Banking & Financial Services

The Banking & Financial Services sector never stands still. psd is a trusted recruitment partner to constantly evolving local, global and national players in asset management, commercial banking and data & ratings – as well as the new breed of challenger banks and fintech and digital asset businesses.

If the most palpable legacy of the 2008 crisis was greater focus on regulation and compliance, its principal side effect has been to stimulate one of the most dynamic and innovative periods in banking history which continues over a decade and a half since the start of that crisis.

Major financial institutions have continued to invest ever-greater resource and expertise in building robust structures for the long term. psd has long standing relationships with asset managers, commercial banks, retail financial services providers and data & ratings businesses going back many years. The start-up culture continues to drive growth in areas such as digital assets, blockchain technology, digital banks, fintech and enterprise wide software.

With the requirement for new skill-sets and competencies, and an ever-more fluid, increasingly mobile and international talent pool, psd operates at main board, senior management, and senior executive level for clients of the many different type of business that occupies the banking & financial services landscape.

In larger companies, we work with clients strategically to implement recruitment programmes that enable them to maximise profitability and shareholder value. In smaller businesses and start-ups, we work with founders and key executives to build leadership capability that realises their growth ambitions. For all clients, the requirement of maintaining a diverse and representative workforce is paramount.

Executive Recruitment in Banking & Financial Services

Our financial services recruitment consultancy has been established for nearly 20 years and offers a wealth of industry knowledge. With teams in the UK & Europe, our network is international.

Our expertise covers card schemes, card issuing, single and multi – currency acquiring, smart card/EMV/SIM and E-Payments/PSPs. Our teams also work within money transfer/remittance, terminal manufacturing, payment software, prepaid and contactless, mobile payments, as well as cash management, dynamic currency conversion and mWallets.

Recent appointments include:
CRO, MLRO, COO, CTO, Director of Marketing, SVP of Card Operations, VP Sales, VP Product Developments, Heads of Digital, HR, Compliance & Risk and CFO’s, VP of Procurement, Directors and Heads of Finance.

The Data and Ratings practice predominantly focuses on the market data providers and business information firms who supply banks and financial institutes with data, research and software. These include ratings agencies, fintech firms and exchanges.

Our scope is across all commercial functions with particular emphasis on new business development and account management including pre- and post-sales support in business analysis, marketing and implementation.

Recent appointments include:

Chief Revenue Officers (CRO), Commercial Directors, Head of Client Services, Client Relationship Managers, Head of Business Developments, Sales Directors, Marketing Directors, Head of Implementation and Account Managers.

psd is a trusted partner to new innovative and dynamic FinTech, Digital Asset and Financial Services Disruptors. In start-ups and scale-ups, we work with founders and key executives to build their leadership capability and delivery teams to allow them to realise their growth ambitions. In larger more established companies, we work with them strategically to implement recruitment programmes that enable them to maximise profitability and shareholder value.

Our expertise covers:

  • Digital Assets, Crypto & Blockchain Technology
  • Digital Banks & Alternative Lending
  • Payments
  • Financial Services Infrastructure
  • Digital Wealth Management
  • Enterprise Wide Software
  • Regulatory
  • InsurTech
  • Private Equity / Venture Capital


Our scope includes Technology, Data/Digital, Cyber, Finance, Risk & Compliance, Marketing, Products, Commercial, Sales and HR.

Recent appointments include:

Chief Product Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Technology Officer, Chief Information Officer, Chair, NED, Head of Risk & Compliance, MLRO, Technology Advisor, Transformation Director, Head of Strategy, Product Director,  Head of Banking, SVP-Payments, Marketing Director,  Chief Marketing Officer, VP-European Sales,  HR Director, Head of HR,  Head of Wealth,  OD Director.

psd’s dedicated financial services recruitment consultants work in the UK and across Europe, and our specialist markets include asset, fund and investment, as well as hedge funds, private equity, real estate and institutional pensions.

Recent appointments include:
Head of Risk, Head of DC Strategy, Chief Investment Officer, Director of Compliance, Portfolio Management, VP Procurement and Head of HR.

psd’s executive recruitment expertise includes personal lines, commercial lines, life, pensions, reinsurance, brokers and advisory.

