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Aaron Scott

Consultant - Finance

I joined Pro on the Associate Consultant programme in July 2018, and shortly after I made the transition to the Finance team. I specialise in recruiting accountancy professionals across London & Buckinghamshire at all levels, from Trainee to Partner. I work with a vast client base, from members of the Big 4 to specialist boutique firms.

 

I have come from an insurance broking background which has allowed me to make the smooth transition into recruitment and life at Pro. My interpersonal skills and my ability to understand and meet the need of clients has resulted in my time at Pro being successful so far (hopefully it will continue).

 

In my spare time, I spend most of the time playing football, cricket and golf (unfortunately I’m not any good at any of them). Also, I'm a huge West Ham fan - I go to most home and away games, and love spending time with friends and family. 

 

My best holiday would definitely be Australia - I’d highly recommend Rottnesst Island to anyone who is visiting Perth, it was an unbelievable experience. 

aaron's latest roles

  • Outsourcing Manager - Big 4

    £50000 - £65000 per annum + Performance Related Bonus

    Outsourcing Manager - Big 4 London Up to £65,000 Are you fed up with working with smaller clients? Do you wish to join a team where you have full autonomy and control over the team? I am working with a membe...

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  • Audit Senior - Travel The World

    £43000 - £50000 per annum + international travel

    Audit Senior - Travel the World London Up to £50,000 The sunny delights of Australia, Asia, USA, and Europe awaits, it's time for you to sit back jump of an airplane and travel the work in style. This great ...

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  • Audit Senior - Top 10 Practice

    £35000 - £45000 per annum

    Audit Senior - Milton Keynes - Top 10 Up to £45,000 Excellent performance related bonus Flexible voluntary benefit scheme Referral bonus High-street shopping vouchers Private medical cover Interest free seas...

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  • Commercial Director - Corporate Servi...

    £100000 - £150000 per annum + Sales incentive plan

    Commercial Director - Corporate Services London £100,000 - £150,000 For this leading corporate services firm, 2020 is all about growth and this key hire of a Commercial Director will be at the forefront of t...

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  • Audit Assistant Manager - Flexible Wo...

    £35000 - £42000 per annum + flexible working

    Audit Assistant Manager - Flexible Working Available Cambridge Up to £42,000 Have the train delays and overcrowded journey finally taken there toll on you? Well if so, I am currently working on one of the be...

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  • Audit and Accounts Manager

    £50000 - £65000 per annum

    Audit and Accounts Manager London £50,000-£65,000 Are you currently stagnated within your current firm? Would you like to manage a client portfolio consisting of some of the most high profile musicians in th...

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  • Accounts Manager - Creative Sector Sp...

    £45000 - £65000 per annum + free season ticket loan

    Accounts Manager - Creative Sector Specialists London Up to £65,000 Are you looking to join a market leader within the creative sector? If so, this is an excellent opportunity to join a fantastic practice, w...

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  • Accounts Manager - Central London

    £35000 - £45000 per annum

    Accounts Manager Central London Up to £45,000 My client is an established practice with numerous offices based across the country but they're on the lookout for an Accounts Manager to join their accounts tea...

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  • Audit Director - Partner Designate

    £70000 - £100000 per annum + Car allowance, future equity, bonus

    Audit Director - Partner Designate London Up to £100,000 An opportunity has arisen to join a top 10 firm as an Audit Director/Partner Designate in their fabulous Insurance team. This time is highly regarded ...

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  • Corporate Finance Executive - Calling...

    £35000 - £42000 per annum

    Corporate Finance Executive Milton Keynes Up to £42,000 Are you looking for your first step into corporate finance? Well look no further, I am currently working with a top 10 accountancy practice in their Mi...

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  • Corporate Accounting Assistant

    £25000 - £35000 per annum + discounted technology hire

    Corporate Accounting Assistant London Up to £35,000 My favourite client is looking to add to their Central London team, having recently placed the Head of Department, he is looking to double their team over ...

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  • Audit Manager

    £43000 - £50000 per annum + Benefits

    Audit Manager Milton Keynes Up to £48,000 This fantastic top 10 firm has put a huge emphasis on ensuring they create a fun and sociable environment. This is a perfect opportunity for an Audit Manager to join...

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  • Senior Accountant - International Pra...

    £38000 - £45000 per annum + company wide bonus

    Senior Accountant - International Practice Luton Up to £45,000 Due to recent growth, one of my key clients has just instructed me to find their next Senior Accountant. Year on year, they have grown substanti...

