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Callum MacRae

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Callum MacRae

Senior 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

  • Financial Services Audit Assistant Ma...

    Up to £55000 per annum + Bonus and Benefits!

    Are you a newly qualified Audit Senior who has experience in the Financial Services Sector looking for the step up to Assistant Manager? Do you have limited Financial Services Audit experience and are lookin...

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  • Financial Services Audit Assistant Ma...

    Up to £55000 per annum + Bonus and Benefits!

    Are you a newly qualified Audit Senior who has experience in the Financial Services Sector looking for the step up to Assistant Manager? Do you have limited Financial Services Audit experience and are lookin...

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  • Audit Director - Partner Track

    £85000 - £95000 per annum + Generous benefits package

    Audit Director - Partner Track West London location paying £85,000+ with a generous bonus scheme and a clearly defined route to Partnership. My clients are a top 50 ranked accountancy practice based in Centr...

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  • 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....

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  • Senior Audit Manager

    Up to £75000 per annum + Route to Partner

    Job Title Audit Senior Manager Location London Salary Up to £75,000 + Route to Partner Fantastic opportunity in a growing London based practice for a Senior Audit Manager. Highly progressive role with route ...

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  • Audit Senior Manager - Not For Profit...

    £65000 - £75000 per annum + Fantastic Work Life Balance

    Located in the heart of the city of London is this fantastic practice who have become genuine market leaders in their chosen field of charities. They are actively seeking an experienced Audit Senior Manager ...

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  • Audit Semi Senior

    Up to £40000 per annum + Study Support

    Outstanding Top 50 practice based in central London experiencing an incredible growth period require Audit Semi Seniors to join their social and outgoing team. Excellent rate of remuneration, diverse and exc...

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  • Audit and Accounts Semi Senior

    Up to £38000 per annum + Study Support and Training

    My clients are an ambitious independent practice who are looking to employ a semi-senior accountant at the start of their career. Offering study support with both financial benefits and time off for study th...

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  • Audit Senior with Corporate Finance e...

    Up to £47000 per annum + Bonus + Benefits

    London £47,000 + Bonus + Benefits Are you an ACA/ACCA qualified Audit Senior who is looking for a job that is not the norm? Do you want exposure to special projects including valuations, modelling, due dilig...

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  • Audit and Accounts Senior - 30% Audit

    Up to £50000 per annum + Bonus and Benefits!

    Audit and Accounts Senior Central London £50k + Bonus + Benefits I have been instructed to source an Audit and Accounts Senior in Central London for an exciting and ambitious top 50 practice. With a strong r...

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  • Accounts and Audit Manager

    Up to £65000 per annum + Extensive Benefits

    Have you been working in an audit and accounts role but are keen to lessen the audit work you have been doing? Are you looking for an award-winning firm, brand new modern offices, excellent work-life balance...

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  • Audit and Accounts Semi Senior

    Up to £38000 per annum + Study Support

    Having personally placed 3 people into this team in the last 6 months I can vouch for the outgoing and social nature of the department. There is a collaborative environment with Partners, Managers and qualif...

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  • 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....

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  • Accounts and Audit Manager

    Up to £65000 per annum + Extensive Benefits

    Have you been working in an audit and accounts role but are keen to lessen the audit work you have been doing? Are you looking for an award-winning firm, brand new modern offices, excellent work-life balance...

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  • Audit Senior

    £45000 - £50000 per annum + Great Benefits

    Audit and Accounts Senior Are you ACA/ACCA qualified? Do you want to work in a social and outgoing team? Would you like to work with an interesting and diverse client base? Do you want to have control of you...

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  • Top 10 Audit Senior

    Up to £50000 per annum

    Break into the Top 10 Accountancy Practices! Progressive opportunity in a well-respected accountancy practice. Central London location and market leading salary! Top 10 Audit Senior Central London £50k Are y...

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  • Accounts and Audit Manager

    Up to £65000 per annum + Extensive Benefits

    Have you been working in an audit and accounts role but are keen to lessen the audit work you have been doing? Are you looking for an award-winning firm, brand new modern offices, excellent work-life balance...

