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Kate Green

Head of Regional Practice - Finance

I head up the Regional Practice team and specialise in recruiting audit, accounts and advisory professionals across London and the Home Counties from Semi Senior to Partner level. I have built up a loyal and varied client base which varies from small local accountancy practices to leading Top 10 firms and enjoy assisting business of all sizes.

 

I joined Pro-Finance through their AC program in 2014 and over the years I have received outstanding training and development and am currently managing a team of Consultants as well as my own portfolio of clients. Through presentations on specialist subjects, reading articles and writing blog posts, I ensure I am keeping up to date with the ever-changing market – and therefore I am able to offer market insight on salaries and guidance to my clients.

 

I am honoured to have been successfully shortlisted for Permanent Consultant of the Year at the IRP Awards 2019. 

 

Outside of work you will find me at gigs, weird and wonderful immersive theatre productions, or flying off to a random destination.

kate's latest roles

  • Outsourcing Manager

    £55000.00 - £65000.00 per annum + 6% Cash Allowance

    Outsourcing Manager £55,000 - £60,000 + 6% Cash Allowance City of London Are you the cloud champion of your business and passionate about Xero? Are you interested in being involved with client pitches and bu...

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  • Audit Senior Manager

    £60000 - £75000 per annum

    Audit and Accounts Senior Manager - 70% Audit and 30% Accounts Central London Location - Closest Stations - Bank, Monument and Cannon Street Top 50 Accountancy Practice £65,000 - £75,000 pa 28 Days Holiday +...

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  • Audit Senior with Advisory

    £40000 - £50000 per annum + Bonus

    Audit Senior Up to £50k Central London ***Overseas Auditors will be considered including candidates on Tier 5 and Tier 2 Visas*** Are you looking to gain exposure to advisory work such as diligence, modellin...

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  • Outsourcing Semi Senior or Senior

    £28000 - £40000 per annum

    Outsourcing Semi Senior or Senior - Top 20 Firm Do you have experience preparing monthly management accounts? Can you prepare VAT returns? Do you have an interest in working with exciting and complex clients...

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  • Audit Senior

    Negotiable

    Audit and Accounts Senior - 60% Audit and 40% Accounts Marylebone Location - Closest Stations - Oxford Circus/Great Portland Street/ Goodge Street Top 50 Accountancy Practice £42,000 - £48,000 pa 20 Days Hol...

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  • Audit Senior

    Negotiable

    Audit and Accounts Senior - 60% Audit and 40% Accounts Marylebone Location - Closest Stations - Oxford Circus/Great Portland Street/ Goodge Street Top 50 Accountancy Practice £42,000 - £48,000 pa 20 Days Hol...

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  • Audit and Accounts Senior

    £42000 - £48000 per annum

    Audit and Accounts Senior - 70% Audit and 30% Accounts St Pauls Location - Closest Stations - St Pauls, Mansion House, City Thameslink Top 50 Accountancy Practice Benefits 2% bonus at Christmas 4 or 5% pensi...

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  • Senior Management Accountant

    £35000 - £45000 per annum

    Senior Management Accountant London £35,000-£40,000 + Benefits Senior Management Accountant Benefits; £35,000 - £40,000 Annual Salary Reviews 25 days Holiday + Bank Holidays TOIL Christmas Party, Spring, Sum...

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  • Outsourcing Manager - London

    £55500.00 - £65000 per annum

    Outsourcing Manager London £55,000-£65,000 + Benefits Do you have excellent knowledge of cloud based software, such as Xero and QuickBooks online? Looking to join a firm offering a competitive salary and unr...

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  • Audit and Accounts Manager

    Negotiable

    Audit Accounts and Tax Manager - West London Top 20 Firm £50,000 - £60,000 pa Benefits: 25 days annual leave - increasing with length of service Option to Buy/Sell up to 5 days holidays Agile Working Private...

