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Callum MacRae

Consultant - Finance

I am an experienced recruiter who has enjoyed multiple successes recruiting into specialised and generalist roles within the London market. I have helped candidates move at all levels from Trainee up to Partner and successfully completed a number of both retained and contingent assignments. My key areas of focus are audit, accounts and outsourcing however I have also worked on specialist transaction services, due diligence and pensions roles.  

Recent placements have been made in my dedicated client base which ranges from the Big 4, through the Top 100 and more specialised boutique firms. Whatever you are looking for in your next move I will have existing relationships to help realise your ambitions.

Coming from a strong sales background dealing with high wealth individuals, my career path has covered a broad range of clientele. I take real pride in fully understanding my candidates and clients’ motivations and matching people to their next exciting job role. 

Outside of work I have a passion for football. Living in Essex I support my local team Manchester United (ahem!) and play for two slightly more local teams. When not on the football field or golf course you will find me with my five-year-old daughter Evelyn. 

If I was not a recruitment consultant I would play up front for Manchester United breaking all existing records. Failing that, anything that allows me to assist people realise their goals and maximise opportunities. I enjoy sharing in the success of others and seeing happy clients and candidates makes me a happy consultant!

callum's latest roles

  • Not for Profit Audit Manager

    Up to £65000 per annum + Route to Partner

    Not for Profit Audit Manager £65,000 London Do you want a structured career path to Partnership? Do you want to work in a top 50 listed practice in Central London? Do you have experience within the Not for P...

  • Audit Senior Manager

    Up to £75000 per annum

    Top 30 Senior Audit Manager opportunity offering great progression to Partnership. Audit heavy role offering Corporate Finance exposure. My clients are looking to recruit a Senior Manager to build upon a per...

  • Audit Senior Manager - Financial Serv...

    Up to £75000 per annum + Bonus + Benefits

    Role: Senior Audit Manager - Impressive Top 10 Firm Location: London Salary: £75,000 + fantastic benefits A great opportunity to work in one of the biggest and most reputable accountancy practices in the UK....


What people say about Callum

Callum made finding a new role effortless and quick; a very personal service which was tailored to me and around my working hours. I received invaluable advice on interview techniques, salary negotiation as well as lots of CV tips.


Companies Callum has worked with

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HW Fisher is a top 25 accountancy practice with two offices based in London and Watford. With over 30 Partners and 300 staff. 

Jeffreys Henry is an award winning, top 100 firm with offices based in Old Street. Working with some of the UK’s most prolific entrepreneurs, Michelin-starred restaurants, AIM listing clients and large organisations from within the creative sectors.

Arnold Hill are a 5-Partner firm based near Embankment who have been established in excess of 100 years. They are a general practice firm offering a full spectrum of audit accounts and tax services to a wide range of client sectors.


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10 Interview Questions to Ask That Reveal a Company's Work-Life Balance

