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Graeme Davidson

Senior Consultant | Finance | Practice

Graeme forms part of Pro-Finance, focusing on audit, accounts and outsourcing. After working within a practice, Graeme joined Pro in 2013 to recruit into audit. 

 

After a spell at a global corporate business, he has now returned to Pro-Finance to continue building his network and placing finance professionals. He is process driven with an approachable, understanding and builds long-lasting relationships. 

 

With over 8 years of experience in financial recruitment, Graeme is an expert in his field and takes a proactive approach in everything he does.

 

Outside of work, he is either playing or watching football. A season ticket holder at Anfield, he has had his ups and downs over the past few years! Away from football, he loves spending time with his son.

graeme's latest roles

  • Audit Partner - RI Status

    £130000 - £175000 per annum

    Job Title Audit Partner - RI Status Location London Salary £Flexible I am partnering with a client of ours that is looking to bring in an RI Audit Partner to their firm. They have ambitious growth plans and ...

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  • Recently Qualified Audit Senior

    £48000 - £55000.00 per annum

    Job Title Recently Qualified Audit Senior Location Be based wherever! You can get a London salary and just have to come in to the office twice a month! Salary £48,000 - £55,000 A Top 100 firm based in London...

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  • Accounting Services Manager

    £45000 - £58000 per annum

    Job Title Outsourcing Manager Location Manchester Salary £45,000 - £58,000 I am currently working with one of the Big 4 firms within Manchester, who are keen to bring in an Outsourcing Manager to their team ...

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  • Outsourcing Supervisor - Top 10

    £44000 - £50000 per annum + flexible benefits that work for you!

    Job Title Outsourcing Supervisor - Top 10 Location Guildford Salary £44,000 - £50,000 We are working with a Top 10 practice based in Guildford that are looking to grow their Business Services team by recruit...

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  • Audit Manager

    £50000 - £60000.00 per annum

    Job Title Audit Manager Location Leatherhead - Surrey Salary £50,000 - £60,000 A prestigious and well established, Top 30 practice in Surrey are looking to bring in an Audit Manager due to organic growth wit...

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  • Business Services Manager

    £50000 - £60000.00 per annum + Free parking on site!

    Job Title Business Services Manager Location Leatherhead - Surrey Salary £50,000 - £60,000 A prestigious and well established business in Surrey are looking to bring in a Business Services Manager due to org...

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  • Senior Audit Manager - Top 60 Firm

    £60000 - £75000 per annum + flexible benefits

    Job Title Senior Audit Manager - Top 60 Firm Location London Salary £60,000 - £75,000 Our client is looking to create a role around a suitable candidate, that can fit in with their everyday lives, at a Senio...

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  • IFRS 17 Senior Manager

    £90000 - £110000 per annum

    Job Title IFRS 17 Senior Manager Location London Salary £90,000 - £110,000 A Top 10 firm based in London have had a fantastic opportunity arise due to growth within the team and are looking to recruit a Seni...

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  • Corporate Finance Assistant Manager o...

    £50000 - £65000 per annum + flexi working, flexi benefits

    Job Title Corporate Finance Assistant Manager or Manager Location London Salary £50,000 - £65,000 One of our clients, a highly prestigious Top 20 firm based in London has an exciting opportunity for a Corpor...

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  • Audit Manager - Independent Practice ...

    £50000 - £60000 per annum

    Job Title Audit Manager - Independent Practice - Build a Team! Location Guildford Salary £50,000 - £60,000 A client of ours, an independent practice in Guildford has recently grown by winning plenty of new b...

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  • Audit Semi Senior - Take your time th...

    £28000 - £38000 per annum + study support, membership paid

    Job Title Audit Semi Senior - Take your time through your exams! Location London Salary £28,000 - £38,000 One of our clients, a Top 50 firm in London have a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious Audit Semi ...

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  • Audit & Accounts Semi Senior - Creati...

    £28000 - £38000 per annum + study support

    Job Title Audit & Accounts Semi Senior - Creative Clients 50% Audit work, 50% Accounts work Location North London Salary £28,000 - £38,000 One of our clients, a Top 50 firm in London have a fantastic opportu...

