Aurum Search are based in the Hop Exchange

We are a select group of dedicated recruitment specialists with
diverse backgrounds and complementary skills

Our consultants are highly experienced

We are the kind of people our clients can rely upon
to get the job done

We are pragmatic and agile

We build lasting relationships with
clients and candidates alike

We aim to be a consultative, engaging recruitment partner to both our clients and candidates

"Aurum Search provided a consistently good service - diligent and thoughtful, not pushy. A rare attribute in recruitment."

− FTSE 100

"Aurum achieved results that were beyond my expectations. They demonstrated a deep knowledge of our firm and industry and an astute ability to understand our needs and concerns."

− Partner, Big Four

"It is becoming increasingly important to know people like Aurum Search. They are a well-connected, trusted business advisor and talent specialist. They have earned their reputation the right way (which also happens to be the hard way)."

− Digital Startup

"Aurum have that very rare commodity in London financial services… a recruitment consultancy who have a forensic understanding of both their clients and candidates. They have been and will be my head-hunter of choice and come highly recommended."

− COO Global FS Company


To us, recruitment isn’t rocket science. Using a simple approach built on honesty and trust, we get to know you and your business. With over 40 years expertise in talent acquisition, we have built our success by developing a thorough understanding of our clients’ business needs and our candidates’ career aspirations.

Our focus is on relationships. With years of experience, our vision is of a network of candidates, clients and employees who believe that people should be treated professionally with their best interests at heart.

We are a boutique consultancy who specialise in Change & Project Management, Business & Technology Transformation, Programme Leadership & Delivery. Aurum operate on both a retained and contingent basis. We cover permanent, contract and interim assignments from Associate through to MD / C-Suite level.

Our areas of functional expertise across all industry sectors include:

  • Business Analysis, Project and Programme Management
  • Digital Strategy, Technology and Delivery
  • Business Intelligence, Big Data and Analytics
  • Technology Transformation, Infrastructure and Architecture
  • Organisational Design and Business Transformation
  • Business Process Improvement and Target Operating Model Design

Clients include FTSE listed companies, Digital and FinTech, Investment and Retail Banks, Management Consulting firms and boutiques.


Our people are our edge. They, without exception, aim to deliver a seamless experience. We endeavour to distinguish ourselves within this highly competitive market with the breadth and depth of our network, providing search-based methodologies in a contingent market.

We constantly seek to set ourselves apart from other agencies. We do this by consistently delivering the most suitable candidates to our clients whilst maintaining an honest and ethical approach.

We do not claim to be pioneers or global leaders. However, having accumulated over forty years of combined market knowledge, we are able to provide a discreet and tailored solution to every client and candidate.

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Justin Porritt

Justin is a Co-founder and Director of Aurum Search. Having started his career in New York, he returned to the UK and has been working in contingency recruitment for over 20 years – the majority of Justin’s expertise has been aligned to financial services, underpinned by technology.

Prior to establishing Aurum, he was the first employee of what became a highly recognised international recruitment agency, successfully growing top performing teams and managing FTSE 100 clients.

Justin specialises in operations and technology with a particular focus on programme management and delivery, business analysis and infrastructure.

When not at work Justin’s time is spent with his three boys or coaching at the local rugby club.

Marcus Richards

Marcus has over 18 years’ talent acquisition experience in leading recruitment organisations. As a Co-founder and Director of Aurum Search he maintains a strong track record of business development, managing client relationships, and delivery.

At Aurum Search, he operates across professional services, end user, and management consulting arenas, with an agnostic industry focus. Marcus has a deep understanding of the entire recruitment life cycle. He specialises in the disciplines of business transformation, performance improvement, project and programme delivery, and continues to work closely with both start-up and FTSE 500 clients.

Outside of work, he is happiest spending time with his two children.  A retired triathlete, Marcus has a real passion for all sports and a keen interest in food and beer.

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Bonnie Manthorpe

Bonnie graduated from Exeter University in 2013 with First Class honours in French and Italian, receiving a Dean’s commendation for high performance in her final year. After graduation she moved to Rome and began her career in the start-up arena.

Bonnie joined Aurum Search in 2015 as a Consultant working with both contract and permanent candidates across all Aurum’s market sectors.

In her spare time Bonnie enjoys open water swimming and extreme sports. She recently completed a Tough Mudder with friends and is now training for her next event.

Simon Wiggins

Simon has over seventeen years’ experience with leading recruitment organisations and a fifteen year focus on strategy, transformation and change disciplines. He has a successful track record delivering to both blue-chips and emerging challenger brands  across multiple industry verticals as well as recognised management consultancy firms. Simon is comfortable operating in a 360 role, simultaneously leading  and mentoring successful teams, developing and managing long-term client relationships and proactively sourcing passive, best-in-market talent.

Outside of work Simon is an enthusiastic armchair sports fan, a keen gourmand and an avid reader of crime fiction.

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Jaber Ahmadi

Having attained 4-A levels, Jaber then graduated from Queen Mary University in Mechanical Engineering. Since graduation, Jaber has launched several companies of his own before moving into the recruitment industry.

Jaber joined Aurum Search in 2016 as a Consultant specialising in information and cyber security both on an interim and permanent basis.

An avid footballer, he has a keen interest and solid understanding in anything technical, spending most of his spare time following tech trends and learning about as many digital innovations as possible.

James Eggleton

James held a variety of sales roles prior to joining Aurum Search in May 2016. Recently promoted to Consultant, James is focussed on sourcing the best in market passive talent with strategy, transformation and change expertise for management consultancies, boutiques and industry clients with a particular interest in challenger banks and digital disruption.

Outside of work James spends most of his free time renovating his new home.

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We are against the ‘database search’ you may have come to expect elsewhere. We listen to the specific needs of your organisation, taking care to understand exactly what it is you are looking for.


It is imperative we understand your business and its people. By taking the time to ask questions to better understand your requirements, we consistently unearth and deliver relevant, qualified candidates.


It is important to provide a solution in keeping with your specifications, not just what we think is best or what is available at the time. Retained search can sometimes be more appropriate, but contingent recruitment is our lifeblood and we respect the fact that many of our clients favour it.

At Aurum we value the diversity of our staff, clients and candidates.

We pride ourselves on maintaining a supportive and meritocratic environment which encourages ownership and accountability.
If you are interested in a career at Aurum as either an Associate Consultant or Consultant then please contact us.

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+44 (0) 207 190 9710

61-62 The Hop Exchange
24 Southwark Street

Company Number: 08980491