We know our business success depends on our ability to recruit and nurture world class talent, and where possible, we are committed to growing this talent right here in New Zealand.
That’s why the professional development of our people is integral to our practice structure and to the way we operate at every level of our business. Our practices are ‘by us, for us’.
That means that as an Optimate, you’ll take an active role in practice development, help set the agenda, and contribute to the creation of methods and tools. Strong leadership and our unique approach, ‘The Optimation Way’, will give you the guidance, tools, and processes you need to do a great job on every job.
As an Optimate, you can expect your manager to take an active role in helping you identify and nurture your talents and skills, and to chart a strong career path. We have a dedicated People and Culture Manager who sits on Optimation’s leadership team, and a framework for professional development and career planning. KPIs for all Optimation managers include metrics for learning and development, culture, and staff engagement.
Working with our partners such as Google, Microsoft, and Oracle, you can be sure you’ll be gaining skills, certifications, and practical experience in the world’s leading edge technologies. We foster a culture of lifelong learning that will enable you to continuously upskill and professionalise through internal coaching and mentoring, and through participation in industry events, seminars, and training courses. We provide financial and other support (for example, time out in order to study) for you to pursue industry and professional certifications. In addition, our practice leaders and subject matter experts run regular in-house sessions to share information and insights.
We value collaboration and will encourage you to build knowledge across all our practices by involving you in a variety of client projects and internal practice development activities. Rather than being limited to a single technology area or knowledge silo, you’ll be enabled to become a flexible and experienced ‘specialised generalist’. This means you’ll be able to build a solid foundation for on-going career growth as technologies, best practices, and client business needs change. For people who are newer to the industry or who may be seeking to update aging skills, this flexible approach also provides a safe and structured way to ‘try on’ different roles and consider alternative professional directions or career paths.
For people who are joining us fresh from tertiary study and full of enthusiasm, we ensure that you are on a steep learning curve through mentoring/support, role rotation so you get a flavour for each practice we operate and a variety of challenging work opportunities.