Recruitment of a Project Manager

How we recruited a Project Manager for a biofiltration company

Our client

Our client uses sustainable biotechnology to resolve odour and corrosion problems in a highly efficient, environmentally friendly and cost-effective manner. They have installed systems at over 50 locations across Australia. 

  • Location - Landsdale, WA
  • Industry - biofiltration
  • Size - 20 employees

We applied our three-phase service delivery model for this recruitment drive.

Video job advertisement

Social media algorithms favour videos over still content, so we create video advertisements for all vacancies to help source our candidates.

We take full advantage of this unique and highly effective form of candidate sourcing in order to reach the right candidate at the right time. 

We post our videos on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. They are posted on these platforms 10-20 times, based on relevance. Our videos typically receive over 1,000 views within the first 24 hours.

Project Manager - Biofiltration

Job advertisement

We constantly refresh, rewrite and reformat our job advertisements to optimise the quality of applications received. Our approach is aggressive - we post around 20 advertisements for every permanent job. Advertisements are posted on:

  • Job boards - Seek, Adzuna, Glassdoor, Indeed and Jora
  • Social media - LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter
  • 11 Recruitment's website

On average, our advertisements receive over 100 applications and perform well above the market benchmark for Seek, shown in this graph.

Project Manager

  • Take ownership of a diverse portfolio
  • Flexible work environment - high level of autonomy
  • Unmatched business structure with great incentives

Retained Search

The role

The duties for this role will include:

  • Effective managing internal resources for projects (technicians etc.)
  • Leading the team to deliver projects within the agreed time frame and budget
  • Manage project milestone progress payments  
  • Designing and signing off on projects
  • Participating in tender processing (i.e designing, submitting and reviewing; and provide support to the sales teams in Australia, New Zealand and Asia- Pacific
  • Building successful working relationships with key clients and stakeholders
  • Preparing equipment selection and costing for project-specific proposals as well as standard product development and costing database development  
  • Co-ordinating and obtaining quotes from suppliers
  • Provide technical direction and guidance to the delivery team
  • Ensure optimal control and compliance of QHSE, Enviro & Quality systems
  • Ongoing project risk management

About you

The successful candidate will have:

  • Previous experience as a Project Manager on projects circa $1 million 
  • Tertiary qualifications in Chemical Engineering (Desired) 
  • Proven experience in managing internal and external stakeholders including subcontractors and consultants
  • Experience in water and wastewater and air treatment equipment and processes
  • Must be able to do engineering measurements and understand mechanical specifications 
  • Proven project budget control with reasonable variations
  • Exceptional organisational, communication and computer skills
  • Strong negotiation and influencing skills
  • Knowledge of client contract requirements (incl. variations)
  • Undergo pre-employment medical assessment and drug tests

About our client

Our client specialises in sustainable biotechnology to resolve odour and corrosion problems in an environment-friendly manner. Their warehouse office is based in Landsdale, with parking available on site.

Assessment Matrix design

Our in-house designed, custom made software generates an Assessment Matrix, which is our blueprint for the recruitment process. Our process consists of screening, interviews, document verification, skills testing, personality profiling and reference checks.

Ticks indicate the point at which each criteria is addressed. More importance criteria are checked multiple times throughout the recruitment process.

Selection criteria




Skill test




Year 12

Degree tertiary qualifications in Chemical / Environmental / Mechanical or Civil Engineering (desired)


Previous hands on project management experience essential

Knowledge of or experience in water and wastewater and air treatment equipment and processes

Excellent stakeholder engagement

Strong influencing and negotiation skills

Proven experience of successfully completed projects

Ability to do hand sketched drawings and understand engineering drawings (AutoCAD) including mechanical specifications

Experience of QHSE compliance in terms of equipment and workplace practices


Work location – Landsdale

Verify LinkedIn vs CV Submitted

Accept expected salary ($110k plus super)

Previous warning of termination?

Will you pass a drug test?


Dominance - 69%

Influence - 32%

Steadiness - 27%

Compliance - 64%

Forms signed

Health / police check

Signed document - tell the truth

Docs verified

Driver’s licence

Citizen AU / NZ or PR

DISC profiling

Similar to people, jobs have their own behavioural profile that is based on duties, environment and communication. We create a profile for every job vacancy, enabling us to match an applicant's behaviour against that of a specific role.

We use DISC, which examines the following attributes:

  • Dominance - accomplishing results, the bottom line, confidence
  • Influence - persuading others, openness, dependability
  • Steadiness - cooperation, sincerity, dependability
  • Compliance - quality, accuracy, expertise

DISC profile - Project Manager

This role requires the type of individual who is very much task focused and unconcerned with what people think of them, an individual who is likely to be a specialist in their field and able to operate independently of guidance from management and colleagues.

The person will be driven to achieve set outcomes efficiently and without attention, gaining satisfaction from the achievement of the goal or task at hand. It goes without saying that the person will need to have the skills for the role and the results will depend on their ability to get the job done effectively.

Furthermore, this role is well suited to the type of individual who is able to concentrate on detailed work. The need for precision and accuracy is primary in producing reliable results.


Together with the other required behaviours, this role requires a person who is happy to assume a supportive role and does not necessarily have an ambition to be the leader of the team but rather happy to be a proactive and supportive member of the team.

The role is likely to be fairly structured and the person needs to be comfortable following a procedure rigorously and to be fussy about detail and getting the job done completely. There is little change in the role and the person needs to be comfortable with a stable environment and doing the same job over a period of time. This role is unlikely to suit a person who is dynamic and looking for variety and change.

Additionally, this role requires a person with an eye for detail and analytical approach to problem solving and the ability to concentrate on details paying attention the need for precision and accuracy. The individual will be inclined to give due consideration to problems and may take time reaching a decision, due to the need to check their findings to ensure the job is done thoroughly.

This kind of role would normally, but not necessarily, take place in a relatively stable and structured environment, however there might well be occasions when the need for change and adaptability arises and this would require a more flexible approach on the part of the individual.

Project Manager

Shortlisted candidates

Candidate A

Candidate B

Candidate C

Behavioural adaptation by candidates to match the job profile:

Candidate A

Candidate B

Candidate C


Our aim is to produce a strong shortlist by sourcing widely. We measure every stage in our recruitment process to ensure we meet this key objective.

Our service comes with an extended 18-month replacement guarantee. This guarantee means our interests are mutually aligned - to recruit high achievers who will excel and stay.

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"Highly recommended the team at 11 Recruitment. Every part of my interactions with them has been first class.

Professional and committed, they offer a service unlike others.

Natasha Nel is an outstanding member of staff who offered great support and information when proceeding through the recruitment process. Thank you!"

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