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Jenna Johnson

Consultant | Finance | Practice

Jenna is a Consultant within the Pro-Finance team, focusing on recruitment across audit and finance vacancies. She has over 6 years of experience within recruitment, previously focusing on the Scientific and High-Tech industries. Jenna is approachable and honest. She prides herself on being able to build strong, long-lasting relationships with both candidates and clients. In her spare time, Jenna enjoys looking after her ever-growing houseplant jungle and walking across the sunny Devon coastal paths with her Border Collie.

jenna's latest roles

  • Audit & Accounts Senior

    £45000.00 - £53000.00 per annum + + Benefits Package

    Audit & Accounts Senior London £45,000 - £53,000 Are you looking for progression opportunities? Are you seeking a role that can offer a mixture of both home and office-based work?? Do you want to be rewarded...

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  • Accounts Senior

    £45000.00 - £50000.00 per annum

    Accounts Senior London / Remote £45,000 - £50,000 We are recruiting for an Accounts Senior to join an exciting Top 100 accountancy practice based either from their new offices in North East London or remotel...

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  • Audit Manager

    £65000.00 - £75000.00 per annum + + Bonus

    Audit Manager - Retail London £60,000 - £75,000 basic + bonuses Are you interested in working with top listed beauty clients like Maybelline, Lush and The Body Shop? Do you want to work with a company who ca...

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  • Accounting Services Manager

    £60000.00 - £65000.00 per annum

    Accounting Services Manager London Circa £60,000 Are you a manager looking to oversee a team of driven individuals? Would you like a role where you can work flexible hours and can manage your own work-life b...

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  • Outsourcing Manager

    Up to £65000.00 per annum

    Outsourcing Manager London Up to £65,000 Are you looking to build on your client management and supervisory skills? Do you require a role that can offer both office and homebased working? Are you interested ...

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  • Audit Manager

    Negotiable

    Audit Manager London £60,000 basic + bonuses Are you an Audit Manager looking to take the next step? Do you want to work within a Diverse partnership group? Do you want a role that can help bridge the gap to...

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  • Audit Executive

    £45000 - £50000.00 per annum

    Audit Executive London £50,000 plus excellent bonus structure Are you a bright, ambitious individual with client facing experience? Are you a technically strong auditor with experience of charities? Do you w...

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Acal BFi is the European leader in advanced technology solutions. It operates across Europe including the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Benelux, Italy, Poland, Spain and the Nordic region, as well as in Asia (China and South Korea) and Africa (South Africa).

Fibercore is the global leader in speciality optical fiber solutions that enable precise sensing and control in the world’s most demanding and harsh environments.

Coherent is a leading global supplier of lasers and photonics technology used in a wide range of materials processing, scientific and other applications.

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Working From Home: Benefits to an Employer

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With working patterns being disrupted, ‘the norm’ is looking very different to how it was 18 months ago. As the UK slowly eases back into the new realities of work, it’s an interesting time to explore the reason why remote working not only benefits the employee but widely has a beneficial impact for many organisations and employers. I recently surveyed my Linkedin contacts to discover their perceptions of workload whilst working from home: With 80% saying they felt they worked harder from home, as the effects of reducing the office culture are clearly taking a toll, with some of the conversations I have had including the issues below: 1 Blurred Lines between work and home life Burnout is real. It is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands. It’s important to be wary of this and ensure your teams realise when it is time to just switch off from work. 2 Lack of Social Contact This can be an issue if you work from home alone, without other people around the employee, be it housemates or family. It’s key to ensure that you as an employer are understanding of this situation and offer ways to support social interaction, be it through virtual team meetings to help map out the day or week of work, regular conversations over the phone or even face to face catch ups when restrictions permit. 3. Lack of Resources Do your teams have the tools and resources they need to fulfil their roles day-to-day? If you plan on switching to a hybrid model whereby your team is expected to work from home in the week, it’s essential they have the tech resources they need to complete their work. Do they need that second screen? DO they have sufficient tech tools? A review with your employees should help you distinguish what they need to support them when working from home. However, there are clearly benefits to your business which are, but not restricted to: 1 Productivity Working in the office can sometimes be distracting, busy and loud. which can lead to a lack of productivity and concentration issues for some of your employees. Employees working from home also benefit from the extra time in the morning avoiding their commute and being able to start the day fresh without the hassle of public transport. If employees are on-boarded with the right skills of how to work from home, then they are likely to be very efficient and productive. We at Pro have seen a huge uplift in productivity whilst we continue to review and ensure we provide our teams with the tools they need to succeed. 2 Improved Employee Retention and Attraction Even if an employee’s personal circumstances change, being address, Covid restrictions and self-isolation, working from home allow your employees to still focus and carry out their duties whilst working wherever they feel most comfortable. Being flexible in remote working opportunities is a great way for employers to retain staff, reduce employee turnover and ultimately save money on hiring in the long-term.  Remote working in the UK has shown to statistically be favoured by employees, being one of the most important company benefits for 19% of employees, who say that if they were torn between two roles, 1 in 5 individuals would accept the remote working jobs over office-based jobs. 3 Financial Benefits Fewer overheads, less need for costs in the office such as kitchen facilities, furniture or utilities. Without completely eliminating all costs, remote working can offer a reduction in the cost for the less necessary resources and allow you as an employer to focus on providing better tools and advance your technologies. 4 Improved Employee Wellbeing Having a flexible schedule can be beneficial to your employees for many reasons, including reducing stress and increasing happiness. Those who have children are able to take them to school or even have the evening meal with them, others who live further away from the office are able to benefit from the extra time and money saved in their commutes.  Mental health is currently the leading cause of sickness absence from work and costs the UK employers an average of £1300 per employee. Taking time off from work, or having the flexibility to work remotely is a great way to boost the work/life balance for employees which will lead to better mental well-being in the workplace. Here we see that the benefits do outweigh the disadvantages, however, as employers it is important that you manage your duty of care to ensure that those who may need that extra support whilst working from home are provided for. with 80% suggesting that they work longer hours whilst working from home, it's key that you as an employer review this before your staff experience burnout.

