Vast networks and deep knowledge of these sectors enable us to offer practical recruitment solutions on a contingent and retained search basis with equal effectiveness.

Strong and continued focus on completion makes certain our track record remains one of our greatest selling points and our hard won reputation comes from being honest when advising and hard working when delivering.

Our goal is to ensure both applicants and hirers, irrespective of the final outcome, have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience of the recruitment process


Meet the Team

Jack Woodlock

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Meet the Team

Jack Woodlock
Founder

jackwoodlock@empiricalsearch.com
+44 (0) 7890 394747

Prior to starting Empirical Jack began his career in the treasury division of one of the UK’s leading financial services recruitment agencies. During his time here he went on to manage both the treasury and risk teams. Jack earnt several personal accolades along the way including second highest fee earning consultant across the UK business in 2011 and most profitable teams in the Financial Services division in 2012.

Jack went on to enjoy a successful partnership with two colleagues in creating and developing a boutique finance recruiter. Here he built the corporate and professional services treasury divisions which upon leaving were the most profitable in the company.

Part of his progression coincided with the financial crisis in the United Kingdom. During this time Jack watched the treasury and risk divisions of the clients he worked for react as they took on board new, and increased, regulation. As both a service provider and spectator through these years Jack has gained a rare insight. His work has helped a wide variety of clients remain well-resourced and able to fulfil their obligations under amplified scrutiny.

Jack now combines his experiences across the Financial Services and Corporate industry sectors to help clients with Treasury and risk oversight mandates at all levels.

Outside of recruitment Jack has two very different interests, military history and football. Having retired from playing several years ago due to a knee injury, he now has to make do with spectating his beloved Leeds United to get his fix. Recently a father Jack now has plenty else to occupy his free time.

Andrew Clark

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Andrew Clark
Director

andrewclark@empiricalsearch.com
+44 (0) 7399 588 681

Andrew joined Empirical a year into it's creation and was hired to help with the expansion of the financial services treasury and risk oversight practice. His industry focus sits within financial services, primarily covering banking institutions of all sizes, brokerage firms, buy side, clearing houses, consultancies and the regulator. His experience has developed from recruiting disciplines spanning treasury, risk, finance and front office across geographies of the UK, Europe, Asia and Australia.

By continually managing recruitment assignments from beginning to end, assisting job seekers at the start of their career as well as those who have worked their way up to senior level management, Andrew has been able to forge a reputation in the industry as a go to recruiter for career management advice.

Similarly, when clients have relied on Andrew to recruit into their teams they have been rewarded with an expertise that has been developed from years of servicing department heads including Treasurers, SME functional heads, finance directors & controllers, and business heads within the front office. This level of interaction contributes to Empirical Search’s specialist knowledge of understanding the connection between corporate treasury, the business segments, and the interaction between these functions to achieve best practice balance sheet management.

Outside recruitment Andrew has recently become a father for the second time. Aside from work and family commitments he likes to keep fit, play golf, catch up with friends and if he’s lucky, avoid staying at home for holidays and travel instead.

Joanna Davis

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Joanna Davis
Manager

joannadavis@empiricalsearch.com
+44 (0) 7747 440742

Joanna is a successful recruitment agent with experience gained across multiple sectors over the last decade. Starting out working away from central London, for an independent recruitment consultancy organisation, Joanna finally came to the city in 2015.

Coming in to London Joanna joined the treasury division of a leading boutique agency who covered Treasury recruitment in to financial services, industry & commerce and professional services clients. Here Joanna helped with the further growth of the non-banking treasury division and was effective in expanding their client base across the sector.

During the last few years Joanna has helped a wide range of clients with their recruitment needs and has gained a strong understanding of the differences between each kind of corporate treasury function. She has operated from Analyst through to Director level and has built and maintained relationships with numerous firms across the breadth of the UK.

Joanna's role at Empirical is to head up the corporate treasury team and manage its ongoing expansion. She takes responsibility for managing mandates for clients, across all sectors, that are looking for corporate treasury skillsets.

During her spare time, Joanna regularly plays in a poker league across Surrey and has been known to win many competitions. Alongside this Joanna is a keen runner and having recently completed a sub 4 hour London Marathon, she is now training for the 2020 Berlin Marathon.

Shamus Birch

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Shamus Birch
Associate Consultant

shamusbirch@empiricalsearch.com
+44 (0) 7500 150 377

Shamus is originally from Cornwall and after graduating from Oxford University he spent some time travelling before making the move to London to start his career, joining Empirical Search in 2018.

At Empirical Search Shamus currently supports both the Treasury and Risk Oversight divisions with his primary responsibilities being to manage the relationship with new and existing candidates. Shamus is also responsible for ensuring that the current job portfolio is reaching the most relevant people through effective candidate/client interviewing, and advising on marketing strategy.

Since becoming a part of the team Shamus has quickly got to grips with the technical requirements of the candidates and clients we deal with and is able to provide a thorough and considered appraisal on the content and formats of the CV’s he sees. This has enabled us to enhance the candidate management experience we offer and has allowed him to add countless pieces of value to both those we deal with, and to Empirical Search as a business.

In his spare time Shamus enjoys keeping active by playing any sport he can, although football is his real passion. At certain times of the year he can also be found in the tent queue for Wimbledon tennis tickets. He will be easy to spot as he will be the only person to be there with only a ground sheet, box of wine, and a bag of donuts to his name.