Michael Dowds

Michael Dowds

Specialisation: Payroll Support, Accounting Support
Company Position: Client Services Manager
Email Address: michael.dowds@accountability.com.au
Phone Number: +61 2 8296 5318
Location: Sydney

Area of expertise:

I am a dedicated and passionate senior recruiter in the payroll and shared services space, having worked in this marketplace for over 16 years. I am recognised for building partnerships with clients and candidates to build robust and efficient functions in this space, by harnessing talent that can achieve qualitative outcomes in terms of systems efficiency, compliance and customer service. With a depth of industry knowledge and market insights, I have built a reputation as a subject matter expert and a key member of the AccountAbility team. This team is dedicated to the investment in the careers of its candidates; ensuring they are given the tools to succeed in a quickly changing, complex job market. I am often seen at the gym, after an intense workout, imparting some wisdom and positive energy to get my clients interview ready! Values of uncompromising hard work, resilience and a “never say die" mentality, sum up my personal brand.

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Outside of work:

I am addicted to crazy interval training at the gym which builds mental and physical resilience. It also means I'm generally bouncing around; full of endorphins!

I also write creative fiction when I get a chance outside of a grueling work schedule!


"There is a level of honesty with Michael that I just don’t get with other recruiters. I feel that Michael offers genuine and valuable solutions through his placements. I feel that he gets me and the positive team culture I like to create. I trust him to find unique & quality candidates that I need for the fast-paced & challenging environment I have at Rockpool."

-Julie Hogarth, Group Payroll Manager, Rockpool

"I have known Michael Dowds from AccountAbility since 2010 and have used his services many times, both as a client, recruiting for my team and more recently as a contractor. Michael has always impressed me with his integrity and professionalism which I think makes him stand out from other recruiters. He listens carefully to gain a detailed understanding of clients’ requirements, and then makes a genuine effort to match suitable candidates with roles. As a contractor, I have found him unfailingly honest and helpful, using his extensive recruiting experience to find a suitable role that is the best fit for both client and candidate. I highly recommend Michael."