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Richard Poulter

Recruitment Director • Hong Kong & Dubai, UAE

Richard has successfully recruited for the construction industry for the past 13 years following 15 years as a civil engineer and construction project manager.  He is based in Hong Kong and responsible for Maxim Recruitment operations in Hong Kong, Asia and the Middle East. 

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For 15 years, Richard carved a rewarding career within the construction and property development industry, employed by blue chip clients and contractors in UK, Asia and the Middle East. In 2004 he stepped out of the industry and turned “service provider” recruiting for some of the very same big names within the industry. Based in Dubai, Richard capitalised on the construction boom of the 2000’s in Dubai, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman, specialising in engineering, project management, planning and HSEQ/risk.

When the business focus shifted towards Asia, Richard relocated to Hong Kong in 2011 where he has enjoyed continuing to build a highly reputable business across Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia and Singapore together with an exceptional network of job seekers and employers and has become a well-known face within the industry.

Richard is a very active and dedicated supporter of the Lighthouse Club and is currently chairman of the Lighthouse Club Hong Kong Social & Fundraising Committee.

As the global construction industry expands and contracts in tune with market economies and government policies, recruitment products and services must adapt to remain attractive and competitive. Richard is currently enjoying growing a retained search business within Maxim Recruitment where he is able to dedicate resources to search assignments particularly for niche and hard to fill positions and guarantee results. It has been very  successful so far!


Recruits: Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Dubai, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman
Recruits for: Mid to senior level appointments and retained search in engineering, project management, planning, HSEQ and Risk
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Tim Cole

Senior Recruitment Consultant • Hong Kong

Tim has a background in Building Surveying and has over 5 years’ experience in construction recruitment. He has worked at Maxim Recruitment in the Hong Kong office since June 2012 and specializes in the recruitment of Quantity Surveyors, Contract Managers, Commercial Managers and Quantity Surveying Claims professionals.

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Tim specializes in the recruitment of Quantity Surveyors, Contract Managers, Commercial Managers and Quantity Surveying Claims professionals. He is always interested to speak with both expatriate and local Hong Kong Quantity Surveying professionals at all levels.

With over 5 years’ experience working in Hong Kong he has a strong network of international clients including well known main contractors and reputable construction consultancies working on major civil engineering, infrastructure and building projects in Hong Kong and the wider South East Asia region.

Expatriates, Cantonese speakers and Mandarin speakers all welcome.


Recruits: Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore & Other Locations in South East Asia
Recruits for: Assistant Quantity Surveyors, Quantity Surveyors, Project Quantity Surveyors, Senior Quantity Surveyors, Managing Quantity Surveyors, Commercial Managers, Commercial Directors, Contract Managers, Estimators (all levels), M&E Quantity Surveyors (all levels), Claims Quantity Surveyors, Claims Managers, Associate Surveyors.
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Steve Thomas

Recruitment Director • Hong Kong & UK

Steve has worked in construction and property recruitment for over 20 years and is responsible for Maxim Recruitment operations in the UK. He is based in the Melton Mowbray head office in Leicestershire and regularly travels to meet employers, jobseekers and to attend construction industry networking events all over the UK. Steve also spends time in the Maxim Recruitment Hong Kong office, where he recruits for major construction consultants and contractors in Asia.

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Over the last 20 years, Steve has built a lasting network of employers and jobseekers in the construction and property industry. Many of the staff he has recruited over the years are now senior level employers themselves in London, Birmingham, Dubai, Hong Kong and in other locations in the UK and around the world.  He enjoys ongoing relationships with some of the very best employers in the construction and property industry.

Steve specialises in recruiting Commercial Managers, Quantity Surveyors and Claims Consultants across the UK and internationally both on a contingency and retained search assignment basis.  

In 2017 he continues to develop a strong building and infrastructure client base in London, the East Midlands and the West Midlands and Birmingham areas which cover the route of the eagerly anticipated new High Speed Two (HS2) rail line.  This project, among others, is looking for applicants from both the UK and elsewhere in the world to offer their specialist rail and infrastructure construction skills.

Steve also spends time in the Maxim Recruitment Hong Kong office, where he recruits for major construction consultants and contractors in Asia.  He is therefore a good point of contact for UK based construction professionals seeking their first international job role in locations in Asia such as Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.


Recruits: UK: London, South East and Midlands Regions. International: Asia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore
Recruits for: Quantity Surveyors, Cost Consultants, Claims Consultants, Construction Planners, HSEQ Professionals, Project Managers, Engineering Managers and specialist rail positions
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