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Oliver James Associates Overview

Manchester, England (UK)
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
Staffing & Outsourcing
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
Established in 2002, Oliver James Associates is a premier recruitment partner to the world's leading businesses in Financial Services, Professional Services and Commerce & Industry. Passion, excellence, respect, innovation, partnership and ... Read more

Mission: To deliver exceptional recruitment solutions to local and international partners, whilst enhancing the careers of our candidates.

Company Updates

  • Happy 2nd Anniversary to the OJ Milan office. We hope you enjoyed celebrating in the Alps. A hugely successful team deserves its just rewards!

  • From day to night, this year's OJ summer party at Mottram Hall was on another level! Thanks to all who came from across our European office network.

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Oliver James Associates – Why Work For Us?


About Us

Since 2002, we have been a specialist recruitment partner to the Financial Services sector; finding and placing market-leading talent across the world. We help organisations to attract the most suitable talent in the market instead of being limited to a list of candidates that are actively seeking jobs. 
Our experienced consultants are specialists within their vertical markets and excel at finding exceptional individuals for challenging roles. They operate with absolute discretion, integrity and professionalism.  

Our determination to develop long-term relationships based on trust, integrity and successful delivery has evolved and culminated in the development of an unrivalled network of mid-to-senior level professionals from within the Financial Services and consultancy sectors throughout the world. We also have specific teams individually focussing on the UK, Ireland, Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Asia.


Working for Us

Our ability to deliver depends on the highest calibre of recruitment and resourcing professionals that are passionate about working within the Financial Services sector. Oliver James Associates’ people have the knowledge, experience and skills to be the preferred recruitment partner or career advisor to the Financial Services industry. 

Oliver James Associates is a relationship-led recruitment consultancy with a truly global reach. Our vision is to become the leading global recruitment partner of choice within the Financial Services industry by offering retained, contingency and interim recruitment solutions to clients looking for senior professionals across Europe, Asia and North America. 

We work within a meritocracy that can offer unprecedented opportunities to people that share our core values and deliver results for our clients. We recognise and reward success and innovation while providing continued professional training and development.

The Culture of Success

First and foremost we are an organisation of professional recruiters that offer a consultative and professional service to our clients. We operate in competitive recruitment markets where demand for the best candidates with the right skills outstrips the supply. Our recruitment success depends on our ability to see past the limited supply of active candidates and find the right people even if they are not looking for a job. We pride ourselves on our recruitment skills, proactive search methodology, technical vertical market knowledge, commercial acumen of financial markets, strong relationship-building skills and good business brains in order to be commercially savvy. Our business consists of extremely level headed professionals who are amiable, mature and above all, extremely focused and determined to be successful. Oliver James Associates retains talent through fairness and by reinvesting into our employees and business. Our Consultants have typically joined from a range of other market leading professional recruiting firms, seeking a better performing business that can develop their talents and earning potential more effectively. We recognise that our business success is built on our people and that they are our foundation and future. 

Working environment

All of our offices are in the heart of the city and offer a bright and modern working environment. 


Oliver James Associates Reviews

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Oliver James Associates Managing Director James Rogers
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  • "The only recruitment company I'd want to work for!"

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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in New York, NY
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    I have been working at Oliver James Associates full-time (More than 3 years)


    - International opportunities
    - Open lines of communication directly with CEO's (as a side note, they also know everyone's names and genuinely care about each employee, globally)
    - Great office environment, inclusive atmosphere.
    - Exciting growth plans - new offices to open, promotions available at all levels.
    - Excellent training/L&D team! training is tailored to each individual not one size fits all. They genuinely invest in everyone's' development.
    - Strong branding and one of the best reputations in the market.
    - Extra long lunches for gym goers, happy hours on Friday, company trips (miami, cancun.....) sponsored team nights out, incentives throughout the year and quarterly lunch clubs!
    - One of the best commission structures in the industry.


    Granted, recruitment isnt for everyone, its tough, you're dealing with a two way sales process and people making major life decisions and that's not always easy. That said, the only cons of working here are the ones which are generic across the recruitment industry as a whole. Of course there are long hours and a little stress - this is a sales environment and you'd be hard pushed to avoid those things if you want to be successful in any highly competitive environment. To offset this, OJ push to keep moral high and the sales floor as energised and positive as possible - those claiming otherwise should perhaps try and be part of a solution rather than the perceived problem.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing and ignore the negative reviews. Keep investing investing in your people and developing your team leaders and mangers so they can continue to support and develop their reports and ultimately keep smashing it, together! Our growth plans are exciting and the future is bright here at OJ and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else!

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Oliver James Associates Photos

Oliver James Associates photo of: The European offices arrive in Cheshire, for the 2018 Summer event
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Oliver James Associates Interviews



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    Managing Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
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    Average Interview


    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a week. I interviewed at Oliver James Associates (New York, NY).


    Video Conference / Phone calls - 3 stages with Country MD and Group MD. The company culture seems excellent from the outside, very efficient, nice modern offices and great processes and infrastructure in place. Quite honestly they already seem to have the infrastructure if not the depth of one of the big players in recruitment. OJ are quite specialist rather than recruiting anything and everything.

    Ultimately I declined as I already had experience in this kind of setting and felt I wanted more autonomy, particularly over working hours. It just wasn't a good match but if this was my first recruitment job I would have accepted for sure.

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Oliver James Associates Awards & Accolades

  • 100 Best Small Companies to Work For, The Sunday Times (UK), 2013
  • Recruiter Hot 100, Recruiter Magazine, 2013
  • BDO Profit Track 100, The Sunday Times, 2014
  • Virgin Fast Track 100, The Sunday Times, 2013
  • International Track 200(6), The Sunday Times (UK), 2015
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