Global finance firm announces plans to recruit 170 people at its Yorkshire hub


Link Group said Leeds is ‘really our UK hub’

The firm is looking to fill all 170 positions in the first quarter of 2021.

The positions account for nearly half of the 400 jobs Link Group pledged to create in the region when it opened its Leeds office last September.

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Located in Central Square, the strategic £27m hub has received support from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) trade and investment team and the Department for International Trade throughout the takeover process of decision.

Link Group is recruiting people for its technology and operations function, as well as its fund solutions and corporate markets business to work alongside the hub’s 450 existing employees.

Tim Gillman, Director of EMEA Operations at Link Group, said: “At undeniably difficult times for the labor market, we are proud to be creating jobs for so many people in Leeds.

“This investment reflects our continued commitment to the region which has a strong digital infrastructure, a thriving university and a thriving financial services sector. We look forward to attracting and retaining high quality employees who can advance their careers and provide excellent service to our customers.

Roles will be advertised through LinkedIn and various local agencies.

Mr Gillman said: “I know from my days at Barclays, Leeds have a rising reputation. There are some fantastic universities and graduates there and if you look at the offices in Leeds they are great offices. These are places where you really want to go and work. The desktop environment is fantastic.

“Link invests in its strategic hubs. Leeds is really our UK hub. This is where we want to be.

“Leeds has a strong commercial infrastructure. Various businesses have moved there, TV-related businesses like Channel 4. It seems to attract more technology-based industries.

Link said his investment in the area comes at a time when some banks are considering reducing their operations in Leeds.

“From our perspective, it’s great to add something rather than take away,” Mr. Gillman said.

Link is keen to tap into the high standard of quality graduates from universities near Leeds.

“I think the universities in the region are absolutely essential,” Gillman said.

“We offer a range of roles. Some of them are entry-level roles, some are management positions, and some are management positions.

“We want to provide a career path through the organization. It is very possible that you could join us at entry level in the first term of next year and then pursue a career based in Leeds up to management level.

He said the need for Link’s services is growing as more businesses rely on the web for commerce.

“What you see in operations in general is that an awful lot is happening online,” Gillman said.

“That means when processes aren’t working or the customer needs someone to talk to and get help, you want to talk to someone who is highly skilled, smart and can deliver great customer service. These are the kind of people we seek to recruit and help them in their careers.

“This is an important recruitment for us. Leeds is our number one destination in the UK. I think we will be in a continuous recruitment process. This is just the beginning for us and I’m sure there will be more to come.

He said all employees had to change their ways of working during the lockdown.

“We’ve all had to adapt to the lockdown. As people get recruited, we equip people with laptops and Zoom has come to the rescue in terms of training,” Gillman said.

“For us, as a company, we have learned to be more flexible in our working practices. There are also a lot of people there. It’s not true that you can do everything remotely.

Link Group is a financial services organisation, providing corporate and public sector organizations with governance, administration and asset management support. The group employs approximately 6,500 people worldwide, including 3,000 people in the UK and Europe.

For more information on roles, visit https://www.linkgroup.eu/careers/

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