The Bridge International
Andy was recommended to me by my brother Serge based on a great experience he’d had with Hire Aspirations. I enjoyed engaging with Andy. He is direct and honest and always kept me informed. Whilst he did not place me in my current role he was a good sounding board during my search and was generous with his time and insight.
Blooms The Chemist
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Andy as a candidate for several years throughout my marketing career. Andy is a trusted advisor and has been a valuable sounding board to approach regarding career path progression. He is incredibly well connected to top tier brands and hiring executives, has a deep understanding of the market and is able to connect career objectives to unique opportunities. Always offers a genuine, authentic and personalised experience, I can’t recommend Andy more highly.
Executive Manager, Owned Media & Channels
Whilst I've never officially been placed by Andy, he has always been incredibly generous with his time, knowledge and advice. Andy has been a great sounding board for me as I've navigated my career and also someone I don't hesitate to recommend for candidates looking for their next role.
I would highly recommend Andy to help you on your recruitment journey. I recently secured a wonderful job through Andy’s agency and throughout the process, he was open, honest, quick to respond, highly knowledge and gave great advice. Applying for roles is not an easy process but Andy made it an enjoyable and a straight forward process. Thank you Andy for helping me secure a great role.
Lisa De Vere White
Director of Go-To-Market
I have known Andy a long time both as a colleague and a trusted advisor as far as my career is concerned. He is knowledgeable, well connected and easy to work with. He calls things as they are and works in the genuine interests of both parties to ensure a great outcome for everyone. He is solution oriented and his curiosity and creative thinking will find results where others may have long since given up. He never over-promises but frequently over-delivers.
Head of Marketing
Oporto (Craveable Brands)
Andy and the Hire Aspirations team were instrumental in helping me secure my dream role. His knowledge of the position and requirements of the role, as well as the close relationship he had with the hiring team, ultimately ensured he could find the best match in the interests of both parties. I wouldn't hesitate to reach out to Andy for any future moves, or when the time comes to find great candidates to grow my own team.
CX Strategy & Ops Director
I worked with Andy quite closely in relation to a fantastic opportunity for the next step in my career. During the process my circumstances changed and I had to withdraw. Andy was really supportive and helpful throughout that time. As a candidate, I always felt he had my best interest in mind and provided a lot of value as a thought partner. It is clear he values relationships and works towards what is right for the long term.
Former Director APAC Adult Care Marketing at Kimberly Clark
now Exec GM Marketing & Comma at Newcastle Airport
I can thank Andy for the role I am in today. Thinking laterally, he recognized the transferability of my skills and experience into a sector that, on the face of it, was quite a shift from where I had come. He is great to work with – straight talking, insightful, full of integrity and you can have a good laugh along the way.
GM Vet's Marketing
I have worked with Andy for a number of years and my current role is the second career step he has secured for me. Andy is a pleasure to work with. He’s an approachable, straight-talking and authentic individual. Andy is an expert in his field He always strikes up the right balance on the needs and wants for both the recruiter and the candidate. I will not hesitate to recommend Andy as your recruiter of choice when you’re deciding on your next career move.
Director, Customer Marketing
I have known Andy for over four years. When we first met we spoke mostly about our shared love of rugby, a good measure of him getting to know me as an individual not just a CV. I have used Andy as a personal mentor for my career, and to help me with my job searches in the past, but more recently to help me find top talent for my team. He is a personable and knowledgeable sounding board and I really value his thoughts and advice and more importantly to me, he is always willing to help.
Global Head of Marketing
Mark Anthony Brands
If you’re thinking about engaging a recruiter, but previous underwhelming experiences make you think twice about it, I warmly recommend you give Andy a call. A rare breed, Andy has the best interests of his candidate at heart. His extensive experience and industry knowledge coupled with his ability to identify a person’s strengths and match them with the right job openings, make him a trusted advisor, sounding board and invaluable asset to anyone seeking new opportunities.
Head of Brand & Content
I have engaged with Andy as both candidate and client and can highly recommend him from both perspectives. He is a high calibre professional in his field of expertise. He is very well connected, has a sixth sense to spot great talent and truly understands his clients’ business. When I worked with Andy as a candidate, he provided invaluable advice on how structure my career and, as a result of our cooperation, I landed my dream job. Last but not least Andy has a brilliant sense of humour and is a great guy to work with.
Former Director of Brand
I only encountered Andy quite recently but we established a rapport quite quickly. He was knowledgeable, insightful and candid and I felt he genuinely though outside the box as far as career growth and development were concerned. Definitely someone I will keep on my radar.
Director of Management Consulting
Consulting by Kantar
Andy is a very well connected recruiter who keeps his candidates best interests at heart by diligently matchmaking our competences and ambitions with the best possible opportunities.
Exec Strategy Director
Landor & Fitch
My journey with Andy started through an internal recruitment process for my then employer. He handled that process with the utmost professionalism, trust and care. I had subsequent conversations with him regarding my next move and referred other colleagues and peers in my network to connect with Andy as well.
Head of Marketing, Talent Solutions
Andy differentiates himself from others by being genuinely passionate, honest and professional, allowing him to immediately connect with clients. He took the time to meet with me face to face, asked questions about my background to understand what I was looking for and provided me with solid advice and guidance that has helped with my search. He also has a detailed knowledge of ‘what’ and ‘who’ is happening in the market.
ex Director Merchant Marketing & Partnerships
American Express ANZ
My recent experience with Andy was quite brief as I needed to withdraw from the opportunity he was handling. But this was nevertheless an excellent experience. Andy acted as a genuine trusted advisor throughout and I always felt like he had my best interests at heart. He was supportive, empathetic and professional at all times.
