Theo Smit


Theo has garnered a reputation as a talent expert and thought leader, whose comment is regularly sought by the media, including Radio 702, The Star Business Report, Business Day and GradX magazine in South Africa.

Theo successfully sources staff for strategy/operations consulting, BPR/process consulting, HR consulting and management, supply chain consulting, organisational development, change management, finance (strategic), business analysis, strategy (internal strategy teams), balanced scorecard, information technology and actuarial science. His nearly twenty years’ experience as both an agency recruiter and internal sourcing specialist for McKinsey & Co, Inc SA and Partners in Performance, SA has given him depth of insight into the world of management consultancy and advisory in particular.  This level of understanding and his ability to work “off spec” to connect talent with organisations makes Theo arguably South Africa’s Number 1 “Specialist Recruiter”. With Africa high on the agenda for many organisations, Theo is also experienced in helping to source high level skills on the continent.

Committed to working beyond simply filling a vacant seat, Theo uses his knowledge of what drives candidate and employee behaviour to regularly assist his clients to define their Employee Value Proposition and improve their talent acquisition processes. Offering solutions that go above and beyond traditional recruitment services, Theo prides himself on his partnership-based approach to what is often viewed as a simply transactional process.

Theo’s customer service driven approach led to Adcorp winning a Chairman’s Group Customer Service Award in 2010. Over his career at Adcorp, Theo has received several awards in recognition of his contribution and his passion for excellence has been carried forward first in his role as Managing Director of nexTLeaders Recruitment Partners, and now as an independent recruitment specialist.

Recognising that the World of Work has changed, Theo believes that the process of finding, attracting, recruiting and retaining people needs to shift and he works closely with clients to build talent acquisition solutions that reap rewards.

Theo holds a Higher Diploma in Education and has written and passed APSO: IPSC / Entrance Exam.

Tel: +27 (0)83 324 2340