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  • General Practice Manager - St Albans

    Negotiable

    General Practice Manager - St Albans Audit, Accounts & Tax Portfolio Top 20 Firm £50,000 - £60,000 pa Benefits: 25 days annual leave - increasing with length of service Option to Buy/Sell up to 5 days holida...

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  • Audit Senior Manager

    Negotiable

    Audit Senior Manager Central London £65,000 - £78,000 Are you managing a portfolio of cross sectors clients? Is the fee income of your portfolio c.£400k-£500k? Do you enjoy networking and business developmen...

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  • Audit Manager

    £50000 - £65000 per annum

    Audit Manager Central London £50k-£65k Are you managing a portfolio of cross sectors clients? Is the fee income of your portfolio c.£300k-£500k? Do you enjoy networking and cross-selling services? Having met...

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  • Audit Partner

    £120000 - £150000 per annum

    Audit Partner Mid Tier Firm £120,000 - £150,000 + Bonus and Benefits Have you reached Partner level within the audit department of an established firm? Are you considering bringing your skillset to an altern...

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  • Audit Manager and Audit Senior Manger

    £55000 - £75000 per annum

    Audit and Accounts Manager or Senior Manager - 70% Audit and 30% Accounts Central London Location - Closest Stations - Bank, Monument and Cannon Street Top 50 Accountancy Practice £50,000 - £75,000 pa 28 Day...

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  • Audit Semi-Senior

    £25000 - £35000.00 per annum

    Audit Semi Senior London £25,000 - £35,000 + Study Support Benefits: Up to £35,000 + Full Study Support 23 days holiday + Buy and Sell Pension - matching up to 5% Voluntary group Dental Insurance Private Med...

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  • Management Accountant

    £30000 - £40000 per annum

    Management Accountant London £30,000-£40,000 + Benefits Senior Management Accountant Benefits; £30,000 - £40,000 Annual Salary Reviews 25 days Holiday + Bank Holidays TOIL Christmas Party, Spring, Summer and...

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  • Outsourcing Assistant Manager

    Negotiable

    Outsourcing Assistant Manager Top 10 firm Central London £48,000 - £52,000 + Benefits Are you looking to specialise in Real Estate and Construction clients? Do you have a strong background in Management Acco...

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  • International Audit Manager - London

    Negotiable

    Audit Manager - International Travel - Top 10 Firm I am working on an excellent Audit Manager opportunity for one of the UKs largest and most reputable accountancy practices Salary - up to £68,000 + Benefits...

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  • International Audit Senior Manager

    Negotiable

    Senior Audit Manager - International Travel - Top 10 Firm I am working on an excellent Senior Audit Manager opportunity for one of the UKs largest and most reputable accountancy practices Salary - up to £90,...

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  • Accounts and Audit Senior

    Negotiable

    Accounts and Audit Senior Location: Jubilee and Metropolitan Line Salary: £45,000 - £48,000 + fantastic opportunities Would you like to join a well-established and highly reputable accountancy practice with ...

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  • Audit Manager

    £50000 - £62000 per annum

    Audit Manager - Media and Entertainment Location - Central London Salary - up to £55,000 + amazing benefits Are you looking to join a fun and friendly Top 100 practice with a high international presence and ...

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  • Accountant

    £35000 - £45000 per annum

    Accountant Location: Central London (Baker St) Salary: £35,000 to £45,000 Do you want to be a part of a boutique accountancy practice where decisions are made quickly, and you have great exposure to partners...

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  • Accounts Senior

    Negotiable

    Accounts Senior Location: Central London Salary: up to £40,000 + Benefits Would you like to work in a highly reputable Top 50 Chartered Accountancy Practice? Do you want to join a company where work-life bal...

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  • Audit Senior

    Negotiable

    Audit Senior - Forward-Thinking Top 20 Firm London - up to £45,000 + amazing benefits Are you looking to join a top tier practice with genuine meritocracy, and drive your career forward? I am working with a ...

