Since inception, AJB focuses on delivering the highest standards of service. Our candidates’ information is treated in the strictest confidence: we will never forward your details to any of our clients without first having obtained your express permission.
Candidates, please be advised, if you are introduced to any position with any client of AJB’s irrespective of you having received a job specification or not, then you will automatically be bound by the Indemnity below.
PLEASE DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, ATTEMPT TO ASCERTAIN THE NAME OF ANY OF THE CLIENTS OF AJB AND THEN SEEK TO MAKE ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENTS TO ENGAGE OUR CLIENTS FOR ANY VACANCY THAT MAY HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED TO YOU BY AJB
APART FROM THIS BEHAVIOUR BEING VERY UNETHICAL, IT IS LIKELY TO ENSURE THAT YOUR APPLICATION FOR THE VACANCY IN QUESTION WILL BE REJECTED
I agree to be represented exclusively by AJB Executive Search for the vacancy/ies introduced herein (and any subsequent vacancies so introduced by AJB this introduction also covers the company/client that my details have been presented to for ANY vacancy) for a period of 18 months and that I have not been advised and/or approached by another recruitment consultancy (or third party) about this vacancy.
If I am subsequently approached by another recruitment consultancy (or third party) about the same company/client for the vacancy in question or ANY other vacancy henceforth, I must decline, advising that I am already being represented. If my CV has already been submitted, I will instruct the recruitment consultancy (or third party) that it must be withdrawn immediately in favour of AJB Executive Search, (although I need not mention the name AJB Executive Search)
Introduction means either;
A) The candidate has received a job specification for the vacancy/ies introduced by AJB
B) The candidate has been advised about a specific vacancy, even though a job specification may not be readily available
C) The candidate has agreed for AJB to present their CV to the client/s in questions, where the name of the clients has been revealed to the candidate
I confirm that having agreed to this undertaking, I will indemnify AJB Executive Search for the loss of any placement fee that would have been ordinarily payable (and including any legal cost that AJB may incur) should I accept this vacancy via another recruitment consultancy or third party, including a direct approach by the company/client in question
Advice for Candidates
This section offers you help in maximising your potential in marketing yourself to prospective employers
Below you will find two downloadable word documents which offer expert job search advice, as well as an example of a well-structured CV
"Jonathan is amazing at his job. Diligent, respectful, understanding of your work circumstances and preferences. From our first communication, he spent time to get to know me well and ensured we had a close personal interaction. I had told him my thoughts but since I was not absolutely sure of what exactly I wanted, he gave me useful guidance and urged me in a very respectful way and secured just one interview for me (with a firm that was not my first preference) and encouraged me to attend the interview to have a better opinion on whether it would fit me, which it rather surprisingly did and I accepted the offer. Jonathan always responded very quickly to my enquiries and also gave me advice on how to prepare for the interviews. I would definitely recommend him and continue to urge my friends and colleagues who are interested in exploring new opportunities to contact him"
Ioanna Kouniaki -Compliance Monitoring Manager,February 2020
Andrew Mhango-Compliance Manager, July 2019
"I was seeking a new contract position and was referred to Jonathan Banjo of AJB Executive who introduded me to only 1 opportunity, which was in keeping with my expectations and which I accepted
I found Jonathan to be extremely helpful, keeping me updated at all stages of the recruitment process. He kept in touch throughout my contract to check on my progress and offer support. He always acts in a highly professional manner and responds quickly to any enquiries".
RB-Compliance Consultant-Financial Promotions, June 2019
Jonathan goes above and beyond all measures to ensure his candidates land the perfect job specific to their career aspirations. Not only is he quick and highly efficient, he also presents interview opportunities with well established, high quality firms. I cannot praise his efforts and professionalism highly enough. After gaining an understanding of my character and attributes, he used his experience and network to diligently seek the most suitable role for me and then expertly prepared me for the interview. His intimate knowledge and understanding of the compliance industry serves as one of his greatest attributes, as he effectively walks you through all the various questions potential employers are likely to at interview (sometimes almost verbatim), leaving you feeling fully prepared to take control and confidentally succeed at the interview. I highly recommend Jonathan to any candidate seeking a role in regulatory compliance.
