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Kate Green

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Kate Green

Managing Consultant - Finance

I specialise in recruiting audit, accounts and advisory professionals across the UK (excluding London) from Semi Senior to Partner level. 

My clients vary from small local regional accountancy practices to leading Top 10 firms.

I joined Pro-Finance through their AC program and over the past 2 years I have received outstanding training from highly experienced and knowledgeable consultants. Through presentations on specialist subjects, reading articles and writing blog posts, I ensure I am keeping up to date with the ever-changing market.

Outside of work you will find me at gigs, weird and wonderful immersive theatre productions, or flying off to an international music festival.
 

kate's latest roles

  • Outsourcing Senior Top 10

    £40000 - £46000 per annum

    Business Services & Outsourcing Senior Top 10 Firm - London £41,000 - £47,000 Central London Are your ACCA or ACA qualified or Awaiting your final results? Do you have knowledge of cloud accounting packages,...

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  • Business Adviser (Outsourcing) - London

    £25000.00 - £32000.00 per annum

    Business Services & Outsourcing Semi Senior Top 10 Firm - London £25,000 - £32,000 Full study package + benefits Central London Are you AAT level 4 qualified or in the early stages of your ACCA? Do you have ...

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  • Outsourcing Semi Senior

    Negotiable

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

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

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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

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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

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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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October 2018: Finance Movers & Shakers

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Chris Graves has been appointed as Partner in the Advisory Corporate Finance department of big 4 firm Deloitte. Graves joins from GP Bullhound and will be based in London, leading the M&A team that focuses on the Technology, Media & Telecommunications sector. SeniorMoves Top 100 firm Buzzacott have announced the appointment of new Managing Partner Tony Hopson. Hopson took the post effective from 1st October 2018 and takes the reigns from Amanda Francis who served two 4 year terms in the position. SeniorMoves RSM have appointed Mark Holborow as a Director within their Tunbridge Wells office. Joining from Big 4 firm PWC, Holborow is a restructuring specialist and spent 12 years working in Advisory/Deals across a number of different teams. SeniorMoves Lubbock Fine has announced the appointment of a new COO. The Top 50 firm has confirmed the appointment of Paul Finnegan who joins from Cogital Group firm Blick Rothenberg. Having previously spent several years in a Big 4 firm, Finnegan will be responsible for Finance, HR, IT, Marketing and Office Services. SeniorMoves 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 Finance Movers & Shakers Archive >>

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September 2018: Finance Movers & Shakers

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KPMG has confirmed the appointment of Gemma Legg to its Corporate Finance team in Reading as a Director. Legg previously worked with RSM and joins the big 4 firm for Grant Thornton as an M&A specialist. FinanceMoves Grant Thornton has added a new Corporate Finance Partner to it’s Birmingham team. Nick Gillot joins from Angel Springs, a water cooler business based in the region. He spent 3 years there as Finance Director having worked for Deloitte prior to that. FinanceMoves Paul Farrington has been appointed as Partner at NR Barton based in Wigan. Farrington has over 12 years experience and has left Fairhursts to join NR Barton. He works across general practice. FinanceMoves 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 Finance Movers & Shakers Archive >>

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60 seconds with: Matthew Flower, Partner Corporate Finance at FRP Advisory LLP

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What advice would you give to yourself 10 years ago on how to make Partner? Control the controllable! Focus on what you have influence over but don’t be afraid to take on new challenges to stretch yourself. Above all, enjoy it. If you were able to invite 4 people to dinner (alive or dead), who would you invite and why? Running the risk of offending my wife and daughters…. Brian Clough – a footballing genius who wasn’t short of an opinion and loved a drink! Eric Morecambe – timeless comedy great Barack Obama – seems like a great guy with a dry sense of humour My mate Simon – sadly passed away too early, so I could share another glass of wine or two with him What do FRP Advisory do well? As a pure advisory firm, we are focused on delivering for our clients as we are only as good as our last transaction. We also work very well across our service lines and offices to offer a truly integrated offering. How would your team describe you? You had better ask them! Hopefully, it would be fair, approachable, leading by example and not taking myself too seriously. Who is your hero and why? Yet to be confirmed as it will be whoever scores the goal that sends Derby County back to the Premier League….I could be waiting a while. What is your biggest superstition/fear? I genuinely have no superstitions. What is your morning routine before work? I’d love to say it was full of activity but I’m not a morning person – it will always involve coffee and hopefully breakfast with my girls before mentally preparing myself for the Northern Line. What is your life hack/top tip? Treat people how you would like to be treated yourself. If you were not doing your current job, what would you liked to have done? Probably an architect – I love designing spaces – although as a five-year-old I wanted to be a bin man. What is the biggest challenge facing the finance world at present? Brexit – the closer we get to 29 March 2019 without clarity over the future relationship then the more likely transactional activity will stagnate. Back to 60 Seconds archive >>

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August 2018: Finance Movers & Shakers

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Justin Chait, formerly of KPMG has joined BDO in London as part of their Financial services team. After spending the last 12 years specialising in asset management, property and fund administration at the Big 4 firm, Chait also makes the move from Cape Town to London. Top 10 firm RSM have appointed Rob Gordon as a risk Assurance Partner to be based in their London office. Gordon joins from GT and will head up Internal Audit and Assurance services to Financial Services clients in the South East. Christine Dobson has been appointed to join the thriving Corporate Sector team based at Crowe’s Thames Valley office. Previously an Audit Director in a Big 4 firm in the region, Dobson has 25 years providing assurance services to a range of small and medium sized enterprises. A new Audit and Business Services Director has been appointed to be based in the Exeter office at Bishop Fleming. Mark Munro, joins the Top 30 firm having been based on the South Coast and in Australia with Top 10 firm Smith & Williamson. Munro will focus on building on the continued expansion of the audit team and further establishing the high level of client service the firm offers. 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 Finance Movers & Shakers Archive >>

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