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  • Audit Senior with Corporate Finance e...

    Up to £47000 per annum + Bonus + Benefits

    London £47,000 + Bonus + Benefits Are you an ACA/ACCA qualified Audit Senior who is looking for a job that is not the norm? Do you want exposure to special projects including valuations, modelling, due dilig...

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  • Financial Services Audit Manager

    Up to £65000 per annum + Route to Partner

    Are you a Financial Services Audit Manager? Perhaps you are an AM looking for a step up? Or you are mixed but have a few FS clients and want to build on that? Whatever the situation is, if you have some leve...

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  • Financial Services Audit Assistant Ma...

    Corporate Finance Exposure

    As an Audit Assistant Manager specialising in Financial Services at this firm; you will gain a lot of experience within Insurance, Banking and Investment Management. Some of the largest insurance clients in ...

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  • Financial Services Audit Senior

    Up to £50000 per annum + Corporate Finance Exposure

    This top 30 firm is on the lookout for an auditor to join their growing FS division as a Financial Services Audit Senior, opening many doors including many direct ones into FS advisory! Are you currently wor...

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  • Audit Assistant Manager

    Up to £55000 per annum + Outstanding benefits

    Are you struggling to see progression in your current firm? Are you newly qualified or with post qualification experience and stuck senioring jobs? Do you want to work on diverse client sectors including AIM...

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  • Audit Assistant Manager

    Up to £55000 per annum + Outstanding benefits

    Are you struggling to see progression in your current firm? Are you newly qualified or with post qualification experience and stuck senioring jobs? Do you want to work on diverse client sectors including AIM...

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  • Audit and Accounts Senior

    Up to £47500 per annum + Exceptional benefits package

    Exceptional Audit and Accounts Senior opportunity based in North London. Top 100 firm with a great social atmosphere. Do you want to work in a collaborative and social environment? Do you want to work alongs...

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  • Audit Senior Manager - Not For Profit...

    £65000 - £75000 per annum + Fantastic Work Life Balance

    Located in the heart of the city of London is this fantastic practice who have become genuine market leaders in their chosen field of charities. They are actively seeking an experienced Audit Senior Manager ...

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  • Partner Designate

    Route to Partner

    Job Title Partner Designate Location North London Salary Negotiable - Dependent on Experience Are you a Manager/ Senior Manager with designs on future Partnership? Do you want to work in a closely-knit Partn...

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  • Audit Senior with Corporate Finance e...

    Up to £47000 per annum + Bonus + Benefits

    London £47,000 + Bonus + Benefits Are you an ACA/ACCA qualified Audit Senior who is looking for a job that is not the norm? Do you want exposure to special projects including valuations, modelling, due dilig...

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  • 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...

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  • Senior Audit Manager

    Up to £80000 per annum + Route to Partner

    Job Title Audit Senior Manager Location London Salary Up to £80,000 + Route to Partner Fantastic opportunity in a growing London based practice for a Senior Audit Manager. Highly progressive role with route ...

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  • Management Accountant

    Up to £42000 per annum + Great clients!

    Role: Management Accountant Salary: Up to £42,000 Location: London An expanding accountancy practice is in need of a competent Management Accountant to join them in their luxurious, open-plan office based in...

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  • Audit Senior

    £45000 - £50000 per annum + Great Benefits

    Audit and Accounts Senior Are you ACA/ACCA qualified? Do you want to work in a social and outgoing team? Would you like to work with an interesting and diverse client base? Do you want to have control of you...

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  • Top 10 Audit Senior

    Up to £50000 per annum

    Break into the Top 10 Accountancy Practices! Progressive opportunity in a well-respected accountancy practice. Central London location and market leading salary! Top 10 Audit Senior Central London £50k Are y...

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  • Audit and Accounts Semi Senior

    Up to £38000 per annum + Study Support

    Audit & Accounts Semi Senior London £38,000 An exciting top 100 firm with rapid growth plans has instructed Pro-Finance to source a candidate for their vacant Audit and Accounts Semi Senior position. The suc...

