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Julian Silk

Julian Silk

How long have you been with Charterhouse?

“I joined the business in 2013”

What is your current role?

“I head up the business transformation contract & temp desk looking after everything from business analysts to project directors.”

What is the best thing about working here?

“The open communication and collaboration between all of the consultants. We don’t really have a philosophy where everyone looks after themselves. It’s all about sharing information with one another around candidates and clients. By helping out your teammates or colleagues across the divisions you create a collegiate team — with no egos!”

If you reflect on your time with Charterhouse, what have you had the opportunity to learn?

“I started in accounting operations looking after junior accountants and finance staff. I have now been given the opportunity to look after senior technology and business candidates. The business has encouraged me to progress my career and move around divisions to increase my exposure. This has given me the opportunity to become more well-rounded and knowledgeable about different business areas.”

What’s your team like?

“The team is great! It is very multicultural — we have people from across the world. Everybody is highly collaborative, helps out each other, and there is a good sense of community in our team. This is something we strive for when bringing new people into the team.”

What support do you receive to enable you to be better at your role?

“The main thing is the constant support and backing from colleagues and management. The business has given me the time to fully understand the sector I work in and has been supportive in developing my skillset with training. Also, other divisional directors are helpful and have given me valuable advice. Working in a business that has open communication, there is a lot of cross-collaboration to help with challenges as they arise.”

How would you describe the culture here?

“The culture is very open door. There is a willingness to give people a good chance and no sense of hierarchy and ego. Everybody is treated equally.”

What is it about recruitment that you love?

“The biggest thing is the challenge. Recruitment can be a tough gig and without constant support, it can be an uphill struggle. The investment you make is returned: it’s an environment that has a direct link between effort and reward.”

What gets you up each and every morning and on the way to work?

“It’s a great culture, great vibe in the office and everyone celebrates the successes of new business, new clients, great candidates. There is the thrill of looking for new opportunities and each and every day is different. Recruitment is a constantly evolving industry.”

If you could sum up the Sydney office in a sentence . . .?

“A place where equal opportunity exists.”

What would be the one piece of advice you would give someone starting at Charterhouse?

“There’s no such thing as a stupid question and you’re always welcome to ask anyone. There is always someone to support you.”

You’ve worked with other recruitment firms. What does Charterhouse do better than anyone else?

“It all comes back to being a company that wants to see everyone succeed. They’re not just going to chuck you in the deep end of the pool. It’s an environment that wants to see the best in every single consultant and not just the top performers.”


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