Search & Selection to the Financial Services IndustryOliver James Associates is an established search and selection consultancy operating exclusively within the nancial services industry since 2002.Our business was initially built as the chosen recruitment partner for a large proportion of the Insurance andAsset Management industries. In 2011, we launched our Banking and Broking teams in response to two mainareas of weakness in nancial services recruitment:Most recruiters have contractual preferred supplier relationships in place across the majority of major banks,and therefore have no ability to market map & pro-actively source talented individualsThere is a supply gap between the reach of the top-end of most contingency recruitment rms and thebottom-end of most search rms – this gap results in poor quality of service being delivered in the £75-150ksalary rangeOliver James Associates satisfy these needs by:Building long-term relationships with a handful of banks, and ring-fencing the rest of the market as sourceclients where we spend time mapping relevant teamsThrough an experienced and talented Research team we reach out to build relationships with high calibreindividuals who are not actively looking for a new role, but are receptive to being presented with their nextlogical career stepWe treat each instruction as an individual project, and apply search methodology to sourcing a high qualityshortlist for roles in the mid-senior level
Example Job PlacementsSelection of Banking Partners AA Head of Customer Data & Pricing BDO Director, Compliance ACE European Group Director of Planning & Analysis Bell & Clements Head of Audit ACE European Group European Financial Controller Benfield Deputy Chief Actuary ACE European Group Legal Counsel Benfield ReMetrics Senior Team Leader ACE European Group Chief Actuary Brightoil (Hong Kong) Legal Counsel ACE European Group Director, European Audit Brit Insurance Senior Claims Adjuster (Catastrophic Risk) AEGON Head of Market Risk & ALM Brit Insurance Head of Syndicate Reporting AET UK Head of Risk Canada Life Head of AML ALICO Life International Product Review Actuary Canada Life Chief Accountant Alliance Trust Head of Risk Canada Life Head of AML Allianz Legal Counsel Canada Life Legal Counsel Allianz, Italy Chief Reserving Actuary Capita Life & Pensions Legal CounselBelow is a selection of clients who work with Oliver James Banking as Alston Gayler Director of Finance either a Capita Life & Pensions Solvency II Programme Manager Amlin Plc ISDA Negotiator Catlin UK Capital ActuaryPreferredAmlin Plc Head of Finance Change or Approved Supplier within one or more business areas: Charles Taylor Consulting Financial Controller Amlin Plc Head of Financial Reporting Chartis Actuarial Manager Amlin Plc Financial Controller, UK Chartis Capital Management Lead Amlin Plc Head of Tax Chartis Programme Director AON Legal Counsel Chaucer Plc Head of Investment Reporting AON Legal & Claims Counsel Chaucer Plc Head of FinanceRisk Management | Quants | ComplianceAdjuster (Sydney) AON Claims | Internal Audit Chubb Insurance Financial Controller, Syndicate AON Claims Advocate (FI/D&O/BBB/PL) Chubb Insurance Head of European Risk & Compliance Argo Head of Audit Clyde & Co Senior Associate Arthur J Gallagher Financial Controller Combined Insurance Chief Actuary Aspen Re Head of Technical Accounting Combined Insurance Regulatory Legal CounselGoldman Sachs Aspen Re Head of Syndicate Accounting Cooper Gay Group Financial Controller Aspen Re Head of Business Partnering Cooper Gay Head of Internal Audit & Risk Avantage Director of Risk Deloitte & Touche Director, InsuranceHSBC Avantage Director, Compliance Deloitte & Touche Director, Compliance Aviva Head of Management information Deloitte & Touche Director, Data Management Aviva Director of Consolidations Deloitte & Touche Programme DirectorDeutsche Bank Aviva Director of Reporting and Consolidations Deloitte & Touche Director, Regulatory Advisory Aviva Financial Controller - AGC Deloitte & Touche Director, AuditRBS Aviva Head of Consolidation Deloitte & Touche Partner, IT Audit Aviva Finance Business Partner Endurance Professional Lines Claims Adjuster Aviva General Counsel ERGO Senior Life ActuaryEvolution Securities Aviva Director of GI Actuarial Ernst & Young Manager, Actuarial & Insurance Aviva Head of Internal Audit Everest Re Senior Claims Manager (New Jersey)Je eries Axa Group International Axa Life Chief Risk Officer Director of Finance Exporters Fidelity CFO Compliance Manager Axa Life Chief Actuary Financial Reporting Cncl Director of ProjectsBNP Paribas Axiom Chief Actuary Flagstone Senior Claims Adjuster (Direct & Facultative) Bank of America Lead Actuary Fortis Insurance CFO - GI Barclays Director, IT Audit Fortis Insurance CFO - Life Barclays Global Head of Product Governance Fortis Insurance Head of Compliance Barclays Wealth Chief Risk Officer Friends Provident Head of Group SII Capital Reporting
ConsultationTo ensure a successful conclusion to a recruitment assignment, it is essential that it beginswith an in-depth consultation with the client. When Oliver James Associates takes on anyrecruitment assignment, it is imperative that the initial consultation provides us withdetailed information in order to attract the client the best possible candidates within themarket. Key points to be covered shall include; An analysis of the business Competitor benchmarking Understanding of the job speci cation Short/medium/long-term goals of the position Reporting lines Promotional prospects Culture of team/department Remuneration package Interview processes Company strategy Pro le of the desired candidateOliver James Associates are in a position to truly consult with you. We will be able toprovide you with an understanding of the current market place, market remunerationpackages, availability of individuals in the industry, your positioning within the marketplace and how best to position yourself to attract the best quality of talent available.