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  • Accounts and Audit Manager

    Up to £65000 per annum + Extensive Benefits

    Have you been working in an audit and accounts role but are keen to lessen the audit work you have been doing? Are you looking for an award-winning firm, brand new modern offices, excellent work-life balance...

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  • Outsourcing Director

    £85000 - £100000 per annum + Route to Partner

    London £85,000 to £100,000 A longstanding client of mine has instructed me to go to market to assist them with the appointment of an Outsourcing Director. This top 20 firm has made a number of key appointmen...

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  • 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....

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  • Audit Senior - Media and Entertainment

    Up to £48000 per annum

    Job Title Audit Senior Location London Salary Up to £48,000 + Extensive benefits Exciting role working with diverse clients from the world of Media and Entertainment. You will be an auditor to the stars! Are...

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  • Big 4 Outsourcing Senior

    Up to £45000 per annum + Great Progression

    Big 4 Outsourcing Senior £45,000 + London Do you want to work for one of the Big 4 accountancy practices? Are you currently working in a UK Practice performing an outsourcing function? Are you ACA/ACCA quali...

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  • Partner Designate

    Route to Partner

    Job Title Partner Designate Location North London Salary Negotiable - Dependent on Experience Are you a Manager/ Senior Manager with designs on future Partnership? Do you want to work in a closely-knit Partn...

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  • Senior Audit Manager

    Up to £75000 per annum + Bonus and Benefits!

    Senior Audit Manager London £75,000 upwards plus bonus and flexi benefits package Are you an Audit Manager looking for the next step in your relationship? Do you want to work in a large listed practice with ...

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  • Accounts and Audit Manager

    Up to £65000 per annum + Extensive Benefits

    Have you been working in an audit and accounts role but are keen to lessen the audit work you have been doing? Are you looking for an award-winning firm, brand new modern offices, excellent work-life balance...

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  • Big 4 Outsourcing Senior

    Up to £45000 per annum + Great Progression

    Big 4 Outsourcing Senior £45,000 + London Do you want to work for one of the Big 4 accountancy practices? Are you currently working in a UK Practice performing an outsourcing function? Are you ACA/ACCA quali...

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  • Not for {Profit Audit Senior - Top 10...

    Up to £50000 per annum + Benefits!

    Are you interested in working within the Not for Profit division at this Top 10 firm? Worried that you do not have enough charities/not for profit experience? Well I am happy to tell you that no experience i...

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  • Step to industry? Outsourcing Senior ...

    Up to £46000 per annum + Great Benefits

    Are you looking to jump from Accounts Senior to industry? Are you at a relatively small firm? Here is your best option. I guess by now, you have probably realised to get to the right industry firm, you need ...

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  • Business Services - Accounts Assistan...

    Up to £52000 per annum + Exceptional benefits package

    Are you an experienced Accounts Senior or Accounts Assistant Manager? Looking to work with an amazing and varied portfolio for a top firm? My client is looking for the best of the best and this role could be...

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  • Accounts Assistant Manager

    Up to £50000 per annum + Bonus + Benefits

    Are you an experienced Accounts Senior? Or are you already an Accounts Assistant Manager, just looking for a different environment or a larger firm? This accountancy practice is looking for someone to bridge...

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  • Audit and Accounts Semi Senior

    Up to £38000 per annum + plus Study Support

    Are you an Audit Semi-Senior looking for a role in the North London area? Perhaps you sit just outside of London at the moment but do not fancy going all the way in. My client is on the lookout for an incred...

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  • Audit Senior - Central London

    Up to £48000 per annum + Bonus + Benefits

    A reputable and growing, 10 Partner firm based in Central London are searching for two suitable Audit Seniors to fill new positions. Unlike 99% of medium-sized accountancy practices, this firm understands th...

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  • Audit Senior Manager - Top 10

    Up to £65000 per annum + Bonus and Benefits!

    Are you an Audit Senior Manager looking for a solid top 10 firm to join? My client can offer set progression to the Director level and RI status, as well as the opportunity to work with unique clients and ga...