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What people say about Kate

Kate was excellent in helping me achieve my next career move. She provided lots of advice before interviews and was readily available at any time during the week to answer any queries, which set her apart from many other recruiters...

When looking to relocate I approached Kate and her Pro-Finance team knowing they had a good reputation for dealing with experienced senior staff. I was not disappointed. Kate quickly became a trusted advisor...

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Companies Kate has worked with

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Hanburys is an established firm of Chartered Certified Accountants based in St Albans who prove a wide range of accountancy, audit and taxation services to private individuals, partnerships and companies.

Janette began her career with the Audit Commission where she developed an impressive skill set auditing a portfolio of Public Sector clients. When the Audit Commission was dissolved by parliament, Janette joined a big 4 firm for a short time before moving to a Top 100 firm who specialise within in Academies, as an Audit Manager.

Hikma develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of branded and non-branded generic pharmaceutical products across the United States (US), the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Europe. Their operations span more than 50 countries and are conducted through three business segments. 

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kate's articles

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Women in Finance - Improving Gender Diversity

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The finance and accountancy sectors are typically associated with a certain stereotype, and the gender pay gap has received bad press in recent years. However, accountancy firms are making inroads to improve gender equality within finance, and we have seen changes to working patterns and expectations of those in senior positions within the sector. Women are being encouraged to progress to Partnership and Directorship level within finance practices and although there are still improvements to be made, it is clear that as a sector we are moving in the right direction. By law, companies, charities and organisations in the public sector of 250 employees or more are required to publish their gender pay gap figures. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has said that enforcing companies to report their pay gaps is not enough to eliminate pay disparities - they have argued that employers also need to publish their action plans with specific deadlines and targets alongside the data. Historically the corporate world has been dominated by a certain stereotype, which has received a high level of bad press in recent years. The BBC were the first broadcaster to publish their gender pay gap in 2017 which showed a median gap of 9.3% and by 2019, they had reduced this gap to 6.7%. Due to the bad press surrounding the subject, companies are improving their diversity and inclusion offering and are working towards becoming more responsible about gender equality. The HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter has been signed by more than 350 firms employing over 880,000 people, covering banks, insurance companies, investment firms and accountancy practices, as well as the ICAEW. Signatories commit to supporting the progression of women into senior roles in the finance sector by focusing on the executive pipeline and mid-tier level, and publicly reporting their progress in meeting those targets. The ICAEW, for example, has committed to having 40% women in senior management by March 2020, and two of the Big 4 have achieved gender parity with 50% women on the UK boards of EY and KPMG. With businesses under the spotlight, there has undoubtedly been an emphasis in recent years on encouraging women to progress into senior positions within the finance and accountancy sector, with many practices providing leadership training and coaching for individual development. In the audit and accounting sectors, just because you make Partner level this no longer means that a healthy work-life balance is unrealistic. The focus is on the quality of work and you are not expected to be in all hours of the day, and we are increasingly seeing accountancy practices offering working from home and flexible working policies to fit around school hours and term time. With this, the expectations of being a Partner in practice are gradually changing too. At Pro-Finance, we are speaking to more and more female Partners and Directors who are working 3-4 days a week, with a better work-life balance on offer. With increased agile working and the opportunity to have a healthy work-life balance, it is more common to have a family life without it being detrimental to your career. This is all helping women to take their career further within practice. Whereas in the past some women might have moved in-house for the flexible benefits and potentially fewer expectations at the senior level, there are a wide range of practices who are making inroads to improve this. Here at Pro-Finance, we are also finding more female candidates asking questions about their interviewers. From a company perspective, it is important to make sure you have considered the demographic of your interview panel - lots of people see a diverse board as a reflection of your business, so make sure you are not ostracising excellent candidates before they are even through the door at interview stage. There are still improvements to be made in terms of achieving gender parity in the finance and accountancy sectors, and the gender pay gap remains a problem that is not yet resolved. However, it is clear that recent years have seen companies making inroads to improve this, and this is certainly the case for women in finance. Pro-Group is an inclusive employer and we are proud to have a female heavy employee base, with 50% women in management and on the board. Looking at the companies and finance professionals we work with on a daily basis, women are being offered more and more opportunities to progress to senior levels in practice and going forward into 2020, we hope to see more of this. For more information on this article, contact Kate Green on 020 7269 6363 or kate.green@pro-finance.co.uk.

