Chelsea Ochoa

Chelsea joined the Competitive Edge team in 2009. As our Senior Recruiting Manager, Chelsea brings over 10 years of experience specializing in the recruitment and placement of Finance & Accounting and Human Resources/Talent Acquisition professionals in the Portland and Seattle marketplaces.

Chelsea enjoys building lasting relationships with key decision makers. She works hard to gain her client’s trust by providing the best human capital solutions possible. Chelsea has a strong network of high-caliber professionals such as; CFOs, Controllers, Accounting Managers, Tax and Audit professionals, Accountants, Financial Analysts and Payroll Managers, as well as Human Resources and Talent Acquisition leaders. Chelsea’s knowledge of Accounting and Finance allows her to have a solid understanding of her client’s needs – translating into consistent results and increased market share and profitability for her client’s year after year.

Chelsea is a trusted advisor to her candidates, she takes the time to understand their background and ultimate career goals. Candidates seem to appreciate the professional, confidential and non-intrusive nature in which they are approached and presented opportunities in line with those goals. Chelsea’s favorite part of recruiting is making a difference in people’s lives!

Originally from Eugene, Oregon, Chelsea relocated to Portland in 2007 because she loves the “big city” lights and everything the city has to offer! When she’s not recruiting, you will likely find Chelsea spending time with her husband and three beautiful children, Gabriel, Elliana and Cruz and coaching with her daughter’s youth cheer program.

Chelsea Ochoa
Sr. Recruiting Manager

Jonathan Keithley

I had the pleasure of working with Chelsea recently and was very impressed. Chelsea was able to seamlessly work with the client and me to ensure a good fit for both of us. She was very responsive and knowledgeable throughout the whole process. I would highly recommend Chelsea.

Jonathan Keithley, IT Audit Manager at KPMG

2016-11-14T23:41:02+00:00

Jonathan Keithley, IT Audit Manager at KPMG

I had the pleasure of working with Chelsea recently and was very impressed. Chelsea was able to seamlessly work with the client and me to ensure a good fit for both of us. She was very responsive and knowledgeable throughout the whole process. I would highly recommend Chelsea.

Lisa Peltier

Chelsea Ochoa is by far one of the best recruiters I have ever worked with. She is very professional and diligent in her work. It was a great experience working with her and would highly recommend her to anyone searching for a job or any firm needing her expertise. She has excellent follow-up skills and is always willing to help no matter what time you call!

Lisa Peltier, Senior Director – Human Resources at G&K Services

2016-11-14T23:42:31+00:00

Lisa Peltier, Senior Director – Human Resources at G&K Services

Chelsea Ochoa is by far one of the best recruiters I have ever worked with. She is very professional and diligent in her work. It was a great experience working with her and would highly recommend her to anyone searching for a job or any firm needing her expertise. She has excellent follow-up skills and is always willing to help no matter what time you call!

Ric Edgar

I have had the pleasure of working with Chelsea on a couple of occasions. Chelsea is very attentive and strikes a good balance between her client and the candidate. She was very friendly, knowledgeable, thorough and timely with her follow-up and feedback while I worked with her. I would not hesitate recommending her to any company or individual in the future. Please contact me directly if you need additional information regarding Chelsea.

Ric Edgar, Human Resources Manager at Brinker International

2016-11-14T23:42:05+00:00

Ric Edgar, Human Resources Manager at Brinker International

I have had the pleasure of working with Chelsea on a couple of occasions. Chelsea is very attentive and strikes a good balance between her client and the candidate. She was very friendly, knowledgeable, thorough and timely with her follow-up and feedback while I worked with her. I would not hesitate recommending her to any company or individual in the future. Please contact me directly if you need additional information regarding Chelsea.

Amber Rogers

Chelsea continually impresses me with her dedication to, not only our company's needs, but also the needs of the candidates she places. She is honest and ethical in her recruitment approach, and is quick to develop rapport with her clients. I appreciate Chelsea's quick response to our staffing needs as well as her consistent follow through. I look forward to many more years of continued partnership with Chelsea.

