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Jordanne Napier

Consultant | Finance | Practice

I head up candidate attraction here at Pro-Finance and specialise in recruiting audit, accounts and advisory professionals from Semi Senior to Partner level. Since joining the team in October 2019, I have built up a loyal and varied client base which varies from small local accountancy practices to leading Top 10 firms and boutiques.
 

I joined Pro-Finance through their AC program in the summer of 2019 and have received outstanding training and development. As well as working alongside my Pro-Finance Regions team, I manage my own portfolio of clients, maintaining good relationships and being able to provide market insights as I keep up to date. From my first day joining the desk, I have been trusted to manage my own processes from start to finish, liaising regularly with both candidates and clients. As well as making sure the right Partners receive CV’s, I prepare and brief all candidates before interview to ensure they are presented in the best light. To aid this process, I meet as many of my clients as possible so that I can truly understand every single role I am recruiting for, as well as the firm and working culture.

 
My bucket list mainly consists of travelling the world. My aim is to see as many sights as possible whilst I am still young, aiming to visit at least three countries per year.

jordanne's latest roles

  • Audit Senior

    £35000 - £42000 per annum

    Audit Senior - Oxford An exciting Audit Senior opportunity has just arisen within this Top 100 accountancy practice based in Oxford. With remote working, this would be the ideal opportunity for those coming ...

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  • Audit Manager

    £50000 - £60000 per annum

    Audit Manager Top 20 Accountancy Practice Central Reading Location This top 20 accountancy practice, based in central Reading, is looking for an Audit Manager to join their team and take on there own portfol...

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  • Audit Senior

    £45000 - £48000 per annum

    Audit Senior Central London + Remote Working Up to £45,000 to £48,000 + amazing benefits Do you want to be a part of a Top 20 UK chartered accountancy practice with proven growth record? Would you like to wo...

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  • Audit Manager / Director

    Negotiable

    Audit Senior Manager / Director Oxfordshire - Mid-Tier firm Having just caught up with the Managing Partner of this mid-tier accountancy practice, I am keen to find an experienced auditor who will join their...

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  • Qualified Auditor

    £50000 - £57000 per annum

    Qualified Auditor Mid-Tier Practice London & Remote working With the ever-changing world of work, I am keen to speak to Qualified Auditors who are seeking a London salary without the commute! This is a fanta...

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  • Audit Semi-Senior

    £25000 - £35000 per annum

    Audit Semi-Senior £25k - £35k + Full Study Support A fantastic new opportunity has arisen for an Audit Semi-Senior to join this progressive accountancy practice in Central London. With bright modern offices ...

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  • Audit Assistant Manager

    £50000 - £55000 per annum

    Audit Assistant Manager Are you a qualified Audit Senior seeking a step up within your career? A fantastic opportunity has arisen to join this top firm in London as an Audit Assistant Manager. Whether you al...

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  • Audit Manager

    £58000 - £67000 per annum

    Corporate Audit Manager Top 6 Accountancy Practice This Top 6 accountancy practice, with offices across the world, are seeking an Audit Manager to join their corporate audit team and take on their own portfo...

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  • Audit Senior Manager

    £70000 - £80000 per annum + 10-15% bonus

    Audit Senior Manager Up to £80k + 10-15% Bonus This Top 10 accountancy practice are looking for an Audit Senior Manager to join their team and Manage their own team and portfolio. You will be working closely...

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  • Not-for-Profit Audit Manager

    £55000 - £67000 per annum

    Not-For-Profit Audit Manager This top 20 accountancy practice, based in central London, are looking for an Audit Manager to join their team and take on their own portfolio of NFP clients. With offices across...

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  • Not-for-Profit Audit Manager

    £57000 - £68000 per annum

    Not-For-Profit Audit Manager Central London + Remote Working Top 10 Accountancy Practice Salary up to £68k Have you got experience working with a varied portfolio of clients but have a keen interest in NFP? ...

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  • Audit Senior Manager - Hospitality

    £70000 - £80000 per annum

    Audit Senior Manager - Hospitality Up to £80k + Benefits This accountancy practice in London, well-renown for their hospitality client base, are seeking an Audit Senior Manager to join their audit department...

