Michele Koster, Managing Director
Michele (Gurunlian) Koster founded The Candidate Company in 2014 following an 18 year career in Human Resources, Recruitment and Executive Search. She has worked in both specialist consultancies and in-house positions and over the course of her career, has developed a broad range of experience across many business segments.
She joined the industry in London in 1996, becoming a specialist in Public Relations, Public Affairs and Technology. Prior to relocating to Australia, she was asked to join the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) with a focus on placing senior finance executives into critical, interim positions within local and central Government.
Arriving in Australia in 2004, Michele joined a leading executive recruitment and selection business where she undertook a leadership role and was responsible for the considerable expansion and successful diversification of the Brisbane business.
Three years later, she was approached by a boutique executive search and board consulting firm whom she subsequently joined in January 2008. Until April 2014, Michele was based in the Brisbane practice, operating as a generalist with a focus on Mining & Resources, Transport, Industrial and GOC’s.
Since moving to Brisbane, she has worked with many of Australia’s leading employers, successfully delivering on a diverse range of executive search assignments – both domestic and international.
In 2014, ten years after relocating to Australia, Michele realised a long held ambition in launching The Candidate Company.
Educated in Brisbane, she achieved her Bachelor of Business at Queensland University of Technology – majoring in Human Resources.
In 2004 Monika relocated to the UK, during that time she developed her career with the prestigious financial services firm Morgan Stanley based at their European Headquarters in London. She was responsible for a team delivering strategic sourcing and recruitment activities across a wide range of disciplines and specialisms.
In 2013 she returned to Brisbane and joined BHP initially as a Specialist Resourcer prior to being promoted to a leadership role within the business.
Her experience includes both interim and permanent assignments, servicing internal customers and encompassing many sectors and professions, both technical and corporate.
Monika was highly regarded and actively retained within both companies as a result of her performance and ability to drive outcomes. Key strengths include creating and providing proactive, intelligent and innovative recruitment and sourcing strategies in highly competitive markets and generating results for business critical, often technically complex roles for both head office and regional sites.
Monika is a highly valued member of the leadership team at The Candidate Company, coordinating and delivering on both domestic and international research and mapping activities across a wide range of industry and market sectors. She is passionate about people and customer service and has a strong belief that a values based search and recruiting methodology is essential to delivering exceptional outcomes for both candidates and clients.