Recruitment and Placement for Alternative Asset Management

Over 25 years of experience successfully completing
searches for the investment industry


AlphaSearch Advantage


Our asset management recruiting experience spans over 25 years and more than a thousand placements of tenured staff, future leaders, and C-level executives. Client searches are led by resourceful, seasoned professionals with a track record of success in highly competitive markets.

Extensive market intelligence within alternative asset management gives us a strategic advantage to efficiently identify, recruit and place top performers who quickly impact the bottom line. Our experience enables us to highlight the nuances and define the distinctive requirements of each search. We then manage a rigorous talent acquisition process of research, due diligence and candidate selection that is informed by deep industry relationships. The result is a proprietary pool of the strongest candidates, the best fit, the longest tenure, and maximum performance.


Alpha Search specializes in human capital solutions for the alternative asset management industry. We have long-standing relationships with the most talented individual players and premier organizations in the industry.

Our functional expertise is in investment professionals, marketing and distribution, risk management, corporate strategy, and trading. Our talent pool is drawn from across the globe, with a focus on New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and internationally, UK, Switzerland, and Greater China. We service clients exclusively in alternative asset management strategies, such as private equity, real estate, hedge funds, fund of funds, liquid alts, CTAs, managed futures, real assets, and structured products.


We understand the competitive dynamics of the alternative investment industry. It’s lean, sophisticated, efficient and exceptionally nimble. We have worked with fund managers to address competitive needs quickly, to better institutionalize, diversify and expand markets, strategies and investor coverage.

Our market knowledge comes from constant contact with industry leaders and top performers across a broad spectrum of investment firms, strategies and geographies. Detailed, granular industry mapping and reverse-engineering of the organizational structures of leading fund managers is on-going and comprehensive. We bring this intelligence to bear in every single search project.

” I have worked with and known Bob Olman for a number of years and he is the best executive search operator in the hedge fund area that I have ever seen. I recommend Bob strongly and without any reservations.”
Jim Rosenthal Chief Operating Officer
Morgan Stanley
“Alpha Search brought in impressive candidates; it was clear Bob Olman understood the role and the direction we wanted to go. Very helpful throughout the whole process, a very useful service. We are satisfied customers.”
Robert Kolodziej, Manager of Business Development
Capstone Investment Advisors
“MAI is able to attract top personnel when these candidates learn that we’ve retained Alpha Search to fill an opening; it shows the client is serious about finding the right fit and the right level of expertise. I found the service level coming out of a Big 4 Search Firm and Alpha Search is the same. Alpha Search will zero in on a select handful of candidates, will be very selective and will get the search done. They are really experts within the hedge fund world, in finding niche specialists.”
Michael Hasselt, Head of Human Resources
Mizuho Alternative Investments
“[Alpha Search] is an executive search firm which can consistently deliver the best candidates appropriate to specific job openings in a time-critical manner with confidence and industry expertise. Alpha Search has the ability to recruit among candidates who are not necessarily looking for new employment, but are open to such an opportunity once approached.” 
Brad C. Beutter, Managing Director
RBC Global Arbitrage & Trading
“I write this from the vantage point of ten years’ experience in FICC at Goldman Sachs & Co… When I had to hire someone to work for me, Bob Olman was my first call. Bob takes the time to really understand what the employer needs as well as what the candidates want. His honest, sincere, no-nonsense, no-hype way of dealing with people is extremely attractive to intelligent and talented individuals who are used to being sold, cajoled and entreated to join up with one company or another. Bob has the ability to attract intelligent professionals.”
Eric Bruskin, PhD, CEO
Eric Bruskin Associates Structured Credit Research & Advisory
Robert ‘Bob’ Olman founded Alpha Search Advisory Partners in 2002 to serve the alternative asset management industry. Mr. Olman has led successful searches for senior level asset management professionals across geographies, asset classes, strategies, roles and functions. Successful mandates include investment professionals, marketing and distribution, risk management, corporate strategy, trading, and corporate functional leaders throughout the industry.

Mr. Olman has owned and operated capital markets search firms since 1988. Prior to launching Alpha Search Advisory Partners, Bob owned and operated COR Management Services, an executive search and contract consulting firm with offices in New York, Boston and Washington, D.C. COR specialized in structured finance, trading, quantitative analysis, financial engineering, and information technology across sell-side firms. Representative clients included Goldman Sachs, Salomon Brothers, Morgan Stanley, Soros Fund Management, Tudor Investment and Commodities Corp.

A prominent industry expert, Bob is a regular editorial contributor to on-line media such as Hedge Fund Intelligence,, Hedge Fund Digest Blog, FIN Alternatives,, Forbes Online, MSNBC,, Bloomberg News, Dow Jones MarketWatch and Reuters Online. His insight is sought after and frequently quoted in career advisory books and institutional investment publications including: Pensions & Investments, Absolute Return Magazine, Alpha Magazine, HFM Week, Hedge Fund Digest, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Magazine, Investment Dealers Digest, and Derivatives Week. He has appeared on Fox Business News and CNBC. Mr. Olman hosts financial career and employment forums for graduates and alumni of Columbia, Baruch, and New York University.