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ACA Prize Draw

Posted by Kate Green

Are you expecting your ACA results this Friday? Let us help you celebrate! Well done on your achievements, we hope you're excited to take the next step in your career. We know how challenging the ACA qualifications can be and now that the hard work is done, Pro-Finance is offering you a chance to win £300 worth of vouchers of your choice. Even better, if you refer three of more of your ACA peers to us, and your entry wins, we will give you £500 vouchers of your choice. All you need to do is enter! Please complete the form below to be in with a chance of winning. Form ID:5235 There is certainly a lot ahead of us for 2020 and in the finance market; here’s to a new year and many new and exciting beginnings. For more information about how we can help you with your next move in finance, contact Kate Green on 020 7269 6363 or kate.green@pro-finance.co.uk. This prize draw is only applicable to individuals who have passed their ACA examination in January 2020. To be eligible to claim the prize, the winning entrant will be required to provide Pro-Finance with proof of their exam sitting. By entering this prize draw, you agree to the terms and conditions within our Privacy Policy.

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60 Seconds With: Louise Morriss, Managing Director at Fitzgerald & Law

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Louise Morriss is Managing Director at Fitzgerald & Law Corporate Reporting Services, and specialises in providing audit solutions to UK and international companies. Louise joined F&L in 2006 as a Qualified Accountant, and her experience gives her wide ranging skills and knowledge of many business and risk issues across multiple sectors, which allows her to expertly deal with the challenges faced by businesses based in the UK and throughout EMEA. Louise speaks with Kate Green, Managing Consultant at Pro-Finance, about working at F&L, how the role of Director/Partner has changed over the years, and offers advice for finance professionals looking to progress their career. Tell us about yourself, how your career started and what you do at Fitzgerald & Law. My career started in 1998 when I joined the Bank of England in the Foreign Exchange department. I always saw a career path in finance. A journey into practice was something I wanted to pursue because it gave me the opportunity to work with clients in a variety of different sectors. I head up the audit division at F&L and work with a superb group of people who are not only technically grounded, but work hard to provide a superior level of service to our clients. How do Fitzgerald & Law differentiate themselves in the market? We’re a family. It sounds corny but it’s true! One of the many things that attracts candidates to F&L is the friendly feel they get when they meet us. Also, with our San Francisco office and our North American client base, there are opportunities to travel and work in the US which sets us apart from other accountancy firms. How big is your team and what advice would you give anyone applying to be part of the team? Our audit team is fairly small at 14 but the F&L group has 100+ people. Everyone in the team respects not only the job they need to do, but one another. It’s important to me that a team genuinely feels like a team - all working together towards the same goal. How would your team describe you? I hope it would include approachable, knowledgeable and fair. A good, well rounded team is the most important asset to a firm like ours. I never take anyone for granted. What advice would you give to your younger self? Not to be afraid of failure; to travel and experience as much as possible - it will define you. When you interview someone for your organisation, what is the first thing you notice about a person and what does it tell you? When I interview someone I’m obviously looking for a technical skillset, but also whether they are a team player and whether they have the enthusiasm needed for the role. What challenges, personally or professionally, do you think the next generation of finance professionals face? The digital era is one that’s here to stay and is continuously evolving. With it brings great opportunities but also responsibility to ensure we maintain the ethical values that are ingrained into us when we start in the profession. How do you think the role of Director/Partner has changed over the years? The days of the stereotypical boss ‘do what I say, not what I do’ have gone. I’m not only responsible for the growth and success of the business, but also for the talented people who work in my team. I need to earn their respect as a trusted employer. If not in finance, what would the dream be? This has changed as I have grown older and had children. The dream now would be to try and give something back to the community - either working with the elderly or with young children. Any final words of advice for people looking to progress their career? The accountancy profession is changing but the underlying core values will always be there. You need to respect the responsibility you have been given as a trusted professional advisor. 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? Listening to cheesy 80s music radio stations - I know all the words to ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’! For more information on this article or to discuss your recruitment needs, contact Kate Green on 020 7269 6363 or kate.green@pro-finance.co.uk.

