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Fairfield, CT
1 to 50 employees
Company - Private
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At Smith Hanley we take a focused view of recruiting. Since opening our doors in 1980, we’ve concentrated on just a few key industries and a few specific functional areas. We’ve dedicated ourselves to knowing these areas inside and out. We’ve ... Read more

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Smith Hanley Associates – Why Work For Us?

Our Mission

At Smith Hanley, we take a focused view of recruiting. Since opening our doors in 1980, we’ve concentrated on just a few specific functional areas. We’ve dedicated ourselves to knowing these areas inside and out. We’ve focused on finding the perfect fit between clients and candidates for highly specialized positions within those highly specialized functions.

From the inception of a search to its successful outcome, we strive to make the recruiting process seamless.

For Our Clients

We are committed to knowing you, our client. Because we’re established experts in your field, we focus all our efforts on learning more about your specific business, your company’s culture and your position requirements. It’s how we find the perfect fit for the highly specialized positions within your highly specialized industry. Your niche is our niche.

For Our Candidates

We’re equally committed to knowing our candidates. We become coaches in your success. A resume doesn’t tell the whole story. That’s why we take the time to discover your capabilities, strengths, goals, and interests. It is only through understanding your long-term career path that we can confidently find you the right fit with the right employer. And when the fit is right, everyone succeeds.

Richard Wastrom, Financial Strategies

Richard Wastrom, Senior Managing Director, is a founding partner of Smith Hanley Associates.  As the co-manager of the Financial Strategies Group (FSG), he directs searches in both the Institutional Investment and Alternative Investment Management communities.  His work encompasses a broad range of directives including chief investment officers, chief financial officers, chief information officers, as well as roles within single and multifamily offices. Additional mandates involve investment research strategists, risk managers, and quantitative portfolio managers (as noted by Emanuel Derman in his memoir, My Life As A Quant). Mr. Wastrom’s depth of experience and long-term relationships in the dynamic financial markets field have yielded proven expertise, respect and success.

He received his BA in business administration from the University of Vermont.

Jud Smith, Financial Strategies

A partner at Smith Hanley Associates, Jud has been with the firm since 1995. Having more than eighteen years of experience in the field of portfolio management and technology recruitment for the financial industry, he fulfills both contingent and retained searches.

Jud has worked in all facets of quantitative research and trading recruitment from individual portfolio managers to the establishment of several new systematic global hedge funds, managing billions in client capital. He has also filled a plethora of quantitative and technical roles. From the chief technology officer of a $10BB hedge fund, to the lead developers and quantitative analysts of countless trading desks at the world’s leading investment banks and hedge funds, Jud’s vast network of connections offers both clients and applicants an experienced and informed resource in the global market.

A 1993 graduate of Hobart College, Jud has a Bachelor of Science in political science.

Jacque Paige, Quantitative Marketing

Leading, growing and managing the business analytic side of Smith Hanley since 1989, Jacque joined the firm after a five-year stint with General Mills.  She loves the entrepreneurial aspect of recruiting, and the energy and enthusiasm generated from working with her associates, clients and candidates.  The explosion of data and its use in marketing and business applications has grown her staff to 17 including recruiters specializing in data science, market research, direct and digital marketing, consumer credit, actuarial science and information technology.  Jacque enjoys attending schools with unusual mascot names.  She is a Boilermaker and a Tarheel having received a BS from Purdue and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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    We are given all of the tools we need to succeed and basically run our own businesses, with the guidance of a Principal who acts as a mentor. Although we are all doing our own thing, everyone is extremely supportive and internal competition is low (unlike other recruiting firms). It's a great environment for someone who is entrepenuerial and hardworking.


    Having a closed door office would be nice, since we don't need to collaberate much with other team members during the day. This way you'd feel like you could be as loud as you want on the phone without worrying you're disturbing others. It would also promote productivity when you have your own space.

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    I applied online. I interviewed at Smith Hanley Associates (Chicago, IL).


    Easy interview process. Spoke with the Principal over the phone and then the recruiter who was working in the space. The final steps were meeting the Chicago staff and having an interview over lunch.

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