Alex Rowe-Compliance Consultant, May 2019
"Jonathan is a recruiter who does not regard you as a number but a person with skills and talent. He puts you forward for roles that you can do and has extensive contacts in Financial Services Compliance. I have known Jonathan for well over ten years and suitably assured that he will put your best interests at heart" (H Aranha)
Harry Aranha -Compliance Consultant , January 2019
I’ve worked with Jonathan for well over a decade, I’ve always found him to be diligent and professional in his dealings with me even when his requirements and my availability have not coincided. Whenever we speak he takes the time to update his records. Feedback is succinct and to the point which is always useful. As a contractor, Jonathan is on my list of ‘go to’ people when looking for my next assignment. I have no hesitation in recommending his services.
Ian Ashleigh-Compliance Consultant ,November 2018
Barrie Douce -Compliance Consultant ,March 2018
Akin Karabacak -Compliance Manager ,February 2018
"I first reached out to Jonathan end of 2015 for a position in the UK. The first video call was all about knowing who I am. He kept in touch with me regularly since then until a suitable position opened, which happened in the summer 2017 when an international Bank was looking for a representative in France. The whole application process felt both professional and personalized: a written guide on how to prepare interviews was made available, engaging discussions preceded each interview and follow-up feedback calls ensued, salary negotiations were perfectly coordinated. Jonathan was there all along, effectively being your consultant on your side. He even went the extra mile in meeting me at the train station when I had to attend 2 interviews in London over the weekend. The exceptionality of AJB is that Jonathan knows both candidates and employers in depth, to a point that goes beyond a resume matching a job description, he matches personalities and work culture, which I believe is the basis for a successful work cooperation. Thanks to Jonathan and AJB whom I recommend highly!"
René-Laurent Alciator-Head, French Representative Office & Global Account Manager,January 2018
“Jonathan was first recommended to me through a previous employer who had been impressed with his market knowledge. After an initial phone conversation where we discussed my career goals, he put me forward for a great role, which suited my background and skills and was the very first position I applied for via AJB. Following an interview request, he took the time to coach me through the process and offered invaluable tips and advice to help me secure the position. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Jonathan as a recruiter with a personal approach and extensive industry expertise”.
AK - Compliance Manager, November 2017
“Jonathan Banjo of AJB has been very personal and attentive regarding my recent job search (which commenced in September 2017) and made everything possible for me to feel prepared when going through a number of interviews. Jonathan forwarded my CV for 1 position only and I was successful with my application. Jonathan was professional, kind and organised throughout the interview process and is enthusiastic about providing added value to his clients and candidates. I would recommend Jonathan as a trustworthy individual that provides a quality professional service for any candidates seeking career opportunities within Compliance”
Yves Elbaz -Head of Asset Management Compliance,October 2017
“I sought Jonathan’s assistance in kicking off my career in compliance in the summer of 2017, having graduated from university without a finance-based degree, or any relevant experience. What I did have was passion and interest, and he took it upon himself to find me a position, providing me with invaluable assistance both prior to, and during, the interview process – with several phone calls and then practice interviews over Skype prior to each interview. The first firm he put me forward to, I got the job at, which is testament not only to his tireless and personalised help, but also the fact that he cares about those whom he’s helping – something that can’t be said for all recruitment consultants”
Emily Piper-Compliance Associate,September 2017
”I first approached AJB in 2012 when I was seeking a new position and he was very effective from the start. We met for lunch and discussed my CV, background, and expectations. Jonathan worked very quickly to find a suitable opportunity. He gave me insights into the hiring firm and the manager, and also helped me prepare for an interesting and challenging interview process. I have stayed in touch with Jonathan through the years and find him to be well-connected and credible. He is a gentleman to work with and I highly recommend him for compliance professionals looking for a trusted adviser.”
