Delivering with Excellence

Success rate on retained assignments


Over 40 actuarial specialists

Of our candidates come from referrals


Award-winning recruiter

Oliver James Associates was established to provide a fully comprehensive search and selection recruitment process to the financial services, professional services and commerce & industry sectors, both on a permanent and contract/interim basis.

A selection of our client testimonials

  • “We have been consistently highly satisfied with the quality of service provided by Oliver James Associates and we have benefited from the professional nature of their consultants, the knowledge they hold about the insurance industry and the thorough network they have clearly developed within the insurance market.

    Oliver James Associates is now a preferred supplier in respect of Finance, Internal Audit, Risk, Compliance, Actuarial and other specialist functions across Finance and Legal. We would happily recommend Oliver James Associates to other businesses.”

    Gaile Toms, HR Director 

  • I have used OJ Associates for a number of years in my current position and also in previous roles at other firms. They have very good knowledge of the Compliance and Risk market, can map out the market well but importantly get they know their clients and who would, and more importantly who wouldn’t fit the team dynamics on an assignment. 

    They understand your requirements and also will only provide high calibre candidates, priding themselves with a reputation of investing long term in the client relationship and the candidates relationship.  They don’t waste anyone’s time, they manage the logistical side and prep the candidates well before interviews and all in all are a pleasure to work with and are one of the most professional recruitment firms I have worked with.


  • Aviva has used the services of Oliver James Associates since 2002. Successfully placing financial professionals within our Group Head Office originally, Oliver James Associates has broadened their services to include Internal Audit, Risk, Compliance and Actuarial functions to increasing levels of seniority on both a permanent and interim basis. To date Oliver James Associates has placed over 50 key hires within Aviva, ranging from newly qualified level through to Director level.

    We would have no hesitation in recommending Oliver James Associates to other organisations as a reputable and valued business partner.

    Rebecca Roberts, Recruitment Manager

  • Swiss Re has used the recruitment services of Oliver James Associates since August 2004.

    We have been very pleased with the level of service provided by Oliver James in terms of calibre of candidates submitted and the level of professionalism of all the members of the team I have dealt with for various assignments.

    Due to the success that Oliver James Associates has had with vacancies and the level of service we receive from their Consultants and Directors, they are on our first tier supplier agreement for Finance, Audit, Risk, Tax, Actuarial, Legal and Underwriting. We would happily recommend Oliver James Associates to other businesses

    Kim Roberts, Vice President 

  • Since we began the partnership with Oliver James Associates they have exceeded our expectations and outperformed their competition regarding the quality of candidates they have provided and the service that we have received.

    Oliver James Associates is now a leading supplier in respect of actuarial recruitment. We would happily recommend Oliver James Associates to other businesses.”

    Dan Jensen, Head of High Net Worth Business

  • ​Oliver James were fantastic in assisting me with a requirement my preferred suppliers were unable to deliver on. They were able to give me a diverse shortlist which included the successful candidate. Their service and manner has led to me requesting their assistance with additional requirements within my team, and my recommendation of use to other senior stakeholders within the  business.

    Front Office Quant - MD 

  • JLT have engaged Oliver James to place several senior positions within JLT and, during that time, I have found that their professionalism, knowledge of the insurance industry and market and the personalities within (both broker and underwriter), their speed of response and their ability to quickly understand JLT’s needs and to align those needs with the right level of candidate, have all been of a very high standard.

    I would certainly have no hesitation in recommending Oliver James to other businesses, but should the recipient of this letter require any further personal input on this reference, I would be delighted to oblige and my contact details are shown below for that purpose.

    N.J. Cousins - Managing Director 

  • When we engaged Oliver James as our recruitment partner we were far behind in our hiring plans for a number of senior level positions across the technical and business skill sets. They helped us to find excellent candidates to evaluate and interview and were superb in helping us close candidates we felt were ‘must-haves’. For critical roles we engaged them to do a global search

    for talent in the senior leadership area and he provided us with candidates from the Valley, UK, US, and across Asia, all with significant technology capabilities, all coming with the right attitude and culture fit to perform in our nascent growth stage

    Rachel Lee - Talent Acquisition Business Partner - Grab

  • Oliver James Associates is our preferred recruitment partner and has supported us with numerous senior appointments during a period of high growth. The point of difference between Oliver James and some of their competitors is that they are commercial in their approach and took time to understand our business and culture. Therefore candidates proposed for interview don’t just have the technical ability and relevant experience, but are also likely to be a good fit. I would be happy to recommend Oliver James for their recruitment expertise

    Paul Papworth - Finance Director - PrettyLittleThing