We started 2014 with the development of our new style. The new logo with a firm handshake reflects our most important value — building reliable, successful and productive partnerships with our clients for more than 7 years. We have established ourselves as the leader in the banking recruitment market and we are rightfully proud of it.
Our new website design is based on the «golden proportion» rule and is decorated with Penrose tiling, which reflects the principles of symmetry and beauty as described by the Fibonacci sequence. All these elements stand for the precise, calculated, harmonious, dedicated and ethical approach SMART demonstrates in its work.
The highlight of 2014 was opening of independent office of Recruitment boutique SMART Ltd on Baker Street in the financial capital of the world. Now both geographical and professional horizons of our company have broadened — we started working with banking groups in London!
With new Managing Directors of our Moscow and London offices coming on board, Recruitment boutique SMART became even more successful, further reinforced its focus on the quality of work and individual approach to each customer — all this is leading our team to new exciting achievements!
Since the beginning of 2013 a new trend has emerged among leading banks and investment companies in their quest to remain competitive. Although banks may not be in a position to expand their operations and teams, S.M.Art has received many attractive and often exclusive assignments to search for experienced professionals who are hired to strengthen and reinforce existing teams and add a competitive edge over rivals. Recruitment Boutique S.M.Art also enhanced its own friendly team through training seminars hosted by banking industry experts with experience of foreign corporate cultures and deep knowledge of specialized niches within the banking industry such as derivatives, bond trading on the Russian fixed income market, etc.
2012 witnessed the withdrawal of several major foreign banks from Russia’s financial market, as well as several mergers and acquisitions, which clearly defined the leading banks and financial companies in the investment, retail and corporate sectors. Even Private Banking, a sphere which had proved successful for S.M.Art during previous years and an area where the boutique had excelled in the selection and placement of both individuals and entire teams, also become considerably less competitive and narrower due to the departure of a number of strong players from the Russian market.
Nevertheless, S.M.Art remained true to its philosophy and principle of quality work with an individual approach to each client, and continued to remain a reliable and often exclusive partner for well-known banking brands.
2011 saw the establishment of some promising and very successful new investment «start-ups», and Recruitment boutique S.M.Art was on hand to assemble solid investment teams with experienced individuals who were yearning for the dynamic, high-tempo environment of investment banking. The year proved very dynamic, productive and successful for both the development of S.M.Art and for the majority of banks and companies. The business tempo and the number of vacancies at clients of S.M.Art had again happily returned to the pre-crisis levels of 2008.
In 2010 S.M.Art Recruitment Boutique augmented its specialization in banking by successfully forging working relations with major foreign companies in others sectors, including FMCG, electronics manufacturing and agribusiness, as well as well-known names in the luxury segment. This allowed the recruitment boutique to maintain stability, while broadening its horizons during the tumultuous crisis years. Moreover, the team’s in-depth knowledge of finance and banking proved very effective for non-banking sector companies, particularly in closing projects in these companies’ treasuries and their financial departments.
The change in both the tempo and nature of the recruitment business as a result of the economic crisis led to some very pleasant and welcome changes in team morale at S.M.Art, as the special team events organised by the boutique took on a more personal and family-orientated ambience through the participation of employees’ children.
2009 would prove to be very challenging and a watershed year for the global economy, banking recruitment in particular. Large staff cuts by all banks, including the complete withdrawal of some Western names from the Russian market, along with the bankruptcy of others, created a serious lesson in the art of survival for most companies, regardless of their scale of business.
Adapting to the new environment S.M.Art Recruitment Boutique took a decision to change offices, moving from one of the more prestigious areas of Moscow — The Golden Mile — to a more affordable, but no less charming and greener location at Frunzenskaya Embankment. Through all of this upheaval the Recruitment Boutique team remained intact, and as strong as ever, in a cohesive, family atmosphere. A team trip to the majestic city of Vienna for a few glorious days lifted the spirits of the S.M.Art team in the unique ambiance of the «city of frozen music», nurturing the optimism of the team for the times ahead.
In 2008 when the performance of the Russian stock market was reaching its peak driven by record high oil prices, Recruitment Boutique S.M.Art was on hand to assist several foreign banking brands entering the market for the first time, by helping them form proficient «start-up» teams of experienced professionals. S.M.Art gained valuable experience recruiting for many retail, corporate and investment banks from the West. We specialized mainly in the recruitment of personnel for international banks and investment firms.
A trip to the Eternal City of Rome in majestic Italy was a memorable and well-deserved break for the great efforts of the entire team that year.
Recruitment Boutique S.M.Art was founded in 2007 during a period of rapid socio-economic development in the Russian economy which led to the ascendance of the investment banking market. The recurring theme of 2007 was a lack of suitably-qualified candidates on the market and Russian and international investment houses competing to quickly assemble teams of experienced investment bankers. Increasingly, banks started the appreciate the complexity of finding a recruitment agency they could count on to become a reliable partner; one which was in tune with the dynamics of their business; one which analyzed and evaluated their particular development path and goals; a recruitment agency devoted not just to the recruitment professionals, but one focussed on building cohesive team focussed on common success.
The concept and philosophy followed by S.M.Art recruitment boutique, applying a customized approach to each client in unison with a deep understanding of the banking sector, became indispensable for many foreign banks which recognized the value of having S.M.Art as a reliable partner on the local market.
From the outset, the course taken by S.M.Art recruitment boutique channelled great emphasis on team cohesion, creating a friendly and positive working environment. This was achieved through interesting trips to Europe and team-building events in Moscow and St. Petersburg.