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
The Quant TeamWhile most agencies see the Quant space as an extension of IT or Risk, we understand the true value of the rocket scientists in the banking world.With a dedicated team covering the Quantitative Finance and Technology market, we possess a deep technical understanding of the requirementsallowing us to source the very best active and passive candidates in the market.Our senior consultants have over a decade of combined experience recruiting in the quant and technology sectors and have placed at Global Headthrough to Associate level, and PhD candidates looking for their rst step on the Quant ladder.Previous successful projects have included:• Director, Credit Derivative Analytics, London• Managing Director, Head of Library Development, New York• Senior Vice President, Equity Quant Strategist, London• Managing Director, Global Head of CVA Analytics, Singapore• Senior Strategist, Equities Algo Execution, London• Head of Trading Engineering, High Frequency, London• Director, Trading Performance Engineer, London• Vice President, C++ Developer (FX Trading Systems), LondonWe endeavour to truly immerse ourselves in all aspects of quantitative analytics, strategy and technology to provide a true consultancy service to ourclients and candidates.Areas of specialism• Desk Quants (Strategists/Modellers/Researchers)• Front Oﬃce Development & Implementation• High Frequency and Algorithmic Trading Technologists• Quant Development and Library Architects• Model Validation and Quantitative Risk Modelling• Quantitative Advisory and Consultants
Area of Specialism: Front O ce Quantitative AnalyticsOliver James Associates has a dedicated team focusing on placing Front O ce Quantitative professionals into a variety of di erent roles at varying levels of seniority. Thereare many challenges in recruiting Front O ce Quants; with CV’s brimming with mathematical processes and programming languages, they can be hard to di erentiate.We therefore ensure that we have as good an understanding as possible of both the technical pro ciency as well as communication ability required to work in such agroupDesk Quants / ModellersOur team have extensive experience in this area working with some of the very best derivative modelling and pricing Quants in the market. Having ring-fenced certaintop tier Investment Banks we are able to actively source the passive candidates who have been involved in new model development across vanilla, exotic and hybridsdesks. Our candidates are thoroughly tested on their mathematics, programming but often more importantly the ability to communicate complex derivative pricingmethodology in a clear and concise way.Quantitative Strategists / ResearchWe have experience recruiting Quantitative Strategists and Researchers on both the buy side and the sell side, and understand the importance of these candidates increating trading strategies and recommendations which are vital to a successful trading operation. We look out for candidates with an excellent statistical and economet-ric skill set as well as the ability to look at the larger implication of micro level quant work.Quant Development & Library ArchitectsRecruiting into the Quant eld, we understand the importance of Quantitative Technologists within the Front O ce. Our team have had various assignments to sourcetop level Quantitative Developers and Library Architects onto Front O ce desks. We understand the di erences between a pure Quant and a Quant Developer and utiliseour expertise to source the best candidates in the market. We endeavour to nd specialists with an exceptional numerical background and passion for technology.
Area of Specialism: TechnologyOliver James Associates Quant and Technology team specialises in placing Developers, Engineers and Programmers across Investment Banking, Electronic & HighFrequency Trading Firms, Proprietary Trading Firms, Asset Management and Hedge Funds. Due to our intrinsic knowledge in the eld of technology, our clients trust uswith assignments to nd the best programmers and developers with experience either inside or outside of the industry.Front O ce Development & ImplementationWe cover Object Oriented coders in Java, C++ or C#, however the team also focuses attention on numerical and functional programming. We work across all asset classes,varying trading systems and resource at all levels of seniority.High Frequency & Algorithmic Trading TechnologistsOliver James Associates has identi ed the High Frequency & Algorithmic Trading space as a major growth area for a number of our clients. With a comprehensive networkof exceptional development pro les, we are able to distinguish whether a candidate will be suitable for a role within this area. The team will actively head hunt top candi-dates from within the industry and locate exceptional talent from outside looking to begin their career within this highly exciting business area.
Area of Specialism: Quantitative RiskOver the last few years there has been a very high demand for quantitative talent in risk modelling teams. Many Quant’s nd the more research and simulation elementof risk modelling intellectually stimulating and we endeavour to indentify the talent with this mindset as well as the right technical capability.We have experience of placing Quants and Technologists into the following broad areas of quant risk:Model ValidationWorking with some of the very best Derivative Model Validation teams in the market we approach the very best active and passive candidates that not only validate anddocument ndings but build their own benchmarking models to implement to the analytics library.Credit Risk ModellingCurrently a very hot topic with new capital requirements and the preparations for Basel III. We have kept up to date with all the latest requirements in the world of CVA,PD & LGD modelling and Credit portfolio management, to ensure we understand what our clients are looking for.Market Risk ModellingOur team have placed people in all areas of VaR modelling and quantitative risk professionals dealing with particular markets and asset classes.
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 AcceptanceFrom acceptance of an o er to the start date, a void of communication can occurand momentum can break down. It is at this time that a good consultancy has theforesight and professionalism to keep the process moving towards its ultimate andsuccessful conclusion. We will liaise with both parties, providing any advice thatmay be required, meeting the candidate again, and assisting the candidate withanything we can, for example relocation issues.
Key Contact Details Trevor Symons Trevor specialises in all aspects of Quantitative nance in the front and middle o ce and has a number Senior Consultant of years experience working in the sector. Formerly the Manager of the Quantitative Practice at a large Quantitative Finance recruitment rm, Trevor joined the Banking team at Oliver James Associates in 2011, with the goal of email@example.com o ering a true consultative approach to a very niche market. Having placed candidates of all levels +44 (0) 207 310 8650 across Europe, the US and Asia, Trevor has an excellent global view of the quant market and is one of the few vertical specialists in the industry. Bradley Sharp Bradley was brought on board by Oliver James Associates in 2011 to build out the Front O ce Senior Consultant Development and Quantitative Technology market. Having previously worked for a large contingency Quant Analytics & Technology rm as well as a start-up search consultancy, Bradley brings a wealth of recruitment experience placing firstname.lastname@example.org candidates into the major nancial organisations. Due to his ability to build great rapport, coupled +44 (0) 207 310 8653 with a true passion and understanding of his eld, he has established a comprehensive network of contacts and relationships within the Banking and Finance sector. Copyright Oliver James Associates 2011