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Delivering with Excellence

Success rate on
retained assignments

97%

Largest Actuarial
recruitment team

Of our candidates come
from referrals

40%

Award winning
recruiter

Oliver James Associates was established to provide a fully comprehensive search and selection recruitment process to the professional services and financial services sector, 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 

  • Chaucer Syndicates Limited has used the services of Oliver James Associates since early 2005. Successfully placing financial professionals within our Head Office in London originally, since then, Oliver James Associates has broadened their services to include Internal Audit, Risk, Compliance, Actuarial and Legal functions to increasing levels of seniority on both a permanent and interim basis.

    To date Oliver James Associates has placed over 30 staff within Chaucer Holdings PLC, ranging from finalist level accountants through to our Head of Finance. We would happily recommend Oliver James Associates to other businesses.

    Puja Sharma, HR Manager UK 
  • 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. To date they have been successful in sourcing 27 key members of staff to our business across their different disciplines. They have also placed 18 interim contractors into the business.

    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.


  • 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 

  • ​King & Wood Mallesons have been working closely with Oliver James Associates for the past 12 months.

    We have appreciated their honest and professional approach, their extensive knowledge of the legal market in Asia, and the friendliness of their   consultants.

    Oliver James consultants are always patient, approachable, responsive, and work tirelessly to gain an in depth understanding of our partners’ needs, which means we always receive high quality, suitable candidates for our positions

    Zoe Wickham - HR Consultant 

  • 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 

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