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Financial Crime and Fraud Recruitment Agency

Rutherford is a Leading Specialist in

Financial Crime Recruitment Within The UK

​Rutherford, a leading compliance search firm in the UK, has built an extensive track record in the recruitment of financial crime professionals in London and across the United Kingdom.

For over a decade, our expert market knowledge has enabled us to build a vast and carefully curated network of fincrime talent within financial and professional services. Our aim has always remained the same: to provide premium regulatory recruitment services to our clients all whilst offering professionals the best financial crime jobs.

How Serious is Financial Crime?

Financial crime is becoming an ever-increasing tool utilised by organised gangs. In the UK and in the rest of the world, criminals are growingly infiltrating the financial services industries with methodologies that get more sophisticated by the minute.

Across the globe, regulators and law enforcement agencies are progressively acknowledging that the predominance of economically-driven crime is a considerable threat. Estimates show that the problem costs on a global scale around 3% of GDP.

The UK is a particularly attractive hub for those seeking to launder dirty money, commit fraud and engage with insider trading.​

Financial Crime Roles We Place

Head of Financial Crime
Financial Crime Director
AML Manager
KYC Manager
KYC Analyst

How Is Financial Crime Investigated?

Financial crime investigators undertake a preventative and proactive role in stopping financial crime. They need evidence to build a case, and often financial crime investigators provide either overt or covert investigative assistance to discover whether there has been any financial wrongdoing.

A team of financial crime investigators are often necessary to help build a case or investigate any potential financial crime. They utilise financial trails to track money and the location of individuals, allowing them to find enough evidence to find the culprits and the organisations at risk.

What Are the Most Common Types of Financial Crime?

The most common types of financial crime include offenses such as fraud, electronic crime, money laundering, terrorist corruption, bribery and corruption and insider dealing.

Financial crime can be committed by everyone - from the successful individual to business leaders to organised crime groups.

Why Is Financial Crime Compliance Recruitment Booming?

With financial crimes becoming more sophisticated by the minute, financial services businesses has started to massively invest in financial crime specialists to fight against the problem.

This has resulted in an overall recruitment drive, with firms looking for financial crime professionals to work for all manner of financial services business, particularly within anti-money laundering, counter-terrorist financing, fraud, anti-bribery and corruption and sanctions monitoring . Financial crime recruitment agencies and aml recruitment agencies are booming at the moment - and we expect them to grow some more as fraudsters are becoming more and more sophisticated.

Finding Financial Crime Jobs

A career in financial crime compliance is now a hugely exciting prospect and candidates in this field are highly in demand. This sector requires people with a very specific skill set, and Rutherford is always looking for exceptional financial crime compliance professionals and compliance professionals who are looking for financial crime jobs. If you happen to have experience in the field, please get in touch with our financial crime team.

Types of Financial Crime Jobs

There are many career opportunities in the financial crime compliance sector, more specifically because there is a wide range of threats endangering financial services firms' security.

The increase of threats to organistions over the years has increased the amount of financial crime jobs available in the sector.

There is a vast host of financial crime risk jobs and financial crime compliance roles. These include - but are not limited to - Anti-Bribery and Corruption Specialists, Policy roles, Operations and Analyst positions, Anti-Money Laundering and KYC professionals, Quality Control Officers, Financial Crime Managers or even MLRO (Money Laundering Reporting Officer).

Most financial crime roles involve setting high-level policies and procedures, undertaking risk assessments, reviewing caseloads and understanding relevant laws.

Because of the high level of skill required firms often seek the help of financial crime headhunting agencies, like Rutherford, who can tap into their network of highly skilled and sought-after talent.

Why Is Rutherford the Best Financial Crime Headhunting Firm?

With extensive experience in the field, from wealth financial crime recruitment to payment services financial crime recruitment, the Rutherford team has now built an impressive track record in finding the best talent for our clients in the sector.

Rutherford is a top financial crime compliance recruitment firm: our recruiters will make sure to find the perfect candidate for your team, your culture and your needs. Our financial crime consultants know that it is essential to find the perfect fit for your business, especially since fraud prevention and protection covers one of the most sensitive parts of your company. If you are actively seeking a business partner for your fraud investigator recruitment needs, you have come to the right place.

By working with Rutherford's financial crime team, you access a large network of experienced and qualified professionals in the sector who are looking to advance their careers.

Interested In Heightening Your Financial Crime Career?

Then have a look at our current financial crime jobs within financial services: you will find a vast array of positions, from interim financial crime jobs to permanent roles to fixed-term contracts.

If you want to know what the current salary bandings of financial crime professionals are in the UK instead, find out more in Rutherford's latest financial crime salary survey. Leading financial crime recruitment firms, such as ours will always provide market knowledge to its candidates in order for them to make informed decisions when it comes to finding their next financial crime compliance job.

What Services Does Our Financial Crime Recruitment Consultancy Provide?

Rutherford's financial crime team offers two different types of services for its clients, helping them secure the best talent for their hiring needs.

Who Are Rutherford's Retained Search Services For?

Our Retained Search services are ideal for firms looking to hire niche, highly specialised professionals in financial crime. Our consultants will adopt a tailored and greatly rigorous approach to make sure our client secures premier financial crime professionals.

Who Are Rutherford's Contingent Recruitment Services For?

On the other hand, Rutherford's Contingent Recruitment services have been built for firms that have short-term hiring needs. With a quicker delivery, our financial crime consultants will tap into their vast network and database to bring you the best candidates in the field.