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  • Audit Senior with International Travel

    £40000 - £50000 per annum + International secondments

    Audit Senior with International Travel Up to £50,000 London This has to be one of the most exciting opportunities on the market at the moment. I am currently working with a strong accountancy practice who ar...

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  • Media & Entertainment Audit Senior

    £35000 - £48000 per annum

    Media and Entertainment Audit Senior London Up to £48,000 Would you be interested in becoming an auditor to the stars of the Media and Entertainment industry? Well if so my client is looking for an Audit Sen...

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  • Audit, Accounts and Corporate Finance...

    £35000 - £42000 per annum + excellent benefits package

    Audit, Accounts and Corporate Finance Senior Cambridge Up to £42,000 Are you struggling to make the impossible jump into the world of corporate finance? Well, you are in luck I am currently working with an e...

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  • Senior Client Accounting Manager

    £50000 - £65000 per annum + discounted gym membership

    Senior Client Accounting Manager Bedfordshire Up to £65,000 Are you looking to join one of the largest corporate service providers in the world? Are you interested in managing a very successful client portfo...

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  • Audit and Accounts Manager - Partner ...

    £50000 - £70000 per annum

    Audit and Accounts Manager North London Up to £70,000 Are you an Audit and Accounts Manager looking to work in North London? Looking for a direct route to Partner? A mixed role with lots of client-facing dut...

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  • Outsourcing Manager

    £38000 - £45000 per annum

    Outsourcing Manager - BIG 4 London Up to £45,000 My client is looking for an outstanding Outsourcing Manager who comfortably in management accounts, financial statutory accounts and consolidated financial st...

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  • Accounts Senior with Travel!

    £35000 - £45000 per annum + Brand new offices in Central London

    Accounts Senior with Travel! London Up to £45,000 If you are the type of individual who would rather be out at client sites than being stuck in the office, then I have the perfect opportunity for you. This t...

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  • Audit and Accounts Senior

    £40000 - £50000 per annum + on site gym

    Audit and Accounts Senior Up to £50,000 London Are you looking to be the auditor to the stars of the UK music industry? Do you wish for a split role between audit and accounts? Do you have experience in lead...

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  • Audit Partner

    £120000 - £170000 per annum + future equity

    Audit Partner £120,000 - £170,000 London I am looking for an experienced proven business winner to join this outstanding top 20 practice as their new Audit Partner. This is one of the most sought after posit...

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What people say about Aaron

Aaron was extremely helpful throughout my entire job search with Pro-Finance. He was then very supportive once I got an interview offer, providing specific detail on the company as well as general interview tips, and was very quick with answering any questions I had on the role...

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Companies Aaron has worked with

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Haines Watts is a Top 15 accountancy practice with a strong presence across the UK. The network consists of 60 offices which are independently owned to uniquely combine an independent working environment with a leading corporate name.

The North View Group operates under three brands; Kensington Mortgages, Acenden and New Street Mortgage, they provide mortgage products, servicing, underwriting, analytics and securitisation. They are Private Equity backed by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities and TPG Special Situations Partners.

BKL is a Top 50 accountancy firm boasting over 180 staff working out of 2 offices, London and Cambridge. BKL deals with a wide array of clients and offers a large range of specialist accountancy services, whilst offering a sociable and flexible working environment for ambitious accounting professionals.

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aaron's articles

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60 Seconds With: Mital Shah, Director at UHY Hacker Young