Amber Rogers, Senior HR Business Partner – The Vancouver Clinic

2017-03-10T19:32:02+00:00

Amber Rogers, Senior HR Business Partner – The Vancouver Clinic

Chelsea continually impresses me with her dedication to, not only our company's needs, but also the needs of the candidates she places. She is honest and ethical in her recruitment approach, and is quick to develop rapport with her clients. I appreciate Chelsea's quick response to our staffing needs as well as her consistent follow through. I look forward to many more years of continued partnership with Chelsea.

Craig Eastwood

Chelsea is an amazing recruiter. Like any business, recruiting is competitive. She understands Finance. Chelsea takes time to build relationships and understand your business needs. When the crunch hits and you need someone, she's already hit the ground running because she's developed relationships with talented people who are looking to enhance their careers. On several occasions in Q1-2016, because of her network and responsiveness, Chelsea saved the day. In a fast-paced environment, finding the right talent at the right time is the sweet-spot. She continues to exceed our expectations.

Craig Eastwood, CPA, Corporate Controller at Erickson Incorporated

2016-11-14T23:45:46+00:00

Craig Eastwood, CPA, Corporate Controller at Erickson Incorporated

Chelsea is an amazing recruiter. Like any business, recruiting is competitive. She understands Finance. Chelsea takes time to build relationships and understand your business needs. When the crunch hits and you need someone, she's already hit the ground running because she's developed relationships with talented people who are looking to enhance their careers. On several occasions in Q1-2016, because of her network and responsiveness, Chelsea saved the day. In a fast-paced environment, finding the right talent at the right time is the sweet-spot. She continues to exceed our expectations.

Sami Hallak

I highly recommend Chelsea for her enthusiasm, communication skills and professional demeanor. She took the time to understand my skill set and professional and educational background and was successful in finding me a position that was a great fit. Chelsea has my highest recommendation and I am very pleased that I have worked with her

Sami Hallak, Senior Finance/Accounting Specialist at PacifiCorp

2017-03-10T19:36:02+00:00

Sami Hallak, Senior Finance/Accounting Specialist at PacifiCorp

I highly recommend Chelsea for her enthusiasm, communication skills and professional demeanor. She took the time to understand my skill set and professional and educational background and was successful in finding me a position that was a great fit. Chelsea has my highest recommendation and I am very pleased that I have worked with her

Winton Nguyen

Working with Chelsea was an extremely easy and smooth process. She was very responsive and very interested in learning what types of opportunities I wanted versus throwing random job descriptions at me. She wanted to learn my interests and where I wanted to take my career. I highly recommend working with Chelsea.

Winton Nguyen, Senior Accountant – External Reporting at PacifiCorp

2017-03-10T19:37:48+00:00

Winton Nguyen, Senior Accountant – External Reporting at PacifiCorp

Working with Chelsea was an extremely easy and smooth process. She was very responsive and very interested in learning what types of opportunities I wanted versus throwing random job descriptions at me. She wanted to learn my interests and where I wanted to take my career. I highly recommend working with Chelsea.

Brianna Proctor

Chelsea was recommended to me by a colleague when I was searching for a new position. Chelsea was friendly, attentive, and really listened when I talked about what I was looking for and what I wanted to avoid. By doing this, we were able to find the perfect position for me and my skill set without wasting time meeting employers who didn't fit my needs (and thus also didn't waste the employers' time meeting someone who didn't fit what they were looking for). She made the process very efficient, personalized, and exciting. I wouldn't have the job I have now (and love) if it weren't for her and her team. She definitely treated me like a person and not a line item.

Brianna Proctor, CIA, Senior Internal Auditor at The Greenbrier Companies

2016-11-14T23:41:37+00:00

Brianna Proctor, CIA, Senior Internal Auditor at The Greenbrier Companies

Chelsea was recommended to me by a colleague when I was searching for a new position. Chelsea was friendly, attentive, and really listened when I talked about what I was looking for and what I wanted to avoid. By doing this, we were able to find the perfect position for me and my skill set without wasting time meeting employers who didn't fit my needs (and thus also didn't waste the employers' time meeting someone who didn't fit what they were looking for). She made the process very efficient, personalized, and exciting. I wouldn't have the job I have now (and love) if it weren't for her and her team. She definitely treated me like a person and not a line item.

