About us

Architecture & Salesforce Specialists

The Bridge is a Sydney based IT and business architecture and Salesforce search agency.

The Bridge Search is not your typical agency. We strive to be the best, not the biggest. It’s the individual experience you get, married with in-depth industry knowledge and networks, that make all the difference.

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About Our Company

“I created The Bridge because I have a real passion for IT business architecture, and care deeply about the continual promotion and development of the space. We embrace candidates for who they are and strongly believe in matching candidates to the right environment. It’s not only about the skill-set, but also finding the right cultural fit.”

Andrew Blades, Founder

Areas Of Specialization
  • Technical Architecture
  • Business Architecture
  • Solution Architecture
  • Enterprise Architecture
  • Domain Architecture
  • Lead/Chief/Head of Architecture
  • Salesforce/Mulesoft
  • Integration
  • Presales

What We Do

Executive search

Retained exclusive searching to find a needle in a haystack. We take the time and work with you on an agreed methodology, tools and approach to guarantee that we find you that perfect candidate.

Contingent recruitment

Traditional permanent and contract recruitment with extra care and attention. Our standard is to make sure all parties have an open, enjoyable recruitment experience with the right long term outcomes.

Market mapping

With deep networks, we can map the Australian and international markets to uncover those hidden gems. We use competitive intelligence to understand how many candidates are in the market and where they are allowing an approach to passive candidates the right way.

Contractor payrolling

Payrolling support for multiple contractors; we make life easier for clients and contractors and take the pain of managing your direct contactors. We’ll look after their tax, super and insurances whilst providing a seamless and hassle-free solution for all.

Embedded recruitment

We can run a fast augmentation recruitment campaign for you while working on-site and embedding ourselves as one of your team to represent your brand during the campaign.

Candidate engagement

We work very hard to nurture long term relationships with outstanding candidates. We flip the recruitment model and work with candidates directly to architect their next preeminent position and not just to match them to current opportunities.

Recruitment advisory

The way employers need to attract, engage and retain staff has changed. We work with clients to advise them on the best process and practices. This is principally essential when hiring and engaging architects and roles that don’t fit the mould.

Architect on-demand

Working with clients and contractors to facilitate high-level on-demand consulting experts on short-term engagements that work well at a mutually beneficial price-point and timing and project engagement for all parties.

Our Team

Andrew Blades

Founder ​

With twenty years of experience in information technology recruitment, gained in the United Kingdom and Australia, Andrew has an exceptional network and a proven ability to match clients and candidates. Andrew is a driving force behind, and influencer within, the Australasian IT architecture community, having founded the ‘Architecting for Innovation’, and the ‘Australiasian Architecture’ networks. Andrew is passionate about progressing industry thought leadership and regularly speaks at industry events. This has enabled Andrew to develop deep technical knowledge and become a trusted advisor to clients and candidates.

Prior to starting The Bridge Search, Andrew previously worked for FinXL, Xpand and Mitchellake and co-founded an Anson McCade specialist recruitment firm in the UK. Andrew has worked with a diverse array of clients from early-stage start-ups to medium-sized organisations to some of Australia’s best-known enterprises. These have included FinTech, financial services, media, digital, vendors & integrators and commercial organisations.
Andrew is based in Sydney and has BSc in Business Finance and Economics.


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Poppy

SEARCH ASSISTANT
With a detective-like sense of smell and excellent instincts, Poppy is an integral member of The Bridge Search. She’s a people-puppy and loves being part of the team, so she attends as many client and candidate meetings as her schedule permits. When not hard-at-work, Poppy can be found running around the park, chewing on sticks or having an essential nap on her beanbag.


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What Our Clients Say

” I have worked with Andrew as both a client and candidate over the last nine years. Andrew uses his specialist business domain knowledge to ensure unique requirements are both understood and met. This saves clients’ valuable time and fast tracks resourcing to drive business results. Andrew leverages his in-depth experience to proactively manage the resource planning process, ensuring common pitfalls are avoided. I would recommend Andrew’s services, particularly when specialist skills are required. ”
Pete Kooner
Pete KoonerPete Kooner, Head of Product, Treasury Services, J.P. Morgan Australia & NZ.
” I’ve known and worked with Andrew for several years now, so feel I know him pretty well. What I can say is he definitely knows his market. Whenever we talk about finding the right people in tech, or the industry itself, Andrew is across it all. With the passion, he has in what he does this is unsurprising. His network is extensive in this space. He is just natural to deal with making him my voice of reason when I’m looking for answers in tech and recruitment. ”
Scott Howe
Scott HoweOutsourced COO/CHRO – Board Advisor, Asque.
” Andrew has a great recruiting ability to match a candidate with the well-matched role, both technically and culturally. He helped more than just placement, but also with general guidance through the recruitment process. He was a pleasure to work with and would happily recommend him to anyone. ”
Matt Robison
Matt RobisonSalesforce Technical Architect Tquila ANZ.
” I have been very fortunate to meet Andrew approximately 7+ years ago when looking for new career opportunities in the Sydney IT market. Not to be forgotten was the personal approach and attention to detail during and after the placement process. His dedication to both the candidate and the organisation ensures that candidates develop into successful long term employees. ”
Jaco
Jaco AWS Practice Lead | Solutions Architect AC3
” Andrew is the very definition of “over and above”. He has worked tirelessly to promote and develop the Architecture community in Sydney, and more broadly in the ANZ region. Andrew has a deep understanding of the people, the role, and the needs of his customers. There is no better person to rely on to bring quality people into an organisation. ”
Darryl Carr
Darryl CarrEnterprise Architect and Editor of the Enterprise Architecture Professional Journal.
” Andrew Blades is a key player in Australian IT and more, guiding and connecting people and disciplines across every industry. ”
Tom Graves
Tom GravesBusiness Anarchist and Principal Consultant at Tetradian Consulting.

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The Bridge hosts Monthly meet-ups through Architecting For Innovation. Come and join us for one.


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