Alex Hardy

Having spent my time at University at Oxford Brookes I moved into Recruitment over 7 years ago having initially started a career as a personal trainer.

The entirety of my recruitment life has been focussed on the Compliance sector having started my career as a researcher for Allemby Hunt (a search firm) in the City. This enabled me to learn how compliance works, the effect it has on a financial institution and most of all I mapped out the market and learnt who sat where and who the key players were. A large focus of this role was to build my network across the industry and start to make a name for myself within the market.

In 2009 I moved to one of the largest Recruitment companies in the world, Robert Walters. Working directly for Richard Aldridge I continued to build my industry reputation and had great success month on month whilst with the firm. Whilst with RW I successfully made the Global ‘top biller’ list which put me in the top 2% of billers globally.

I joined Black Swan Group at the start of 2011 and have been focussing my time on developing my knowledge across the more senior level hires globally. During the last 2 and a half years I have been working on bringing on a number of key accounts to the firm including RBS, HSBC and MF Global (until it crashed in 2011) as well as lucrative smaller accounts. Some of my billing highlights over my time here has been recording the highest permanent fee (£50,000) as well as recording the highest permanent individual month (£77,600) which was in July of this year.

Having worked roles in the US, Saudi Arabia, Luxembourg, Hong Kong, Moscow and Tokyo my global market knowledge has expanded and shall continue to do so in the future.

Out of work I spend a lot of my time keeping fit either by running or lifting insanely heavy weights in the gym. I also enjoy taking the time to visit some of London’s finest restaurants and visit the cinema. At the weekends I like to find some time outside of London be that visiting my family home back in Bath or exploring new areas.

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