By Ross Campbell, Toronto Financial Recruiter

We hear a lot about fintech today. It’s no secret more and more companies are using software and technology to offer innovative financial services. And there is no doubt technology is having a significant impact on how companies operate.

But, from a job seeker’s perspective, what are the in demand fintech skills hiring companies are looking for in candidates? What financial institutions are looking for in financial professional candidates is also changing with the times. Candidates, much like companies, need to stay up with the emerging industry trends and best practices to stay on top.


Here are the top skills hiring companies in finance and accounting are looking for in candidates for fintech-related positions:


No surprise here. With more emphasis being placed on the use of technology within financial services, any company that subscribes to fintech business practices needs experienced and dependable programmers to help lead the way. Companies are looking for programmers with JavaScript, Java, SQL, Python, C++ and other programming language skills and knowledge.

Sales and business acumen

Fintech companies need a strong sales team with expert business knowledge to develop effective business plans. They need expert sales professionals to help them generate new business and keep the sales funnel filled with prospects. Competition is fierce and generating business has never been more challenging.

AI and machine learning

AI, machine learning and other related technologies are needed to help companies assess and analyze large data sets. Being able to utilize predictive modeling and forecasting will help companies make more effective strategic decisions. Companies are looking for professionals with experience in data visualization, query languages, and applied statistics.


The more companies rely on technology, the more important cyber security becomes. Finance companies are looking for candidates who understand cyber security systems, and can identify network vulnerabilities and reduce the risk of systems getting hacked.

Soft skills

Many people and companies tend to overlook the importance of soft skills, especially in a technology-based environment. Fintech companies are realizing the need for people with soft skills to build a healthy culture. Companies are looking for candidates who are adaptable, strong communicators, have empathy, and are creative thinkers.

Learn More About Fintech

Learn more about the impact of fintech by reading these blogs by our finance and accounting recruiters:

Top 5 Fintech Jobs of the Future

The Impact of Fintech on the Finance Industry

3 Obvious Signs You Are in a Finance Career Rut


IQ PARTNERS is an Executive Search & Recruitment firm supporting clients across the country. We help companies hire better, hire less & retain more. We have specialist teams of recruiters in Technology (IT), Accounting and Finance, Consumer Goods, eCommerce and Retail, Financial Services and Insurance, Startup, Cannabis, Big Data, B2B and Industrial, Operations and HR, Professional Services and Legal, Media, Digital and Marketing, Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences, Emerging Technology and Telecom, and  Sales. IQ PARTNERS has its head office in Toronto and operates internationally via Aravati Global Search Network. Click here to view current job openings and to register with us.

Ross Campbell Toronto Recruiter

Ross Campbell

Ross Campbell is a Partner and Practice Lead, Financial Services & Insurance with IQ PARTNERS. Celebrating over 10 years of management consulting experience in executive search, recruitment, and training in Canadian financial services and insurance companies, Ross thrives on the belief that business can be done significantly better by investing in the right people.

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