Sonia Gutierrez

Corporate Administration Manager

How did you get here? Describe your career history and background that led you to your role at Horizonone.

I’m originally from Venezuela where I practised law until I decided to make one of the biggest decisions of my life to move to Australia. I arrived in 2010 and moved to Canberra, where I began and completed my Masters in Accounting and Business Administration before moving on to work as a Finance Manager.

It was pretty funny how I ended up at HorizonOne! I’d previously interviewed with David Harrington for a finance position in 2014, unfortunately I was unsuccessful for that particular role. In early 2018 the opportunity appeared for a Corporate Administration Manager at HorizonOne. After a friend recommended I apply, I picked up the phone, called Simon and…. here I am now.

What is different about working at a recruitment company compared to other organisations you have worked for?

I feel like recruitment is really team orientated and social. In my last role, I didn’t feel excited as there wasn’t as much interaction – people barely talked, it was very much heads down work environment. Here, though, everyone is always on the phone, sharing information with one another and always up for a chat, which means that it can get pretty loud in here!

What does your role involve?

My role involves being in charge of business operations. This could be anything from monitoring compliance and insurance, making sure our books balance and, of course, making sure everyone is happy and everything is running smoothly. The way I like to put it, I make sure the background business stuff is being managed so that David and Simon have one less thing to worry about!

What do you like best about your role?

I love being able to fix things and see the results of my work. I also love seeing the other side of recruitment and seeing the operations that makes a recruitment company run – it turns out a resume doesn’t magically land in the hands of employers!

What would you say is different about HorizonOne’s approach to recruitment and business?

I think the biggest difference would be how HorizonOne treats their clients and candidates, I even have first hand experience of this when I interviewed with David back in 2014! HorizonOne made it feel more personable. David was always in contact with me every step of the way, even calling me to tell me that I was unsuccessful for the role that I wanted, and gave a thorough explanation as to why. Although it was bad news, it’s great that the team here are willing to go that extra mile, even if it isn’t the news you would always like to hear.

Who is the biggest stirrer in the office?

I’ve been told that David Harrington is, but I can’t say I have really seen that yet… Looks like we will just have to wait and see!

What is something you do outside of work others might be surprised by?

My main passion would have to be Dancing – Salsa, Merengue, Bachata and Zumba – it’s in my blood after all!