Prior to relocating to Singapore, Smith had accumulated experience in Sydney where he led one of Randstad’s specialist recruitment businesses as its General Manager for the New South Wales and Queensland territories, managing a team of more than 60 professional consultants. He had joined Randstad in 2005 and his career trajectory saw him progress from graduate consultant through to manager and General Manager in the space of a decade.
Working with high-calibre clients as well as managing multiple teams in three markets is surely a tough job for a leader, but throwing work-life balance into the mix adds yet another juggling act that leaders must face. For Smith, the challenge he grapples with is keeping the balance between the time spent with his family and the time spent on work. The recruitment business being what it is, he says, your to-do list is never quite finished.