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The Benefits of Working in a Finance Role in Essex

Posted by Kate Green

Working in an Essex-based accountancy practice, whether this is a role in Audit, Accounts, Corporate Finance or Outsourcing, 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 a local practice means you will work with local clients. Firms in the Top 10 have offices in Essex, 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 Essex 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 just 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. 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. 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: Finance roles based in Essex accountancy firms offer similar salaries to those in the city, and when working locally you also save the monthly cost of the commute into London. Firms based outside of the city sometimes offer a car allowance, and you can also save money driving to work where there is often free parking on-site. When it comes to benefits, packages are largely dependent on the sector and business. 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 Essex 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. With smaller Essex practices, you will also find that they are not quite as strict on exam guidelines - as long as you work hard and this is reflected in your day-to-day results, they don’t tend to focus solely on exam grades. They will give you study support and training in a supportive environment which will set you up well for your career going forward. For more information on this article, or to speak to Kate Green about a move into a finance role in Essex, contact her on 020 7269 6363 or kate.green@pro-finance.co.uk.

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Are Robots Taking Over the Finance Profession? The Impact of Technology and AI on the Finance Sector

Posted by Kate Green

Nobody knows for certain what the future of the finance profession will hold, but technology will undoubtedly be involved. Automation and other technologies, particularly Artificial Intelligence (AI) are revolutionizing finance and accounting work, and accounting professionals need to be prepared for whatever happens next. There has been discussion amongst finance industry commentators who believe technology will eventually replace many existing finance positions. Changes in accounting automation has resulted in finance functions boosting efficiencies and aligning with digital transformation initiatives, and technologies such as cloud computing, software robots and virtual reality are transforming workplaces and revolutionizing finance and accounting work. As a result, repetitive single-function jobs are most immediately under threat, particularly task-based and data-driven roles, and experts have predicted that by the latter half of the next decade AI will have advanced even further and potentially replace more sophisticated roles. Some UK accountants are worried that their jobs will be outsourced, whether this consists of roles being sent overseas or replaced by technology. Post-Brexit uncertainty was the main worry for 31.6% of accountancy professionals recently surveyed by GovGrant in association with Accountancy Age, but technology-based change was cited as the biggest challenge, with 40.5% of survey participants fearing being replaced by technology and 30% concerned about keeping up with new technological developments. However, the survey also revealed a degree of optimism along with an awareness of the need to adapt to technology and provide value-added services, with only 5.8% very pessimistic about the future of the sector. As surmised by GovGrant CEO Luke Hamm - “There are opportunities out there right now for accountants to start redefining the services they provide and the interactions they have with their customers”. So, do finance professionals need to be concerned about the future impact of technology on the sector? It can be easy to worry that new and disruptive technologies, such as AI, will only have a negative impact on jobs, but technology’s power to change the landscape of a profession and the nature of work is not a new phenomenon. Just as technology has and will inevitably make some jobs obsolete in the future, it will also create opportunities for innovation and open up new markets and career paths. Eliminating task-based and purely data-driven work, AI will give accounting professionals the chance to take on fresh responsibilities and gain more exposure to different areas of the profession, advancing skills as analysts and advisers. While audit and other traditional finance jobs may be under threat, few firms have said that auditors will become obsolete - instead, the finance sector will look for strategic vision and advisory skills in employees. Rather than just seeking a data-driven skill set, firms will look to hire people with strong advisory skills, strategic and commercial awareness, and emotional awareness and people skills - those important soft skills that a robot or automation system won’t have. As a result, it is unlikely that accounting automation and robotic finance professionals will completely replace humans any time soon. However, it is still a good idea to future proof your career by anticipating technological changes in your workplace and increasingly working with automated tools and emerging technologies to perform the best possible service. Skills to help your career moving forward may include data analytics, communication skills, emotional intelligence, and creativity and strategic thinking. As long as you stay ahead of changes in the digital space and continuously update and refresh your skillset, accounting automation and technological developments are unlikely to become a major threat to your career success. Rather than shy away from major developments in this unprecedented period of technological change, be bold and flexible, and focus on innovations and use them to you and your firm’s advantage, ultimately advancing your career. For more information on this article or to speak to our finance recruitment experts about changes in the sector and your options in the market, contact Kate on 020 7269 6363 or kate.green@pro-finance.co.uk.

