2019 has been a roller coaster of a year for us at DSJ. The year started off on a positive high, carried over from last year, but as the months passed by, we faced a sudden slowdown in hiring actives across the board for some time. This was largely triggered by a fall in the stock market-Brexit related, international tensions, HK crisis, as well as a few of our clients significantly downsizing (even shutting down) equities staff, as well as reducing hiring. While equities were mostly affected, we saw continuous demand within structured products, regulatory related roles, technology related roles and also a number of new mandates within Asset Managers, FinTech firms, Crypto Currency houses/exchanges, Consulting companies, and even Healthcare companies.
Fast forward to October, and it feels like just after bonus payment. New roles have been coming from different areas of the business, and all our consultants have been busy managing these new mandates. In addition, we have started working with a number of new clients (outside of our traditional areas of expertise) as we look to grow our footprint across sectors. We had some big wins for all our consultants within existing and new clients, and are pushing to develop new specialisms next year.
We are grateful for another successful year at DSJ, and are looking forward to continued growth and success in 2020! It’s the end of a decade, and we aim to continue finding top talents for our clients, exciting new career opportunities for our candidates and also hire internally to grow our company.
From everyone at DSJ, thank you very much!
As we are already more than half way through November, it’s amazing to see how exiting recruitment in Tokyo can be. A few weeks ago we were sure the industry had calmed down and in a flash, we are showered with many great roles to work on. We built on that momentum and have been steadily increasing the activity in our office over the past few weeks. New mandates across the board from sell side trading and sales positions to client facing ones on the buy side like Relationship Manager and Account roles are coming in. Further more, roles within the Technology space, especially IT Project Management and Development are experiencing a new high. It appears that international and domestic houses are still hungry for new employees late in the year. We are working hard to deliver on the trust we have given to close these roles.
On the other hand, we have been successful in acquiring new clients and are looking forward to strengthening these relationships by continuously introducing top talent. We continue to acquire new clients within the FinTech sector, ones affiliated with the Crypto space and famed Consulting firms.
DSJ is proud to be featured in the latest edition of ACCJ Journal. Our CEO Razin Ashraf is introducing Divine Solutions Japan, our values and the team that stands behind him. He takes a look back to where it started and shares a glimpse of where he wants to go in the near future.
We started our post Obon season with a bang! Our senior buy side consultant made his first two placements within months of starting at DSJ. Both were for new acquired buy side clients which makes it even more impressive. We congratulate him on this great achievement and hope for many more to come. Until the year ends we have our hands full, covering open mandates within Global Markets, Technology and Compliance. We are especially focusing on Quantitative finance professionals, stress resilient Rates Trader, skilled Derivative structurers and Sales professionals.