• Jacinta Hawken
  • Senior Talent Manager

​Jacinta’s path to recruitment, like many others, was very accidental after she was convinced to attend a careers night with a friend back in 2016. She was instantly drawn to the idea of being a career match maker and being able to be involved in tech without needing to be techy. The rest so they say is history.

In her pre-recruitment life, Jacinta has held Account and Relationship Management roles across a range of industries, including advertising at the Yellow Pages (when you couldn’t have survived without the printed book) and Barnardos, New Zealand’s leading children’s charity.

She took the leap to join the Potentia whanau as an Account Manager in 2017 when the doors to the Wellington office were opened, before moving into a Senior Talent Management role in 2019. This has allowed Jacinta to focus on connecting with and growing specialised candidate communities to meet the growing demand for transformation expertise across Government.

Jacinta has a natural affinity and curiosity for service innovation and human-centred design and is fortunate enough to flex that nerdy flame everyday as she meets and connects with change enablers and makers who are transforming the way citizen-centric services are delivered to the NZ public. She specialises in project delivery and service innovation/transformation and works hard to connect the right people with the right roles.

If you are a problem solver and change enabler who is interested in making services and products easier to access or perhaps have a particular organisation or social problem that you are keen to contribute to solving then Jacinta would love to connect with you.