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  • Audit Senior

    £40000 - £44000 per annum

    Audit Senior The Audit Senior role offers a chance to work within a well-established firm who not only encourage staff to work autonomously but offer an exciting client base in a supportive environment. They...

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  • Audit Manager - Insurance

    £55000 - £67000 per annum

    Insurance Audit Manager Big 4 firm - London Paying up to £67k This Big 4 firm are looking for an Audit Manager to join their Insurance department, whereby you will have the opportunity to work with an extens...

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  • Audit Manager - Technology, Media & T...

    £55000 - £65000 per annum

    Technology, Media & Telecommunications Audit Manager Having just caught up with this Top 20 accountancy practice, I am keen to find an Audit Manager who will join their Technology, Media & Telecommunications...

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  • Audit Senior Manager

    Negotiable

    Audit Senior Manager This well-established accountancy practice is seeking an Audit Senior Manager for their audit team in London. You will be working closely with Partners to run a busy portfolio of clients...

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  • NFP Audit Senior / Supervisor

    £46000 - £55000 per annum

    NFP Audit Senior / Supervisor A fantastic opportunity has just arisen to join this award-winning Top 20 Accountancy practice as an Audit Senior / Supervisor within their NFP team. No NFP experience required,...

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  • Audit Senior

    Negotiable

    Audit Senior Having recently caught up with this award-winning accountancy practice, I am excited to find an ACA or ACCA part qualified or newly qualified Audit Senior to join their audit team. If you are lo...

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  • Qualified Audit Senior - Media Specia...

    £45000 - £52000 per annum

    Qualified Audit Senior - Media Specialist Have you recently completed your ACA or ACCA qualification and are seeking a new role with excellent progression and an interesting client base? This Top 20 accounta...

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  • Audit Manager

    £55000 - £65000 per annum

    Audit and Accounts Manager Mid-tier Accountancy Practice London + Remote Working Salary up to £65K Are you an experienced auditor, seeking a good work-life balance? Would you like to work within a well-estab...

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  • Audit Senior

    £45000 - £50000 per annum

    Audit Senior - London Mid-tier Accountancy Practice Salary up to £50k Are you ACA / ACCA Qualified, seeking a varied role within an award-winning firm? Would you like to work with a range of OMB and SME clie...

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  • Audit Senior Manager

    £68000 - £76000 per annum

    Audit Senior Manager Top 15 Accountancy Practice London - Salary up to £76,000 Would you like to join an accountancy practice, well-renowned for their positive company culture? Would you like to get involved...

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  • Audit Senior

    Negotiable

    Audit Senior - Corporate Audit A fantastic new audit opportunity has just arisen within this Top 10 accountancy practice based in Southampton. With offices across the UK, this is the ideal opportunity for so...

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  • Media Specialist Audit Manager

    £60000 - £67000 per annum

    Media Specialist Audit Manager Do you have a keen interest in media and would like to specialise within your audit career? This top-level accountancy practice, in London, is looking for an Audit Manager to w...

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  • Audit Senior

    Negotiable

    Audit Senior Having recently caught up with this award-winning Top 6 accountancy practice, I am excited to find an ACA or ACCA part-qualified or newly qualified Audit Senior to join their audit team. If you ...

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  • Audit Manager

    £58000 - £64000 per annum

    Audit Manager - Top 10 Practice This International Accountancy Practice is seeking an Audit Manager for their team based in Leeds. With a huge insurance and financial services client base, this is an excitin...

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  • Senior Technical Advert - Audit

    £72000 - £77000 per annum

    Senior Technical Manager - Audit After catching up with this Top 20 accountancy practice recently, I am keen to find a Senior Technical Manager to join their team and support the audit and financial reportin...

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  • Audit and Accounts Semi-Senior

    £23000 - £27000 per annum

    Audit and Accounts Semi-Senior Having just caught up with this accountancy practice based in London, I am excited to find an Audit and Accounts Semi-Senior who will join their growing team and support the au...