Posted by Callum MacRae

British workers spend an average of 3,515 full days at work over their lifetime, and creating a good balance between time allocated for work and leisure is important to employee wellbeing and happiness. The interview stage presents the perfect opportunity to find out about a company’s policies on work-life balance. Making the decision to move jobs is an important one which shapes your career path. But how do you get the information you require about a company’s flexibility, culture, work environment and work-life balance? In the short time provided in an interview setting, here are the 10 best things you can ask your interviewer to get the information you need about a company’s work-life balance, and to ensure you are happy in your next role! 1. What would the typical day of somebody in my role look like? Often, people are advised to ask their interviewer ‘what does your typical work day look like?’ However, you aren’t applying for their job! If you are meeting a Senior Manager or Director, for example, the chances are you will be joining at a lower level than them, which will inevitably mean a completely different workload. It is much more worthwhile asking about what a workday looks like for someone in the role you are actually applying for. Asking an interviewer to walk you through your own typical working day will provide an insight into how much responsibility you will have and the extent to which your everyday life will need to adjust. 2. How do you measure goals, timelines and success? Leaders who base their employees' success on their quality of work and give promotions and rewards based on performance, as opposed to time served and hours worked, are goal-oriented which is what you want from a leader! By asking this question, hopefully, your interviewer will be able to give you specific examples of somebody who has previously excelled in the role and how they have achieved their career goals. It is also important to remember that once you have asked this question, it is most likely that your interviewer will turn the question back to you and will want to know how you have previously achieved your goals and how you have measured your success. When answering questions like this in an interview situation, remember to use the STAR method - the specific Situation you were in, a Task you were faced with, the behavioural Actions ‘you’ (not ‘we’) took, and the Results you achieved. 3. How do you set employees up for success? Asking a question like this can reveal potential micromanaging. If your interviewer's answer suggests that you are expected to follow preset practices with little room for applying your own approach, this hints at a workplace that doesn’t allow you to work in the way that’s most productive for you. On the other hand, this question can also reveal a well-balanced and open-minded work environment if it is clear that you will be given the tools, as well as the encouragement and support to succeed in the best way for you. 4. How have you found your own professional career development? If your interviewer has been at the company for a while, perhaps even starting at the level you are applying for, they may be able to demonstrate how they have progressed through the ranks and succeeded. This can reveal how the company can support your professional development in terms of resources and training, steps and initiatives you are able to take to progress your own career, and can also show that people have chosen to stay and progress which demonstrates employee satisfaction and retention. 5. What is your company’s mission statement? A company’s mission statement can reveal how the organisation values its employees. Often a company’s mission statement can be found online but this question is important in differentiating what it actually means. If the mission statement is focused solely on business goals as opposed to placing value on employees and relationships, it may be that the company is less likely to take care of their employees. 6. How do you incorporate employee feedback in the day-to-day operations of your company? How a company listens to its employees is incredibly important, and also shows how much they value people. Find out if they hold employee forums, if they have a suggestion box, or if they hold open meetings with Managers and Directors, and ask what they do with the feedback they receive! You want to know that your opinion will be valued, including any views you have on work-life balance and support - employers who listen to and implement feedback to improve the day-to-day lives of their employees are those who care about their team. 7. What benefits do you have that are focused on work-life balance? Many companies often shout about ‘flexible working arrangements’, but in reality, this can mean so many different things! Many companies are beginning to move away from simply flexible working, e.g. flexible lunch breaks or allowing employees to start or finish work an hour early or late, and moving towards a more agile working framework, which often includes individual laptops and the ability for employees to work remotely or from home. It is also important to ask about welfare benefits - does the company have provisions in place for mental health in the workplace, or physical fitness allowances or perks? Asking these questions can indicate where and to what degree a company is focused on its employees’ well-being. 8. What provisions do you have in place for returning to work parents? Following on from finding out the company’s policy on flexible and agile working arrangements, asking this question can provide a more accurate insight into the extent of agility the company really offers. The majority of UK workers consider flexibility and agility in their workplace as very important, and this is particularly true for new or returning to work parents. So many businesses unwittingly neglect this employee group, but more often than not there may be the perfect candidate who just needs a couple of days working from home for a short while. If a company has provisions in place that demonstrate they are supporting and tapping into the returning to work parent workforce, it is a clear indication that they value their employees. 9. Does your company have a CSR policy? Corporate social responsibility is a self-regulating business model that helps a company ensure they are socially accountable, and whether or not a company has a CSR policy can reveal how they place priorities outside of work responsibilities. Ask about whether they allow extra days annual leave for charity events or for volunteering, and find out if they have a corporate charity and what they do to support them - this can reveal a lot about a company! 10. What is your work environment and social culture like? Finding out how employees engage with one another and whether the team you will be joining spends time together socially, particularly if there are company-arranged activities, will show you what kind of work environment you will be joining. Some organisations arrange lunchtime clubs and activities, offer team nights out and prizes as perks, and even take their employees away on trips, all of which show that an employer recognises the value of a good work-life balance for their employees. Understanding a company’s policies and views on work-life balance is incredibly important when it comes to choosing a new role, and whether a company is right for you. Research has shown that almost one-third of UK employees feel that they don’t have a good work-life balance. But, by asking any of these key questions at the interview stage, not only are you demonstrating that you are taking the opportunity seriously, but you also get the chance to discover what the flexibility, culture, work environment and work-life balance is like before you consider accepting an offer! For more information on this article or for more interview tips, contact Callum Macrae on 020 7269 6369 or