Mr. Olman attended SUNY Binghamton and Oneonta and holds degrees in Political Science, English, and Philosophy. He is active in humanitarian organizations, with an emphasis on children’s charities, cancer research, and assistance for cancer survivors and their families. Bob is a counselor and advisor to Hire Heroes USA, a non-profit organization that helps veterans transition from the military to careers in the private sector. Mr. Olman spends his leisure time writing fiction, practicing Pencak Silat and spirituality. He lives in Long Island, New York with his family.

We are proud of our contributions to charitable causes in our community and across the globe. Mr. Olman supports many humanitarian causes, with emphasis on children and cancer treatment. A portion of all fees from services is allocated among the organizations he helps support.

A Leg to Stand On

American Friends of Reut Institute

Cancer Center for Kids

Capital for Kids


Chai Lifeline

Children’s Cancer Center

Children’s Foundation For
Equine Assisted Therapy

Good Samaritan Ministry

Hire Heroes USA

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Michael J. Fox Foundation

North Shore Hebrew Academy

Race For The Cure

Solomon Schechter Day School

Special Olympics NY-Hudson Valley Region

St. Bernard’s School

The SASS Foundation for Medical Research

  • Placed 34 professionals to build capital markets team
  • Placed 21 professionals to establish a prominent fixed income fund manager
  • Introduced a team of 20 to build out global equity derivatives trading and equity arbitrage infrastructure
  • Staffed initial marketing and distribution team build-outs for multiple alternative asset managers
Head of Quantitative Research
CTA, Systematic Futures Trading
$4bn AUM

Portfolio Manager
Global Macro, Multi-Strategy Hedge Fund
$12bn AUM

Team Construct
ABS/Structured Credit IP team
$1bn Allocated

Chief Risk Officer
Multi-Asset Class Platform

Head of Business Development
Diversified Credit Manager
$20bn AUM

Senior Analyst, Mining and Materials
Private Equity Manager
$20bn AUM

Consultant Relations
Alternative Product Suite
$220bn AUM Asset Manager

Senior Institutional Marketer
Distressed & Special Situations Asset Manager
$3bn AUM Public/Private

Global Head of Marketing
CTA, Systematic Futures Trading
$4bn AUM

Product Manager
Credit/ABS Hedge Fund
$2bn AUM

Sector Head, TMT
Fundamental Large-Cap Equity Hedge Fund
$12bn AUM

Head of Business Development
ILS Asset Manager
$2bn AUM



We manage the search process as an extension of your team so you can focus on growing your business. As partners, we communicate an honest, balanced picture of the candidate pools, search difficulty, and market compensation. You receive a search process designed to match your criteria, incorporating the unique attributes, skills, and cultural fit to meet your organization’s needs. We take the time to listen to feedback, recalibrate, and provide iterative human capital solutions. Around the clock.


We incorporate industry trends, executive changes, new fund launches, capital allocations and strategies, and work with you to select criteria for the right talent to build your competitive advantage. By identifying the key aspects of every engagement, you are assured streamlined talent acquisition and a successful outcome.


We never start from scratch. Decades of building relationships with select, ‘best-of-breed’ professionals provide you with immediate access to the talent you want to meet. We connect you with candidates who are off the market and don’t respond to cold calls or advertisements; the best candidates exactly for your needs, not just the best of whom happens to be available.


We take the time to identify the working methods, transition reasons, career goals, and professional disposition that is vital to candidate evaluation. A careful review is conducted of each candidate’s track record. Our network provides vital, insightful, and independent background evaluations in addition to the candidate’s own references. With data-rich candidate memorandums from our search consultants, your vetting process is more productive, targeted and efficient.


Human capital solutions for the alternative asset management industry include functional expertise in investment professionals, marketing and distribution, risk management, corporate strategy, and trading.

  • Talent Acquisition
  • Team Lift-Outs
  • Consultative process
  • Global capability

Alpha Search Origin provides invaluable competitive intelligence applicable for human capital management, talent retention strategies, disaster recovery of unanticipated key person events. We offer a cost-effective, actionable and exclusive view of the market competition on an on-demand basis. For more information, please visit or call 516‐626‐7896

  • Benchmarking for new launches
  • Compensation surveys
  • Competitor talent mapping
  • Continuity Planning

Alpha Search Origin offers bespoke pools of distilled, actionable human capital data. Talent universes are custom tailored to meet your specific candidate criteria. We deliver high quality candidate pipelines, accelerating your hiring process and greatly reducing cost-per-hire. For more information, please visit or call 516‐626‐7896

  • 5 day turn-around
  • talent pool reports
  • Lead generation
  • Low cost

Our goal is total client satisfaction. Our clients benefit from Alpha Search Advisory Partners’ knowledge, dedication, and responsiveness. We understand that the market for exceptional talent is extremely competitive. We work with urgency, thoroughness and transparency.*

Aeolus Capital Management


Arrowgrass Capital Partners

Axonic Capital

Babson Capital Management

Blackrock Inc.