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  • Accounting Manager - Big 4 - London

    £50000 - £65000 per annum

    Job Title Accounting Manager - Big 4 - London Location London Salary £50,000 - £65,000 I'm currently working on an excellent opportunity with one of the Big 4 firms in London, who are currently expanding the...

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  • Senior Audit Manager - Build a role a...

    £60000 - £75000 per annum + flexible benefits

    Job Title Senior Audit Manager Location London Salary £60,000 - £75,000 Our client is looking to create a role around a suitable candidate, that can fit in with their everyday lives, at a Senior Audit Manage...

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  • Audit Assistant Manager

    £50000 - £65000 per annum

    Job Title Audit Assistant Manager Location London Salary £50,000 - £65,000 Do you want to earn over £60k as an Audit Assistant Manager? I have a Top 100 firm based in London that have a fantastic opportunity...

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  • Technical Senior Manager

    £80000 - £120000 per annum + WFH, flexi benefits, bonus

    Job Title Technical Senior Manager Location London Salary £80,000 - £120,000 A client of ours, a prestigious mid-tier practice are looking to bring in a Technical Senior Manager to the team, to work in a lea...

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  • Corporate Finance Manager

    £50000 - £64000 per annum + flexi working, flexi benefits

    Job Title Corporate Finance Manager Location London Salary £50,000 - £60,000 One of our clients, a highly prestigious Top 20 firm based in London has an exciting opportunity for a Corporate Finance Manager t...

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  • Audit Partner - Do you have a fee fol...

    £120000 - £160000 per annum

    Job Title Audit Partner - Do you have a fee following? Location London Salary £120,000 - £160,000 There is an opportunity to become an Equity Partner from the off, should you be able to bring in a certain am...

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  • Qualified Audit Senior

    £45000 - £52000 per annum + + Cash Bonus

    Job Title Qualified Audit Senior Location London Salary £45,000 - £52,000 + Yearly Cash Bonus My client, an offshoot of the Big 4 is looking to bring in a Qualified Audit Senior in charge to work in their ev...

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  • Audit Manager

    £50000 - £60000 per annum

    Job Title Audit & Accounts Manager Location Guildford Salary £50,000 - £60,000 A client of ours, an independent practice in Guildford has recently grown by winning plenty of new business throughout the pande...

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  • IFRS Senior Manager

    £80000 - £120000.00 per annum + progression to Partner

    Job Title IFRS Senior Manager Location London Salary £80,000 - £120,000 A Top 10 firm based in London have had a fantastic opportunity arise due to growth within the team and are looking to recruit a Senior ...

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  • Audit & Accounts Senior (50/50 split ...

    £46000 - £50000 per annum

    Job Title Accounts & Audit Senior - 50/50 Split Position Location London Salary £46,000 - £50,000 A client of ours, a well-known and respected outfit is looking to bring in an Accounts & Audit Senior, with t...

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  • Audit Partner - London

    £100000 - £150000 per annum

    Job Title Audit Partner - Top 100 Firm - London Location London Salary £100,000 - £150,000 A client of ours, a Top 100 firm based in London is on the lookout to grow their Audit team by bringing in an Audit ...

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  • Outsourcing Manager

    £45000 - £58000 per annum

    Job Title Outsourcing Manager Location Manchester LeedsSalary £45,000 - £58,000 I am currently working with one of the Big 4 firms within Manchester, who are keen to bring in an Outsourcing Manager to their ...

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  • Corporate Finance Assistant Manager

    £50000 - £60000 per annum + flexi working, flexi benefits

    Job Title Corporate Finance Assistant Manager Location London Salary £50,000 - £60,000 One of our clients, a highly prestigious Top 20 firm based in London has an exciting opportunity for a Corporate Finance...

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  • Audit Senior - Recently Qualified

    £48000 - £55000.00 per annum + hybrid working, as remote as you like!

