Financial Services Recruitment

Go back just 12 years and it would be next to impossible to imagine the wholesale change brought about on financial institutions, in particular banks, by the hand of government intervention and regulatory prescription impacting the industry at precisely the same time as the biggest ever technological revolution. The past decade has witnessed the near disappearance of traditional trading functions with physical traders replaced significantly by Algorithms and Data Systems enabling the swathes of regulatory requirements and compliance required by regulators the world over.

The price of non-compliance with the new rule books has been an increase in the cost of capital, simply to do business. Shortcomings being punishable with extra capital costs! Accordingly, the drive has been to build “fit for purpose” Governance functions across Risk Management, Compliance and Finance - focused on topics including Treasury/Liquidity Management; Financial Crime (AML); Policies & Procedures; Risk Modelling; Model Validation; Market, Credit & Operational Risk. Underpinning all of this development is technology, and the need for cutting edge Software Engineers and Computer Scientists. The evolving governance has seen a tidal wave of demand for expertise in systems skills including C++, C#, JAVA, JAVA Script, Python, R, Ruby, Hadoop etc.

A major offshoot has been a burgeoning new industry focused on dealing with all of the associated change and its transition to business as usual. The winners here have been the Management Consultancies who have seen an exponential growth in their business servicing the major Banks and Asset Managers, ranging from advisory through to staff augmentation. In tandem the need for temporary subject matter expertise has led to a significant market of Contractors and Interim Managers able to deliver the relevant subject or systems expertise on a needs be basis.

Rules and regulatory requirements, particularly in the US with Volcker and Dodd Frank, are now synonymous with the industry. Stress testing regimes such as CCAR and the PRA annual requirements are now part of the fabric and normal operations of Banking groups. Moreover, the swathes of regulatory requirements do not stop. Banks and Asset Managers have dealt with MIFIID II, but many now need to deal with the next round of deliverables which amongst other things include FRTB, IHC, margined trading etc.

Perhaps most importantly though, we are clearly in the midst of a revolution – one in which the two major players are Data and Technology. As in almost all areas of business the systems now exist to capture data, make sense of it, use it and retain it, in order to use it again. Data of all kinds; big and small, can now be modelled. Examples in the Financial Services sector range from Automated Trading, to data trade data for Risk Management, as well as Client Data used in Client Onboarding and KYC.

The ultimate manifestation of the revolution is an increased propensity to use the new technology to reduce costs. Therefore we have seen an accelerated use of Fintech solutions offered via vendor based solution providers. These solutions are delivered by cloud or external hardware and include Derivative pricing; outsourced Model Validation, Client Onboarding and KYC, Payments, Reg Reporting, settlements, Collateral with Portfolio Optimisation, Clearing etc. We perceive that large Financial Institutions will in the next few years seek to increasingly reduce their costs bases by using external managed service providers.

At Next Ventures our client base includes all of the participants in the Financial Services space across the buy and sell sides, exchanges and CCPs, and Consultancy and Managed Services. We employ experienced Technology Recruiters experienced in the Financial Markets, as well as a possessing a Financial Services Executive Search subsidiary employing leading sector Headhunters and Industry practitioners.

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  • Contract & Interim Services
  • Senior Appointments

What our candidates say

  • I’ve been working with Next Ventures for almost 3 years and in this period they have shown a very professional and yet agile approach. They are very well connected with the key players within the automotive industry including higher levels of executive management. Based on that ability to quickly understand the needs of their customers they provide suitable profiles within a short amount of time. I’ve found Next Ventures to be very responsive and closely following up on the topics. They’re very responsive, always to the point and clear in communication to their customers.

    Mark Baijens, Director Embedded Software ADAS

  • Next Ventures went to great lengths to make sure I was the right candidate for a sought after position, as well as making sure that the company was right for me. The recruitment turned out to be a very good fit both for me and for the recruiting company. I was also impressed by how Next Ventures and its employees showed great dedication and professionalism during but also after my successful placement.

    Petter Claesson, VoIP Technical Consultant

  • I found Next Ventures to be true professionals and one of the best recruitment consultancies I have worked with in my long career. From the outset they were very clear about the technical requirements of the role, had a detailed profile of the company they were recruiting for and certainly understood the data market well. The consultant I dealt with was especially helpful in dealing with the contract negotiations from both sides, and even had time to meet with me during the interview process and post job offer. I would certainly recommend other friends and colleagues within the industry to use Next Ventures as I know they will not be disappointed.

    Clive Richardson, SQL Server DBA

  • Working with Next Ventures has been a pleasure. The energy and commitment they showed in the first call I had with them has been maintained throughout my contract duration, in all our dealings. I hope to continue our association long into the future.

    David Erasmus, Oracle e-Business Contractor

  • Next Ventures recruited me into Johnson & Johnson. They had a very good understanding of the role on offer, and were very efficient in sorting out queries and issues. The consultant also had a very good balance between giving people enough updates, but not calling too often. He made the recruitment experience a positive one.

    Doris Kneilling, SAP Consultant

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