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60 Seconds With: Nigel Walde, Partner at Saffery Champness LLP

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Nigel is a Partner in the Saffery Champness' London office, providing specialist advice on claiming the creative sector tax reliefs. He also has a depth of experience in the UK Cultural Test and qualifying co-productions, as well as providing auditing and accounting services. Nigel acts for a wide range of clients, from small independent film and television production companies to major US Hollywood film studios. He also advises video game and theatre companies. He has been providing advice, audit and accounting services to the media industry for 12 years, having previously worked in the film team at RSM Tenon. What three traits define you? I care about the clients I work for and the people who work around me. I am conscientious and sometimes a little impatient. What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had? There have been a couple, cleaning the letter cubby holes in my local post office and working in the laundry room of a large hospital – I was told it would do me good at the time. How do you define success? Being the ‘go to’ person or company in the industry you work in. What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this? I would like to do something entirely different that involves me spending my time outside – I have always liked the idea of farming! What is your personal philosophy? I believe that to feel truly satisfied and progress you need to be well outside of your comfort zone as much as possible. How do you start your day? Jumping on my bicycle and riding to work, it is a great way to get you going in the morning! What’s your favourite thing about working for your current company? It is full of bright, energetic and enthusiastic people who have an appetite to succeed and have an interest in the success of our clients. What are the secrets to good leadership? Remain composed no matter how difficult the situation is, show encouragement and allow people to do what they are good at. What makes your company unique? We work in specialist sectors and excel in the work we do and the advice we give in those areas. What has been the biggest challenge since you have been promoted to Partner? As a new Partner growing the team, business and winning new work for the firm is challenging. You are also very quickly required to start running the business. However, it is all enormously rewarding and a great learning experience. For more information about this article, or to speak to Kate about your recruiting needs or Finance opportunities in London or Nationwide, contact her on 02072696363 or kate.green@pro-finance.co.uk. Back to 60 Seconds archive >>

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10 Things You Didn't Know About: Ben Hooper, Head of Outsourcing at ABG