SearchOur thorough search methodology is comprised of the following: Headhunting This is our key activity and is what sets us apart from our competitors. We invest a lot of time in networking and headhunting high-calibre candidates that have the necessary skills for the job. The gure for our headhunting skills speak for themselves: so far 74% of all our successful mandates have been made through proactive resourcing. Referrals We nurture our business and our relationships to yield the best possible results for our clients and our candidates. Our reputation for success, professional approach and consultative ability has gifted Oliver James Associates with an exemplary referral network, providing easy access to usually unobtainable talent within the nancial services market. Advertising We advertise across all forms of recruitment medium to attract proactive seekers of new appointments within the nancial services market. Active and passive candidates The results of our headhunting and other candidate-sourcing activities are stored in our extensive database, which is speci cally tailored to the nancial services market and allows us to make advanced searches based on criteria speci c to the needs of the client.Our careful searching allows us to fully penetrate the market and source the bestcandidates to suit our clients’ roles.
SelectionAll candidates generated through head-hunting, referrals and responses toadvertisements are amalgamated with our extensive database. Our current databaseconsists of a signi cant volume of high calibre active and passive nancial servicesprofessionals. It is our ability to intricately map the nancial services market that providesOliver James Associates with leverage that separates us from our competition.A selection process then occurs between the relevant vertical market consultants todiscuss their most suitable candidates. We then complete the following steps: We contact the relevant candidates to discuss the client, the team and the role, supplying them with the formal job speci cation. We assess their suitability to the role, re-con rm their current situation and ensure that we have their most up-to-date CV. Once we have quali ed their suitability and interest, we obtain written con rmation that Oliver James Associates is representing them for the role. We will then create a shortlist which we will subsequently present to our client. We also save our clients a lot of the legwork: we carry out referencing checks and screening services on their behalf.
Presentation & InterviewCandidates will be presented to the client via a curriculum vitae and candidate synopsis.It is this additional synopsis which provides the client with a summary of; Current remuneration Financial expectations Notice period Career aspirations Character assessment Reasons for interest in the opportunity and business Motivations for leaving current employer Summary of relevant experience Current activity of the candidate in the recruitment market placeOnce we have reached an agreement with the client over the suitable candidates thatthey wish to interview, we coordinate the interviews at all stages, preparing ourcandidates accordingly, recon rming their interest at all stages, understanding anyconcerns that need addressing and ensuring that the risk of any unexpected decisionchanges are minimised.In a competitive market place, it is imperative that after each successful interview weprovide our client with comprehensive feedback. Quality feedback provides our clientswith a deeper understanding of a candidate’s feelings and expectations. Greaterknowledge produces a greater success ratio.
O er Management Our consultants will o er you guidance about how to achieve the best possible o er to secure the selected candidate without unnecessary negotiations. We will provide the chosen candidates with the o er and provide guidance and manage the process of accepting the o er, possible counter o ers and negotiation of notice periods.
Post Acceptance From acceptance of an o er to the start date, a void of communication can occur and momentum can break down. It is at this time that a good consultancy has the foresight and professionalism to keep the process moving towards its ultimate and successful conclusion. We will liaise with both parties, providing any advice that may be required, meeting the candidate again, and assisting the candidate with anything we can, for example relocation issues.