    Job Title Audit Senior - Recently Qualified Location London - Hybrid role, can be split between office and home Salary £48,000 - £55,000 A Top 100 firm based in London are looking to recruit a recently quali...

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  • Audit Semi Senior - Study Support Inc...

    £28000 - £35000 per annum + study support, membership paid

    Job Title Audit Semi Senior - Study Support Included! Location London Salary £28,000 - £35,000 One of our clients, a Top 50 firm in London have a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious Audit Semi Senior, who...

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  • Audit Senior - French Speaker Required!

    £40000 - £45000 per annum + Yearly Cash Bonus

    Job Title Audit Senior - French Speaker Required! Location London Salary £40,000 - £45,000 + Yearly Cash Bonus My client, an offshoot of the Big 4 is looking to bring in an Audit Senior in charge to work in ...

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  • Technical Director - Partner Track

    £80000 - £120000 per annum + WFH, flexi benefits, bonus

    Job Title Technical Director Location London Salary £80,000 - £120,000 A client of ours, a prestigious mid-tier practice are looking to bring in a Technical Director to the team, to work in a leadership role...

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  • Audit & Accounts Senior (50/50 split ...

    £46000 - £50000 per annum

    Job Title Accounts & Audit Senior - 50/50 Split Location London Salary £46,000 - £50,000 A client of ours, a well-known and respected outfit is looking to bring in an Accounts & Audit Senior, with the view t...

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  • Outsourcing Supervisor

    £44000 - £50000 per annum + flexible benefits that work for you!

    Job Title Outsourcing Supervisor Location Guildford Salary £44,000 - £50,000 We are working with a Top 10 practice based in Guildford that are looking to grow their Business Services team by recruiting for a...

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  • Audit Semi Senior

    £28000 - £35000 per annum

    Job Title Audit Semi Senior Location Gatwick Salary £28,000 - £35,000 One of our clients, a Top 10 firm in Sussex have a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious Audit Semi Senior, who is keen to progress thei...

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  • Audit & Accounts Semi Senior - Media ...

    £28000 - £38000 per annum + study support

    Job Title Audit & Accounts Semi Senior - Media Client Base! 50% Audit work, 50% Accounts work Location North London Salary £28,000 - £38,000 One of our clients, a Top 50 firm in London have a fantastic oppor...

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  • Audit & Accounts Senior

    £45000 - £52000 per annum

    Job Title Audit & Accounts Senior Location London Salary £45,000 - £52,000 My client, a Top 50 firm based in central London is looking for an Audit & Accounts Senior to work on an exciting portfolio of clien...

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  • Audit & Accounts Partner

    £85000 - £110000 per annum

    Job Title Audit & Accounts Partner Location London Salary £85,000 - £110,000 A client of ours, a Top 100 firm based in London is on the lookout to grow their Audit team by bringing in an Audit & Accounts Par...

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  • IFRS 17 Senior Manager/Director

    £90000 - £115000 per annum

    Job Title IFRS 17 Senior Manager/Director Location London Salary £90,000 - 115,000 A Top 10 firm based in London have had a fantastic opportunity arise due to growth within the team and are looking to recrui...

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  • Accounts Senior - Want to step out of...

    £38000 - £44000 per annum

    Job Title Accounts Senior - Want to step out of audit? Location Bristol Salary £38,000 - £43,000 We are working with a Top 10 practice based in Bristol that are looking to grow their Business Services team b...

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  • Audit & Accounts Supervisor

    £45000.00 - £50000 per annum

    Job Title Audit & Accounts Supervisor Location Farnham Salary £45,000 - £50,000 Are you looking to take on more of a managerial position? Keen to progress your career to become an RI in the future? Then this...

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  • Audit & Accounts Semi Senior - Media ...

    £28000 - £38000 per annum + study support

    Job Title Audit & Accounts Semi Senior - Media Client Base! 50% Audit work, 50% Accounts work Location North London Salary £28,000 - £38,000 One of our clients, a Top 50 firm in London have a fantastic oppor...

