Our Story.

Blue Recruiting is the brainchild of founding partners James Hobson, a recruitment specialist, and Graeme Marais, a Chartered Accountant, who completed his articles at KPMG.

The two saw an opportunity to establish a recruitment firm aligned with KPMG in 2014 to provide relationship-centred, specialist recruitment support to SAICA trainees completing their articles, and solving KPMG’s clients’ financial staffing needs. The relationships and backing from KPMG in Blue Recruiting’s infancy allowed the business to grow exponentially.

Today, Blue Recruiting is independent of Big Four audit firms and is one of the top financial recruitment firms in South Africa and abroad.

Core values.

We do recruitment differently and our values are testament to that.


For us, good enough doesn’t cut it. We refuse to accept mediocrity.


Our corporate culture is honest and transparent.


We’re your strategic partner. We’ll only promise what we can deliver.


We nurture long-term relationships founded in mutual accountability and trust.


We don’t just move fast, we research market trends, understand the players and strive for peak performance.


We go the extra mile to deliver a brilliant service to our clients and candidates. Every. Single. Time.

Meet the people that make it possible.

Graeme Marais

Executive Director | Passionate South African | Conservationist

Graeme is the founder and executive director of Blue Recruiting. He is passionate about a lot of things, but none more so than building relationships with people. He is a registered CA as well as an entrepreneur who is dedicated to building successful businesses and creating a meaningful impact in South Africa and the rest of Africa.

Graeme is also the co-founder and current trustee of Bokamoso Education Trust which was established in 2008 to provide financial assistance to children whose parents cannot afford a quality education.

James Hobson

Executive Director | Karoo farmer | Ex-Game Ranger

James is somewhat of a recruitment prodigy. He has a seemingly infinite rolodex of strong relationships due to his super-power of remembering every person he has ever met. In the decade + that he has been in recruitment, he has introduced a new level of professionalism, work ethic and expertise to the industry. James is also the co-founder of Blue Recruiting, having joined Graeme in the first weeks of discovering a gap in the market.

Jade Nel

Head of International | Social Butterfly | Padel Enthusiast

Jade is the driving force behind our Blue Recruiting International division, leading a team of consultants that match South African CAs and Transaction Advisory Consultants with global opportunities. With her guidance, the team has transformed career aspirations into realities for hundreds of South African CAs.

What sets Jade apart is her unique blend of recruitment skill and project management finesse. Equipped with a PMP certification from UCT, she delivers both talent and a seamless experience for candidates and clients. She’s also pretty mean on the padel court.

Lucy-Skye Hammond

Head of Data Services & Advisory | Chief Happiness Officer | Superbru Champion

Lucy is a true multi-tasker. She has an MCom degree in Industrial Psychology and experience domestically and internationally in recruitment and HR. She has a split role at Blue Recruiting, looking after the Data Services and Advisory Division and internal Human Resource function.

She is known in the business for her performance-driven and meticulous approach. She also has a deep passion for people and business, and thrives on uncovering value in even the most minute aspects of the business.

Salma Snyders

Head of Commerce & Industry | Fashionista | TikTok Influencer

Salma is a leader in financial recruitment. She has over a decade of experience in recruitment, and has managed a diverse team of recruiters, and key accounts within her portfolio of clients for a number of years.

Her background in HR, Business Development and Financial Recruitment plays an integral role in furthering the Blue Recruiting brand and delivering value to clients. She is also an aspiring Comrades Marathon runner.

Sairisha Singh

Financial Services Manager | Boundary Breaker | Supercar Enthusiast

Together with her strong team, Sairisha, is committed to transforming lives and leaving a positive mark on the finance industry. She has a rock solid foundation in Neuropsychology & extensive experience in finance recruitment.

She has orchestrated career opportunities for multiple mid to C-suite levelled professionals. What’s her secret weapon? Roles should fit like a racing glove. She enjoys getting to know what makes clients and candidates tick & nurturing lasting relationships.

Responsible business.

We believe we have a role to play in shaping the future leaders of tomorrow.

Bokamoso Education Trust

The Bokamoso Education Trust was co-founded by Graeme Marias, Blue Recruiting’s founder and Managing Director.

Bokamoso’s primary goal is to provide financial support to South African families without sufficient personal resources for their children’s education.

By pooling together donations from individuals and corporations, the trust supports children from grade 000 through grade 12, as well as tertiary students. Blue Recruiting is proud to be a benefactor in giving these children a crucial head start in life.

The Blue Recruiting experience.

Work hard, earn big and have fun.

Unlock your potential as a Recruitment Consultant at Blue Recruiting.

Join our team where your mission is to establish and maintain a thriving recruitment desk while providing unparalleled service to both clients and candidates.

Key requirements to apply
  • Thrive in a fast-paced environment, with previous sales, recruitment or HR exposure.
  • Minimum Matric qualification, tertiary qualification preferred.
  • Exceptional communication skills.
  • Motivated self-starter; hungry for success.
  • Natural relationship builder.
  • Resilient and eager to learn.

Unleash your potential, shine in an environment that thrives on excellence, and make your mark in the world of recruitment like never before!

Key responsibilities
  • Build business synergy: Collaborate closely with the team to ensure a seamless and consistent recruitment process that aligns with our business objectives.
  • Desk ownership: Take charge of your desk, ensuring exceptional performance and outcomes.
  • Innovate and excel: Bring a proactive spirit to the table, drive innovative sourcing, marketing and communication strategies.
  • Strategic insight: Analyse client business needs, craft and execute strategies that resonate from an HR and engagement perspective.
  • Business development: Discover and nurture new relationships, attend networking events and keeping a pulse on the market.
  • End-to-end excellence: Dive into the complete recruitment cycle and apply strategic hiring initiatives with finesse and consistency.
  • Client-candidate connection: Guide clients and candidates through the onboarding process and ensure a seamless transition.

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Specialist Training Academy for Recruiters

Star Programme.

Our STAR Programme is at the forefront of talent transformation. Each year, Blue Recruiting trains a select team of candidates with the goal of becoming a core member of our elite team. If you’re someone who thrives in a vibrant, people-centric environment and you are eager to make a mark in the world of recruitment, you’re exactly who we’re looking for!

Key requirements to apply
  • Passionate communicator: You’re the kind of person who can light up a room with your words. Whether it’s crafting compelling messages or engaging in meaningful conversations, your communication skills are second-to-none.
  • Driven by success: Mediocrity (average) is not in your vocabulary. You’re fuelled by the desire to achieve and exceed your goals. Every challenge is an opportunity for you to showcase your determination and drive.
  • Natural relationship builder: Building connections is your superpower. You can effortlessly establish trust and rapport, making candidates and clients feel valued and understood.
  • Curious learner: You have an insatiable appetite for learning. New techniques, technologies and trends intrigue you, and you’re eager to stay ahead of the curve.
  • Resilient go-getter: You thrive under pressure. Challenges only make you more determined, and setbacks are just stepping stones on your path to success.

If this sounds like you, apply to join us where potential meets limitless opportunities!

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