Harrier celebrates 10th birthday
Talent management business Harrier Human Capital (Harrier) celebrates its tenth birthday this week, a milestone that has been celebrated by employees, alumni and board members.
To mark the occasion Harrier’s national team enjoyed birthday cake delivered to their offices, contributed to a time capsule for 2027 and received a commemorative issue of the company’s internal newsletter. Harrier also made a donation to charity partner St Vinnies on behalf of each employee.
Established in February 2007, following a management buyout of executive search firm Gerard Daniels, Harrier started trading as Harrier Resourcing People, a Perth-based business that followed a traditional recruitment agency model. However, the business’s early relationship with international oil and gas giant Chevron proved formative, broadening its service offering to include recruitment process outsourcing (RPO). The longest running contract of its kind in Australia ensued, as Harrier successfully managed Chevron’s recruitment for eight years, navigating the skills shortage during the WA resources boom.
The appointment of Kelly Quirk to CEO in 2012 marked another significant point in Harrier’s operations: Bringing her extensive experience of running large scale RPO and MSP accounts for international businesses such as Hays, Randstand and Robert Walters, Kelly led a transformation of the board of directors, rebranded the company as Harrier Human Capital and began the process of diversification in industry and geography sectors. This strategy resulted in the award of another major RPO contract just one year later: supermarket Coles.
The partnership with Coles is ongoing and has been extremely successful, delivering millions of dollars in savings and driving process transformation, innovation and direct sourcing. Harrier continues to work with some of Australia’s best known brands as well as delivering strategic HR consulting and boutique RPOs to smaller businesses and state government departments.
2016 saw the acquisition of the majority shareholding of executive search and selection company Oceans Group, the latest step in Harrier’s growth from RPO provider to total talent management business.
Quirk said, “It has been an incredibly busy and fruitful time for Harrier over the last few years, so there was no doubt in my mind that we should take this opportunity to celebrate our tenth birthday, treat our amazing team to some fun activities and reflect on the years gone by. The market in which we operate has changed substantially in the time that I’ve been at Harrier and the Australian talent landscape continues to evolve and diversify.
We wouldn’t be able to celebrate such a fantastic milestone if it wasn’t for the support of our board and the hard work of everyone at Harrier, as well as our strong relationships with clients and suppliers. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to Harrier’s success over the last ten years, and I look forward to leading the team through the years to come.”
With recent key leadership appointments, the acquisition of Oceans Group and a further acquisition soon to be announced, the future for Harrier is looking bright, with continued expansion in Australia and south east Asia.