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  • Partner Designate

    Up to £85000 per annum + Structured Route to Partnership

    This strong, independent firm based in North London are actively looking to recruit a top-class Audit/Accounts Manager as they plan to grow the Partner count from 10 to 15 over the next two years and they wo...

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  • Audit Manager - Media/Music Specialism

    Up to £65000 per annum + Market Leading Benefits Package

    This top 50 firm is currently on the lookout for an Audit Manager or a Senior Audit Manager to come on board and help run a division, specialising in auditing an impressive portfolio of Media and Music clien...

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  • Outsourcing Director

    £85000 - £100000 per annum + Route to Partner

    London £85,000 to £100,000 A longstanding client of mine has instructed me to go to market to assist them with the appointment of an Outsourcing Director. This top 20 firm has made a number of key appointmen...

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  • Audit and Accounts Senior - 30% Audit

    Up to £50000 per annum + Bonus and Benefits!

    Audit and Accounts Senior Central London £50k + Bonus + Benefits I have been instructed to source an Audit and Accounts Senior in Central London for an exciting and ambitious top 50 practice. With a strong r...

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  • Audit and Accounts Semi Senior

    Up to £36000 per annum + Study Support

    Audit & Accounts Semi Senior London £36,000 An exciting top 100 firm with rapid growth plans has instructed Pro-Finance to source a candidate for their vacant Audit and Accounts Semi Senior position. The suc...

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  • Audit Senior with Corporate Finance e...

    Up to £47000 per annum + Bonus + Benefits

    London £47,000 + Bonus + Benefits Are you an ACA/ACCA qualified Audit Senior who is looking for a job that is not the norm? Do you want exposure to special projects including valuations, modelling, due dilig...

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  • Corporate Finance and Audit Manager

    Up to £70000 per annum + Corporate Finance Exposure!

    Job Title Corporate Finance and Audit Manager Location North London Salary Up to £70,000 with a clear route to Partnership Are you an Audit Manager seeking exposure to Corporate Finance? Are you thinking abo...

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  • Audit and Accounts Senior - 30% Audit

    Up to £50000 per annum + Bonus and Benefits!

    Audit and Accounts Senior Central London £50k + Bonus + Benefits I have been instructed to source an Audit and Accounts Senior in Central London for an exciting and ambitious top 50 practice. With a strong r...

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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.


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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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November 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 November 2019: Former Nestlé UK chair and CEO Dame Fiona Kendrick is the new Chair of PWC’s Public Interest Body (PIB). She will take over from Lord Gus O’Donnell who is leaving at the end of December after four years in the role. Dame Fiona left Nestlé last December after a career of nearly 40 years during which she held a variety of posts both in the UK and overseas. economia.icaew.com Andrew Johnston joins FRC Conduct Committee. The Financial Reporting Council’s (FRC) Conduct Committee oversees the audit regulator’s enforcement work. Andrew Johnston took his seat on the committee on 9 November. As well as government actuary he was also a member of the management board administering the World Trade Organisation pension plan. economia.icaew.com RSM has appointed Greg Moreton as a Partner to lead its National Debt Advisory practice. Moreton has over 20 years’ experience as a specialist debt advisory professional, with a core focus on assisting middle-market businesses to raise and renegotiate debt finance. financemoves.co.uk BDO has appointed Oliver Back as a Partner and Head of the new Contract and Commercial Risk practice based in the London office. Back will help clients to manage risk and achieve greater value from their third party relationships on both the buy and sell-side. Back joins BDO from PWC and has also worked at EY. Financemoves.co.uk Specialist business advisory firm FRP has promoted Alex Sargeant to Director in the Corporate Finance team based in the Bristol office. He has 10 years’ experience and joined the firm in 2017 having previously specialised in financial due diligence at Deloitte. He specialises in sell-side and buy-side corporate finance advisory, primarily for business owners and private equity investors accountancydaily.co 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 callum.macrae@pro-finance.co.uk. Back to Finance Movers & Shakers Archive >>

