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


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

− FTSE 100 Company

"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."

− CTO, Challenger Brand

"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 deep expertise in talent acquisition, our success has been contingent on developing a thorough understanding of our clients’ business needs and our candidates’ career aspirations.

Our focus is on relationships. Over many years we have built and nurtured a continuously evolving network of candidates, clients and employees with shared values of professional respect, courtesy and support.

We are a boutique consultancy who specialise in both industry and consulting opportunities. Clients include FTSE100 blue-chips, challenger brands, market disruptors and digital innovators. Our team works within targeted vertical markets with each of our consultants possessing an in-depth understanding of their sectors.  Our areas of functional expertise across all industry sectors include:


  • M&A and Debt Advisory
  • Direct Principal Investment
  • Private Equity, Venture/Growth Capital
  • Systematic Strategies: Researchers, Portfolio Managers & Developers
  • Portfolio/Asset Management
  • Investor Relations



  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Digital Innovation
  • Cloud & Cyber Security
  • Financial Transformation
  • Strategy & Architecture
  • Process Excellence & Automation



  • Data Science
  • Engineering
  • Deep Learning
  • Data Architecture
  • Visualisation & BI
  • Augmented Reality


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 20 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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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.

Meekesh Shah

Meekesh holds two bachelors degrees from The University of Sheffield in Biomedical Science and Clinical Sciences. During his time at Sheffield, he worked for the University in pastoral care, mentoring and the recruitment of new Medical Students.

Born and raised in London, he returned to cut his teeth on the recruitment of healthcare professionals before joining Aurum in 2017. As a Consultant at Aurum, he works a range of roles within Aurum’s key accounts with a particular interest in data and technology in life sciences and pharmaceuticals.

Outside of the office, Meekesh can be found on a hockey astro, cricket square (off-spin), competing in eSports or putting his military background to good use completing endurance events.

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Michael Pham

A graduate in Finance and Investment Banking, Michael is a member of Aurum’s Financial Markets team, focusing on systematic and discretionary trading. He specialises in sourcing Quantitative Researchers, Developers, Traders and Portfolio Managers on behalf of leading international brands in the Investment Management space in the UK, US and APAC region.

Outside of work, Michael enjoys using his commission for FX and Commodities trading. As a keen fitness fanatic, he will either be found representing his local football team or competing for South London in table tennis competitions.

Dominic Ruffy

Dominic joined us in 2019, following a ten year sabbatical to pursue philanthropic endeavours, namely as a key man in the inception, development and onward funding of the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

At Aurum he focuses the majority of his time on the power & renewables investment and private equity domains, working extensively on Wall Street in addition to London & EMEA.

Previously Dominic spent 12 years working in the global cash equities & commodities proprietary trading arena, following an early career spanning IT development and electronic trading placements with bulge bracket Investment Banks in London, New York and Singapore.

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Josh McNulty

A Business Entrepreneurship graduate, from The University of Southampton, Josh is building on his International Business knowledge and applying it to Aurum’s quantitative, systematic, and fundamental strategy practice.

Aligning himself to data and technology space, with strong organisational and interpersonal skills, Josh is an expert market mapper. He has a particular focus on data science and machine learning engineers.

Outside of work, Josh enjoys fitness, listening to variety of music with a particular interest in the 70’s and 80’s. In addition, he is an avid car enthusiast with particular interest in classic car racing.

Sam Hine

Samuel joined us towards the end of 2021, having completed a Business Administration degree earlier in the summer. He developed a keen interest in ESG, resulting in recognition from Bath University, and excelled in two industry placements, at a top 4 professional services firm and a market leading cyber security company.

Samuel now combines this experience in computer science with his broad degree knowledge of finance, to source best-in-market talent in the discretionary and systematic investment space covering research, technology and trading professionals across the UK/EMEA, the US and Asia.

Outside of the office Sam is an avid sportsman, fitness enthusiast and budding chef. You will likely find him either, mid-creation in the kitchen or burning the midnight oil on the treadmill at his local gym.

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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.

We are recruiting for talented, hardworking people at all stages in their careers. Regardless of whether you are looking to join us as a new graduate or from another agency or industry, we can offer you rapid progression and impressive career development opportunities.

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    +44 (0) 207 190 9710

    Suite 75-76 The Hop Exchange
    24 Southwark Street
    SE1 1TY

    Company Number: 08980491