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Summit Search Group, was founded in 2018 by industry experts, Russell Leiter and Jack Stroud. With a combined knowledge spanning 25 years of industry experience, we know exactly what it takes to attract, retain and develop the best talent. Summit Search Group prides themselves on simplifying the process when it comes to hiring and have a variety of tailored solutions to help facilitate your needs. 


Combining some of the industries market leading profiling tools, we also make it our mission to have unrivalled and intimate knowledge of both client and candidate expectations. We are here to make sure that your team and company vision can be realised by retaining and attracting the best talent to fit your unique context.

Summit Search Group has a global reach. We have worked with multinational tier 1 investment banks to start-up fintech firms. For us no client is too large or too small, our role is to provide the best advice possible.

About Us


At Summit Search Group, we offer a range of services that can be tailored to suit your exact needs. 


For people looking to hire, we know that our clients' needs are never the same. We try to offer a broad range of search tools and processes to help you identify and hire the best talent to fit your requirements. We make sure that we are constantly tracking and keeping in contact with leading industry talent. We hope that when you are looking to make that important hire for your team, we are able to react quickly and diligently ensuring that gaps in your team's structure are kept to a minimum.


Unlike many recruitment firms in the market today, Summit Search Group have very much kept a personal and professional ethos. Any candidate that is represented by our business undergoes a full and challenging interview process before they are considered for a shortlist. This is always discussed with any client before the selection process begins to ensure that our shortlists are as accurate as possible, again minimising your hire timeline. Our responsibility as a search firm is to ease the time constraints of hiring and highlight unidentifiable professionals that could be invaluable to your team or business.


Depending on your specific needs, we offer both contingent and retained project support which will be discussed in any preliminary meeting prior to engagement.
























Our Services
Our Clients


Summit Search Groups clients are made up of a broad range of financial institutions. We provide services to clients that range in size and product offering. We partner with our clients across a large geographical footprint, whilst still keeping the intimate touch that we have become so well known for. Typical organisations that we support have expertise in the following fields;








Summit Search Group's core values will always remain the same. However, as the markets change, develop and evolve so do our recruitment services. If you feel something within your staffing needs is not listed above or on our website we may well be able to assist, or at the very least, be able to point you in the direction of someone that can.


If you are looking to develop your career, we know that in our market you will be hard pressed to find any team more professionally networked. We work very closely with all of our clients and understand exactly what triggers a successful hire. Interviewing for roles can sometimes be a thankless task. It’s a time consuming process that can take a huge amount of time out of your diary. We hope that, given our stringent selection process, you will never attend an interview that you regret. We will work together to outline a clear career path based on prior achievements, experience and milestones and ensure that you are given the best platform to succeed.


We have worked with a great number of candidates over the years. It does not always end up in finding them a new role. As much as we are here to find you a new opportunity, sometimes it is our responsibility to give you advice that may make you think twice about a change or, in fact, make you consider your options that are available to you. 


For any candidates seeking that next move or some friendly and professional advice, we advise you contact us and we will do our best to help. 

Our Candidates


Established in 2018 and located in the heart of Canary Wharf, both Russell and Jack have deeply aligned themselves with their clients and candidates on a global scale. With over 25 years of recruitment experience between them across contingency and retained search it's hard to find a better placed partnership for your business needs. Having spent the majority of their time working side by side within electronic and automated trading across asset class, they have a true understanding of what a business needs to be successful in this fiercely competitive market. Relationships work hand in hand when you partner with Summit Search Group which is why 80% of their business comes through referrals. Both Russell and Jack make it their number one priority to be there for both clients and candidates before anything else. Not only does Summit Search Group provide market colour and advice, we are here to help with all aspects of the recruitment cycle. We don’t just provide a service,  we provide a personal experience. With our innovative and tailored approach in this ever changing market and our skilled ability to handle change quickly, Summit Search Group are only a phone call away.

Connect with us


Russell Leiter

Co-Founder/Managing Director

Russell started his recruitment career in 2001. Renowned for being on call 24/7 for both his clients and candidates, his career has developed significantly in the past 14 years, managing global teams and strategic projects throughout.  Russell has become a true specialist within his space. He predominantly focusses on placing mid to senior level sales professionals in to investment banks, brokerages, software vendors and fintech providers. His core focus is foreign exchange and fixed income across Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. Russell has worked with some of the largest financial institutions in the world, not only offering advice and providing key information, but also helping to plan, develop and give his clients a competitive edge.

Outside of work Russell is a keen sports enthusiast. When not in the Gym, playing football, golf or competing for the world's toughest mudder you can find him with his wife Lucia and two sons Jack and Oliver.

Jack Stroud

Co-Founder/Managing Director

Jack has worked within the talent management industry for 10 years. His predominant focus has always been financial technology. He has worked with some of the largest investment banks in the world offering strategic advice and directional support on hires ranging from mid-management through to c-level appointments.


Jack is an extremely personable and approachable individual that encourages face to face interaction, he has been responsible for building multinational relationships, heading complex retained projects and negotiations surrounding senior management hires.


Outside of work, Jack is a keen golfer having played at a highly competitive level as a junior. He has a wife, Laura and young son, Archie. They live in the rural Essex countryside.

Our Team


Head of Technology

Ed has been working within technical recruitment for almost 10 years. He has built a reputation among hedge funds, investment banks, vendors and FinTech’s for his exceptional understanding of a complex market and unrivalled network of top candidates.


Predominately focusing on the upper quartile of technologists as well as senior appointments, Ed likes to offer a very consultative approach in order to correctly advise his clients and candidates alike.


Outside of work, Ed is a keen sportsman, regularly playing football and golf. He’s also a passionate petrolhead, regularly going karting or out on track days.

WeWork ,30 Churchill Place, London, E14 5RE


Summit Search Group are happy to provide any further information you may require.

Reach out on any of the below channels and we will be only too happy to help.

+44 (0) 203 854 1212

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