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The Perfect Finance CV

Posted by Callum MacRae

Creating the ideal CV can be a tricky task, but the perfect Finance CV is the very first step towards your dream job. To avoid your CV being dismissed and missing out on that all-important job interview, there are things you need to consider, and our specialist finance recruiters have provided all the information you need to create that perfect CV! Unlike ticking the ‘open to opportunities’ box on LinkedIn, submitting your CV symbolises an active interest in a role. Best to avoid the mentality of “just send my CV and see what they come back with”. If the role is worth applying for at all, then this is presumably worth doing with your best foot forward. A specialist finance recruiter will likely see over 100 CVs each week. With both your experience and motivations in mind, they should be able to consult on: (1) the common mistakes to avoid and (2) how best to tailor your CV and exhibit your strengths. We have provided a general step-by-step guide on how to format your CV in the candidate-scarce and technically-niche finance market, which includes: General formatting: keep it simple The executive summary: lose the fluff Employment history: bullet point what you did The application: tailor your CV before applying Quick disclaimer: ‘the perfect CV’ does not reference a stereotypically perfect career as it may appear on paper, though exemplar excerpts have been included below for illustration. 1. General CV formatting: keep it simple. Your experience should speak for itself in a way that is easily comparable with other CVs. Send your CV to your recruiter in Word (not PDF) format and say goodbye to: Flashy fonts (keep it to black, Arial size 11) Convoluted layouts (stay away from using any kind of columns) Photographs Charts/images ranking your skills The length of your CV is entirely dependent on your seniority. You would ideally want about half a page per role, outlining your key achievements, responsibilities, and clients. This means that the CV of a newly-qualified accountant who has just completed their training is likely to be 1-2 pages long, whereas a Senior Manager or Director's CV is more likely to be up to 6 pages long depending on the number of moves and responsibilities they have had throughout their finance career. 2. The executive summary: lose the fluff. Put yourself in the hiring Partners shoes - what would you want to see from the CV of a potential employee? Within the first half-page, your CV should provide an overview of the most important details, including the cost and relevance of your candidacy: Your name Desired location Right to work Relevant qualifications and education Notice period Languages spoken Systems experience Promises of personal qualities are near impossible to make credible if written in the first-person. Recognise the benefits of having your CV written in the third person - using the pronouns “I”, “me”, “my”, “mine”, “our” or “we” on your CV dampens the third-party ‘sell’ before you really need to. In the niche and candidate-scarce finance market, employers are generally just not that interested in the finer details of your education. Key things to include in the education section of your CV are: Focus on the credentials themselves Grade for your degree A-Level subjects and grades Awards/scholarships Places and year of study CANDIDATE: [NAME] LOCATION: London RIGHT TO WORK: UK Citizen QUALIFICATIONS: ACA (2015) – 1st Time Passes AAT (2012) - 1st Time Passes EDUCATION: University of Sheffield BSc, Mathematics (2011): 1st Class Honours [Sixth Form College] A-Levels (2008): A - Mathematics A - Economics B - German AVAILABILITY: 3 Months (negotiable) LANGUAGES: German SYSTEMS EXPERIENCE: Sage Xero, Quickbooks and Caseware 3. Employment history: bullet-point what you did. This section should be in bullet-points for ease of accessibility, similar to the format you would ordinarily see in job specifications. Showcase your most relevant experiences and achievements, and even if you've worked at one company, be sure to show your progression internally. This section should not detail what your team did - bullet pointing what ‘you’ did means focusing on your own actions/achievements. In instances where a collaborative effort was made, the focus should be on your personal contribution to the wider effort. Include client examples and turnovers, as well as how many engagements you have led or been involved with, as this will provide insight into your working routine. In bullet pointing what you ‘did’, it is important to realise what can and cannot be demonstrated on a CV. Steer away from an emphasis what you ‘learned’, ‘developed’ or ‘demonstrated’, which are not only difficult to bring to life on a CV credibly, but are also more relevant at interview stage. Keep the content to the job you performed, responsibilities fulfilled and value-added. Your CV will often need to get past a generalist finance researcher/HR professional before even being seen by a finance specialist. Include buzzwords from the person specification, such as “IFRS”, “ACA” or “leading audits” for instance. Consider the buzzwords seen on the type of job specifications you are interested in and be sure to include those on your CV where applicable. Other general points for this section: Keep it chronological, in descending order of recency Format promotions/secondments under the same employment term where possible Include the location (city) where each position was held Consider omitting roles held prior to your beginning your formal qualification 4. The application: tailor your CV before applying. No one job or company is the same, so make sure that your finance CV is tailored to the position and firm that you are applying to, whether is this is one of the Big 4, Top 20, or a boutique firm. Highlight the main reasons you would be suitable for the position, and try to echo the organisation's corporate values and what the job specification says they are looking for throughout your application. In summary, your finance CV is first and foremost a sales document highlighting your strengths and skillsets. Ensure that it is formatted in the most easily readable and accessible manner, and make sure it plays to your strengths and is targeted to the role you are applying to. This is the case no matter the role, whether you are a Corporate Finance Associate or an Audit & Accounts Senior Manager. Last but not least, don't forget to check your spelling, grammar, and punctuation throughout. Looking for advice on tailoring your CV, options in your search, or have a request for our next blog? Contact Callum MacRae on 020 7269 6369 or callum.macrae@pro-finance.co.uk.