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  • Audit & Accounts Manager

    £50000 - £60000 per annum

    Job Title Audit & Accounts Manager Location Guildford Salary £50,000 - £60,000 A client of ours, an independent practice in Guildford has recently grown by winning plenty of new business throughout the pande...

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  • Accounts/Outsourcing Senior - Want to...

    £38000 - £45000 per annum

    Job Title Accounts/Outsourcing Senior - Want to get out of audit? Location Guildford Salary £38,000 - £45,000 We are working with a Top 10 practice based in Guildford that are looking to grow their Business ...

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  • Audit - Assistant Manager

    £50000 - £63000 per annum

    Job Title Audit Assistant Manager Location London Salary £50,000 - £63,000 Do you want to earn over £60k as an Audit Assistant Manager? I have a Top 100 firm based in London that have a fantastic opportunity...

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  • Audit Partner

    £100000 - £150000 per annum

    Job Title Audit Partner Location London Salary £100,000 - £150,000 A client of ours, a Top 100 firm based in London is on the lookout to grow their Audit team by bringing in an Audit Partner, who will have R...

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  • Senior Accountant

    £32000 - £45000 per annum

    Job Title Senior Accountant Location Manchester Salary £32,000 - £45,000 I am currently working with one of the Big 4 firms within Manchester, who are keen to bring in an Senior Accountant to their team to w...

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What people say about Graeme

Unlike many recruitment agencies, Graeme at Pro-Finance understood what I was looking for in my search for a new accounting position.

Graeme secured a role for me at one of the world's major accounting and consulting networks.

Graeme was able to use his network of clients to get me an interview with a top 10 firm!


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Companies Graeme has worked with

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Moore Global is a global accountancy and consulting network of independent firms with its headquarters in London

Mazars is a global audit, accounting and consulting group employing more than 42,000 professionals in more than 90 countries through member firms.

PKF is one of the UK’s largest and most successful accountancy brands, the eighth largest Audit practice. It has over 2,030 UK Partners, and globally has a presence in over 150 countries.

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graeme's articles

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Finance Practice vs. Industry: The Big Debate

