Associate Director Risk

UK and Europe

On Request

Pure Search

This newly created role will join Pure’s established compliance practice in London, covering the EMEA region. We intend to evolve our team to a holistic regulatory governance practice, including risk (and its sub-verticals) and potentially into cyber security and emerging threats.

Our team consists of four experienced consultants, all of whom were hired with a track record delivering into the compliance and financial crime markets at their respective former employers. We have developed strong relationships within the following client groups;

• Corporate & investment banking – inclusive of tier 1 brands, and branches of smaller banks within AFB community

• Retail banking

• Asset management, private equity

The wider financial services team at Pure also allows for ease of access to further markets, including an array of clients across insurance, payments & money remittance, interdealer brokers and more.

Given the inherent links between the risk and compliance departments within these institutions, we have developed a network of CRO contacts, for whom we have delivered into for compliance hires. In order to maximise this potential – and likewise offer an experienced risk recruiter a strong initial platform – we are keen to build execution (and further origination) capability within risk.

Job purpose:

• Responsible for the creation of Pure Search’s risk offering to the financial services sector, within the UK and across the region.

• Develop a credible market proposition across typical risk verticals - credit, market, operational, or other. In the process, ensure a strong personal brand within the risk market and contribution to the team’s wider perception and offering to the governance market.

• Build a sustainable revenue stream and develop strong line-manager relationships, working on a probable mixture of contingent and retained work.

• Leverage existing PSL relationships within ‘flow’ accounts.

• Develop additional client relationships with SME financial institutions.

• Over time - and if desired – grow headcount beneath you to enhance the coverage of the risk offering. (For example, Pure has reached market-leading status for risk search in Hong Kong, with an experienced team of 3). The role may include overseeing and mentoring a junior researcher, to support candidate supply.


• Minimum of 3-4 years’ experience in a risk desk; whether supporting an established risk business or alternatively having built a desk from scratch.  

• It is expected you will be able to bring risk recruitment expertise and relationships (not withstanding covenants) with you.

• A proactive attitude towards building a business, growing our client reach and developing yourself to be at the forefront of your market.

Working at Pure:

• You will be joining a business that incisively leverages its networks and relationships across the various FS practices.

• We have a strong core client base in FS and professional services, which provides new hires with a helpful platform when transitioning across.

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