Located in London and New York, our team has been providing specialist executive compliance recruitment to the financial services sector for over a decade. Our purpose has always been the same: to bring the best available talent to our valued clients, through deeper market knowledge and the cultivation of trusted long-term relationships.
Rutherford serves in four core disciplines: Compliance, Financial Crime, In-house Legal and Private Practice Legal. We have kept our focus on financial law and regulation to enable our people to become experts in their field and grow relationships within their specific sectors.
No matter what your needs are, we’ll find outstanding candidates for you, whether it is in the short term or as part of a long-term relationship with you. Our firm currently offers the following recruitment services:
Why choose Rutherford for your next hire?
We have a reputation for quality, reliability, market knowledge and professionalism. Don’t let us go on about it though: see what clients and candidates have to say about us instead.
We do the hard work for you. We have a rigorous screening process and will only send you a select few of the most qualified resumes to peruse.
Retention & Cost
A good recruitment agency should be able to place employees that will last in their position. It is both expensive and a waste of time to hire employees that leave the job quickly. We’re confident in our retention rate: 94% of our permanent placements made in the last two years are still in position today.
The Rutherford Approach
of permanent placements made in the last two years are still in position
of our searches have been exclusive or retained in 2019
success rate on exclusive mandates in 2019
of our placements were female in 2019
Every day we are building relationships with the future Governance Leaders and identifying the problem solvers, strategic thinkers and innovators.Learn more about us
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Meet the team
We are a dynamic bunch, with expert consultants and a back office team dedicated to the highest levels of service delivery.Meet our team
Work for us
Rutherford is growing and looking for ambitious new talent to help us continue our expansion.Work for us
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
During the entire process, I felt very well looked after and that my best interests were core during the entire process. I'd definitely recommend taking this route to friends. What particularly surprised me was the individual and honest career advice, which definitely helped me make the right decision.
Compliance Officer, Deutsche Bank
I had the pleasure of working with Rutherford when I decided to look for new career opportunities. They were incredibly dedicated to my case throughout the whole recruitment process. This included reviewing and enhancing my CV, getting a first interview, scheduling and preparing for subsequent interviews, getting to know key stakeholders, reviewing the offer, salary & benefits, and even supporting my Tier 2 visa application process. The Rutherford team is very professional and made the transition into my new role stress-free. I am truly grateful for the support that I've received and will continue to recommend Rutherford to anyone seeking new opportunities.
Compliance Officer, Softbank Investment Advisors
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.
COO, TT International
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 have helped me source and place high-quality candidates in various compliance roles over a number of years. The team has a good understanding of the compliance market and conducts itself with integrity and professionalism.
Head of Compliance, Miton Group
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
Rutherford sets the standard in professionalism and transparency in the executive search industry for compliance. Importantly, the firm acts with integrity. They have a good handle on the hiring environment, what's moving and trends. Furthermore, they work as a team and are available for calls and emails long past working hours! The team exhibited a vested interest in ensuring that I was the right fit for the role they were trying to fill. Communication during the interview process was clear, consistent and honest. They were good coaches and helped me land a rewarding role with a reputable boutique hedge fund.
Compliance Officer, Cairn Capital