We specialise in building careers & teams



One of Australia's leading specialist recruiters

[axr] Team 2021

Our Story

How we got started

We’re a proudly Australian specialist recruitment consultancy established in 2003. Our founders Greg Madden and Greg O’Shea set out to do things differently in recruitment. This vision resonated with Mike Dickson who joined the partnership in 2020.

Together they’ve built a team of experienced and passionate specialist recruitment professionals who are inspired by the impact exceptional recruitment has on careers and teams.

At [axr] we focus on building careers not jobs, teams not hires, because if it's important to you, it's important to us.

Our philosophy and approach are to help professionals have strategic career conversations, and our advice comes from many years of building successful careers and teams in Accounting & Finance, SalesMarketing, or Transformation & Change Management.

Our mission

To build better careers & teams

We see things a little differently at [axr]. Our mission is to prepare people to have better career conversations, to make great career decisions, to enable individuals and organisations to get the best return out of their relationship.

We want to help individuals to take control of their career! That's why we developed a comprehensive Career Optimiser Program and host fortnightly free career webinars to provide expert advice to help professionals set up for success in searching for their next career move.

We're also passionate about creating pathways between future and current leaders. Our career Incubator programs: The CFO Incubator, Finance to Leadership Incubator, Sales & Marketing Director Incubator and the career podcasts help to build this pathway and, ultimately, create better careers and teams.

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Samantha Drudge

There are times in your life when you just need to look at yourself differently and reframe your value proposition in the marketplace. Jan, through the [axr] Career Optimiser Program gave me, my cv, my LinkedIn profile and my value proposition more than just a lick of paint. It’s polished. It’s sharp. It’s professional.

I strongly recommend working with Jan to help you create your career strategy, shape your personal brand or refresh your online presence and career collateral. Alongside that, you will work with someone who cares and can offer you all the insights from her vast experience in recruitment.

James Roberts

I cannot speak highly enough of the advice and support Greg O’Shea, Greg McKenzie and team have provided me in my recent career move. In the end, my role was not secured through AXR, but Greg O’Shea was willing to help behind the scenes on my behalf and I am convinced that this got my foot in the door. To me, that’s a sign of a recruitment team that truly cares about the candidate experience and about fostering genuine relationships. I look forward to staying connected with AXR and working together in the future.

Marcell Acs

I worked with Mike as a candidate for an exciting role at a tier 1 firm and just wanted to thank him for all his help. His feedback really helped me craft my career story and his guidance throughout the recruitment process was invaluable. Without Mike’s help, I would not have been as successful.

Mike has a deep network and industry knowledge. Also, he is just a good bloke and I felt he was genuinely passionate about helping my career! I definitely recommend talented candidates looking for the right role at leading companies reach out to him.

Francis Fobi

Mike and team are the best FMCG recruitment agency I’ve ever dealt with. I’ve dealt with multiple recruitment agencies which often make you feel like just a number. AXR are collaborative, responsive and realistic. Most importantly, they are personable and really take the time to understand their clients needs( both the employer and candidates).

Vivian Zurlo

I have always appreciated Mike and the AXR team’s sound professional advice. With significant industry experience and deep level of commitment to client care, as well as candidate support, I would highly recommend Mike and the team for any business critical assignments!

Hugh Sinclair

The best in the business. I have had experience as both a candidate and a client and Greg and Rick are always professional, insightful and diligent. I highly recommend.

Daniela Stapleton

AXR is a highly specialised and professional recruitment agency. I have had the pleasure of working with Mike Dickson over the last 6 months and highly regard and recommend his counsel, experience and networks in the Australian FMCG and Alcoholic Beverages Industry.

Cathleen Skoda

Graham has recently placed me in an accounting role in an area that I have a keen interest in. He was very supportive from the initial meeting through to the interview process and negotiating my new contract. I highly recommend Graham to future candidates and employers looking for staff.

Nyasha Murphy

I had the best experience with AXR Recruitment, it was such an easy process. From one interview to the other. I would definitely recommend. Thank you Graham for helping me secure the job I love.

Andreas Kyriacou

Graham was great from start to finish. I have referred other candidates to him, who were also very pleased, and will continue to do so in the future!

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