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  • Audit Manager

    £55000 - £65000 per annum

    Audit Manager This award-winning, top 20 accountancy practice are eagerly seeking an Audit Manager to join their corporate audit team and take on their own portfolio of exciting international and UK-based cl...

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  • Audit Senior

    £43000 - £50000 per annum

    Audit Senior - London I am pleased to be working closely with a Top 20 accountancy practice, based in London, which is eagerly seeking an Audit Senior to join their team. With consistent growth and excellent...

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  • Outsourcing Manager

    £50000 - £60000 per annum

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  • Audit Senior

    £38000 - £44000 per annum

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  • Audit Senior Manager

    £68000 - £76000 per annum

    Audit Senior Manager This award-winning accountancy practice are seeking an experienced Audit Manager or Senior Manager to join their team and take on a varied portfolio of clients. With unprecedented suppor...

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  • Audit Senior

    Negotiable

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  • Not-for-Profit Audit Manager

    £55000 - £67000 per annum

    Not-For-Profit Audit Manager This top 20 accountancy practice, based in central London, are looking for an Audit Manager to join their team and take on their own portfolio of NFP clients. With offices across...

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  • Audit Manager

    Negotiable

    Audit Manager - Clear Path to Partner This mid-tier practice, based in Oxfordshire, is seeking an Audit Manager to join their team and take on their own varied portfolio of clients. After a series of busines...

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  • Audit Senior - Financial Services

    £44000 - £50000 per annum

    Audit Senior - Financial Services A fantastic opportunity has just arisen to join this award-winning Top 10 Accountancy practice as an Audit Senior within their financial services team. Financial services ex...

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  • Audit Senior

    £35000 - £41000 per annum

    Audit Senior This is the perfect opportunity for an Audit Senior looking for a new role within a well-established, forward-thinking firm. This is a Top 50 practice with an established and varied client base ...

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  • Audit Senior Manager

    Negotiable

    Audit Senior Manager This well-established accountancy practice is seeking an Audit Senior Manager for their audit team in London. You will be working closely with Partners to run a busy portfolio of clients...

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  • Audit Director

    £100000 - £120000 per annum + Cash Allowance + Bonus

    Audit Director - Professional Services Clients I am currently working closely with a Top 15 accountancy practice to find an Audit Director for their professional services team. You will be an experienced Sen...

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  • Audit Senior Manager

    £68000 - £77000 per annum

    Audit Senior Manager - Large Listed Clients Top 20 Accountancy Practice Central London Salary: Up to £77k + Bonus & Benefits Package Are you an Audit Manager or Senior Manager, with a strong background worki...

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  • Audit Manager - Technology, Media & T...

    £55000 - £65000 per annum

    Technology, Media & Telecommunications Audit Manager Top 20 Accountancy Practice Central London Salary up to £65,000 + Benefits Having just caught up with this Top 20 accountancy practice, I am keen to find ...

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  • Audit Assistant Manager

    £45000 - £49000 per annum

    Audit Assistant Manager Having recently met with this Top 10 accountancy practice, I am keen to find an Audit Assistant Manager to join their Reading-based audit team. This is a fantastic opportunity to join...

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  • Audit Senior

    £45000 - £53000 per annum

    Audit Senior - Central London This boutique accountancy practice, based in central London, is seeking an Audit Senior in charge who will be leading audits from planning to completion. With multiple opportuni...

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  • Audit & Accounts Manager

    £50000 - £60000 per annum

    Audit & Accounts Manager This mid-tier accountancy practice is eagerly seeking an Audit and Accounts Manager to join their team and take on their own portfolio of IFRS clients. You will either be an Assistan...

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  • Audit Senior Manager

    £68000 - £77000 per annum

    Audit Senior Manager - Large Listed Clients This award-winning top 20 accountancy practice is seeking an experienced Audit Manager or Senior Manager to join their team and take on a varied portfolio of large...

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  • Accounts Manager

    £50000 - £60000 per annum

    Accounts Manager - London Progressive Accountancy Practice Salary: £50,000 - £60,000 Would you like to work with an exciting portfolio of clients including the Arts, Media and Creative Industry? Do you have ...

