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Jacob Smith – Director

Jacob has 16 years of financial services recruitment experience, with the past 15 years assisting clients across Asia Pacific with appointing senior infrastructure/middle office staff. After graduating from Newcastle University in Australia with a degree in Environmental Science, Jacob spent two years in London providing recruitment services to investment banks and fund managers across a broad range of finance disciplines. In 2003 Jacob returned to Sydney to focus on financial services recruitment within the Asia Pacific region, and managing a multi-discipline recruitment division covering recruitment into risk, compliance, law, sales, marketing and corporate advisory.

Jacob founded JS Careers in 2011 as a result of client demand for a senior specialist recruitment firm with deep experience in technical markets. His recruitment strategy has involved partnering with high profile Australian and international financial services organisations, and running bespoke recruitment campaigns to identify technical skill sets and high performing professionals from manager to MD level appointments. 

Jacob specialises in recruitment across the disciplines of: Compliance, operational risk, market risk, credit risk, internal audit, and law.


Donna Willinge - Director 

Donna joined JS Careers in 2012 to focus on corporate advisory, capital markets and alternative asset management recruitment after a successful career spanning ten years in investment banking. After graduating from the University of New South Wales with Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws degrees, Donna began her career in the Australian corporate advisory team at UBS Investment Bank where she worked on a number of high profile deals and developed strong relationships with corporate clients and her peers in the investment banking industry.

In 2008, Donna joined Macquarie Group to raise capital in Australia for Macquarie’s infrastructure and private equity funds globally. Her role later expanded to advising institutional investor clients on transactions across the infrastructure, property, resources, and industrials sectors. Most recently, Donna was responsible for Macquarie Capital’s Australian institutional investor business from an infrastructure sector perspective.

As a result of her direct industry experience, Donna has a deep knowledge of the market and industry players, strong networks and a unique understanding of the particular technical and other skills required across the disciplines of: corporate finance, capital markets, alternative asset management, direct investment (infrastructure, real estate, private equity, credit), private placements, capital raising, superannuation funds, in house investment teams, and asset consulting.


Mark Reece – Director

Mark has extensive experience in both executive search and contingent placement within the APAC region. After graduating from the University of Wollongong with a Bachelor of Commerce, Mark spent four years in executive search, consulting within the fixed income trading arena, where he specialised in interest rate derivative and credit derivative trading in the Asia Pacific region.

Having successfully developed and maintained a significant number of high quality relationships within the investment banking industry, Mark went on to lead a team of recruitment consultants servicing the requirements of investment banks, corporate and retail banks, fund managers and other financial service providers. As a proven leader and well-connected executive search professional, Mark has an excellent reputation in attaining results across a wide variety of assignments.


Harrison joined JS Careers in 2014 as an Associate within our investment banking recruitment practice. Harrison has a degree in Commerce, Finance and Economics from the University of Melbourne, with further achievements such as appointment as President of Queens College at the University of Melbourne, The Fellows Scholarship for Leadership and Sportsman of the Year. Harrison also worked with a number of not for profit and charity organisations in 2014. Harrison is trained in executive search, headhunting and market mapping. As a Manager within our investment banking practice, Harrison provides clients with critical support in identifying and sourcing talent, along with valuable advice on relevant industry trends, recruitment strategy and market intelligence.