Contingency recruitment and search

Specialists in Recruitment

McCabe and Barton are a specialist recruitment business founded in 2000, focusing on technology and business change roles within the Private and Public Sector. We pride ourselves on the close long-term relationships that we have with our clients. Everyone in our team works all roles within their vertical specialism. Our business is based on our network of long-term professional relationships, and our deep knowledge of the market. We specialise in mid to senior level recruitment in technology, digital, data, change and risk, providing high calibre individuals on both a contract and permanent basis – in this space we are very well-connected and have an excellent understanding of the market. Based in the City of London we work in the UK and European market.


McCabe and Barton have been active in the Risk and Quantitative Analytics arenas since 2010. Our practice leverages the extensive experience of our consultants in this area gained over a period of around 25 years. We focus mainly on EMEA and the North American market and have successfully executed mandates in numerous locations globally across Market, Credit and Counterparty and Operational Risk from first to third lines of defence.

Our unique experience in the Financial Quantitative Analysis world encompasses front to back capability including related Technology and Implementation activities.  Our knowledge and track record ranges from Front Office Pricing Analytics and Risk Modelling as well as Model Validation, Finance & Product Control, Audit and Analytics used to capture Financial Crime.

Our Consultants have been involved with numerous key market hires over the past two decades.

Asset Management

Having worked with Asset and Wealth Managers since day one, it has grown to be the largest sector for us over the past five years.  We place Digital, Data, Technology and Business Transformation/ Change specialists on a permanent and contract basis for some of the biggest players in the City.

We really understand our clients and the multiple factors that are currently at play; these include digital disruption / transformation, increased regulation, changes in fee structures, managing or removing legacy systems, use and management of Data and the growth of Fintechs.

Technology & Data effectiveness is ‘front and centre’ in the future operating model story.  New technologies will mean increased use of AI, RPA and ML which are acting on enriched data sources and data sets, this will transform all areas of the organisation; to remain competitive Asset and Wealth Managers will need to continue investing in Tech and the people that drive that transformation.

The search for talent and the next generation of AM professionals will be a differentiator for the successful AM of the future.  Capturing the millennial hire is important, as is having a compelling environment within which the Gen X or Y worker wishes to work and develop, and all the time focussing on the creation of a truly diverse workforce.

The skills most in demand are in the following areas:

  • Data Management
  • Decision support technologies which exploit data captured or the ‘data estate’ will be crucial e.g. Data Management / Artificial Intelligence / RPA & Automation & Productivity Management / NLP / ML
  • Platform Technologies e.g. Aladdin / Charles River
  • Outsourcing business model development and execution e.g. Selection, Deal and Agreement development and negotiation, SLA and Run aspects of o/s deals
  • Growth and Distribution Strategy Development
  • Alliances development and partnering approaches and best practice
  • Tech Savvy people where data analysis will be as or more important than fund analysis
  • Skills encompassing architecting, managing and designing the programmes / projects which deliver the above will be in high demand


All senior technology positions must now incorporate Digital strategy and delivery. The move away from a physical to a virtual presence across both the private and public sector has created new challenges – amongst them:

  • Meeting expectations of customers in the digital age
  • Finding and keeping the people who can digitally transform an organisation
  • Managing the omni-channel reality

The following areas are just some of those that we actively follow and look to build our networks within:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)
  • Big Data and Analytics
  • Blockchain and Distributed Ledgers
  • Cloud Computing
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • FinTech
  • InsurTech
  • WealthTech
  • RegTech
  • PropTech

All the roles we have successfully worked on recently have incorporated at least an element of Digital delivery often driven by the goal of becoming a ‘digital by default’ organisation.


At a time when the insurance industry is undergoing an unprecedented technical revolution as it adopts digital technology, McCabe & Barton are at the forefront of this change. Within the team, we have expert consultants who place C-suite executives and senior managers globally for brokers, carriers, service providers and start-up insurtechs.

By deploying our proactive search methodology, we create innovative recruitment solutions which may include executive search, talent mapping, salary benchmarking, market insights and succession planning.

McCabe & Barton’s insurance practice is underpinned by the core values of the Group, fostering a culture that attracts the best and most suited candidates for our clients; embracing inclusivity, respect and collaboration whilst building up lasting relationships.

European Market

McCabe & Barton have a successful European division headed up by Nic Simic. Nic is tri-lingual; speaking English, French and Spanish fluently.

He has worked in IT recruitment for nearly 20 years and has previously set up recruitment offices in both Geneva and Zurich. Currently working for large prestigious clients in Switzerland, France and Benelux.

McCabe & Barton Europe specialise in contract and permanent roles within IT and Business Transformation.

Investment Banking

McCabe & Barton have been specialising in Financial Markets and partnering with top Investment Banks since we established our business in 2000.  Gillian McCabe’s background, working in Technology in the City for 18 years, coupled with the expertise of our other highly experienced Directors and Consultants, means we have established networks and relationships across the City that span decades.

There are multiple challenges the Investment Banks are currently facing, simultaneously there is unprecedented competition for talent – finding and retaining the right people, therefore, is essential to their success.  The primary challenges, and therefore the areas with the most completion for skills are:

  • Digital disruption is driving the B2C engagement model but most banks still have huge legacy technology stacks that are difficult to modernise.
  • B2C experiences are influencing B2B expectations, banks need to move from their existing client experience to a new model, this will include adoption of new technology and drive the ongoing interactions with FinTech organisations.
  • Data & automation strategies,  to drive transformational change, banks need to drive holistic data strategies to address data from a broad perspective and to use as a stepping stone to building AI & ML in valuable areas.  Lack of skilled & qualified staff is seen as one of the biggest challenges to implementing AI & ML successfully
  • Continued regulatory pressure
  • Cyber Security risk and transformation
  • Privacy – GDPR in EU, CCPA in US, more to follow across the world leading to majority of consumers being subject to some sort of data privacy regulations within the next 3-5 years.  Unstructured data remains a challenge to compliance.

Central Government

In 2015 we started working with Central Government, providing permanent and interim leaders in Technology, Architecture, Digital and Data. We have an extremely strong record working with a number of Departments, Agencies and arms-length bodies, successfully sourcing and selecting candidates in this very competitive market.

We are very proud to work on these roles, without exception these opportunities are hugely exciting and challenging; transformational roles working at a scale, scope and complexity rarely seen in any other organisations. Our strategy is to work very closely and iteratively with the Hiring Manager, when sourcing candidates we focus our efforts primarily on proactive search.

If you are interested in learning more about working for Central Government please contact Caroline Goldie or Justin Frankum.

Finrec - A Flexible Recruitment Solution

We are more than a traditional recruitment company.

We also offer a flexible outsourced, bespoke recruitment (or recruitment and HR if required) service for companies who do not wish to hire a full time HR and / or recruitment person.

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