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  • Accounts Manager

    £50000 - £60000 per annum

    Accounts Manager - London After a series of recent business wins, and continuous growth, this progressive accountancy practice is seeking an Accounts Manager to take on their own portfolio of clients. Whilst...

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  • Qualified Audit Senior

    £42000 - £50000 per annum

    Qualified Audit Senior This brand-new Audit Senior opportunity is perfect for an ACA/ACCA Qualified Auditor who is seeking quick and clear-cut career progression. Based in Central Reading, this is the ideal ...

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  • Audit Semi-Senior

    £30000 - £35000 per annum

    Audit Semi-Senior This mid-tier accountancy practice in Central London is eagerly seeking an Audit Semi-Senior to join their team and train within a supportive and encouraging team. You will be ACA or ACCA s...

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  • Accounts Senior

    £38000 - £42000 per annum

    Senior Accountant A fantastic opportunity has arisen for an ambitious Senior Accountant to join one of the leading Accountancy Firms in the region. This impressive accountancy practice is seeking a Senior Ac...

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  • Audit Semi-Senior

    £32000 - £40000 per annum

    Audit and Accounts Semi-Senior A fantastic opportunity has arisen to join this Top 15 accountancy practice as an Audit and Accounts Semi Senior. Due to a series of recent business wins and organic growth, th...

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  • Audit Manager - Technology, Media & T...

    £55000 - £65000 per annum

    Technology, Media & Telecommunications Audit Manager Having just caught up with this Top 20 accountancy practice, I am keen to find an Audit Manager who will join their Technology, Media & Telecommunications...

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  • Audit Semi-Senior

    £25000 - £35000 per annum

    Audit Semi-Senior This is the perfect opportunity for anyone looking to start a new training contract if yours was recently terminated. This is a forward-thinking firm that is truly supportive of its employe...

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  • Audit Senior Manager

    £55000 - £70000 per annum

    Audit Senior Manager With 4 offices across the UK, this international firm with over 100 people based in Reading is looking to add an Audit Senior Manager to their growing audit team. Audit Senior Manager Be...

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  • Audit Manager

    Negotiable

    Audit Manager Having recently met with this Top 20 accountancy practice, I am keen to find an Audit Manager to join their Winchester-based audit team. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a well-renowned ...

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  • Audit Senior Manager

    £70000 - £85000 per annum + 6% Cash Allowance

    Corporate Audit Senior Manager This Top 6 accountancy practice, with offices across the world, are seeking an Audit Senior Manager to join their corporate audit team and take on their own portfolio of exciti...

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  • Accounts Senior

    £40000 - £45000 per annum

    Accounts Senior (Statutory and Management Accounts) This award-winning, mid-tier accountancy practice based in central London are seeking an Accounts Senior to join their established audit and accounts team....

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  • Audit Senior

    £40000 - £45000 per annum

    Audit Senior - Forward-Thinking Top 20 I am working with a client who is a Top 20 firm based in Reading, looking for someone with strong background in an audit focussed role. The Role: Leading audit engageme...

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  • Audit Manager

    £50000 - £60000 per annum

    Audit Manager I am keen to find an Audit Manager to join this Top 20 firm's Surrey-based audit team. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a well-renowned team, who promise to provide excellent quality to ...

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  • Accounts Senior

    Negotiable

    Accounts Senior This Accounts Senior position, based within the heart of Winchester, is ideal for an accountant seeking a step up within their career to a Top 20 practice. With a diverse range of internation...

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  • Audit Senior

    £44000 - £52000 per annum

    Audit Senior Having recently caught with this award-winning accountancy practice, I am excited to find an ACA or ACCA finalist or newly qualified Audit Senior to join their audit team. This is the perfect op...

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  • Audit and Accounts Semi-Senior

    £25000 - £35000 per annum

    Audit and Accounts Semi-Senior This medium-sized, family-feel practice is seeking an Audit and Accounts Semi-Senior to join their team and help with continuous growth and new business wins! Over the last 5 y...

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  • Audit Senior / Supervisor

    £40000 - £50000 per annum

    Audit Senior/Supervisor This is a fantastic opportunity to join a highly reputable forward-thinking firm, with strong presence within the private client sector. As the Audit Team Leader, you will have the op...