Posted by Aaron Scott

Mital Shah is a Director at UHY Hacker Young's London office, and has over 18 years of experience in audit, financial reporting, due diligence and Corporation Tax services. Mital has built his career in practice and joined UHY Hacker Young in January 2018, and has a wealth of experience in auditing companies, especially owner-managed businesses and listed companies, across a range of sectors including property development, technology, shipping, mining, financial services, oil & gas and the general corporate market. Mital speaks with Aaron Scott, Consultant at Pro-Finance about UHY, the benefits of sticking with the same firm, and offers advice for the next generation of finance professionals. You have had an impressive career with UHY, what do you think the benefits are for sticking with the same firm? When you are with the same firm, you get to know the heart and soul of it. You get to be a part of the important decisions for internal as well external processes. Your opinion is valued. If you do it right, you get invited to all the cool parties at the firm – by which I mean you have the opportunity to be involved in administrative projects and strategy sessions. I love being asked for my or the audit team's participation in these critical items. It gives me great job satisfaction that significantly outweighs the hours, the stress and the hard work. They are all part of my life, but the payoff is having an impact on this firm that I can "own". On day one, you never know what lies ahead of you. When did you realise that you wanted to be a Director within a Top 20 firm? Being a Director has always been an ambition of mine from when I entered the profession back in 2000. The fact that it is at UHY, is a choice I am proud to have made. How does UHY differentiate themselves in the market? We are ambitious people, united in our mission to be exceptional accountants and business advisers delivering a seamlessly integrated client service. Through our UHY network we harness global intelligence and combine this with local presence and knowledge to share technical and commercial insight. Our people have a deep understanding of a number of diverse sectors ranging from education to natural resources, from automotive to healthcare. It is this depth and breadth that gives us tangible and proven insight into the commercial landscapes in which our clients operate. It also allows us to apply our expertise to our clients, irrespective of their market and sector. What advice would you give to anyone who wants to progress within the team? Hard work always pays off. One phrase has always stuck with me throughout my life, it goes something like this: ‘When the going gets tough, the tough get going’. I believe no matter what the situation, as long as you stay calm, collected and composed – it all works out in the end and the rewards are usually good! What advice would you give to your younger self? The sky is not the limit – you can go beyond! When you interview someone for your organisation, what is the first thing you notice about a person and what does it tell you? It would have to be how much they know about UHY to want to work at our firm. It tells me how well prepared the candidate is and the research they have done. Putting that in to perspective, it tells me that that candidate is a solution finder. What challenges, personally or professionally, do you think the next generation of finance professionals face? In my opinion, technology is the biggest challenge anyone entering our profession will face. With AI technology that is taking over Auditing, the new generation will have to learn basic skills in Auditing very quickly before machines can do this work. When you stepped from Management to Directorship, what challenges did you personally face? On a personal level, I don’t yet feel I have faced any challenges as I feel I have been ready for this role. There is one thing I do find challenging, but I believe I am quite good at, that is motivating the audit team – ensuring that the focus is maintained. Thanks for your time Mital. One final question for our readers, what do you like to do to unwind outside of work? This would have to be spending time with my wife and kids, be it watching Disney movies with my daughter, or playing Lego with my son, or watching movies with my wife. As a family we travel quite a lot and enjoy our Safaris to Kenya every year. For more information on this article or for help with your recruiting needs, contact Aaron Scott on 020 7269 6340 or aaron.scott@pro-finance.co.uk.

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Finance Practice vs. Industry: The Big Debate