The opportunities we cover are diverse. They include accountancy, finance & audit, compliance & risk, technology & change, HR, marketing & sales and procurement.

Recent appointments include:
CTO, Chief Commercial Officer, Managing Director, Sales Director, Director of Customer Contact, Sales and Marketing Leader, Digital Director, CDO, CTO, Director Compliance & Risk and Finance Director.

Our clients range from major global firms to challenger and boutique providers. psd’s teams work across the UK and Europe, providing true global reach, and covering roles in finance & accounting, audit, technology & change, marketing & sales, compliance & risk, fraud, HR, reward, procurement, customer contact, trading and origination.

Recent appointments include:
Director of Operational Risk, Head of Financial Crime, Chief Credit Officer, Head of Treasury, Senior Relationship Manager, Global Commodity Manager, Chief Risk Officer and Director of IT.

We also hire for positions such as Head of Employment Policy, Head of Procurement, Senior Manager, Internal Audit, Finance Director and Programme Director.

Our retail banking recruitment consultants offer in-depth market knowledge of retail banking, cards and payments, consumer finance, general and life insurance.

Our scope includes accountancy and finance, audit, risk and compliance, HR, reward, technology, marketing, digital, and sales, as well as procurement, customer contact, property and facilities management.

Recent appointments include:
Managing Director, CMO, Finance Director, Head of Customer Operations, Head of
Operational Risk, CTO, VP Procurement, Group HR Director, Head of Rewards, Head of Pensions, Digital Director and Product Director.

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Our clients say

Very pleased with psd throughout the process, truly outstanding. A very good understanding of the Cards & Payments domain.

Product Director, First Data

Thank you for the good quality service provided to fill our recent senior position for rating banks, the dialogue with you was very effective. You understood fast and accurately what our specific needs were.

Sam Theodore, Scope Ratings

Your quick turnaround time for responding to my queries were unmatched. I have dealt with many other agencies and strongly believe that the service received from you and your colleagues was excellent.

CFO Western Europe, Global Payments

We received an excellent service. psd was always pleasant to deal with and totally understood the candidate and our requirements.

HR Manager, Investec Bank

psd has helped us to fill a number of senior positions, including a Chief Credit Officer, Chief Risk Officer and a Chief Finance Officer. They have an ability to understand both the detail and the wider picture and always strive to find alternative candidates, in order to ensure that our candidates come from a variety of background and experiences.

Head of HR, Commercial Bank

psd is my go to resourcing partner for the needs of my finance and treasury teams. They delivered the best interview to offer ratio I had and the longest standing candidates we have in the bank.

Strategic Head of Planning, Aldermore

We engaged with psd in helping us locate our Managing Director for our UK office. psd were critical in the success of filling this role. I would highly recommend psd.

HRD, Consumer Finance Business

When it comes to talent search, psd is the company to go to. Excellent communication skills ensure a full understanding of our needs.

General Manager, Bank of Communications

Effective, accessible and transparent, enabling us to be confident that the roles will be successfully filled.

CRO, New York Stock Exchange

I have been really impressed. The mapping and search project completed is one of the most comprehensive I have experienced. It was exactly what I was looking for, excellent analysis.

CEO, Retail & Private Bank

psd has been fabulous, I can’t speak highly enough of them – supportive, consultative, professional and provides consistently great candidates.

Senior Recruiter EMEA, Payments Company

Thank you very much for your help on this role. Not an easy one to fill and Peter Hardy did a first class job.

HR Director, United Trust Bank

Peter Hardy and the psd team have delivered in the provision of two outstanding C-Level hires. They are an excellent business.

HR Director, Wilmington Trust

The main thing that stood out for me was the number of opportunities that were available through psd. Where your competitors usually have only one opportunity to fill, I was presented with a long list. Then I could work with Christian Shawcross to select what would be a good fit for me.

Thank you for your help in sourcing a suitable candidate. Peter Hardy was instrumental in getting our new Head of Finance & Debt. He is a first-class consultant.

News & insight

InFocus: UK Banking & Financial Services Market in 2024

Peter Hardy, Managing Director of psd’s Banking & Financial Services Practice, looks at the UK Banking & Financial Services Market in 2024.

InFocus: Global Banking & Financial Services Sector in 2024

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UK Commercial Banking Sector in 2023

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