Financial Services

Sustainable success demands a systematic approach to talent management

As a gateway hub to the rest of the world, London remains one of the top global financial centres, leading the way in talent attraction and innovation. There are also thriving regional centres in Birmingham, Cardiff, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and Leeds, which offer institutions an additional supply of talent as well as cost savings in the running of operational functions relative to the City. How the industry develops over the next decade will be determined largely by Brexit and its affect on the UK’s standing as a major player on the world stage.

Since the global financial crisis, this has been an industry sector in transition. And the outlook remains challenging. Increased regulation and a focus on greater operational efficiency and cost cutting have been driving change, as have digital disruptors and advances in new technologies. It is the organisations with leadership teams able to embrace necessary transformation that are emerging from this difficult period in best shape. With ever tightening margins the future will continue to be uncertain and competition for the best leadership talent fierce.

Whether it is the attraction of new talent or the retention and development of people from within, succession planning is becoming increasingly important for sustainable growth in unsettling times. At Seymour John, we work with our partners to develop talent strategies to meet the business demands of today and prepare for the challenges of tomorrow, helping create leadership teams that are nimble and flexible and that can thrive through change. In increasingly global operating environments today’s leaders must be multi-discipline collaborators and entrepreneurial innovators, able to give their organisations a competitive advantage through the re-design of business models in the light of fluctuating markets and fast-moving technological development. An organisation’s ability to attract the best people will continue to be crucial for long-term profitability and growth.

Seymour John is a strategic partner for high impact talent management in the following subsectors:

  • Asset Management
  • Retail & Commercial Banking
  • Insurance
  • Investment Banking, Corporate Banking & Markets
  • Infrastructure & Fintech
  • Private Equity & Venture Capital
  • Wealth Management

Our specialism in this industry sector means we hold the inside track on identifying, assessing and attracting the right financial talent. As the go-to financial recruiter in our respective geographic areas we are uniquely positioned to leverage extensive talent networks to give our partners the commercial edge. Many of our experienced consultants have worked client-side so understand the pressures you face. In tandem with our people and change practice, they offer all the insight and resources you need to tackle the most complex of human resource requirements, helping your business to meet its strategic goals and promoting growth in a challenging macroeconomic environment.