Bridgewater Associates

Cambridge Strategy (The)

Capstone Investment Advisors

Chenavari Investment Management

Commodities Corporation

D.E. Shaw & Co.

Dalton Investments

Davidson Kempner Capital Management

Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Asset Management

Empyrean Capital Partners

Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA)

Finova Financial

Fir Tree Partners

Fischer Francis Trees & Watts (FFTW)

Fortress Investment Group

FourWinds Capital Group

Geller & Co.

Goldman Sachs Group

Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Graham Capital Management

Greywolf Capital Management

Greenlight Capital

Guggenheim Partners

Halcyon Asset Management

Hirschfeld Properties


J Goldman & Co.

JGP (Brazil)

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts

Macquarie Group

Maple Financial Group

Mariner Investment Group

Midway Group (The)

Millennium Partners

Mizuho Global Alterative Investments

Morgan Creek Capital Management

Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley Investment Management

Natixis Asset Management

Nomura Group

Och-Ziff Capital Management

Olympus Capital Asia

Omega Advisors

Perella Weinberg Partners

Q Investments

QVT Financial

Renaissance Technologies

RBS Group

Schonfeld Group

Steinhart Partners

Susquehanna International Group

Tilden Park Capital Management

Tishman Speyer

Tudor Investment Corporation

Welton Investment Partners

Xerion Capital Partners

* Alpha Search Advisory Partners or its predecessor, COR Management Services, has completed executive search or human capital research engagements for the organizations listed herein. There is no representation these firms are current clients of Alpha Search.


Email your resume in confidence for any of the referenced positions. (word preferred)

Alpha Search Advisory Partners has thirty years of experience providing young interns with a rigorous educational environment that effectively prepares them for the challenges of the job market and workplace. Work with a dynamic, collaborative team to produce quality deliverables, and leave well equipped to secure coveted positions in the business world. Among our alumni are investment analysts at private equity & hedge funds, real estate entrepreneurs, J.P. Morgan attorneys and Senior Counsel at Goldman Sachs.

Interns gain exposure to all three industries in which Alpha Search is active:
– Executive search & human capital advisory for alternative asset managers, esp. hedge funds, CTAs and PE ( >$5Tn industry worldwide).
Interns will research alternative investments, the asset management industry across all asset classes, investment strategies and geographies.
– Outsourcing, specifically business & recruitment process outsourcing (BPO/RPO) across financial services ($130bn in 2019).
Interns will take part in growing the business, execute deep dive research of competitive landscape, and develop messaging, content, and a digital marketing platform.
– Real estate investment and development in the Delaware Water Gap area of Sullivan County, NY.
Interns will Source & value properties, assist in development plans, interface with law firms, regulatory bodies, lenders and service providers, and research distressed investing in foreclosures, tax auctions and loan purchasing (NPLs).

– Superior verbal and written communication skills.
– Internet research & business computing proficiency (Word, Outlook PowerPoint & Excel).
– Attention to detail, structured and organized.
– Able to work independently and as a member of a team.
– Previous work experience

Please email your resume in confidence with Reference “Internship” in the subject line.

The Recruiting Associate role is central to the success of Alpha Search fulfillment efforts. You will collaborate with team members to develop candidate pools and pipelines, source and qualify prospective candidates for client search mandates. Be a point person in sourcing, direct recruitment, deep due diligence and skills assessment of the highest performing candidates in the industry. 2 years minimum work experience in either financial services, B2B consultative sales or client-centric industries. Enthusiasm & Competency to make warm and cold sales calls; operates with a sense of urgency in project execution, strong attention to detail and follow-through; commitment to ethics, integrity and quality. Please send your resume in confidence to Please reference #1777 in subject line.



SAC Sees Traders Bolt as
Firm’s Troubles Mount


SAC employee options.

Here’s The Stunningly Simple Reason Why Hedge Fund Hiring Focuses So Much On Personality

Business Insider

Huge hedge funds.

Wells Fargo
Buys Fund Of Hedge Funds

Value Walk

Bob Olman talks about consolidation among fund of funds in the light of Wells Fargo acquiring a stake in Rock Creek.

Hedge Fund Hiring Focuses on Personality

Business Insider

Views on hedge fund hiring – this time, focusing on the importance of culture.

Hedge Fund Job Seekers Choose Stability Over Pay


Bob Olman explains that financial professionals are willing to make lateral moves or less money if it means a steady career trajectory.

Picky Hedge Funds Scour Campuses for Graduates

eFinancial Careers

Bob Olman quoted regarding Hedge Funds’ popularity with Graduate students.

Hedge Funds Stock up Jobs as Money Flows in

Fins Finance

Robert Olman is quoted in this article about hedge funds’ increased interest in hiring investment professionals this year.

Managers buying, selling and hiring after the crisis

Pensions & Investments

Robert Olman is quoted in this article about hedge fund managers seeking new hires post crisis.

Note to hedge fund marketers: The grass is starting to look a little greener on your side again

The results of Alpha Search’s marketer survey is discussed here, particularly how the grass is looking just as ‘brown’ on the other side as marketers’ own backyards.