July 2019: Finance Movers and Shakers

Posted by Callum MacRae

Stay up-to-date with the movers and shakers in the finance sector. Here are the key movements in July 2019: Darren Reeds has joined CVR Global as a Partner for the Insolvency and Restructuring firm. Darren joins from Deloitte where he spent over five years as Head of Financial Advisory Services for the Big Four firm’s insolvency and restructuring division in the British Virgin Islands. He specialises in fund recovery, and cross-border litigation and enforcement procedures and will be based at the London office. Nick Andrews has joined BDO as a Forensics Partner. Nick will be based in their London office after joining from Grant Thornton, where he was Partner in the forensic and investigation services department Simon Dingemans has been appointed Chair of the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), and will lead its transition into a newly established regulator called the Audit, Reporting and Governance Authority (ARGA). Simon is the recently retired CFO of the FTSE 100 pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline. Specialist corporate finance firm Verde Corporate Finance has hired Mike Fenwick FCA as Associate Director to boost the senior management team. He has over 30 years’ experience and spent 28 years in practice including 21 years at PWC before being appointed finance director at Wild Water Group. MHA MacIntyre Hudson has appointed Robert Blech as a Director to join their professional practices sector team. He has 17 years’ experience in accountancy, 14 of those as a Director at Accura Accountants. He will specialise in accounting for the legal sector including SAR audits. For more information about this article, or to speak to Callum about your recruiting needs or Finance jobs in London or Nationwide, contact him on 02072696369 or Back to Finance Movers & Shakers Archive >>


60 Seconds With: Martyn Atkinson, Partner, Head of Audit and Accounts at Sopher + Co

Posted by Callum MacRae

Martyn Atkinson has been with Sopher + Co for over 20 years and is now Partner and Head of Audit and Accounts. At Sopher + Co, Martyn manages a significant portfolio of corporate clients and owner-managed businesses. His client base crosses many industry groups but his main focus is in financial services (including hedge funds), media and entertainment and professional services firms. You have an impressive career with all of your time being at Sopher + Co., what do you think the benefits of staying with one firm throughout your career history are? The ability to grow strong client relationships. At Sopher + Co one of our core values is putting the client first and during my time here I have been able to create long-lasting relationships with clients understanding their needs and tailoring our services as their businesses and circumstances change. I have also enjoyed watching my team grow and being able to act as a mentor gives me immense job satisfaction as I watch them progress through their career. On day one you never know what lies ahead of you. When did you realise that Sopher + Co. was the firm you wished to be a Partner at and why? Established in 1975 as a family business, the firm have kept the same values at its core. This allows for decisions to be made at a rapid pace as there is an open-door policy with all Partners. This also means for those individuals who are willing to work hard there is more responsibility and progression routes available. What is great about working for Sopher + Co.? Over the years I have watched the firm grow its strong reputation and with this comes the opportunity to work with a diverse portfolio of clients spanning over 20 industries. This includes some of the most influential entrepreneurial individuals and businesses in the UK. As a top 50 Accountancy firm (Private Client) we have a key focus on growth and professional development of our colleagues with study packages available and a great working environment. How big is your team and what advice would you give anyone who would apply to be part of the team? Within our Audit and Accounts team, there are 76 fee earners spanning all career levels. As an interviewer, I look for a range of qualities within candidates – enthusiasm, attention to detail, confidence within their own abilities and good interpersonal skills. Candidates who are ambitious, hard-working and are good at what they do can progress and reach their potential at our firm. How would your team describe you? You will have to ask them… but I would hope: methodical, collected, approachable and knowledgeable. What advice would you give to your younger self? Be your own self-advocate in order to drive your own success. Make the most of every opportunity you are given, even if you don’t recognise it as an opportunity at the time. Don’t be afraid to take risks and ask questions– as we all have to learn! When you interview someone for your team or organisation what is the first thing you notice about a person and what does it tell you? Generally, before the interview, I engage in some small talk and this together with body language and the handshake gives a good idea of somebody’s personality and a real idea of where and how they would fit into the team. What challenges, personally or professionally, do you think the next generation face? I think the next generation will have to embrace change at a more rapid pace, particularly as further technological advancements are made. Whilst there is a lot of uncertainty within the finance sector currently, I believe automation and AI will play a much bigger part in the role of accountants in the future. What do you do to unwind outside of work? I play hockey at the weekends as well as going to the gym to try and keep fit. Thanks for your time Martyn, and as a little treat for all of our readers…do you have any guilty pleasures you can share with us? I am a fan of Eurovision! ​ For more information on this article, contact Callum on 020 7269 6369 or Back to 60 Seconds archive >>