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The Benefits of Working in an Audit Role in Reading

Posted by Jenna Johnson

Working in Audit and Accounts in a Reading-based accountancy practice can offer many benefits. While large London firms are often top of the list for finance professionals considering a career move, there are many ways in which working more locally for a regional accountancy firm can offer the same, if not better, benefits as a large firm in the city.   Type of Work & Responsibility: With big-city firms, you will often find that your clients are scattered across the UK or even internationally. So, if you are looking for travel and overnight stays with your role you would be well-suited to working in the city. However, if this is not at the top of your list, working in audit in a local practice means you will work with local clients. Firms in the Top 10, Top 20, Top 50 and Big 4 have offices in Reading, so you still get the chance to work with big clients on important and market-leading work, just more locally.   Working Hours & Work-Life Balance: Accountancy firms based in Reading tend to have two types of core hours, either 9-5 or 8-4, and the hours are very flexible. Rather than being based in the city where your hours can be based on client pressures, you will often find that working outside of the city of London means not working as late and fewer client pressures that affect your day-to-day working hours. Working close to home means you cut the London commute! You will save the time spent travelling to and from the city, which in turn allows for a better work-life balance as you have more time to spend on your personal life outside of work. The average cost of a monthly travelcard is around 58% lower in Reading compared to London, meaning that you will not only save lots of time on your commute, but also money.  A good work-life balance comes with the flexibility of working for a local practice, as opposed to a corporate city firm that might not be able to offer the same degree of flexible or agile working. Working in a regional practice might be well-suited to people with other commitments such as part-time carers or return-to-work parents. A role in a local firm can be perfect when it comes to arranging your work schedule around responsibilities like school runs, with many practices offering on-site parking to make it easier for parents. Local accountancy firms can offer flexible working arrangements, with perhaps 3 or 4 days in the office alongside agile working from home, or a working pattern that suits your personal situation.    Salary & Benefits: On top of saving the monthly cost of the commute into London, audit and finance roles based in Reading accountancy firms offer similar salaries to those in the city and bonuses often match those offered in London firms. As well as this, rent in Reading is typically 30-40% lower compared to London, and buying property can be over 50% cheaper than London, meaning your money can go further. When it comes to benefits, packages are largely dependent on the sector and business. Reading-based accountancy firms typically offer excellent policies regarding Time Off in Lieu (TOIL) which is not quite as common in city firms. In general, local practices offer excellent benefits which match those offered in London-based firms, including good study support and registered trainers who can train you within your practice, high pensions, medical care, holiday allowance and more often than not, the same benefits you would receive working in a corporate city firm.   Progression & Ease of Finding a New Opportunity: Regional accountancy firms still offer plenty of opportunities to progress and develop, all the way up to Partner if that is your end goal. Working in a London-based Big 4 office you can face a long path to Partner, whereas a smaller local practice can almost offer a fast-track route to Partnership. A role in a regional firm can be positive in several different ways when it comes to new opportunities. Not only can they offer excellent progression routes if you stay with that one firm, but they can also be a good stepping stone into a larger city firm or Big 4 office in London. Or, working locally in Reading might be a good option for you if you have already worked in the city and you are looking for a firm that offers more flexibility, less of a commute, and better suits your lifestyle.   Here at Pro-Finance, we work closely with many Big 4, Top 10, Top 20, and boutique accountancy firms based in Reading who are looking for auditors of all levels to join their successful and close-knit teams. As impartial consultants with a wealth of experience, we are well-positioned to advise on your next move, so should you wish to discuss how best to structure your next career step, please do get in touch. ​ For more information on this article, or to speak to Jenna Johnson about a move into a finance audit role in Reading, contact her jenna.johnson@pro-finance.co.uk.

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