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Chief Technology Officers who operate across big banks, leading financial institutions and even FinTech innovators are currently in high demand -- particularly with our large capital market clients. CTOs define the strategic direction of the business, are capable of collaborating with executive teams and business leaders and are wanted for road mapping and problem-solving.
Successful CTOs know a wide range of languages and often have experience as a developer and are able to manage teams to achieve technical success. Find your CTO specialist below.
I’ve been with Caspian One for the past eight years. In that time I’ve grown our global engagement capabilities (across three continents) within Vendor specific technologies (kdb+, ION etc…) whilst also working with other niche skillsets and business areas. Also, I have spear headed our client expansion. This has subsequently meant I have been the highest billings and sales consultant year on year since 2014.
I believe my successes relates to the level of passion, intensity, drive and motivation I express. Much of this I learnt early in my career, through working in sales, with likeminded colleagues, and studying Marketing and Finance at University. However more importantly, it’s my ability to create real relationships with everyone I work with (client, candidate, colleague) that I credit highest.
I’m now the Co-Head of UK FinTech at Caspian One, and in this role I lead our business development and client engagement activities. I also have the fantastic opportunity to share my experiences with my team, and see them craft rewarding careers.
Since joining Caspian One in February 2014 I've learned a great deal about providing 360 recruitment within the UK FinTech market; and have developed strong relationships in a highly competitive industry. To achieve this and succeed as a recruiter I feel it's important to understand the real needs of candidates and provide them with a genuine approach. If I don't think the role is a relevant fit, I will tell them straight - as I can then help them to find their 'right' role. I believe the amount we care for clients and candidates sets us apart from alternative recruiters - seeing candidates as people, not CV's - and building relationships that last.
When it comes to recruitment, my approach is entirely people first. I operate equal-standing relationships with my entire network, built upon my expectations of contacts, to be honest, direct and open - coupled with me meeting their demands; providing transparent, flexible and thorough support with a high-level attention to detail. I was brought on to expand the reach in Infrastructure and Support with a particular focus on trading platform vendor SME’s. However, from the successful progression of that market, I’ve also been tasked to head up Caspian One’s developing Cloud presence - recruiting architects within the Cloud space with skill sets not just solely technical but also including evangelists to offer a wide range of truly talented individuals.
When my clients have endorsed me in the past, it’s typically been because of three elements; my professionalism, my working knowledge of the support market, and my due diligence throughout the process. Whilst it’s common for recruiters to promote these abilities, I’ve proven them time and again, across 5 years of recruiting for top-tier financial clients. I’m proud to say I both understand and comprehend the technologies, projects and skill demands in the market today - which allows me not just fill gaps, but truly place the right people.
Without total transparency, expectations cannot be managed and ultimately, that is where any recruiter will fail. I pride myself on being honest and upfront with the understanding that this will lead to a swift and stress-free hiring experience.
Identifying top talent and meeting client expectations requires in-depth understanding of motivations, skillset and background whilst appreciating that culture, environment, and team-fit can be equally as important.
My long-standing relationships and extensive network have allowed me to deliver time and time again to some of the market’s most revered tech firms. In addition, my friendly demeanour and personable nature make the hiring process not only efficient, but pleasant and easy. I am always open to new working partnerships and look forward to hearing from you.
I believe in pushing boundaries, exploring what scares me and challenging myself. I don’t think we should ever stop growing. Having previously worked in HR, the foundation of my career has been built on hard work, resilience, self-development, and drive. However, people have always been my focus. I believe that the most important part of what I do is understanding what people need, whether that’s candidates, clients or my own team.
I enjoy helping other people become successful, and I see my role in recruitment playing a key part in that. Our careers massively impact our quality of life, by doing my job right I believe I can help people in a huge way.