About Us

We are an executive search firm that recruits at the top levels of the Financial Services sector.  We provide a highly focused recruitment service at Board and Senior Executive Level.  Our proposition includes market feedback, competitor intelligence surveys and what is a highly referenced candidate approach.  Our associates and research analysts are highly knowledgeable, tenacious and above all, innovative. We pride ourselves on being trusted advisers to clients and candidates, our in-depth sector knowledge and attention to detail.

We are up front with clients (we turn down some significant work every year). Our “referencing up front” methodology produces a fast, transparent and accurate start to a search. We look for opportunities to adapt and think creatively. Our associates are not measured on the “business they produce” but on their performance for our clients. Our Practice Leaders have between 10 and 25 years of experience each in different markets in Financial Services. We invest in our knowledge and are one of the few search firms that have a “Head of Knowledge Management” who supports our associates and research analysts with up-to-date information and trends in our respective markets.

A byword in the company is “behaviour”. This is not about background but about unselfish, collegiate behaviour in the firm. We believe that only by operating as a team and sharing in the reward can we truly create lasting value for our clients. Our associates are steeped in their individual markets – but because they operate as a team and not in territorial silos – we deliver an outstanding service to our clients and candidates.

As part of the process – a director of the company (not associated with the recruitment) will call the client for a thorough debrief on our performance – what we call the client feedback process – critical for our clients and for our learning and improvement.


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Our team has been carefully built over a long period. It is designed to ensure the Practice Leaders are fully integrated, able to support clients in their own sector as well as to contribute to the success of every other Practice. Our research team consists of experienced individuals with expertise and reach across each sector that we cover and includes a dedicated Knowledge Management specialist.

Solutions And Expertise

Doing business with Per Ardua is a fundamentally different experience. Our team has a focused expertise with a deep understanding of individual markets. Our values are founded on unselfish team work. Working together we achieve better results. We recognise that delivery is critical to our clients and candidates. We are committed to an efficient, highly professional service with regular communication and feedback.

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News Briefings

View from London: The Year-Long Journey of a Search Firm Through COVID-19

As disconcerting as the COVID-19 crisis has been, executive search firms have found that not everything this past year has been dire. In fact, there have been valuable lessons learned and successes won over the course of 2020. One firm, U.K.-based Per Ardua Associates, a high-end firm specializing in financial services recruiting, has seen its