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  • Audit and Accounts Senior

    £42000 - £50000 per annum

    Audit and Accounts Senior (60% Audit & 40% Accounts) After a series of recent business wins and internal promotions, a fantastic opportunity has arisen to join a well-established and regarded accountancy pra...

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  • Audit Senior Manager - Not For Profit

    £70000 - £80000 per annum

    Audit Senior Manager NFP This top 20 accountancy practice are looking for an Audit Senior Manager to join their team and take on their own portfolio of NFP clients. With offices across the UK, this practice ...

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  • Audit Senior

    £45000 - £50000 per annum

    Qualified Audit Senior Having recently caught with this award-winning accountancy practice, I am excited to find an ACA or ACCA part qualified or newly qualified Audit Senior to join their audit team. This i...

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  • Insolvency Manager

    £50000 - £70000 per annum

    Insolvency Manager This forward thinking 7 Partner firm with approximately 60 staff members is looking to bring on board an Insolvency Manager to join their Corporate Recovery and Insolvency department: Key ...

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  • Audit and Accounts Semi-Senior

    £25000 - £35000 per annum

    ACA Audit and Accounts Semi-Senior After a series of recent business wins and internal promotions, a fantastic opportunity has arisen to join a well established and regarded mid-tier accountancy practice as ...

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  • Audit Manager

    £55000 - £65000 per annum

    Audit Manager Top 10 Accountancy Practice Up to £65K Are you looking to work within a Top 10 practice, where you will have the opportunity to work with large, listed clients? Would you like to progress withi...

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  • Audit Manager - Insurance

    £55000 - £67000 per annum

    Insurance Audit Manager Big 4 firm - London Paying up to £67k Are you looking to join one of the top accountancy practices in the UK? Have you got a keen interest in specialising within the insurance sector?...

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  • Not-for-Profit Audit Manager

    £55000 - £67000 per annum

    Not-For-Profit Audit Manager Central London Top 20 Accountancy Practice Salary up to £67k Have you got experience working with a varied portfolio of NFP clients? Would you like to work for an impressive Top ...

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What people say about Jordanne

Jordanne was excellent, very professional and was able to help me find a new role fitting my criteria - you are in good hands with her! 

Jordanne was very efficient and organised and it was reassuring to work alongside her to secure a new position through Pro-finance. I applied for the vacancy uploading my CV and within 15 minutes Jordanne was calling me to introduce herself

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Regional Accountancy Practices – The Search for Accountants & Auditors Continues

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COVID-19 has undoubtedly influenced the economy with much of the UK working from home and jobs, as we know them, rapidly adapting to this change. However, regional accountancy practices have been using methods of agile and flexible working for years, with lots of opportunity to work from home. Whilst working entirely remotely is somewhat in untested territory, accountancy practices have adapted swiftly and efficiently enabling the transition to be as smooth as possible. Agile working in Regional Accountancy Practices With most of the country currently working from home, agile working has been thrust into the forefront of employment. Employers and employees alike are still adjusting to the transition, with methods of communication, adapting to the virtual space, and self-discipline being key. Regional firms have long been offering flexible working policies with most already offering the opportunity to work from home – even across audit. This makes them well-suited to people with other commitments, such as return to work parents who need to accommodate for term times and the school run. Much of my client portfolio across Berkshire and Surrey offer flexible working arrangements, with perhaps 3 or 4 days in the office alongside working from home and remote working. Whilst the current situation surrounding lockdown and social distancing is not the norm, accountancy practices across the UK have shown “resilience, flexibility and above all the need to protect their staff while delivering the necessary services to ensure their clients survive” (Accountancy Daily, 23 Mar 2020). Recruitment Continues I work closely with accountancy practices across Surrey and Berkshire, many of which have had agile working policies in place for years, and for many of these firms, recruitment has not been put on hold. Currently, I am closely working with Top 15, Mid-Tier and smaller accountancy practices on urgent roles across accounts and audit. Some of the roles I am currently recruiting for: Audit and Accounts Manager – Slough Audit Team Leader – Leatherhead Outsourcing Senior Manager – Reading Accounts Assistant Manager/ Manager – Reading Audit Senior – Oxford Whilst times may seem uncertain, accountancy practices continue to recruit and stand strong in the face of isolation and social distancing. Now is the perfect time to update your CV and get a head start within the market. If you have decided that you would like a stronger work-life balance, whether this be by cutting down your commute, working from home or having flexible working hours, working regionally would be the ideal choice. If you would be interested in a confidential chat surrounding the opportunities Pro-Finance are currently recruiting for, please do get in contact with Jordanne Napier on 0207 269 6353 or jordanne.napier@pro-finance.co.uk.