John Anthony-Senior Compliance Officer,April 2017
“I found Jonathan very easy to work with. He was knowledgeable, very clear in the requirements of the job, gave good advice on the people I was going to deal with as well as the process that I needed to follow. His feedback was direct and to the point”
David Dohmen-Head of Compliance,March 2017
“AJB approached me first in February 2016, when I was looking for a new position in compliance. I spoke to Jonathan Banjo and after a brief discussion about my requirements and a personal meeting, Jonathan arranged an interview for me shortly after. The preparation was fantastic as Jonathan practiced the interview process on Skype with me. Although I was not successful in this particular role, when the next suitable role came up a few weeks later, we were in touch again and another interview was arranged. Jonathan provided me with all the necessary information and was really helpful throughout the 2 stage interview process.
I was offered and accepted the position and most pleased with the salary package Jonathan was able to negotiate on my behalf. I’ve registered with many recruitment agencies, but AJB is certainly one of the best in terms of professionalism, availability and support throughout the recruitment process.
I have no hesitation in recommending Jonathan and AJB to candidates seeking career opportunities”
Claudia Martini-Compliance Officer,July 2016
“AJB Executive are an extremely professional efficient and resourceful consultancy. They operate and adhere to the highest professional and ethical standards. AJB were able to source and successfully place me at a firm in a role exactly as I had requested.
I was provided with only 1 job specification and was offered and accepted the position and most pleased with the salary package that Jonathan Banjo was able to negotiate on my behalf
I was kept abreast of the whole recruitment process and readily prepared by Jonathan at each interview stage
AJB diligently oversaw the whole recruitment process and kept lines of communication open at all times. They were always available and ready to help.
I would not hesitate to recommend Jonathan and AJB to any candidate seeking a new career opportunity, or client seeking to engage a very proficient firm of Head-Hunters”
Sam Azad-Senior Compliance Manager,May 2016
“I approached AJB in February 2016, when I was seeking a new position in Compliance and spoke with Jonathan Banjo. After a brief discussion about my requirements, Jonathan advised that he would be in contact as soon as he had a suitable opportunity
A few weeks later I received a call about a very exciting opportunity with an Asset Management Company. Jonathan provided me with all the necessary information and assisted with the interview preparation, he was absolutely amazing and was very patient with me. Jonathan supported me though the 3 interview process and I was offered and accepted the position
I have no hesitation in recommending Jonathan and AJB to candidates seeking career opportunities”
Lucy Keshinro-Compliance Analyst,April 2016
“I first met Jonathan in 2014 when I was seeking to relocate to London and in search of a new role and challenge. I had a Skype call with Jonathan which provided him of a clear understanding of my capabilities & experience and what I was seeking in a new position. It’s quite a daunting task searching for a new role and Jonathan was very professional in his approach, introducing me to just one opportunity, which I have recently accepted and I was pleased with the salary package offered. Jonathan’s support throughout the interview process was second to none and his encouragement and advice was also most helpful I would not hesitate to recommend the services of AJB Executive Search to my colleagues or anyone seeking a professional career move”
Kazeem Ogunbambi-Trade Finance Relationship Manager,January 2016
“I can’t thank Jonathan enough for the pro-active approach in negotiating and securing favourable terms in respect of my new employment contract. His deep knowledge of the financial sector, industry acumen enables the proper fit and package for a candidate and ensures the screening of candidates of the right calibre to meet a Financial Institution’s needs. All of these qualities were instrumental in my successful appointment.
I would not hesitate to recommend the services of AJB to others seeking career advancement”
Abrar Ahmed-Head of Trade Finance, Business Development,October 2015
” I first approached AJB in 2014 when I was seeking a new position. I worked with Jonathan who presented me with only 2 opportunities, both of which were suitable and I was quite keen on one which Jonathan put me forward for. After a series of interviews I was offered and accepted the position. Jonathan took the time to understand what I was looking for and he definitely had my interests at heart. He secured an excellent financial package for me, which was more than I expected
I would recommend Jonathan to my friends and others seeking career advancement”
Mike Booth-Regulatory Director,October 2015
” I have enjoyed working with Jonathan of AJB very much in acquiring a new position. I first had contact with Jonathan in 2014. Jonathan advised me to be patient to ensure I only considered suitable opportunities and was confident he would find a suitable position for me. In due course Jonathan presented me with two excellent opportunities, I was offered both roles and took one of them. Throughout the whole process, from initial discussions about the opportunity to final acceptance of the position, Jonathan had been very professional and yet also acting like a friend. providing both objective and subjective views when necessary. Jonathan is also very knowledgeable about the compliance environment within financial services.
