James Hobbs

Recruitment Consultant

Nicknames: Hobbsey.

How would you summarize what you do at Kinexus in one paragraph?

I match people with their dream jobs in the Defence Industry.

What do you like best about working at Kinexus?

I have enjoyed the people I am working with. They have gone out of their way to make me feel at home in a completely new place.

What’s your favourite part of your job?

Talking to new people in the same industry I just retired from, even though our backgrounds are totally different, I have already shared some good stories with fellow submariners here in Australia.

What has been your least favourite job and why?

One summer I spent working as a gardening helper, shovelling manure to be used as fertilizer.

What do you see as the next big game changer within the industry?

The large influx of jobs into the Australian Defence sector is going to challenge the industry, especially the pool of qualified bodies to pull from. This places Kinexus in a unique position to become the segment leader in both recruitment as well as the ability to lead change in the industry to find new individuals for employment.

What was your dream job growing up?

I wanted to be Maverick from Top Gun.

Who’s your personal hero?

Every member of the Allied Forces who has given their lives for our liberties.

What’s your favourite movie?

Blues Brothers, great music, comedy and filmed in my hometown of Chicago, IL.

What’s your greatest achievement and how has it shaped you?

Retiring from the US Navy after 20yrs in the Submarine Force. It taught me that no challenge is insurmountable, and that persistence is the solution to most problems. It also has made me appreciate things that most take for granted… Fresh air, ability to communicate and food that isn’t canned or frozen.