We undertake both retained and contingent searches to thoroughly map out the market and provide a selection of high quality, relevant candidates for our clients within financial markets. 

Contingent Search

We undertake contingent searches on behalf of clients, helping to present a strong selection of candidates for the specific requirements of the mandate.

Using the strong, in depth network we have developed in the market we have a global reach which adds value to our clients all over the world.

Our contingent searches combine:

  •  Effective, targeted advertising to attract candidates who are actively looking for a new role

  •  Direct approaches using our tried and tested headhunting techniques

  •  Candidate referrals calling on our strong relationships that have been developed over many  years


Retained Search


Matthew James Consulting conducts bespoke, retained search and selection services for our clients across the globe, delivering high calibre senior level professionals. When we undertake a retained assignment we will meet with you to discuss the specific requirements for your team or whole business. We like to get a full understanding of both the skills required as well as the type of personality to fit your organisation.

We will then set about producing a shortlist of candidates for interview and appointment.

With our comprehensive mapping service we can efficiently identify suitable candidates and approach them discreetly and professionally.


For a more delicate or detailed mandate we would recommend the retained service. The nature of such an appointment requires us to build a partnership for a more involved approach.



Candidates: Your Next Opportunity

Financial Services:

Whether you work for an Investment Bank, boutique Broker, Asset Manager or Hedge Fund, we would love to hear from you to discuss your situation. Our team of experienced consultants are dedicated to finding you the ideal move for your career.


The roles we typically work on are as follows:


- Flow/Distressed Credit Sales

- Flow/Distressed Credit Sourcing

- Flow/Distressed Credit Research

- Flow/Distressed Credit Trading/Portfolio Management

- Emerging Markets Fixed Income Sales/Trading