Head of Marketing
QIC Real Estate
We recently sought to find the perfect Marketing Director for the Camilla Tribe and we asked Andy’s advice. His suggested line-up was swift and perfectly matched to our requirements and we were delighted with our eventual appointment. Andy’s refusal to take any payment, due to post-employment restrictions speaks volumes for his integrity. A really genuine, likeable individual with a quick wit. I would thoroughly recommend “Hire Aspirations” and wish Andy and his team the very best of luck!
Chief Executive Officer
We appointed our Marketing Director through Andy and he was great to work with. He really took the time to get under our skin and understand what makes us unique – he even went to experience some of our classes! The end result was a very strong shortlist and a high calibre hire. He knows his niche and that knowledge, when combined with his integrity and plain talking, makes him a highly valued partner.
Former HR and Country Director
I trust Andy. He may not have placed me (yet) and he may not have even recruited for me (yet) but his knowledge, sincerity and approachability make him a go-to advisor when it comes to planning my own career or finding top marketing talent for my team.
former Head of International Market Development
I worked with Andy extensively at CBA as we looked to build a new marketing team within a specific area of the bank. We formed a really productive partnership that yielded some outstanding results. He went to great lengths to unearth exactly what we needed and this kept our internal client very happy. Andy’s market knowledge, networks and depth of understanding were second to none…he was a fun and decent guy to deal with too.
Former Principal Recruiter at CBA
Now APAC Talent Acquisition Manager at CBRE
I have engaged Andy and his team over a number of years to recruit junior and senior level marketers in the telco and health sectors. On each occasion, he has perfectly interpreted the brief, reacted swiftly and made the experience enjoyable. He is particularly gifted at finding stand-out candidates that wouldn’t have been sourced any other way. On a personal front, he is also a great sounding board – impartial, knowledgeable, insightful and he calls a spade a spade.
General Manager - Workforce
I have worked with Andy for close to five years now and he has become my invaluable and trusted go to person for all things recruitment - both as a client & candidate. Jam packed with industry knowledge and experience, Andy has a unique way of really listening and understanding the requirements and as a result is able to provide clear guidance tailored to the individual, which is not only refreshing but also creates a high level of confidence.
ex Head of Marketing
I really enjoy working with Andy as he is a very genuine person and always on the ball. What's unique about him is that he is fantastic to work with from both sides of the fence; whether helping with recruitment or helping you find the next role - he genuinely cares about the longevity of the relationships on both sides and is very good at finding the right fit between potential employee and company. In my experience, this can be a rarity in the world of recruitment. (client and candidate at Aurora Expeditions).
Group Head of Marketing
Business Partner and Subject Matter Expert are thrown around far too easily in recruitment but Andy Rouse is both. I have known Andy as a trusted colleague and a client for over a decade and his knowledge and understanding of career management and talent attraction within marketing (including digital and e-commerce) is outstanding. He is thorough, ethical, insightful and resourceful and he delivers win-win results. For a Brit he’s got a pretty good sense of humour too!
Director, Talent Acquisition, North America
I have worked with Andy as both a client and a candidate for the last four years and can happily say that he knows his stuff, tells it as it is and he works hard to find great solutions. His assessments of people are insightful and usually spot on, so you can trust his judgement. I have no hesitation recommending Andy from either side of the fence.
Former Global Marketing Director at BAI Communications
Now CMO at Boldyn Networks
I have worked with Andy on several occasions during my time at Fred Hollows and have always found him to be very thorough, resourceful and accommodating. He is straight-talking, very honest and offers deep insights into his niche specialism of marketing and communications. He is fun to work with and is my go-to person not just to recruit but to bounce ideas off or to sound out for market information.
(former) Talent Acquisition Manager at Fred Hollows
Now Talent Acquisition Manager at Cochlear
Aurora Expeditions had a tough brief to fulfil, as at the time the calibre of the hire required was critical, ahead of a very steep but exciting growth phase for the company. With Andy’s understanding of the nuances of these needs, coupled with his very evident enthusiasm for our business, he identified a strong shortlist of candidates from which we are able to secure a true superstar, who continues to play a key role in our continued growth. At all times I viewed Andy as a genuine partner in this process.
Robert (Bob) Halfpenny
former Managing Director
Andy is one of those few recruitment professionals who genuinely thinks outside the box – and I’m a direct beneficiary of that. Andy approached me with a career-changing role, one I would never have considered but that Andy had recognised suited me perfectly. I’ve also had the pleasure of working alongside Andy and seeing his absolute dedication to achieving great outcomes for his clients. He knows his market intimately, he innately understands how to identify and match talent and he’s passionate about what he does.
Chief Executive Officer
I have worked with Andy for several years now and what sets him apart is his deep market knowledge and his desire to really find what is right for me. He doesn’t fill jobs, he gets to the heart of what really matters to a person and then marries talent with opportunity with an overarching focus on cultural fit for both parties.
Flore Vanpoperinghe Benveniste
Marketing Lead proposition
Woolworths at Work
Andy approached me about my current role at CBA and right from the outset he took as much time helping me to determine if it was right for me, as whether I was right for them. The process was extensive but Andy kept me informed throughout and was always available to discuss matters. He was knowledgeable, thorough and genuinely focused on achieving a win-win outcome. A very easy guy to work with.
Snr Strategy & Performance Lead
Andy’s intuition when sending me candidates was unlike any recruiter I’d work with previously. One of the roles he recruited, I hired the very first person he sent to me! The process of working with Andy was seamless and successful. I’ve referred many clients and candidates to Andy based on my initial two dealings with him and continue to stay in touch with Andy for advice, recruitment and referrals. He has become a wonderful associate and is a genuinely great person to know and deal with.