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FRC calls for the break-up of Audit and Non-Audit Services of the Big 4

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The new chairman of the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has called on the government to enforce the separation of audit and consulting at the Big 4 accounting firms. Simon Dingemans, who started at the FRC in October told the Financial Times that breaking up Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC was a “critical” measure to improve the quality of their audits. Simon Dingemans, who formerly worked at Goldman Sachs and GSK, replaced the FRC’s former management team last month and has advised the government that they should get involved to make this split of services within accounting a legislative change. This separation of audit and consulting within accountancy firms was first proposed in April by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), who were clear that auditors should focus exclusively on audit to secure higher quality, and not also on selling consulting services. They proposed that separation would achieve this by: Creating a strong audit culture in the firm and eliminating tensions with the very different culture of advisory services Enhancing transparency Making audit truly independent by ending the subsidies from the rest of the firm “Demonstrating a culture of quality, independence and objectivity” and eliminating “undue influence from the wider (non-audit) business” This has been resisted by the Big 4 as well as mid-tier firms across the industry. They have argued that the CMA’s recommendation to split non-audit and audit services into separate entities would challenge the firms’ resilience. Earlier this year, leading figures from each of the Big 4 were questioned by MPs on the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) committee on the future of audit and their views on the recommendations of the CMA. David Sproul of Deloitte argued that if audit services were made to be a separate entity and split from consulting services it would put the accounting firms at stake. As detailed by Accountancy Daily, this is because audit fees only form 20% of firms’ overall fee income, meaning the separate entity would not have the 80% from non-audit services to make it robust and able to stand alone without the multidisciplinary practice behind it. Mid-tier firms including BDO, Grant Thornton and Mazars have also expressed their reservations of an audit and non-audit split with concerns that if the rule was extended to challenger firms, they would be left with insufficient profits to invest to compete with the Big 4. Scott Knight, Head of Audit at BDO said “legal separation undermines the viability of audit and non-audit practice”. There are also fees to consider - with a separation of audit and consulting services, fees are likely to rise across the industry. However, there would be some positives that could come from this separation. A split should drive quality forward as people will have one sole focus, whether this is audit or non-audit services. As well as this, the audit entity could be run entirely by auditors, whereas currently, only around 25% of people at audit practices are from an audit background. The CMA has also proposed mandatory joint auditing in the UK, where one firm is the Big 4 and one if mid-tier or smaller, which has been denounced by both the FRC and the Big 4. Dingemans has said that “joint audits lead to duplications, confusion of responsibility and extra costs for no obvious added value”, and Bill Michael of KPMG has agreed that although a joint audit would provide another pair of eyes, in reality, it would be very difficult to implement. For more information on this article, contact Callum MacRae on 020 7269 6369 or calllum.macrae@pro-finance.co.uk.