Danielle Fisher

Chelsea and team are amazing! They are responsive and detailed-oriented, always listening to our needs and bringing the best possible candidates.

Danielle Fisher, CPA, Controller & Assistant Treasurer at Charter School Capital

2016-11-14T23:43:05+00:00

Danielle Fisher, CPA, Controller & Assistant Treasurer at Charter School Capital

Chelsea and team are amazing! They are responsive and detailed-oriented, always listening to our needs and bringing the best possible candidates.

Janet Bender

Chelsea has been a wonderful business partner for our needs. Her candidates are well-match to both the technical and cultural aspects of the department needs.

Janet Bender, Corporate Recruiter at Con-way Enterprise Services

2016-11-14T23:43:33+00:00

Janet Bender, Corporate Recruiter at Con-way Enterprise Services

Chelsea has been a wonderful business partner for our needs. Her candidates are well-match to both the technical and cultural aspects of the department needs.

James Tiet

It was a great experience working with Chelsea. She was on top of everything. Once an intriguing opportunity finally came up, she met me at the start and guided me through the entire process by providing very helpful tips and ensuring that I was always in the loop with everything. She is an excellent active listener and was also very easy to communicate with which made the whole process much easier. I highly recommend Chelsea, you won't be disappointed!

James Tiet, Financial Analyst at Con-way, Inc.

2017-03-10T19:41:59+00:00

James Tiet, Financial Analyst at Con-way, Inc.

It was a great experience working with Chelsea. She was on top of everything. Once an intriguing opportunity finally came up, she met me at the start and guided me through the entire process by providing very helpful tips and ensuring that I was always in the loop with everything. She is an excellent active listener and was also very easy to communicate with which made the whole process much easier. I highly recommend Chelsea, you won't be disappointed!

Rene’ Pettet

Chelsea is a detail-minded manager with an excellent capacity for meeting the needs of her clients by thoroughly researching potential recruits to determine if they would be a good fit for the client. She's friendly, professional, and very knowledgeable - a genuine pleasure to work with!

Rene’ Pettet, Senior Accountant at Levi Strauss & Owner of Bridgefield Consultants

2017-03-10T19:43:37+00:00

Rene’ Pettet, Senior Accountant at Levi Strauss & Owner of Bridgefield Consultants

Chelsea is a detail-minded manager with an excellent capacity for meeting the needs of her clients by thoroughly researching potential recruits to determine if they would be a good fit for the client. She's friendly, professional, and very knowledgeable - a genuine pleasure to work with!

Albert England

As a prospective employee, Chelsea Ochoa was a pleasure to work with in all aspects of the recruiting process. During the initial screening process Chelsea was considerate of my time while simultaneously asking insightful questions that ensured that my background and career objectives were a good fit to the culture of the prospective employer. Unlike most recruiters, Chelsea maintained contact with me regardless of whether she had an immediate opportunity. When an opportunity did exist, Chelsea ensured that I was well prepared for the initial interview by briefing me on the position description, company history and insights into my interviewer(s) priorities and requirements.

Albert England, VP, Investor Finance Team Leader at PNC Real Estate

2017-03-10T19:45:50+00:00

Albert England, VP, Investor Finance Team Leader at PNC Real Estate

As a prospective employee, Chelsea Ochoa was a pleasure to work with in all aspects of the recruiting process. During the initial screening process Chelsea was considerate of my time while simultaneously asking insightful questions that ensured that my background and career objectives were a good fit to the culture of the prospective employer. Unlike most recruiters, Chelsea maintained contact with me regardless of whether she had an immediate opportunity. When an opportunity did exist, Chelsea ensured that I was well prepared for the initial interview by briefing me on the position description, company history and insights into my interviewer(s) priorities and requirements.