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We are the leading executive recruitment specialists in the finance sector and winner of Best Financial Services Recruitment Agency, North America, 2018.

At Vlaad and Company, we help your team reach its full potential, connecting you with exceptional candidates. We zero in on the best financial services talent in the market.

We work with a diverse range of clients across Investment and Corporate Banking and Capital Markets, Private Equity, Venture Capital, Asset/Wealth Management and Corporate Development.

Here is how it works.
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Stages to successful placement

Understanding the client and role
Our Search Navigator is specially designed to ensure we better understand all aspects of the role, your organization and its culture, such that we accurately present this opportunity to top talent – top talent, within candidate pools we have mapped from all the sectors we cover. Right from the beginning, throughout the search process, we ensure we thoroughly understand you, and your role, such that we can best represent you in the market. We pride ourselves in fully understanding our marketplace, its trends, its developments, and its perceptions of you and of the role they need filled. This information is very effective in closing searches efficiently.
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Candidate Sourcing and Research
Finding candidates and receiving applicants is not recruiting. With our partnership our team of dedicated recruiters continuously reaching out to the market’s top talent on your behalf. This talent is sourced with deep research, with the sharing of market trends, and uses the full advantage of our market-leading newsletter, Bill’s Buzz, which reaches nearly 20,000 finance professionals - globally. We identify and connect with top performers in each sector we cover. There are other ways to find someone to ‘do the job’ – we will find you star performers who stand apart.
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Short Listing
We pre-screen the best-qualified and interested candidates and then interview face-to-face those whom excelled. At which point we discuss with the candidates the market importance of our client and the opportunity at hand. We are honest about possible challenges that come with the role, and are realistic regarding possible career progression. We believe this approach ensures both our client and the potential candidates enter the recruitment process with all relevant information. Finally, we select only the strongest candidates and present them as a “Short List” for consideration.
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Interview Stage
Each process is unique to each search with each client and are planned to ensure a smooth sequence of events to ensure a positive ‘candidate experience’. Our main role during this stage is process and analyze the large volume of information gathered and shared. As an intermediary, we act as a window into the concerns or queries of all stakeholders, addressing issues and questions promptly. We serve to gage interest level, collect feedback, and provide transparency which increases the efficiency of the Interview Stage.
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Offer and Acceptance
Our experienced team of recruiters provides support and market knowledge so that your competitive offers get accepted. We use our experience, gathered over hundreds of financial services searches with negotiation training and up to date data from our Compensation Summary as tools to craft compelling offers.
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Follow-up
Your success is our success. Therefore we stay connected with our clients (our new partners in business) and your the successful new hire, long after the offer has been accepted.
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Our Clients

We are a trusted partner to top financial services firms and corporations across Canada. Recent placements have occurred in these sectors:

Private Equity and Corporate Development
Corporate Development
Venture Capital
Direct Investments
Public and Private Markets

Capital Markets
Investment Banking
Sales and Trading
Advisory
Research
Restructuring

Asset Management
Investments Teams
Portfolio Management
Product Development
Operations

Credit and Fixed Income
Corporate Banking
Sales and Trading
Cash Management
Treasury
Research
Support Teams
Risk Management
Compliance
Fund Management
Anti-money Laundering
Board Roles / Leadership
C-Suite
Group and Sector Heads
Compensation Committees
Governance Committees

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21176 Candidates connected to great opportunities

What Clients are Saying

We are proud of the strong relationships we have built with our clients and candidates.
In the current business environment, hiring and retaining top talent remains our company’s top priority. We have been successful with Vlaad and Company in very quickly identifying the right “short list” of candidates for open positions and moving to offers. Retention has been 100% due to thorough upfront role definition and matching candidate skills and cultural fit with our needs. We continue to work with the professionals at Vlaad and Company on an ongoing basis given their proven track record and understanding of our business needs."

Head of Corporate Development – Large International Corporation
Our experience with Vlaad and Company has been nothing less than outstanding. The team has always been willing to go out of their way to meet our needs. We initially engaged their services to help us find one qualified candidate; however, they brought two exceptionally talented individuals to our attention. We are proud to have hired both candidates and have them working for our firm. We couldn’t be more grateful for the attention, dedication and remarkable sixth sense Bill and his team have for matching candidates and employers."

Head of Research – Full Service Broker Dealer
We recently engaged Vlaad and Company to perform a search for a senior research analyst. We couldn’t be more pleased with the process and outcome. From the beginning, we felt that we had a team working with us to understand our objectives and canvass the market. In a very short period of time, we were presented with a snapshot of the market and possible candidates. As a result of their effort, we were able to reduce the time spent on a search and focus on interviews. We hired one person from the pool of solid candidates presented to us by Vlaad and Company. Ultimately, it was a very smooth and professional search facilitated through excellent communication and feedback."

