Who we are

Specialised recruiter to the energy sector

Generalists we are not. Talent Connect’s experience recruiting for the Power, Energy & Utilities sector sits mainly with leadership and technical roles for electricity distribution companies.

We partner with a range of outstanding employers helping them recruit the skills needed to deliver critical, future-proofing energy projects.

Talent Connect started recruiting in 2020

at the height of the pandemic (a bold time to start a business!). Director Robbert Adriaansen saw a need for a different approach in recruiting to the Energy sector where highly-skilled roles are hard to fill and there is a shortage of suitably qualified and experienced candidates in New Zealand.

He also felt that the sometimes transactional nature of agency recruitment was something he wanted to change. Robbert has found working in true partnership with clients offers the best value and outcomes for all sides and allows him to understand the client’s business better. He also thinks his clients are just the best!

With over 10 years specialising in recruiting for technical roles, Robbert has established an extensive network both here in Aotearoa and overseas. These connections mean that he has a wealth of potential candidates at his fingertips and can connect them with the right employers.

This experience and approach has really shaped how we at Talent Connect Recruitment deliver our services. Having established an effective Retained Recruitment model, with a real focus on building authentic relationships, Talent Connect has created outstanding outcomes for our clients that they simply wouldn’t have achieved with a standard recruitment process.

If you’re looking for efficiency, value and guaranteed results, you’re in good hands with the team at Talent Connect Recruitment.

Let us help you secure the right talent for those hard-to-fill roles, while removing any of the challenges that tend to present themselves with recruitment!

Director – Recruitment

Robbert Adriaansen

I have always been passionate about making a difference in people’s careers and after 14 years working in agency recruitment, the time was right to start Talent Connect Recruitment.

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I see my role as playing a major part in connecting people. Whether you are a talented individual looking to step up or a dynamic employer looking for that outstanding person that can really help you grow your business…let’s talk.

Everything in life starts with a conversation and I am extremely good at connecting the dots.

Director – Business Operations

Steph Adriaansen-Fink

My career has been quite varied to date and I think this can provide great insights into really understanding your talents and actively working to those.



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Having spent a good portion of my career in HR-adjacent roles, and also as a people leader, I’ve developed a special interest in EX (employee experience) and I’m a member of the Excellent Network.

I’m excited to bring EX design and best practice into how we do things – both in our business and with our clients.

Recruitment Consultant

Dan Plaisted

I believe the best connections are made when we take a personal approach and get to really understand your motivation and goals, whether you’re an employer or job seeker. 

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I’m always happy to chat and explore opportunities to collaborate and make the right connections.

Feel free to reach out – let’s connect and discuss how we can work together to achieve your goals.

“Robbert is a very insightful recruiter with a special talent to see the true potential of individual applicants. A single coffee catchup meeting with Robbert was a life changing moment in my professional career in New Zealand. As a migrant it’s always tough to find opportunities in a new territory even while you have years of overseas experience in your bag. Meeting with Robbert kickstarted my NZ job hunt and launched me into the correct direction in no time.”

Ruvini Jayawickrama – Asset Engineer – Wellington Electricity