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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

5 Minutes with Heinrich Kalmeier

5 Minutes with Heinrich Kalmeier




Heinrich specialises in recruiting mid to senior level Supply Chain and Procurement professionals across all industries.

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What’s the best piece of advice that you’ve ever been given?

Whenever you feel sad and lonely, just stop and be awesome instead. My best mate wrote that in my wedding card and I’ve never forgotten it.


How did you get into recruitment?

One of my good friends gave me a call during the GFC and said he had a role for me. It wasn’t exactly the best time to be in the insurance industry so I said yes and the rest is history. So like most recruiters, I was given an opportunity and I ran with it.


What’s been the best moment of your recruiting career?

Placing a graduate in his very first role in New Zealand. It’s nice to get a thank you from time to time but it’s another thing for a candidate to send you a gift and explain in detail what the job means to him, his family, his ambitions and his career. You always chase the big fish but experiencing honest, real gratitude from someone never gets old. 


What would be the best piece of advice you could give to a job hunter?

It must be very cliché but it would be to never give up. You might not get the first 10 jobs you apply for but if you keep going, you’ll get there. The job you get, might also not be your dream job, but if you keep working at it, and never give up, you’ll eventually get to where you want to be.


What are some emerging trends in the Supply Chain industry?

Automation is something that is getting bigger and bigger. Look at Amazon for instance, they have a distribution centre that requires no forklifts or man power to move stacks of products from one point to another. Instead they have these “Warehouse Robots” that move products quickly and easily. I’m not sure what happens when something falls off the shelf but the introduction of technology into warehouses will only increase.


Why Contract?

A lot of the people I meet will give reasons for leaving like “I got bored” or “there was no room for growth”. Being on contract gives you that opportunity to go in and make a real impact in a certain amount of time. Some people work better with a set deadline so it’s works for them going in on a fixed term contract. If you are on an hourly rate, you also get paid for the hours you work. So if you put in 60 hours a week, you get paid for 60 hours a week.


What is in your opinion the supply chain market like at the moment?

Pretty good for high level Supply Chain contractors to be honest. There’s a real need for experienced end to end Supply Chain professionals to go into businesses that want to and need to change in order to keep up. For employers and employees that have been part of a business for 10/20 years, change is a massive thing. As such, there’s a market for senior Supply Chain professionals to go into businesses to review Supply Chain processes, make recommendation on how to improve and then implement those changes.


What is your biggest recruitment pet peeve?

A lack of communication and transparency throughout the process. Sometimes disclosing the smallest of things, doesn’t matter how insignificant you think it might be, could make the difference between securing your dream job or not.


What is your next holiday plan?

Definitely one of the islands around New Zealand. We’ve been in NZ for three years now and haven’t been to the Islands. We’ll look for one with a kiddies club so that we can have some adult time. I have a 4 year old and a 9 month old that hasn’t slept through the night once so a cocktail on a white sandy beach sounds like a plan to me.


Give me a run down on the average day in the life of a recruiter.

It’s pretty busy to be honest. There’s always lots to do because you are always working on a lot of different “projects” that are in different stages of the recruitment process. You have to do a bit of everything each day to ensure that you not only fill the roles you are working on currently, but always make sure your pipeline is healthy for the coming months. So daily there are elements of business development, customer care, client care, candidate sourcing, admin, screening of CV’s, shortlisting…..the list goes on.


If you would like to get in touch with Heinrich please give him a ring on 09 915 0595 or flick an email to

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