We’re a specialized recruitment agency, focused solely on finding high-performing marketing and communications professionals. The reason we focus here is simple: our recruitment team has deep roots within their respective specializations. We’re focused, experienced, and been-there-done-that. We understand your world because we’ve walked a mile (or two) in your shoes.
When you get us, you get our network. Because of our collective experience within our specializations, we know our way around a crowd. Between our networks from previous careers, meeting candidates on the regular for coffee, and keeping close relationships with clients, we’re some of the most highly connected people you’ll ever meet. And it’s not that we know everyone, but we know the best of the best. We’re high-touch, high-calibre, and widely resourced.
We’ve all been there. Looks great from the front, but the 3-way mirror tells a completely different story. We stand behind our work. So much so, we guarantee our placements and will provide a full credit for the cost of their replacement should things not work out. Our agreement provides more details about this guarantee.
Marketing and communications leaders are in demand and good ones, in short supply.
We believe that first-round interviews should present choices, not dead-ends. Our associates efficiently produce qualified and pre-screened candidates selected to specifically complement your team. Given our focus in marketing and communications we understand the challenges you face and we know where to find the leaders you want.
By taking the time to understand what you’re looking for, we waste no time in delivering WHO you need.
Did you win the big pitch and realize you don’t have creative talent to execute the award-winning campaign? Or did your boss just sign off on a company re-brand and now you have to update every piece of marketing material by the end of the quarter?
Don’t lose sleep, call us.
We can connect you with a range of creative and project management professionals for full-time and contract work. Our pricing is straightforward, flexible and reasonable (transparent too!). We will work with your payroll team to find the fastest and easiest solution to bringing a contractor on board. Your payroll, our payroll – you choose. We will also make it easy (affordable) to bring your beloved creative team member on board permanently.
We will take the time to thoroughly understand your requirements and present only the most suitable candidates for your role.
Communicate frequently and openly.
We will follow up at agreed-upon intervals and provide prompt, accurate feedback following all candidate interviews.
We will be consistently honest and fair in compliance with Employment Equity Legislation. In addition, we do not proactively recruit from active clients.
We will employ the best strategies to secure the best candidates including research, referral networking, online sourcing and strategic advertising as required.
We will operate with your best interests in mind, treating you with respect and giving straightforward input and feedback.
We will hold all of your information in the strictest confidence.
Leader, entrepreneur and boots-on-the-ground optimist, Peter founded Smart Savvy 10 years ago as a response to a gap in the recruitment industry. Wanting to change the game and create a specialized solution for marketing, communications + sales recruitment, Peter brings an experienced, people-first perspective to an industry in need of it. Peter knows people and he knows how high=performing ones can help businesses reach (and exceed).
StrengthsFinder:Futuristic, Ideation, Achiever, Relator, Individualization
Jaylene is our lead recruitment consultant. She forged her experience with 15 years in tech marketing before making the transition to marketing recruitment. With Jaylene comes her energetic dedication, unstoppable work ethic, and her ability to consistently give 110%, proven by her hundreds of placements and innumerable close relationships with both candidates and clients.
StrengthsFinder:Harmony, Belief, Achiever, Responsibility, Discipline
**Marina is currently on maternity leave
Marina can maneuver the PR landscape like its the back of her hand, as it was her realm for 10 years. Marina brings a perfect blend of being thorough and detail-oriented yet people-centric and relational. She’ll walk alongside you throughout the process and her desire to want the best for both candidate and client is what motivates her to be a thorough and understanding consultant.
StrengthsFinder:Activator, Harmony, Developer, Responsibility, Empathy
Catherine works with our Smart Savvy Academy, delivering workshops and programs to strengthen leaders, teams, cultures, employer brands and engagement. Her raison d’être is to make work more meaningful, leaders more potent and teams more productive and engaged
StrengthsFinder:Communication, Maximizer, Woo, Context, Activator
Lauren is a firm believer in the power of people, and has an amazing ability to locate talented individuals for those hard-to-fill roles. Her background in hospitality and customer service, and experience as a Smart Savvy Talent Researcher, drive her passion for building genuine and lasting relationships.
StrengthsFinder:Maximizer, Relator, Woo, Communication, Positivity
James is focused on developing new markets across the Pacific Northwest, including the Seattle and Portland areas. He looks forward to working with companies who are looking to add to their teams with great-fit mid to senior level talent in marketing, communications, creative (digital, visual), and sales professionals.
Sarah believes in the power of strong and connected teams, and is a pro at uncovering individual’s strengths and plugging them into teams that ignite for amazing results. Her background in marketing and high-performance sports give her a competitive edge in understanding how to put the right skill mix into play to reach—and exceed—business goals.
Stephanie is passionate about connecting people with right fit companies, and loves collaborating and working to create efficient systems in the workplace. Her background in marketing and administration fuel her varied work with Smart Savvy’s business development, marketing, and recruitment teams.
:Discipline, Maximizer, Communication, Harmony, Focus
**Caitlin is currently on maternity leave.
Caitlin is a relationship builder in all aspects of her life, and is known for giving it 100% every time, with a smile on her face. She uses her customer service skills and fondness for attention to detail to find great candidates for our clients’ marketing, communications and sales roles.
StrengthsFinder:Developer, Belief, Responsibility, Restorative, Adaptability
Yvonne is passionate about working collaboratively with team members in the workplace and in her community: she’s an active volunteer with several not-profit organizations. Her background in marketing and innovation fuel her genuine desire to support Smart Savvy clients and candidates in finding each others’ perfect match.
Rebecca has an eye for details, specifically in getting deep into data to find exactly what she’s looking for. Passionate about using technology to streamline processes, she is happiest when she can use her skills to serve others, and takes immeasurable joy in helping businesses grow through great new hires.
A champion of optimizing processes and systems, Angela is a whiz at organizing people, places, and things with efficiency and aplomb. She tackles her work from a people-first perspective, and ensures genuine care and compassion are instilled into all of her interactions.
Jody keeps our social life fresh and active, both on the screen and IRL. She has an eye for vibrant images and crisp text for our social channels, and coordinates all the inner workings of our in-person social events!
With experience in both marketing and sales positions, Josh is our end-all be-all for behind-the-screen success. His natural ability to research and master tech platforms, programs and apps keep our systems operating and support a great user experience for our team and our clients. He is also working hard growing and developing our US business.
StrengthsFinder:Woo, Includer, Communication, Positivity, Achiever
As a writer, communicator, and former hiring manager in the health care sector, Sheryl supports our resume and LinkedIn services, helping individuals to #StandApart with their unique skills and experiences.
StrengthsFinder:Strategic, Responsibility, Communications, Connectedness, Relator
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