Posted by Graeme Davidson

Once you become a newly qualified accountant, you will inevitably come up against the decision of whether to build a career in practice or to move into an industry role. Both have their pros and cons, and your decision will ultimately come down to what type of person you are and what is important to you in your career. Making this decision can often feel daunting, but our specialist finance recruiters have put together key advice to help you make an informed decision! Recession Proof? Those who have worked through recent recessions and the current 2020 pandemic will share the same sentiment that those working in financial services have experienced reductions in their teams, but for most firms money movement is important, which explains why financial professionals are always in demand. Accountants, Auditors, Actuaries, Claims Specialists, Tax Preparers, Insurance Underwriters — the list of financial service jobs is long and varied, however, in good times or in bad, everyone needs to file a tax return or oversee their accounts, Auditors, see consistent demand during recessions. Financial regulations don’t go away during recessions, so neither does demand for Auditors.  From my daily conversations, and understanding of the recovery from the last recession, I have found that Practice is the safer route for newly qualified accountancy professionals, particularly those looking to specialise in Audit. When reflecting on earlier in they year, when the nation went into flux, many accountancy firms reduced their team sizes and made cuts to keep their operations profitable and afloat. However, upon entering the second lockdown, they are far more technically prepared, and recuiting Auditors in practice is again on the rise, with many firms now recruiting as normal, albeit virtually. Type of Work Many newly qualified accountants are attracted to industry roles because the companies themselves often seem more interesting, or just because they’re not audit roles! But in reality, although moving from practice to industry gives you the opportunity to use your skills in a very different environment, roles in industry can lack variation and excitement. You will find yourself working on the same or similar things on a day-to-day basis and you will most likely lose the client-facing aspect of a role in practice. If you are looking to be involved in the business development side of the firm you work for, you are best to seek a role within practice as opposed to industry where business development focused roles tend to be limited. As well as this, with a finance practice role, you will find you have a varied workload and responsibilities with certain busy periods throughout the year. Depending on your firm and department, your work could be audit, tax-focused, or accounts-focused to name but a few, and you will have autonomy in your work. Every week will see you working with different clients across different types of work that can vary in size and topic. Salary & Benefits Newly qualified accountants are often drawn into industry with an attractive pay rise compared to starting salaries within practice. Salaries within industry for a new-qualified accountant are typically around the £45,000 mark, occasionally going up to around £55,000 in certain sectors like Financial Services. However, the initial pay gap between industry and practice has reduced considerably and the salary for a newly-qualified candidate within practice can actually be higher than in industry, with many firms now matching the money offered in order to retain the best talent. Not only this, if you were to stay in practice and become a future Director or Partner, the pay would more than equal itself out and you would be looking at earning more further down the line. When it comes to benefits, packages in industry are very variable depending on the sector and business, however, more often than not they do include a bonus and a wide variety of benefits. Benefits within practice are typically better for two reasons - they are better-established companies with defined risk & reward teams, and you will also receive benefits in line with longevity of service, compared to industry where it would be a new role. Working Hours Industry roles tend to be busy when it comes to month-end but, again, that is very dependent on the size of the business. Practice roles will have seasonally busy periods throughout the year, but it’s also important to note that accountancy firms are very bottom-heavy meaning there will always be juniors carrying out work that is perhaps more menial, which is often not the case within industry. Typically, working in an industry role offers the opportunity to have a better work-life balance, with regular working hours and no late nights in the office! However, improving work-life balance is something that a lot of firms are increasingly working towards for their employees. The Big 4, for example, are not known for having the best work-life balance but this is improving on a daily basis with more firms understanding the value a healthy work-life balance adds to employee happiness. Progression Prospects Progression will depend entirely on the organisation and its structure. It can be possible to progress quickly within industry depending on your personal performance, as these companies do not have a rigid structure. However, progression within these companies is often very competitive! Teams tend to be smaller and while this is good in terms of extra responsibility, these teams typically do not offer a set career path and it is more difficult to stand out. On the other hand, a finance role in practice tends to offer a clear career progression path. This is particularly true when you get towards higher levels and there are targets to hit to move up in the company. The path for progression is very clear and structured into people’s careers, all the way up to Partner with equity in the firm, and CPD training and development is often a primary focus. Ease of Finding a New Opportunity If you are looking to move from practice into industry you will find yourself in a highly competitive market, particularly if you have trained in a smaller practice as you will be competing against Big 4 ACA qualified candidates, as well as industry-trained CIMA/ACCA candidates who will have more relevant experience in industry-specific roles. Therefore, it is often worth moving into a Big 4 or Top 10 firm to gain the experience and skills needed to open up a range of options for your next career step - whether this be a move into an industry role, a role at a smaller practice or SME, or remaining and progressing within a larger firm. Once you have chosen a route in industry it can be difficult to move sector or change your role type. For example, if your first move from practice to industry is within a Financial Accountant role, you will rarely be able to move within the same company to a Management Accountant role. It can also be challenging to move back into practice if you change your mind later down the line, particularly after a period of time longer than 12-18 months, as advances in the profession and working towards the new reporting standards would require a significant catch-up. However, within practice there is room for movement between different aspects of the business, offering variation and the chance to decide what type of role is best for you. Ultimately, your decision will come down to what type of work suits you and what you want from your career as a finance professional. If you are looking for a role within a company whose brand and household name excites you, then a role in industry may suit you. However, if you are looking for a client-facing role that offers autonomy and variation in your day-to-day responsibilities with a clearly defined career path, you should pursue a finance role in practice. For more information on this article, or for advice on your next career move into a finance role in practice, contact Graeme on 07841 864 239 or graeme.davidson@pro-finance.co.uk.

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

Posted by Graeme Davidson

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 finance professionals all the way from trainees 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 sometimes 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, and in some cases, the move over to industry can be the right decision for people! However, in my experience, this can potentially be a rushed and ill-informed decision with people swayed by the bright lights of industry, without considering all of the options available. 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 the Audit Recruitment landscape, give me a call on 07841 864 239 or email graeme.davidson@pro-finance.co.uk

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