Should the need arise again, I shall definitely be calling on Jonathan and his firm again for assistance and remain happy to recommend the services of AJB to others”
RB-Head of Compliance Monitoring,October 2015
“Of all the recruitment consultants that approached me, Paul Lawrence of AJB, was the only one that encouraged me to consider my future and my longer term goals, and made me realise that I should not simply look for another job, but to push myself and make the next step in my career. Over a long-winded interview process spanning nearly 3 months, Paul regularly kept me updated and acted with utmost professionalism at all times. He listened and took on board my requirements for the role, ensuring that I was offered exactly what I expected. I have now secured a position at an incredible company, and look forward to progressing my career with them. I can’t recommend Paul highly enough. ”
James Greenly-Para Planner,September 2015
“I approached AJB Executive Search in June 2014 when I was seeking a new position within Compliance. I was advised that I would be contacted when a suitable position became available and was pleased to hear from Jonathan to discuss a compliance vacancy within a Bank. I was put forward for only one position and accepted the offer and was most impressed with the salary package that was negotiated on my behalf. I am happy to recommend the services of AJB Executive Search for any candidate seeking a career opportunity. Jonathan and team provided help and support from start to finish. They were extremely knowledgeable and approachable at all times. I was kept informed and updated throughout. I am happy in my position in an organised, modern practice. Thank you for all the help!”
Temitope Olukoya-Compliance Associate,March 2015
“Jonathan and the team at AJB are experienced and very professional in their approach. Jonathan clearly understands compliance and changing regulatory environment and I give credit to him and his team for placing me in my current role in asset management which has offered sufficient scope to aid my career progression. Well done Jonathan!
I would certainly recommend Jonathan and the team to other compliance professionals looking to take the next step in their career progression”
Mark Barker-Senior Compliance Manager,December 2014
“I first met Jonathan over 10 years ago when he placed me as a Compliance Director into a multi-national firm and he has always impressed me with his professionalism and knowledge of many differing sectors within the Compliance space. He takes time to understand his candidates to ensure that he does not waste his clients time with a scattergun approach to CV delivery and would not hesitate to recommend AJB’s services to clients and candidates alike”.
Mark Winton- Global Head of Compliance,December 2014
“Jonathan of AJB and the rest of his team are extremely well connected and knowledgeable recruiters. I dealt directly with Jonathan in securing my current position which I had been seeking for a very long time. From the moment I interacted with Jonathan, I felt comfortable in going through the interview process with him. He kept me informed and gave me interview tips ahead of each stage and totally believed in the fact that I would do well and secure the position. Incidentally, this was the only position Jonathan introduced to me. Jonathan also negotiated an excellent salary package, which was more than I expected. He is very honest and reliable and is excellent at believing in his candidates. I would highly recommend AJB, and in particular, Jonathan to assist in both sourcing and recruiting for roles”
Sibel Cayir-Compliance Analyst,October 2014
“Jonathan head hunted me for a role over 15 years ago and we have remained in regular contact since then. I have always found Jonathan to be professional, knowledgeable and very good at identifying appropriate candidates and / or roles. I have no hesitation in recommending Jonathan.”
Ellis Batchelor-Compliance Consultant,September 2014
“I’ve worked with Jonathan for 8 years and have always found him to be among the most enthusiastic, pro-active, and skilled recruiters. Jonathan successfully placed me with my previous employer. He’s a great guy and a pleasure to work with.”
Stefan Hacker-Compliance Consultant,August 2014
“I have known Jonathan Banjo for the best part of 20 years and am pleased to see that he and his team are still going strong. He clearly understands the Compliance business and is well connected having made many contacts over the years. Jonathan placed me at a blue chip asset managers many years ago and I spent some very happy years there. As a head hunter Jonathan is very confident and comfortable using his contacts to match skills with positions.”
