About Oliver James

Delivering with Excellence 

Established in 2002, Oliver James Associates is a global recruitment partner with specialist teams in the Financial Services, Professional Services, and Commerce & Industry sectors. Our values of innovation, passion, adaptability, partnership, respect and excellence underpin the working practices we adopt across 12 offices worldwide. These behaviours are showcased by expert consultants who place up to C-suite level talent in permanent and interim positions through both contingency and executive search solutions. The key to this service is our proactive search methodology; before we start working in a particular area, we spend a minimum of 12 months mapping the market. This ensures thorough knowledge of the talent pool, excellence in delivery and long-term value – all part of our commitment to building lasting relationships. 

The Oliver James philosophy is one of global distinction, underpinned by six key values: Innovation, Passion, Adaptability, Partnership, Respect and Excellence. Watch our Vision and Values video to discover how you can benefit from this approach.

Our Mission: To deliver exceptional recruitment solutions to local and international Financial Services, Professional Services, and Commerce & Industry partners, whilst enhancing the careers of our candidates.

Our Vision: To be the most valued and essential recruitment partner, globally.

Our Values

Our shared values define Oliver James Associates and help guide our decisions, actions and behaviours. At the core of our values is the collective aspiration to be the most valued, knowledgeable and essential recruitment firm in the industry.


We utilise our industry knowledge and expertise to find innovative solutions for challenging roles. We think outside the box, establishing career solutions to add value to our candidates’ future prospects and career aspirations.


Quite simply, we love what we do. We approach our partners’ brands and candidates’ career aspirations with the same passion. We take pride in helping guide and shape the careers of our candidates, who trust us to deliver honest, innovative advice. Similarly, our partners look to us as an extension of their business, understanding that we are truly passionate about excellent service and successful delivery.


Our business is global. We possess the competencies and capabilities to successfully deliver on regional and international placements for our partners, alongside using our international business networks to source the right role for our candidates in their desired geographical locations.


We value trust and loyalty, and seek to build collaborative relationships with our partners and candidates based on respect and transparency. We consistently provide honest and expert advice, driven by the desire to find the best cultural and technical fit for roles, coupled with long-term progressive career paths for our candidates.


We respect and value the partners and candidates we work with, taking the time to understand their needs and expectations through open, honest conversations. We operate with absolute discretion, integrity and professionalism at all times, respecting the career ambitions of our candidates alongside the brief given by our partners.


We use our expertise to successfully deliver excellence. Using our global network and unrivalled resources, we have the expertise to identify, attract and place outstanding talent alongside creating bespoke recruitment solutions for more challenging roles. Additionally, we pride ourselves on excellence in delivery for our candidates, respecting their career aspirations and ensuring we find the best cultural and technical fit for them.