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60 Seconds With: Richard Baker, Audit & Advisory Partner at Crowe UK

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Richard Baker is an Audit Partner at national audit, tax, advisory and risk firm, Crowe. Richard joined the firm as a Trainee at the Walsall office in 1997, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 2001. Richard is now a Partner based in the Thames Valley office, managing a portfolio of clients including SMEs, international businesses and listed companies across a variety of sectors and on local, national and international levels. Richard speaks with Jordanne Napier, Consultant at Pro-Finance, about working at Crowe UK, the first thing he notices in an interview, and offers advice for people looking to progress their career in audit. Tell us about yourself, how your career started and what you do at Crowe. I found that I enjoyed accounting at sixth-form college and, after accepting that I wouldn’t become a pilot or astronaut, I joined a small firm in the West Midlands as a Trainee Auditor. I studied for the AAT qualification and learnt how to prepare accounts from records of varying quality. I then joined Crowe’s Walsall office (now in Oldbury), which was experiencing significant growth. 22 years or so later, I find myself based in Reading at Crowe’s Thames Valley office, at which I head up the Audit team. How do Crowe differentiate themselves in the market? At Crowe, we pride ourselves on helping our clients make smart decisions that create lasting value. We do this by offering clients a range of tailored services which are delivered by our multi-disciplinary teams. Our deep sector knowledge and experience means we ensure clients are provided with the right expertise to meet their needs. Close working relationships really are at the heart of our effective service deliveries. How big is your team and what advice would you give anyone applying to be part of the team? We have a substantial team made up of talented individuals who possess an extensive range of experience, knowledge and expertise. This enables us to provide clients with a wide service offering and the right person for the job. In a candidate, we look for someone who is willing to learn and work collaboratively with colleagues as part of a team. They must always be prepared to do the right thing. How would your team describe you? You should probably ask them! I would probably say helpful and conscientious. What advice would you give to your younger self? I would say to relax more and take time to recharge. When you interview someone for your organisation, what is the first thing you notice about a person and what does it tell you? Their greeting - is it warm, friendly and professional? That tells me the first impression they will give to our clients. What challenges, personally or professionally, do you think the next generation of finance professionals face? Adapting to rapid technological developments. Change has been significant over my career, making remote working possible, but I feel we are on the cusp of something even more significant. How do you think the role of Director/Partner has changed over the years? Some of my clients think I spend a lot of time on the golf course – if they saw me play I doubt they would continue to think that! I think the role has become more technical over time, with increased regulation, but the fundamentals are still there – you need to be able to build internal and external relationships. Clear communication is also more important than ever. Any final words of advice for people looking to progress their career? Focus on where you want to get to, but be patient at the same time - you will probably be working for 50 years! Thanks for your time, and as a little treat for all of our readers - do you have any guilty pleasures you can share with us? I have a really variable taste in music, which some may find surprising! I listen to virtually anything, from classical to rap. For more information on this article, please contact Jordanne Napier on 020 7269 6353 or jordanne.napier@pro-finance.co.uk.

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The Benefits of Working in an Audit Role in Reading

Posted by Jordanne Napier

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 Jordanne Napier about a move into a finance audit role in Reading, contact her on 020 7269 6353 or jordanne.napier@pro-finance.co.uk.

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Finance Practice vs. Industry: The Big Debate

Posted by Jordanne Napier

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 Jordanne on 020 7269 6353 or jordanne.napier@pro-finance.co.uk.

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