Head of Research – Investment Bank
Vlaad and Company completed an engagement which has the potential to fundamentally change the scale of our organization at Capitalize for Kids. They exceeded expectations on all fronts and we would highly recommend their services."

Kyle MacDonald Co-Founder, Capitalize for Kids
When working with Vlaad and Company you know you are working with professionals that understand the space. I have been very pleased with the level of service provided, promptness in delivery but most important the quality of candidates sourced for my vacant positions. I would not hesitate to use Vlaad and Company on any of my more challenging recruiting needs in the investment area and feel confident that I will get results."

Head of HR – Global Pension Fund
The Vlaad and Company team has proven to be responsive and professional and has demonstrated a good reach into the market to fulfill our hiring needs."

Hiring Manager – Investment Bank
Bill and his team took the time to understand our needs and the proposed candidates were good potential fits. They obviously have their ears to the ground and are extremely well-connected and are clearly a first-call for many accomplished people in the industry. If I want a clear, concise and accurate up-to-date employment picture of our industry, Bill is my first call."

President – Independent Broker Dealer
Vlaad and Company has delivered excellent results for our firm. Most importantly, they surfaced high quality candidates which allowed us the luxury of choice to fill important positions. These recruits are excelling in our shop. Along the way, Vlaad & Company provided superior hands-on service throughout the search process. They worked hard, and always had our firm’s interest in mind. We would not hesitate to work with them again."

Partner – Professional Services Firm
The Vlaad and Company team live and breathe the capital markets industry. They bring great insight and have a pulse on employment trends and practices within Canada. While candidates are encouraged to reflect on their personal and professional profile, they are also given a practical perspective on how this should be applied to a successful career transition. We received tremendous feedback from our student members who found the presentation truly valuable."

Co-President of Ivey MBA Finance Club

FAQs

You likely have questions. We have answers.
What is your area of search specialization?
As a finance recruiter based in Toronto with offices across Canada and New York, we support financial services clients with:

  • wholesale banking;
  • all buy-side roles;
  • PE/VC; and
  • corporate development.
What roles and levels do you fill in the finance sector?
We cover all institutional roles in financial services. Therefore, we believe we need to cover ALL levels for effective industry coverage.
What are your fees or fee structure?
We work exclusively with our clients on each role to produce superior results. In our experience, using fixed-dollar fees reduces unambiguity, providing certainty from the start of the engagement. Requiring a deposit to commence your search ensures a mutual commitment to success.
What is your recruitment process?
At Vlaad and Company, our recruitment process includes three main stages:

  • Search Stage;
  • Offer Stage; and
  • Transition Stage

See above to learn more about the steps involved in each stage.
What types of finance industry searches have you completed recently?
We pride ourselves in working with the best opportunities the street has to offer. We look for mandates where we can add value and follow a well-defined list of criteria when deciding to take on new roles. See examples of recently completed searches here »
Do you offer a guarantee?
Yes. We match the probationary period of our client’s offer for the successful candidate.
Does your reach in finance executive search extend to the national market? Global market?
We work where our clients need us. Our clients’ business lines—and the businesses they support—are global. We have offices throughout Canada and in New York but work on finance searches around the world. The backbone of our business stems from our weekly communication, Bill’s Buzz, with an audience of over 18,000 institutional finance professionals globally.
How do executive search firms find candidates? What’s the difference between posting our job on LinkedIn versus hiring you?
For many recruitment firms, there is not much of a difference between the service they offer and the results you would achieve using Linkedin. However, Vlaad and Company is built on relationships –our candidates are more than a database number.

As North America’s Best Financial Services Recruitment Agency Corporate Vision’s HR and Training Awards, we layer on our industry networks, technical understanding, compensation data and market knowledge to find you candidates that matter.
How do you handle conflicts of interest?
Given our dedication to this industry, we enter into new deals only if we can assure that no other mandate we are currently involved with will materially impact the integrity of the new search. “Off-limits’, generally means ensuring certain client’s employees are not recruited. We work with our clients to ensure any potential conflicts are handled with integrity.
How quickly will you provide a shortlist of candidates?
Given our industry focus, our searches run more efficiently than most generalist recruitment firms. We will do our best to provide you with a shortlist generally within two weeks understanding that variables, which impact timing, vary widely from search to search.
Who will work on my search?
Our entire staff is at our client’s disposal and you will work with whom you choose. We will provide you with most industry-capable recruiter only as a suggestion.

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