Kind Consultancy was approached by an international investment fund active in multiple locations across Europe and North America. Previously, their UK operation had completely outsourced its Compliance function. They were looking to expand their UK base, including creating an in-house Compliance team, beginning with a Head of Compliance and an MLRO.
Working on an exclusive, retained basis, we helped our client to build the job brief, incorporating our knowledge of the current Compliance and Financial Crime landscape in the UK. We then conducted a detailed search and market mapping exercise using a mix of methodology. Our team reached out to people in our existing network who we knew had the specialist skill set our client was looking for. Next, we identified passive candidates we believed would be perfect for the role and made confidential approaches.
Our final shortlist contained only the very best senior Compliance and Financial Crime professionals who had the expertise to take on strategic, leadership roles in a new department. We focused on individuals who had previously held SMF16 and SMF17 functions, or who were of a calibre that we trusted to be ready to step into an FCA-approved role. We also were careful to pre-screen any candidate on the shortlist to consider their personality and culture fit within our client’s existing senior team, making sure their long-term career goals were aligned with the business’s plans.
After interviewing our candidates, the client successfully appointed their preferred candidate and was extremely happy with the quality of people provided. We’ve remained close to both the Head of Compliance and MLRO post placement and have subsequently provided them with more junior staff to build out their new teams.
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