Posted by Aaron Scott

Once you become a newly qualified accountant, you will inevitably come up against the decision of whether to build a career in practice or to move into an industry role. Both have their pros and cons, and your decision will ultimately come down to what type of person you are and what is important to you in your career. Making this decision can often feel daunting, but our specialist finance recruiters have put together key advice to help you make an informed decision! Type of Work Many newly qualified accountants are attracted to industry roles because the companies themselves often seem more interesting, or just because they’re not audit roles! But in reality, although moving from practice to industry gives you the opportunity to use your skills in a very different environment, roles in industry can lack variation and excitement. You will find yourself working on the same or similar things on a day-to-day basis and you will most likely lose the client-facing aspect of a role in practice. If you are looking to be involved in the business development side of the firm you work for, you are best to seek a role within practice as opposed to industry where business development focused roles tend to be limited. As well as this, with a finance practice role, you will find you have a varied workload and responsibilities with certain busy periods throughout the year. Depending on your firm and department, your work could be audit, tax-focused, or accounts-focused to name but a few, and you will have autonomy in your work. Every week will see you working with different clients across different types of work that can vary in size and topic. Salary & Benefits Newly qualified accountants are often drawn into industry with an attractive pay rise compared to starting salaries within practice. Salaries within industry for a new-qualified accountant are typically around the £45,000 mark, occasionally going up to around £55,000 in certain sectors like Financial Services. However, the initial pay gap between industry and practice has reduced considerably and the salary for a newly-qualified candidate within practice can actually be higher than in industry, with many firms now matching the money offered in order to retain the best talent. Not only this, if you were to stay in practice and become a future Director or Partner, the pay would more than equal itself out and you would be looking at earning more further down the line. When it comes to benefits, packages in industry are very variable depending on the sector and business, however, more often than not they do include a bonus and a wide variety of benefits. Benefits within practice are typically better for two reasons - they are better-established companies with defined risk & reward teams, and you will also receive benefits in line with longevity of service, compared to industry where it would be a new role. Working Hours Industry roles tend to be busy when it comes to month-end but, again, that is very dependent on the size of the business. Practice roles will have seasonally busy periods throughout the year, but it’s also important to note that accountancy firms are very bottom-heavy meaning there will always be juniors carrying out work that is perhaps more menial, which is often not the case within industry. Typically, working in an industry role offers the opportunity to have a better work-life balance, with regular working hours and no late nights in the office! However, improving work-life balance is something that a lot of firms are increasingly working towards for their employees. The Big 4, for example, are not known for having the best work-life balance but this is improving on a daily basis with more firms understanding the value a healthy work-life balance adds to employee happiness. Progression Prospects Progression will depend entirely on the organisation and its structure. It can be possible to progress quickly within industry depending on your personal performance, as these companies do not have a rigid structure. However, progression within these companies is often very competitive! Teams tend to be smaller and while this is good in terms of extra responsibility, these teams typically do not offer a set career path and it is more difficult to stand out. On the other hand, a finance role in practice tends to offer a clear career progression path. This is particularly true when you get towards higher levels and there are targets to hit to move up in the company. The path for progression is very clear and structured into people’s careers, all the way up to Partner with equity in the firm, and CPD training and development is often a primary focus. Ease of Finding a New Opportunity If you are looking to move from practice into industry you will find yourself in a highly competitive market, particularly if you have trained in a smaller practice as you will be competing against Big 4 ACA qualified candidates, as well as industry-trained CIMA/ACCA candidates who will have more relevant experience in industry-specific roles. Therefore, it is often worth moving into a Big 4 or Top 10 firm to gain the experience and skills needed to open up a range of options for your next career step - whether this be a move into an industry role, a role at a smaller practice or SME, or remaining and progressing within a larger firm. Once you have chosen a route in industry it can be difficult to move sector or change your role type. For example, if your first move from practice to industry is within a Financial Accountant role, you will rarely be able to move within the same company to a Management Accountant role. It can also be challenging to move back into practice if you change your mind later down the line, particularly after a period of time longer than 12-18 months, as advances in the profession and working towards the new reporting standards would require a significant catch-up. However, within practice there is room for movement between different aspects of the business, offering variation and the chance to decide what type of role is best for you. Ultimately, your decision will come down to what type of work suits you and what you want from your career as a finance professional. If you are looking for a role within a company whose brand and household name excites you, then a role in industry may suit you. However, if you are looking for a client-facing role that offers autonomy and variation in your day-to-day responsibilities with a clearly defined career path, you should pursue a finance role in practice. For more information on this article, or for advice on your next career move into a finance role in practice, contact Aaron on 020 7269 6340 or aaron.scott@pro-finance.co.uk.

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Why I Chose a Career As a Finance Recruiter

Posted by Aaron Scott

"I made the right decision and I can’t wait to see what the future holds…" Having completed an intensive four-week training program designed to introduce new colleagues to the 360 processes of recruitment, Aaron Scott was given the task of choosing his sector specialism and ultimately his new team. Here are the reasons why he decided to choose a career in finance recruitment. After four insightful weeks, my rigorous training had finished and I was now a fully fledged Associate Consultant. It was time to move into a team and while for some it may have been a difficult decision, it was a no-brainer for me. I had known for some time that I had wanted to join Pro-Finance. I immediately established a great relationship with the team and they really helped me settle in and find my feet. Whilst the Finance Team played a part in my decision, I believe the role itself was the most suited to me. I based this from my experience working with the team during my training, Finance was the industry I picked up the quickest and felt most confident about. I felt comfortable with talking to candidates and clients in the finance industry at such an early stage in my recruitment career. The team has such a diverse portfolio, recruiting Finance Analysts, Financial Controllers, Accounts Assistants through to Audit Seniors. I’m now specialising in placing Auditors and Accountants into a range of Accountancy practices, from the Big 4 to specialist boutiques. Currently, I'm working with a variety of candidates from Trainee level to Partners. All of this ultimately made my decision a lot easier (let’s just hope I made the right one!) Since joining the team, it’s been intense but on a completely different level. To be honest, I don’t think I would want it any other way. I’m glad I have one industry to focus all my attention on now instead of trying to split my time between Finance, Tax, Legal and HR. I’ve learned more about the world of Finance and Accountancy Practices as well as the client side of recruitment. I can’t wait to start forging my own successful client relationships in the future. The training I've had at Pro has been excellent. We’ve had continuous monthly training sessions with Jim Atkins at Enabling Change which has been very beneficial. He has taught me so much we’ve had sessions on headhunting, candidate obstacles along with how to sell solutions to clients and candidates. He is truly an excellent trainer and I wouldn’t have progressed so quickly without his training. Thanks Jim! I made the right decision and I can’t wait to see what the future holds… If you're looking to make a move into recruitment, I highly recommend you speak to Loren von Sternberg, who can offer a great insight into opportunities available at Pro-Group.