​Interested in knowing more? Then get in touch with Rutherford, London's leading aml recruitment agency.


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Rutherford was unreal. Recruitment does not have a great rep in my opinion with a number of folks within the sector making everyone look bad for many reasons.

Rutherford was different they worked as if it was their last placement ever. Produced more than any other agency I have ever worked with. Credit to them.

Head of Information Security, Software Company

​Rutherford sends strong candidates, they have a good conversion rate, represent us well, follows instruction and are generally really pleasant to deal with.

Experienced Hire Recruitment, Quantitative Trading Firm

Rutherford was v easy to work with, adapted to my schedule and messaging preferences and helped to prep me for the interview.

Technology, Quantative Trading Firm

I have worked with Rutherford on a number of compliance and legal searches over the years.

They have consistently helped recruit top quality individuals into the firms I have worked for. Their knowledge of the market is fantastic and, importantly, they spend time getting to know the vacancy and the firm to ensure that they put forward the right candidates.

Highly recommend their compliance recruitment firm.

COO, TT International

​There aren't enough words to express my sincere gratitude and thanks to Rutherford for their assistance in helping me land an amazing role at a phenomenal private equity firm.

Rutherford's Compliance recruitment consultants were friendly, proactive, encouraging, and extremely helpful in guiding me through the recruitment process. I never once chased them and was consistently on the receiving end of calls, getting regular updates on the progress made. They kept an open and honest line of communication and spent a considerable amount of time prepping me at each stage of the process.

Their technical knowledge coupled with their down-to-earth personality makes Rutherford undoubtedly an amazing choice of a compliance recruitment firm if you're considering a career move in the legal or compliance sectors.

Compliance Associate, Leading European Private Equity Firm

​During the time I have known Rutherford, their compliance recruitment team have shown a combination of efficiency, consistency and a frankness which is rarely found amongst their competitors. I have been consistently impressed by my compliance headhunter's attitude whenever we have interacted. He was very encouraging and patient, just a genuinely nice person too. Would highly recommend him and Rutherford, and will be eternally grateful to them for helping me secure a role at my dream firm.

Compliance Director, Generation Investment Management

Rutherford's compliance recruitment team knows the market extremely well. They know all the players in the space and can speak to each's professional history and personality. They are very open and honest when communicating roles as well as any feedback a firm has after reviewing your resume or an interview. They always make a case for their clients and are extremely thoughtful in the roles they put you up for. Without them, I wouldn't have been able to move to London! I would recommend them to any colleague or friends in the Compliance space.

Vice President - Compliance, SoftBank Investment Advisers

​Working with Rutherford was an absolute pleasure, helping me secure my new position. They were very responsive and gave a lot of support throughout each stage of the recruitment process.

I would definitely recommend their compliance recruiters to those seeking a professional move!

Compliance Professional, Lansdowne Partners

I approached Rutherford in September 2020 looking for a new role and they couldn't have been more attentive. They kept me updated, ensured clear communication through the process - from introduction to offer - and ensured I moved to the best opportunity. The team is highly attentive and hard working.

Control Room Analyst, Citadel

​We have worked with Rutherford Search on a number of occasions to find candidates for regulatory/compliance positions and I’ve always found their London compliance recruitment team to be professional and helpful. They’ve done a great job of helping us find the best possible candidates and we have always been very pleased with the service offered.

Their compliance recruiters is proactive and reliable, invested in understanding and meeting our needs as a client and, most importantly, they are able to find and suggest great candidates which meet our specific briefs. The quality of service and candidates that we have received has always been high and this is indicative of Rutherford’s well-deserved reputation in the market.

Global Head of Compliance & Regulatory, FTSE 250 Asset Manager

​Rutherford recently placed me into my future role. At all stages of the recruitment process, they has been extremely positive, has provided excellent guidance with regards to interview preparation, and ensured I was kept up to date with news from the company throughout the selection process, providing timely feedback after the end of each stage. They have been an absolute joy to work with, and if you are looking for a new Compliance role, I can’t recommend them enough!

Financial Crime Manager

Having worked in the interim MLRO/Financial Crime market for more than 10 years, I have worked with a number of recruiters and sourcing agencies. However, amongst them I found Rutherford to be more professional than most I have encountered.

I have no hesitation in recommending associates to contact them if they are looking to recruit, as I am at times when in an interim role, or if they are looking for AML or other financial crime roles in the financial services sector.

Interim MLRO, DNB

​Having made two excellent Compliance hires for our firm in London, Rutherford will be my go-to recruitment partner in the future. They fully understood our briefs and the culture they were recruiting for, which made the process efficient and transparent. My candidates were also happy with their interactions with the team, which were professional yet friendly. It was a pleasure working with them, and they would be the first firm I would recommend to others embarking on a recruitment process.

Chief Legal Officer, Eton Park International LLP

​Rutherford was instrumental in assisting Liquidnet Europe Limited in our search for a Head of Regulatory Compliance and Legal Affairs. They presented a selection of candidates with a range of experience. Each CV was a match to our requirements and to our cultural fit. This was no small feat considering the hybrid legal and compliance profile we were seeking. In the end, each area of our spec was met and the incumbent in the role is settling in nicely.

Subsequent to this search, Rutherford has also placed a contract surveillance person - again, superb match of skills to spec. The Rutherford team is personable, responsive and I highly recommend their services.

Head of HR - Global Talent Engagement, Liquidnet Europe Limited

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