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Callum MacRae

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Callum MacRae

Consultant - Finance

Working within the Finance team, I recruit accountancy professionals into specialised and generalist roles within the London Market. I recruit at all levels from Trainee to Partner level. 

I liaise with a large client base from the Big 4, through the Top 100 and more specialised boutique firms. Working alongside my highly experienced team, we have had great success placing high-quality candidates with their next exciting career opportunity. 

Coming from a strong sales background and dealing with high wealth individuals, my career path has covered a broad range of clientele. I have a real passion for 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 three-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

  • Audit and Accounts Manager

    Up to £65000 per annum

    Job Title Audit and Accounts Manager Location North London Salary Up to £65,000 Are you an Audit and Accounts Manager looking for a fresh challenge? Do you have the ability to drive relationships forward in ...

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  • Big 4 Outsourcing Manager

    Up to £60000 per annum + Unrivaled progression opportunities!

    Accounts Manager £60,000 London - Big 4 Opportunity! Do you dream of working for the Big 4? Are you currently an Accounts Manager looking for a fresh challenge with diverse and exciting clientele? Do you wan...

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  • Audit Senior

    Up to £50000 per annum + Flexible Working

    Audit Senior East London/ Essex Up to £50,000 Do you want to work in an office with a true family feel and a great work / life balance? Do you want a market leading London Salary without the commute into Cen...

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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.

Simmons Gainsford is a Top 50 accountancy firm that offers problem-solving skills and lateral thinking that will make a positive contribution to the success of their clients. They offer knowledge, inspiration and guidance to assist their clients with attaining their goals.

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callum's articles

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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. Economia.icaew.com 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. Economia.icaew.com 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. Economia.icaew.com 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. 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.

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April 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 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. Economia.icaew.com 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 Accountancydaily.co.uk 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. Financemoves.co.uk 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. Accountancydaily.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.

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March 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 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. Accountancyage.co.uk 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. Economia.iceaw.com 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. Financemoves.co.uk 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. 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

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

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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 callum.macrae@pro-finance.co.uk

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February 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 February: Mark Cardiff has joined BDO as an international audit partner based in London. Mark joins from Grant Thornton where he was a partner for more than 15 years. Financemoves.co.uk Also joining BDO as a partner is Fiona Davis. Having spent nearly 20 years with PWC Fiona joins the risk and advisory services team in London. Financemoves.co.uk PKF Littlejohn has taken on the staff and clients of the London-based firm Welbeck Associates. London-based Welbeck Associates has one office with 17 employees and two partners. As part of the deal, Welbeck Associates director Jonathon-Bradley-Hoare will be returning to PKF Littlejohn, where he was previously employed and become a partner in the firm’s capital markets team. Economia Price Bailey has appointed Michael Cooper-Davis as a director in the corporate team, in their city of London office. Michael is joining from haysmacintyre where he worked as a senior manager in the charities team. 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

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CMA and Kingman review: Where are we now?

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Following on from my recent article, The Big Four: Are the auditors ready to be audited? , the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) are working through their report, and Sir John Kingman has started to release his initial thoughts and findings. This has prompted the initial response from the Big 4 and several challenger firms. Here we will consolidate that information to give us a picture of where we are to date and how this will define the audit market for years to come. The ICAEW have told the Competition and Markets Authority that they feel the current approaches to audit change are solving the wrong problem and will not solve the problems of corporate accountability. The ICAEW suggests that the proposed “ring fencing” of the big fours audit offerings would create difficulties since the integrated multi-disciplinary firms operate to a single standard of professionalism and ethics, and work within a consistent professional culture across their firm’s work. They have suggested the focus should be on strengthening the firms’ culture to ensure that auditors maintain objectivity when conducting the audit. However, were the CMA to go down the separation route that the requirement should initially only apply to the big four. To extend it to the challenger firms would be likely to act as a significant disincentive to joining the FTSE 350 audit market. It is great to see some agreement from all of the big four on where we are to date and cohesion in their thoughts of how improvements can be implemented. Leaders for PWC, Deloitte, KPMG and EY have all admitted to MPs that the quality of their audit work needs to improve. Speaking at the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) committee’s inquiry into the future of audit in the UK. They have all agreed that a market share cap was a good idea but that other proposals would not help improve quality – namely joint audits or spinning off audit processes. Bill Michael, UK chairman of KPMG, broke ranks to say that separating the audit firms is the “right direction of travel” but not “an electrifying” ring fence. The challenger firms however are mixed in their thoughts. Grant Thornton CEO David Dunckley said that the CMA recommendations “as a package” could open the barriers to entry for challenger firms auditing the FTSE 350. Where the results will lead remains to be seen but all firms are reacting in a positive manner and looking to embrace the required change within the market. 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

