Jean has razor-sharp focus on the requirements of her corporate clients equal to a detailed assessment of individual clients' relative strengths and expertise. I felt, unusually, that she was acting strongly in the interests of both sides to close the best possible deal for all concerned. Jean also identifies and wins plum opportunities that many of her opposite numbers seem to miss. Insight, integrity and responsiveness come as standard.
Richard Ambery - Consultant Banking, Dillon Eustace
Aegon Ireland has been working with Brightwater for 14 years, over this time we've built up a strong relationship and consider them an extension to our team. When a recruitment need arises, Brightwater is the first recruitment consultancy we refer to. Their knowledge of the industry and more importantly, our needs as a company, is second to none. Their tacit knowledge of our company ensures we waste no time in recruiting the right people at the right time. My team consistently feedback positively about the Brightwater team, on their professionalism and approach to making the process as easy and successful as possible.
Emma Costello - Head of HR, Aegon Ireland
We recently worked with Orla Brennan, Partner at Brightwater, and with Orla’s help we were successful in filling a director role. Having met with Orla, it quickly became apparent that Orla is credible, professional and efficient. She provided us with candidates that met our requirements and she did not waste our time with unsuitable CVs. I would be happy to work with Orla again in the future and I’d recommend her as a resourcing solution.
Paul Vance - Director Human Resources, KPMG Ireland
We have worked with Estelle Davis and Brightwater Executive for over 10 years now. A key part of our business strategy is the recruitment and retention of top talent and Estelle and Brightwater Executive have helped us achieve that. They have developed an in-depth knowledge of our business and culture over the years which has enabled them to consistently screen the market and put forward a shortlist of strong candidates. We are demanding and very particular as a client with a number of our placements being specialist roles which they were still able to deliver upon. They were also able to provide clear guidance on remuneration packages. I would have no hesitation in recommending Brightwater Executive and Estelle.
John Calvert - CEO, BCP Asset Management
I was recently placed by Anne-Marie with an established international company setting up an operation in Dublin’s IFSC. I’ve known Anne-Marie for a number of months while I was hunting for a new role. Anne Marie was immediately one of those rare recruiters who takes the time to understand her candidates, to understand what they are looking for in their next role and definitely not bombarding them with roles which are only tentatively appropriate. Anne-Marie went out of her way to meet with me initially in a suitable location and to understand my requirements.
When my new opportunity arose, she was immediately able to explain the role and its match to my expectations. She understood the degree of fit and was clearly able to distinguish between my role and other roles being recruited for. Her understanding of the organisation, the corporate culture and the industry, together with her knowledge of the technical details of the role was central to me applying for the role when I would probably have not considered it under another recruiter. Throughout the relatively brief recruitment process Anne-Marie was regularly in touch, both with myself and the company, advising on progress and providing valuable feedback.
I have dealt with a number or recruitment companies over the last six months and the experience with a number of them was less than impressive. The support and service received from Anne-Marie was of the highest professional standard and I would have no hesitation in recommending both her and Brightwater to other employers and candidates.
Bobby Davison - Director of Data Intelligence Centre, UHG
I have worked with Jean Heylin of Brightwater for several months, sourcing high calibre lawyers for our Cayman Islands and Hong Kong offices. Jean is unusually thoughtful and careful in identifying and selecting candidates for us. From experience, she undoubtedly applies equal rigour to recommending us to candidates. There is nothing worse than expending time and energy interviewing candidates that are not truly interested, or indeed truly appropriate for interview. Jean ensures that this does not happen. She is delight to deal with both by telephone and email, and I have no doubt that she will continue to be one of our favoured recruiters for years to come.
Ian Mann - Head of Harneys' Offshore Litigation & Restructuring Department in Hong Kong
From my first discussion with Jean of Brightwater I knew the company and Jean were different from any other recruitment firm I used previously. I had been looking for a new role for a few months and found other firms more interested in sending your CV into every available opening than understanding if the candidate is right for the particular role. Jean took the time to understand my background and future career aspirations. Jean opened up a number of opportunities that were of interest to me that no other firm was able to provide and I am happy to say successfully placed me in a role that I wanted. During the whole process Jean kept me up to speed on the progress, gave advice and valuable feedback. Jean and Brightwater are the only recruitment firm I will be recommending going forward.