With a shared passion for connecting people, sharing knowledge and helping companies scale and win market share, PaymentGenes and Headcount—part of The Conexus Group—merged their recruitment businesses in June 2023 to create PaymentGenes Recruitment, a one-stop global recruitment shop for the fintech and payments industries. Bram Vreugdenhil, managing director and co-founder of PaymentGenes, mentioned the global fintech industry is projected to grow from $245 billion to $1.5 trillion by 2030.
"We know that when it comes to recruitment, fIntech is still underserved, as payment technology innovation and consumer adoption are advancing so rapidly that there is a constant shortage of knowledge and talent," he said. "This partnership fills an important gap in the market and by joining forces we will be the catalyst to help the fintech industry to thrive globally."
Vreugdenhil added that fintech and payment ecosystem players across the globe are looking for the right talent, and PaymentGenes can help speed up and streamline recruiting while ensuring that people are being trained with the right skills and knowledge to unleash their full potential. The company offers everything the market needs, he added, all under one roof.
PaymentGenes Recruitment exists to empower growth-hungry payment and fintech ecosystem players, Vreugdenhil said, adding that the company's clients and partners leverage its global network, domain expertise and unique market insights.
"In the current economic climate, fintechs don't need to downsize; they need to right-size with the right people and retain them," he said. "The most important reason we have created PaymentGenes Recruitment is because we love connecting people. Wherever our customers are, we are on the ground with them and empowering them with the people, knowledge and tools to help them scale successfully and sustainably."
PaymentGenes Recruitment, like its clients and partners, is growing at fintech speed, company representatives noted. Led by payments industry recruitment innovators Vreugdenhil and Neill Butcher, chief commercial officer at The Conexus Group and founder of Headcount, the new strategic partnership is assembling a world-class team of consultants in 10 offices in seven countries and four continents.
PaymentGenes Recruitment offers a powerful proposition for the entire fintech industry by leveraging its combined resources to enable fintech and payment players to continue innovating through its economies of scale, the company stated.
"Our strong networks enable us to stay close to where fintech sector investment comes from and to facilitate and progress job creation through all enterprise levels," Vreugdenhil said, adding that these capabilities create opportunities for businesses to open more doors and forge strong industry connections with senior figures and decision-makers to underpin future growth. Having cultivated over two decades' worth of intellectual property and developed trusted relationships spanning the globe, Vreugdenhil noted that the strategic partnership will utilize its professional networks to give fintech and payment firms a single point of contact that is fully embedded with the world's leading businesses.
In addition, he mentioned that the Conexus Group is placing a strategic growth investment in the wider PaymentGenes organization, which will allow both to grow their (digital) training, consulting and M&A advisory services.
Vreugdenhil noted that PaymentGenes Recruitment supports a diversity of clientele, including paytech, regtech, payment services, cybersecurity, embedded finance, blockchain, digital assets and open finance. As a single provider to the fintech and payments ecosystem, the company helps partners find and hire the right people, upskill talent, and continue to innovate, he added.
"We feel our international client base not only has a global talent sourcing need but also a strong demand for educational services, market entry consulting and M&A services," he said. "With investment in our group, and collaboration between our specialist teams, we will be best equipped to create value for our customers."
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