Our client, an online, retail brokerage firm based out of London with operations in the Middle East & USA, acquired a presence in MENA and were looking to hire a Head of Trading to be based out of London, responsible for refining the entire trading platform and looking into risk exposures at the same time.
The ideal candidate would have to be currently running a trading desk in a medium to large set up and be responsible for looking after the risk exposure. The client had a strong preference for individuals who came across as well networked and had a pure online retail brokerage background.
Snapshot of the search process:
- We conducted our search focused on locating candidates already based in London, with a hands-on role in leading a retail online brokerage firm or brokerage arm of an established bank. Our research showed that candidates would be better suited to our client’s environment if they had exposure to a start up & tech driven environment.
- Our search gave us a concise picture of technology driven start up’s within London, from this we sourced a list of around 8 candidates which we filtered based on budget constraints, readiness to move and the candidates ability to manage risk exposures.
- We provided a shortlist of 3 candidates from London’s market who were interviewed and after thorough screening, a candidate was selected, offered and accepted. He joined our client in July 2017, and is now part of a growing firm on its way to an IPO.