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Execution Trading Executive Search

HW Anderson have excelled in recent history in identifying and placing high-level execution talent for our top-tier clients. HW Andersons breadth of visibility across asset classes and regions means the headhunting of execution traders is efficient and effective. A thorough network of connections across the full trading pipeline ensures we are aware of all new and existing execution talent and can effectively map and approach candidates. Our deep history in fundamental markets paired with our contemporary journey in the quantitative trading space allows us to cover executive searches in both high and low touch execution roles. The cross-pollination between our three offices secures our ability to monitor and work in all major and emerging exchanges. Ultimately as execution services begin to adapt and blend fundamental and quantitative approaches, HW Anderson is primed to deliver expert and innovative solutions to our clients execution requirements. 

Execution Trading Coverage

Comprehensive Solutions

We operate on a retained search basis effectively across US and EU markets covering a multitude of base asset classes and derivatives. Our rich track-record of headhunting across both buy and sell side firms allows us to scour well-established and emerging markets and asset classes for top execution trading talent. 

Our Focus

  • Function: Our focus on all front office activity means our clients can rely on us to headhunt for their full trading needs. We have direct access to the complete trading desk from PMs to execution and supply the full spectrum of recruitment solutions for clients who may be expanding or reinforcing their competencies in their given markets. Clients can trust that their desks are in safe hands from top to bottom. 
  • Firm Types: Recent execution trading placements in global market makers, hedge funds and trading houses have been backed by our extensive experience with all forms of risk-taking positions. We understand the intricate details required to build a successful desk or team within each unique client structure. Our experience of dealing with both collaborative and pod style firms has equipped us with the knowledge to sift through global execution talent and find both operationally but also cultural execution solutions.
  • Asset Classes: The established history of our firm in both equities and commodities has led us to be a leading example in how to recruit expert execution traders in core asset classes and their derivatives. From generalist cash or base traders to bespoke options or exotics specialists are well within our remit. We bring fresh perspective to more unique searches given our wide experience across commodities and equities, blending our styles of executive search to ultimately come to the most appropriate conclusion. 

Global Strategic Relationships

Our Clients

Geography is a core competency for HW Anderson when it comes to executive searches for execution trading needs. We can adequately cover the vast majority of the globe for our clients given our segmented geographical footprint. We can offer execution recruitment solutions which blend geographical location and specialization given our expansive scope. This can come in forms such as Paris based equities traders working remotely on a NY based equities desk.


Broad Scope

Our strong relationships with both quantitative and fundamental firms highlights our dynamism when it comes to execution based executive searches. Combining our competencies in both means we can offer solutions outside the regular remit of options.


Our historic base focus was traditionally fundamentally driven commodities and equities. This is the platform we utilize to understand the complexities required to interact with exchanges, especially with high-touch trades. The ability to identify candidates capable of dealing with the levels of flow our clients deal with can be a tricky task however, year on year we continue to make these placements. It is here where our crucial understanding of culture and operations shines through, we identify those who communicate and operate in the ideal way for our clients execution trading needs.


HW Anderson has found itself at the forefront of the dramatic developments of quantitative trading over recent history. The pillars of our team who have esteemed relationships with major quant firms have supplied our firm with crucial insight to allow us to recruit the brightest up-and-coming electronic, algorithmic and low-touch execution trading professionals on the market. This aspect to our services means we can introduce our clients to potential new forms of executing and supply unique and bespoke candidates which would have otherwise gone overlooked.


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Our People

Within the hyper-competitive and tight-knit trading and investment community our growth as a firm since inception has been exponential and truly organic. Every specialist HW Anderson consultant has been trained in-house and from-scratch. This ensures our methodology is original and consistent and that our culture is unique. Thanks to this growth we are positioned as a leader in Trans-Atlantic front office search. With three established offices, in the USA, UK and EU, our talented team is uniquely positioned to deliver meaningful value for our clients into the future.

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