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October 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 October 2019: KPMG has appointed Marc Abrams to run its East Midlands practice as Senior Partner of its Leicester and Nottingham offices. He takes over from Ian Borley, who is stepping down from the role ahead of retirement in April after nearly 35 years with the firm. Accountancydaily.co Deloitte has appointed Sankar Mahalingham as a Director in its UK pensions business. He will be based in London, specialising in pensions advice to corporates and trustees, and focusing on the expansion of Deloitte’s pensions consulting activity. He previously spent four years at XPS Pensions Group, most recently as Head of Defined Benefit Growth. Accountancydaily.co Menzies LLP has promoted Anna-Marie McCrarren, Head of Outsourcing Services, to Partner level. She is responsible for overseeing the firm’s growing outsourcing services team across its Woking, Solent and London offices. Accountancydaily.co Andrew Johnston joins FRC Conduct Committee. The Financial Reporting Council’s (FRC) Conduct Committee oversees the audit regulator’s enforcement work. As well as government actuary he was also a member of the management board administering the World Trade Organisation pension plan. Economia.icaew.com Drew Stevenson has been appointed Energy Sector Leader at PWC, succeeding Alan McCrae. PWC’s deal leader for the energy sector since 2014, Stevenson has more than 25 years’ experience of deals and transaction services across a wide range of industries and global territories. Financemoves.co.uk 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 callum.macrae@pro-finance.co.uk. Back to Finance Movers & Shakers Archive >>

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September 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 September 2019: Jo Upshall has been promoted to Audit and Business Advisory Partner at Mercer & Hole. Jo is based at this mid-tier firms Rickmansworth and St Albans offices, where she has experience of managing a varied portfolio of business clients. Jo has gained much experience in the manufacturing and construction sectors, as well as in advising UK subsidiaries of overseas companies. Mercerhole.co.uk EY has appointed Markus Salolainen as a Partner in its UK technology, media and telecoms M&A practice. Salolainen joins the team from AGC Partners where he held the position of Head of Europe and will focus on the communications, mobility and cyber sectors. Financemoves.co.uk BTG Advisory has announced the appointment of four new Partners to its London Canary Wharf office. The new Partners include two external appointments, with Anthony Brennan joining from CameronBarney LLP and Paul Davies from Menzies. Financemoves.co.uk Top 20 firm Crowe has promoted Tara Westcott to Partner in its Non-Profits team. Previously a Director at the firm, she was promoted to Partner with effect from 1 September 2019 and will continue to provide external and internal audit, financial reporting and accounting and regulatory compliance services to a wide range of clients. Accountancydaily.co ​ 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 callum.macrae@pro-finance.co.uk. Back to Finance Movers & Shakers Archive >>

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August 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 August 2019: EY’s former head of audit and risk Anne Whitaker has been appointed to chair the FRC’s audit quality review committee replacing David Cannon who was also a former EY Partner. Accountancydaily.co Martin Athey has joined BHP Corporate Finance in Leeds as a Partner. Martin joins from RSM where he was a director in the Due Diligence team. Accountancydaily.co KPMG has announced the appointment of Mark Thompson, Serious Fraud Office chief operating officer, to its forensic practice. Thompson had previously worked for KPMG prior to joining the SFO in 2004 Financemoves.co.uk Duff & Phelps has announced that Paul Martin has joined the firm as a managing director and leads the firm’s UK transaction advisory services practice, based in the firm’s London office. Paul joins from Grant Thornton where he was a partner in the firm’s transaction advisory services practice. Financemoves.co.uk 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 callum.macrae@pro-finance.co.uk. Back to Finance Movers & Shakers Archive >>

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

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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 callum.macrae@pro-finance.co.uk.

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July 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 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. accountancydaily.co 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 Economia.icaew.com 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. accountancydaily.co 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. accountancydaily.co 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. accountancydaily.co 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 callum.macrae@pro-finance.co.uk. Back to Finance Movers & Shakers Archive >>

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