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January 2019: Finance Movers & Shakers

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Stay up-to-date with the movers and shakers in the finance sector. Here are the key movements in January: Robert Brooker has been appointed as co-head of the forensics and fraud team at PKF Littlejohn. Prior to this appointment Brooker was head of fraud for Transport for London where he worked for ten years after leaving Bentley Jennison (now RSM). economia Andrew Hoyle has been promoted to partner at the Leeds office of Mazars where he has been a part of the team since 2005 having started his career as a graduate. Prior to his promotion he was a director of Mazars UK. economia EY has announced that Carmine Di Sibio has been elected the next EY global chairman and CEO effective from July 2019 succeeding Mark Weinberger. Di Sibio is currently serving as EY global managing partner – client service. Finance Moves Ian West has been appointed UK head of technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) practice at KPMG succeeding Alex Holt. West has been with KPMG for 18 years and also operates as the joint lead for their c-suite programme. Finance moves 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

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The Big 4: Are the Auditors Ready to Be Audited?

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With 97% of the UKs FTSE 350 companies currently being audited by just 4 accountancy practices, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has called for an inquest into the audit market. Recent high-profile failures such as the collapse of BHS and Carillion have only added to the growing concern that the audit market is broken and in need of reform. But how can the Big 4 put their best feet forward and show that they are doing everything they can to improve their auditing processes? In this 2 minute read I'll look at the feedback given by the Big 4 to growing criticism amid their auditing process and whether or not they're doing enough to answer their critics. The so-called “Big 4” Accountancy practices PWC, Deloitte, KPMG and EY have all issued statements highlighting where they feel there is room for improvement. "the audit function needs to change to improve audit quality" EY issued a public response stating: “In order to ensure capital markets are trusted and what companies report to the public is trusted, the audit function needs to change to improve audit quality and the audit itself needs to be modernised to meet public expectations. It is vital that this should be accompanied by further reforms to ensure healthy regulation fostering greater accountability of auditors and management, new corporate reporting rules, an enhanced audit product, stronger regulation and reinforced public interest. Reforms to audit alone will not restore public trust, sustained confidence or prevent corporate failures.” PWC focused their response around three key areas; quality independence and choice. These issues are “interconnected and will require a holistic package of measures to address them effectively particularly in the context of the wider global market. We also believe that the sequencing of those measures will be important in ensuring that the right solutions are put in place to support the audit of the future.” Bill Michael Chairman and Senior Partner of KPMG LLP commented; The purpose of audit needs to evolve and quality needs to be enhanced to meet the challenges of evolving markets and needs of stakeholders; potential conflicts need to be demonstrably managed more clearly and effectively; and the market needs to be accessible and attractive to firms capable of delivering high-quality audits. "there is no one simple or quick solution that addresses all of the CMA’s concerns" Deloitte has acknowledged; “We are clear that there is no one simple or quick solution that addresses all of the CMA’s concerns. A small number of solutions that have been discussed, such as breaking up the largest four firms, would not solve the question of choice and will undoubtedly impair audit quality. Consequently, a constructive, aligned and complementary set of remedies is required.” It seems for once that the Big 4 are all in agreement! There does need to be wholesale and industrywide changes to address the public concern and restore consumer confidence. These changes must be implemented cohesively and with the support of the mid-tier firms who will undoubtedly benefit from the increase in competition that will be offered. The future of audit is changing, to what we do not yet know. The market study is expected to be completed in 2019 and I for one will be interested to see their findings as to whether the market is working as it should be. 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

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