JW-Head of Compliance,July 2014
“I was headhunted by Jonathan Banjo of AJB for Wachovia Bank/Wells Fargo’s Head of EMEA Internal Audit in 2005, where I still remain. I was impressed at the depth of his research on me and Wells Fargo. Jonathan’s professionalism and negotiating skills resulted in securing exactly what Wells Fargo and I were seeking.”
Alan Gaudencio- Regional Director, Internal Audit,July 2014
“AJB has been known to me for over fifteen years in a professional capacity. They are a boutique recruitment agency specializing in placing Financial Services Regulatory Compliance professionals and have stood out from the more established agencies by the quality of assignments provided and attention to detail and ensuring a smooth and professional service from commencement to conclusion
The ability to match their client’s requirements exactly to the skill set of compliance professionals is a commendation I will endorse unreservedly.
I have no qualms in recommending the services of AJB which I have availed of over the years both as a client and as a candidate”
Alan Stevens- Compliance Consultant,December 2013
“Jonathan Banjo of AJB Executive Search placed me at a well-known bank very early in my career. AJB were able to negotiate favourable terms which allowed me stay at the bank for almost 9 years and remains my best position to date. AJB spent time listening to career preferences in order to find the perfect fit (which they did) for me. I would strongly recommend AJB to other compliance professionals seeking career opportunities and will not hesitate to use them again”
Karen A -Senior Compliance Manager,November 2013
“I cannot speak highly enough of Jonathan Banjo and AJB Executive Search as they contributed immensely to kick starting my compliance career in 1999.
Jonathan sourced my very first compliance position with a highly regarded Asset Management company, when I had no compliance experience. This feat is a testament to his ability to get clients of AJB to see the hidden value in a candidate who on the face of it, may not have the experience but had the aptitude and desire for compliance. Jonathan went beyond the extra mile in not only getting me the position and preparing me for my first city interview but actually picked me up at the station and dropped me at offices of the client. A Highly dedicated service, also demonstrating care and compassion”
Adeyemi Johnson-Compliance Consultant,May 2013
“I have been dealing with AJB Executive Search for a number of years. They are an outstanding example of professionalism in the field. The regulatory environment has changed a great deal in recent years . Nevertheless, they are always well informed. The quality of the services offered is first class and their reputation precedes them and I would not hesitate to recommend the services of AJB Executive Search”
Ian-Ladd Gibbon-Head of Compliance,May 2013
“I have worked with Jonathan Banjo of AJB since 2010, and they have successfully assisted me with my specific career requirements.
I have found working with Jonathan as a whole, to be honest, tactful and rewarding. I have approached a lot of compliance and banking specialist recruitment agencies and found the key difference which set AJB apart was the ability to look out for my best interest and not saturate me with roles that were unsuitable. AJB have not disappointed me and I am currently reaping the rewards of their tenacity and understanding of my expectations.
I have found Jonathan to be well informed of the market trends and provided me with good advice.
I have no hesitation in referring AJB to anyone seeking a career opportunity within Compliance”
David Agubamah-Compliance & AML Manager,April 2013
“I have known Jonathan Banjo and worked with AJB Executive Search for over 15 years and consider Jonathan to be a true professional in his field. I have recruited many individuals through AJB Executive Search and continue to be impressed by the dedicated personal and charismatic service offered by AJB. The marketplace in executive search is highly competitive and few firms stand out amongst the crowd as offering a real value added service, AJB is certainly one of the best and I have no hesitation in recommending their services.”
Brian Rowe-Chief Compliance Officer,April 2013
“I have worked professionally with AJB for over 10 years and have found both the firm and its principal Jonathan Banjo to be enterprising, whilst always acting with the utmost professionalism in its approach.
AJB have an in-depth understanding of the financial sector regulatory market. Jonathan is approachable and effective with a refreshing ‘can do’ attitude. He is receptive in taking on board one’s aspirations and communicating same to third parties.