June 2019: Finance Movers and Shakers

Posted by Callum MacRae

Stay up-to-date with the movers and shakers in the finance sector. Here are the key movements in June 2019: Romy Comiter has been appointed Managing Director, global assurance services at FTI consulting. Romy was previously a financial services Partner at Mazars where she spent eight years leading the insurance consultancy team. PwC is promoting 69 new equity Partners, up from 54 last year. Together with 13 direct Partner hires recruited during the year, the firm’s total UK Partner number is now 944. This year 38% of the newly promoted Partners are women and the firm says the pipeline of women coming through into senior roles is also stronger, with 38% of newly promoted Directors female. In addition, 16% of the new Partners are black, Asian and minority ethnic and 27% are based outside London. Jamie Lane has joined Saffery Champness as a Partner based out of their Bournemouth office. Jamie joins from Smith and Williamson where he operated in an audit and transaction services role. Jamie trained through the firm rising to Partner prior to his departure. Business advisory firm Quantuma has appointed Duncan Beat as a Partner to its Chelmsford and London offices. He is a licensed practitioner with over 30 years’ experience in corporate insolvency matters. He joins the firm from Baker Tilly Creditor Services LLP, where he was Managing Partner. During his time in the industry, he also established an insolvency department for a major firm. Prior to this, Duncan has held roles at RSM, Cape and Dagleish, Elliott Woolfe & Rose and Stoy Hayward (BDO). Cooper Parry has quit the PKF network in the UK after being part of the group for over five years. There was understood to be a geographical conflict over an office opening which competed with another PKF UK member firm. For more information about this article, or to speak to Callum about your recruiting needs or Finance jobs in London or Nationwide, contact him on 02072696369 or Back to Finance Movers & Shakers Archive >>


May 2019: Finance Movers and Shakers

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Stay up-to-date with the movers and shakers in the finance sector. Here are the key movements in May 2019: FRP Advisory have strengthened its St Albans team with the appointment of Simon Carvill-Biggs as a Partner at the specialist advisory firm. Joining from his position as a Director at Menzies where he spent more than 6 years. Carvill-Biggs brings with him more than 20 years’ experience having also held positions at UHY Hacker Young, BDO and Moore Stephens. Sam Mills has joined EYs Manchester office as a Director in their restructuring team. Mills has a background in financial services joining from PWC where his 9 years was spent as a Senior Manager in financial advisory and then as a Senior Manager in deals and advisory. David Rule has been appointed to the newly created role of Executive Director of Supervision at the Financial Reporting Council (FRC). The role will entail overseeing supervision and monitoring of audit and company reporting and will report to FRC CEO Stephen Hadrill. “[Rule] joins the FRC at a time of strategic importance and will play a significant role in driving further improvements in audit and reporting quality,” Haddrill said. Peter Smithson has joined BDO as an Audit Partner in the technology and media team of their London office. Peter has over 17 years of sector experience having worked for Baker Tilly, Grant Thornton and most recently as a Partner in the West End office of Kingston Smith. For more information about this article, or to speak to Callum about your recruiting needs or Finance jobs in London or Nationwide, contact him on 02072696369 or Back to Finance Movers & Shakers Archive >>


