Daniel Buttigieg

Daniel Buttigieg
Co-Founder & Director

Co-founder. Experienced in scaling tech teams with a focus on Data. 

Coming from a business background, then smoothly transitioning into technology recruitment, Dan has always had a talent for acquisition. From his Singapore based role in financial to his first recruitment role at SThree (an FTSE-250 business) his extensive career is filled with a constant push for the next step forward.

Since the start of Innova, Dan's focus has been narrowed down to leading our Data sector. Utilising his 15 years' experience, he is able to accurately screen and qualify candidates, presenting only the best to his clients. 

"Daniel at Innova has been absolutely amazing throughout the whole recruitment process! I have never met such a professional and dedicated recruitment person. I cannot thank you enough for all of your support, and for helping me start a new chapter of my career in such a short time! Daniel, you are brilliant at what you do."

- Andy Slack

Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Dan, the other co-founder of Innova Recruitment. I don’t mention it much, but - just so you are aware - I grew up in sunny Singapore.

In the main, I make the brews in this place. But if I am not being a tea boy then I spend my time helping tech companies in the UK build their teams from the ground up, by providing only the finest Data candidates. And if I am not supporting our clients, then I am generally supporting our candidates in finding great opportunities. 

What made you want to start Innova?

I have always been entrepreneurial and love the idea of being my own boss (I don’t get to be this at home). I started my career with a FTSE 250 recruitment agency, and also supported a start-up recruitment company grow very rapidly. Through these experiences I was able to identify the positives and negatives of how recruitment companies operate.

I want to use those positives and completely discard the negatives, allowing Innova to only be a positive experience, not just for the staff that work for Innova but also for our clients and candidates alike. 

What does a day in your life look like?

Well, like Lee, I have a young family with children that seem to be nocturnal, so I will start the day by struggling to wake up at 5:30/6 in the morning. After the 7th snooze of the alarm, I will have a strong coffee, bit of brekky, and listen to TalkSport on route to the office in the morning. 

If I’m not making brews, I will be doing admin, accounts or helping our clients find the Cloud & DevOps candidate that every business dreams of having.

What’s your favourite way to spend a day off?

Ultimately, after a long day of tech recruitment; spending time with my family. I have two girls who require all of my attention, but if I do get the chance to have a bit of me time then it is a night out with the better half, going to watch Man United, or the gym.

Who’s your ideal dinner guest?

Lee will tell you; I am a space geek. So, for me, it will have to be today’s space pioneer Elon Musk. I have too many questions that need answering.

What song best sums you up?

I have little imagination and find it very difficult to answer these questions. So, I have done an online quiz to see what sums me up. Apparently ‘Comfortably Numb’ by Pink Floyd.

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