Posted by Kate Green

Ben Hooper, Head of Outsourcing and Financial Accounting at Arram Berlyn Gardner has gained extensive experience in the UK providing professional services to a wide range of clients. Ben spent 4 years working in the Cayman Islands with a Big 4 firm with a particular focus on the Captive Insurance industry. He now specialises in supporting UK and international businesses with their internal accounting and finance matters. What three traits define you? I take pride in being reliable – inside and outside of work. I’m collaborative; I like working in a team and don’t believe its good to try and do everything yourself. Most of the time I think I’m patient – but maybe just not when I’m driving! What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had? I had a weekend job in a garden centre when I was a teenager; watering plants, sweeping up and helping people carry bags to their car. Not exactly a springboard to a career in accountancy but it was fun. How do you define success? I think it's important that you can take pride in your work and enjoy it at the same time. If you can go home at the end of the day saying those two things you are doing pretty well. What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this? I would love to have gone to chef school – so maybe I’d have my own restaurant. Nothing too fancy though! What is your personal philosophy? Never think you know it all. Always be open to learning or experiencing something new. How do you start your day? Always with a coffee. I really enjoy my 20-minute walk to the office from the station in the mornings too. What’s your favourite thing about working for your current company? It’s a very friendly firm and, while we all work hard, there is a more relaxed atmosphere than many places I’ve worked before. There are lots of opportunities to get together socially which helps maintain that. What are the secrets to good leadership? For me, it's about creating space for your team to get outside of their comfort zone while always feeling the support is there. You are only as strong as the people around you so it's crucial to keep them developing. What makes your company unique? I know its a cliché but it’s the people. Right now we have some very talented staff coming through the ranks and it will be exciting to see how we’ll develop as a firm over the next five years. Who do you most admire in your industry? Right now I am hugely impressed with the pace of change in cloud accounting and the software companies that are driving this development. They have completely changed the game. It’s a fantastic time to be in Outsourced Accounting as there are constantly new ways emerging to differentiate yourself as a provider and improve both service quality and efficiency. For more information about this article, or to speak to Kate about your recruiting needs or Finance jobs in London or Nationwide, contact her on 02072696363 or kate.green@pro-finance.co.uk. Back to 60 Seconds archive >>

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Outsourcing in Practice – Bridging the GAAP

Posted by Kate Green

If you have been keeping an eye on the market, you have probably seen the ever-growing outsourcing divisions developing across the Top 100. From a recruiter’s perspective, I have seen individuals from an accounting and business development background setting up outsourcing divisions and then looking to grow at a rapid rate. Why are accountancy practices increasingly looking to outsourcing departments? Well, it is down to the fact that organisations benefit a great deal from the use of outsourcing departments, it makes them far more efficient, supports business decisions, reduces costs and ultimately, allows them to become far more competitive. A Broader Market An outsourcing department will typically house a range of functions for their clients to utilise and can include everything from company secretarial to compliance and business advisory services to payroll. Thanks to the broad spectrum of services covered, outsourcing divisions are producing exceptional, well-rounded candidates, even in the larger, more niche organisations. Exposure to Clients Outsourcing divisions seem to be renowned for providing exposure to client management much quicker, with everyone spread across so many functions and with the extensive client interaction required. In summary, you will become well-rounded, you will better your interpersonal skills, you will learn to manage portfolios and you will be able to advise business to a much greater extent. Bridging the Gap to Industry I have heard many a story of an Outsourcing Senior or an Outsourcing Manager moving to an internal role with one of their clients – this often stems from an ‘Interim FC’ secondment offered to them or simply a great relationship built over years of service. Many of our clients in practice are aware this can happen, and that outsourcing helps candidates bridge the gap to industry, however, many divisions are now shaped to be fluid and adapt to his natural progression. Outsourcing bridges the gap to industry but not only this, as outsourcing covers the wider spectrum of services and small firms are known for creating great generalists, the big firms are looking for people with small or Mid-tier experience. It’s a huge game changer in the world of accountancy! The response to outsourcing by accountancy firms and the way the market has swung towards this service line shows what huge potential lies in this area of practice. It is a fantastic demonstration of the accountancy world taking a modern outlook in what is considered a stereotypically traditional world. Given the growth of some of the divisions we have been working with, many are already planning on succession, giving managers goals to become Partners and Seniors goals to become Managers. You may find you join a Mid-tier practice with the aims of going into industry or a Big 4 firm but then find you progress rapidly, love the environment and decide to stay put for the long run! The important thing is that you open doors in all directions. So, if you are working as an Accountant and want to fast-track your progression, open doors in all avenues and probably earn more doing so – I recommend checking out a few Outsourcing teams. For more information about this article, or to speak to Kate about your recruiting needs or Finance jobs in London or Nationwide, contact her on 02072696363 or kate.green@pro-finance.co.uk.

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