Jonathan is highly motivated and ambitious and has always sought to act in my best interests. He is willing and able to think outside the box and has successfully assisted me with career development on 3 separate occasions.
It has always been a pleasure to refer colleagues and friends in the regulatory sector to Jonathan and perhaps, that is the biggest compliment that I am able to pay AJB”.
Ahmed Makele-Head of Compliance & MLRO,March 2013
“I have known Jonathan for a number of years and he successfully secured my current role for me last year. He understands my experience, listens to what I am personally looking for and only puts opportunities in front of me which he believes I would be suitable. I was thoroughly impressed with Jonathan’s professionalism throughout the entire recruitment process. I found him to be proactive, thorough and he provided me with accurate information about the Compliance role as well as honest advice. Jonathan has a very good understanding of the types of roles required within Compliance Departments and is therefore able to identify the right individuals with the relevant skill sets to fill any role. Jonathan is not just a recruiter, but a professional who assists candidates with their successful career planning”
David Devine-Compliance Advisory Manager,February 2013
“I have known Jonathan and AJB for over a decade and have always been impressed with their tenacity, focus, and willingness to go the extra mile on both candidate and employer relationships.”
Carl Baldwin-Head of Compliance,February 2013
“I have found AJB very professional in their approach.
I have known Jonathan Banjo for many years and when I recently approached AJB to discuss career progression, I was provided with one opportunity which led to an offer, which I accepted
The communication was very consistent and helpful throughout the process resulting in my always feeling prepared for interviews. I couldn’t have asked for a smoother recruitment process. I was also particularly impressed with the way Jonathan negotiated my salary package, which was not easy
I would not hesitate to recommend AJB’s services to any Compliance or Internal Audit professional seeking to discuss career development “
Kevin Whyte- Head of Compliance Monitoring,January 2013
“AJB offered me a very professional and effective service, Jonathan Banjo found the ideal position for me, which was the first position that was presented to me and was skilled in the negotiation process. AJB possess a good knowledge of the Compliance industry and I would be happy to recommend AJB to those seeking to further their Compliance career”
Richard Thompson-Senior Compliance Monitoring Manager,January 2013
“AJB offers a very polished professional service. When I was seeking a career move I approached AJB and was presented with only two opportunities and I accepted one of them. I was also very impressed by the negotiating skills that Jonathan undertook on my behalf to secure a suitable package.
I would be very happy to recommend the services of AJB to others seeking a career opportunity, in fact I already have”
Alan Thetford - Head of Institutional Compliance & MLRO,January 2013
“AJB Executive Search have placed me in two senior positions in my career. I have always been very impressed with their tenacity and focus and would have no hesitation in using them again”
Ashley Kovas- Head of Funds,January 2013
“Jonathan Banjo of AJB has proved to be a motivated and effective matchmaker; he has worked hard to get my foot in the door and been very supportive in helping me secure the right position. His proactive and dedicated approach means that he is one of the first people I contact to explore future opportunities. I will not hesitate to refer others to him”
Anthony Southall-Compliance Monitoring Manager,January 2013
“I have worked with Jonathan Banjo of AJB as a candidate for many years and found him to be very well informed of the recruitment market and in particular within the Asset Management industry. He is very professional in his dealings with HR recruiters and his candidates and manages to ensure that communications are managed effectively. As and when the situation arises, I shall use AJB’s services again and would have no hesitation in recommending Jonathan to other candidates”
Darren Wise-Compliance Consultant,January 2013
“Of all the Compliance recruitment consultants I have used, AJB was the one who came up with the most impressive positions. I accepted one of the positions presented to me. I found the service provided by Jonathan Banjo to be most excellent and would certainly recommend him”.
DKS-Head of Compliance Monitoring,January 2013
“I have known Jonathan Banjo of AJB Executive Search for some time, and found the service that AJB offer to be very professional and the career opportunities that are introduced to me to be aligned with my expectations.
I shall be using AJB when I am next seeking a career move and would not hesitate to recommend their services to other compliance professionals seeking to explore new career opportunities”
AM-Head of Institutional Compliance,January 2013