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You don’t need to have done a job yourself to recruit into it, but it helps.

Since Cobalt was formed in 2001 the company has prided itself on being able to attract consultants who are qualified in the sector or profession into which they recruit. It is not a prerequisite for a job at Cobalt, or success in recruitment generally, but it certainly helps if as many of our people as possible really do understand the roles that they are recruiting into.

Singapore teamNowhere is this currently more true than in Singapore, where over 70% of Cobalt’s team possess extensive professional experience or qualifications that are directly relevant to their individual areas of focus.

Take the Finance & Accounting Team, who are CPA and ACA qualified respectively and possess over 9 years ‘Big 4’ experience with Ernst & Young, working in Audit and Transaction Support. Or Cobalt’s market-leading Construction & Engineering Team, which is led by two experienced mechanical engineers who graduated from NUS and the University of Melbourne before accumulating a combined 16 years of engineering experience on their way to becoming the spearhead into our most technical discipline.

Across in the Real Estate Team the story is much the same. With the Singaporean members of the team both possessing bachelor degrees in real estate from NUS followed by professional experience, including time at CBRE, that ensures they are truly passionate about their sector.

Meanwhile, in Financial Services, Cobalt’s front office investment focused team is also awash with real professional expertise. Including a consultant who began his career by spending over 3 years in transaction services at PWC and a Chinese private equity focused specialist who boasts a Masters in Real Estate Finance, the CFA qualification and 2 years’ experience working for Savills as an analyst on Chinese retail developments and investments.

Of course Cobalt’s Singapore office also contains those who have spent all or the bulk of their careers in recruitment, and it is actually led by a former policeman! However, by combining relevant professional experience with real recruitment expertise, Cobalt’s offering is really unique.

The Singapore story is replicated across the Cobalt business globally, with surveyors recruiting surveyors, housing specialists recruiting housing specialists, lawyers recruiting lawyers and so on. 

Introducing Suli Harharah, RE & PE Finance & Accounting Consultant

Suli came to Cobalt in January 2016 having spent seven years working with Big4 firm Ernst & Young stationed in Singapore and in Australia.

Suli Harharah Cobalt Recruitment Asia

“In my time with Ernst & Young I was fortunate enough to work with many different client types such as Hedge Fund, Private Equity, Real Estate and Banking firms providing services including financial reporting, internal audit, treasury and corporate finance. And it undoubtedly helps me to know exactly what it is my clients are looking for in a new employee, or what a candidate has really done and looking to do in their next job.

Bringing this experience into Cobalt and combining it with the skills and training I have had in recruitment gives me the best platform possible to be the most accurate and effective for my candidate and clients. I have certainly enjoyed the adventure so far and look forward to more business in 2018.”

If you want to speak to a recruitment company that really does understand what you do, because they have been in your shoes, contact Cobalt. Alternatively, if you would be interested in a career in recruitment with Cobalt, send your CV to

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