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My First Two Weeks In Recruitment - Aaron Scott

Posted by Aaron Scott

Well, what a start to my recruitment career it has been! I joined Pro-Group two weeks ago and I haven’t looked back since. The assessment day during our interview process gave me a real understanding of what to expect on a day to day basis here at Pro. Since I joined It’s been hectic, intense but most of all fun all similar to what I experienced during my assessment day, I believe I’ve made the right decision to make the move from insurance and I couldn’t be happier. Over the past the couple of weeks I’ve been in and out of training learning the whole 360 cycle of recruitment, how to write adverts, source candidates and plenty more. The training at Pro has been fantastic. For someone who is such a beginner and really opened my eyes to the world of recruitment. The training has been external and internal, we’ve had Jim Atkins from Enabling Change come into the office for two days and it was fantastic. It really helped me to understand how to move forward when speaking to candidates and clients. Also, we had Lisa Jones from Barclay Jones, who hosted a great session on advert writing with us and how to make the most of the advert. I would highly recommend both trainers to anyone who is starting out in recruitment. One of the main reasons for joining Pro was the culture has a real family-orientated atmosphere and the people are great! They do really value their staff and make you feel so welcomed into the Pro family as soon as you join, which is great. I’m so excited to continue to keep learning and move forward within the company, I’m still quite open in terms of which team I will go into, I’m sure over the coming weeks this will all fall into place. If you're looking to make a move into recruitment, I highly recommend you speak to Loren von Sternberg, who can offer a great insight into opportunities available at Pro-Group.

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Psychometric Tests – Accurate Portrayal or Creator of Doubt?

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The psychometric test has made its mark on the recruitment process across a range of sectors up and down the UK. The most interesting increase has been at the professional level where there is a real labour shortage. It raises the question, are these tests enhancing the recruitment process or reducing chances of making a successful hire? Team fit is undoubtedly a crucial element in the recruitment process. Given how subjective this element is, it is widely recognised as a potential flaw in assessing prospective employees. A variety of external (and irrelevant) factors could have an influence on the process. The introduction of the psychometric test aims to provide a defined, clear and more importantly 'fair' assessment of team fit and personality. However, imagine that you have been searching for the ideal candidate for the last 6 months and suddenly that perfect CV lands on your desk, you meet them, you're hugely impressed and they appear the perfect fit… only for a psychometric test result to lead to the rejection of what you believe to be the perfect candidate. You could be creating an opportunity for your competitors to gain an advantage. Confidence in such tests has risen with the increased development of technology and E-recruitment. Out of the companies that used psychometric testing, 81% said that they expected to make more reliable and less risky decisions, compared to only 67% who said the same thing in 2010. The percentage of employers who believed that psychometric testing can predict future performance rose from under half (49%) in 2010 to 57% in recent years. The majority (94%) of organisations who used psychometric assessment did so during the hiring stage. The largest rise in the use of testing was in employee development activities, where 63% of companies now utilise them compared with only 43% in 2010. However, asking staff to take a test as they leave the firm has remained uncommon compared to the more personal exit interview. Psychometric tests undoubtedly have their benefits and their rise in popularity amongst a range of sectors clearly shows they have a place in the recruitment process. How are they effectively used though? Experience suggests a case by case basis. Having seen both sides where my clients have missed out on candidates by treating these results as gospel and others where it has significantly improved the hiring process. It should be an additional consideration to an interview process which is where it adds value, not the defining factor where it becomes a hindrance. For more information about this article, or to speak to Aaron about your recruiting needs or Finance jobs in London or Nationwide, contact him on 0207266340 or aaron.scott@pro-finance.co.uk

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