April 2019: Finance Movers and Shakers

Posted by Callum MacRae

Stay up-to-date with the movers and shakers in the finance sector. Here are the key movements in April 2019: Julie Teigland has been appointed as EY's Area Managing Partner for Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA). This is the first female EMEIA leader for EY and Julie will command more than 115,000 people across 98 countries with revenue in excess of £10.6bn. Julie has been with EY for more than 17 years and will also join the EY global executive committee. Baldwins accountancy group, a member of the CogitalGroup has made a further investment in Wales through the acquisition of MHA Broomfield Alexander. This South Wales firm has been established for over 100 years and currently employs more than 110 professional staff with an annual turnover of £7.5m Crowe has appointed Mark Allen as a Partner in its Corporate Finance Team based in the Thames Valley office. Mark joins from Deloitte where he led their Corporate Finance Team in Reading prior to moving to London as a senior member of the technology, media and telecoms team. The TC Group (previously Taylorcocks) has significantly expanded its presence in the south-east through a merger with Essex firm Jamesons. This Merger will provide TC Group with two more offices in Colchester and Clacton-on-Sea consolidating its position as one of the largest accountancy firms in the region. This brings the total offices of the TC Group to 13 offices nationwide. For more information about this article, or to speak to Callum about your recruiting needs or Finance jobs in London or Nationwide, contact him on 02072696369 or Back to Finance Movers & Shakers Archive >>


March 2019: Finance Movers and Shakers

Posted by Callum MacRae

Stay up-to-date with the movers and shakers in the finance sector. Here are the key movements in March: The audit team at BDO has been given a boost by the appointment of Leighton Thomas from PWC as a Partner. Leighton specialises in venture capital; private equity backed businesses and will support BDO clients from scale up through maturity and the potential exit. Paul Smethurst has been appointed as a Partner in the forensic team of Menzies. Paul has 25 years’ experience in the sector most recently as Partner and Head of Forensic Investigation services at Carter Baker Winter where he spent 13 years. Goringe Accountants has appointed Mandy Chubb as Head of Management Accounts at their Reading office. Mandy has 25 years industry experience most recently at Vistra international. Joining BDO Reading as a Corporate Finance Partner is Matt Lister. Matt joins from PWC and will focus on transaction support to clients based in Thames Valley and the surrounding region.​ For more information about this article, or to speak to Callum about your recruiting needs or Finance jobs in London or Nationwide, contact him on 02072696369 or Back to Finance Movers & Shakers Archive >>


So, You’re a Qualified Auditor - What Next?

Posted by Callum MacRae

As a specialist recruiter into the audit and accounts market, I interact with candidates and clients on a daily basis across all levels of seniority. I work with professionals from a trainee just starting their career within the profession, with a positive mindset and the world in front of them; to experienced partners who have been there and performed the role for many years. One of the key staffing needs industry-wide and therefore one of the most engaging levels is at the newly qualified Audit Senior level. There are many reasons why this is a market skills gap but one of the key factors is that upon ACA/ACCA qualification auditors will look to explore their career options. You have just left a lengthy training contract; you have been employed in the same place for the last 3-4 years and it is time for a change. A common career choice is to leave the firm that has trained you and make the step over into a role within commerce and industry. People often make this move as they feel tired of audit, they have ended up on the same client cycle for two or three consecutive years and it is starting to become a little repetitive. In my experience, this can be a rushed and ill-informed decision with people swayed by the bright lights of industry. Some things to consider are the firm you are working for, the clients you are working on and even the Partners you will report to. When speaking with auditors the key thing they enjoy is client interaction, something that you will lose when working in-house. Whether you want to be working with financial institutions with turnovers in the billions, small owner managed businesses where you can be a key influencer in the business decisions or spending your time on site at recording studios, film sets or sports stadiums. The world of audit may perhaps be larger than you realise. If you are considering your next career move the importance of liaising with an experienced recruitment consultant who can provide advice cannot be overstated. For more information about this article, or to speak to Callum about your recruiting needs or Finance jobs in London or Nationwide, contact him on 02072696369 or