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Kevin Racher

Associate Director - Tax

I manage two fantastic Taxation teams focusing on the London & Regional markets.

Being a very well connected business within the Taxation market, we have deep rooted, well-established relationships with Big 4, Top 20, Mid-Tier and specialist boutiques firms. We have a great knowledge base within Pro-Tax where a number of our consultants are actually ex-Tax professionals 

With over 17 years of recruitment experience, I have been used to managing London and regional teams. Pro-Tax is a great entrepreneurial business that gives you all the recruitment tools to develop and succeed.

Outside of work, I love spending time with my family and friends so the weekends are busy spent catching up with both! I enjoy running, football and golf and trying to keep fit when my other past time of drinking wine allows. If I was not in recruitment, I guess I would like to have been a professional golfer. Playing golf in the sun, enjoying the admiration of the crowds, and being paid to play golf…..3-2-1 you're back in the room!

kevin's latest roles

  • Transactions Tax Manager

    £48000 - £65000 per annum + flexible working

    M&A / Transactions Tax Manager Location: London This is a team that is looking to expand their transactional tax team with a qualified deal advisor. Here you will most certainly get a broad and wide range of...

  • Tax Investigations Assistant Manager ...

    a great package

    A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a Tax Investigations Assistant Manager based in an award winning private client team. This is an exciting time to join the organisation as the company is going through ...

  • Assistant Tax Manager - Media & Techn...

    £42000 - £52000 per annum + Excellent package (inc flexible working)

    Do you want to work with interesting media and technology clients? Craving a role with a real mix of client facing advisory work? Do you want the autonomy of working from home? I am recruiting a great front ...


What people say about Kevin

Thanks Kevin! We are very happy with Pro-Tax and the service they provide. Candidates are often of the right calibre and your team are very easy to deal with. If I have to go to an agent then you would be the first one that I would call!

I was very impressed by Kevin's proactive attitude and am personally grateful for his help and support. I have found him to be professional, approachable and very practical in his approach. Thanks again for your help!

Due to personal circumstances, I was having to look at moving jobs as well as relocating from London to Yorkshire. I was nervous about the move and had lots of doubts along the way, but I want to give full credit to ProTax, particularly Kevin ...


Companies Kevin has worked with

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Grant Thornton is the world's fifth largest professional services network of independent taxation accounting and consulting member firms which provide assurance, tax and advisory services to privately held businesses, public interest entities, and public sector entities.

PricewaterhouseCoopers is a global professional services network headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It is the second largest professional services firm in the world, and is one of the Big Four auditors, along with Deloitte, EY and KPMG.

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. It is the 3rd largest professional services firm in the world and is one of the Big 4 auditors, along with PwC, Deloitte and KPMG.


kevin's articles


60 Seconds with: Ken Almand, Transfer Pricing Partner at Moore Stephens

Posted by Kevin Racher

What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago on how to make Transfer Pricing Partner? Take time to understand the skills and competencies that are required, then work on your weaknesses. What do Moore Stephens do well? The culture. Of course, this is always a work in progress but I like the fact that the firm is genuinely committed to its values. What is your biggest bugbear about CVs? Bad spelling and punctuation is never going to impress a potential employer. How would your team describe you? I would like to think that they would say fun, knowledgeable and inspirational, but I could be totally wrong! If not in tax, what would the dream be? Sport or something outdoors. Biggest superstition/fear? I am not really superstitious. Fear: ill health of family or friends. What is your morning routine before work? I row competitively so hit the gym or river 3 times a week. Skiing or beach? I have not been skiing for many years but will correct that next year, so that is my choice. Who is your hero? I admire many people but no heroes. What is your life hack / top tip? Be happy, you only live once (and it goes surprisingly quickly!).


5 Foolproof ways to manage multiple interview processes

Posted by Kevin Racher

Job searches often follow the London Bus Principle; you wait for ages for one and then three turn up at once! Whilst this seems like a lovely problem to have, it is rare that you will have three perfectly-timed job offers at once and managing this process can be rather daunting. Below are a few tips on how to manage multiple interview processes to ensure you secure the right role at the right time: 1. Gain full market understanding One of the most commonly heard phrases in recruitment is “I’m not actively looking,” yet I think most people would be hard pushed to say that their head wouldn’t be turned by a better role/ larger salary/ better benefits/ shorter commute. When the dream specification arrives it’s tempting to only consider that option but it’s always better to look at a few options at this stage rather than reaching the last round of a process and realising you haven’t compared this to other opportunities. Best case you’ve found other roles that are of interest and have the time to explore all options and worst case you cement your interest in the original job. 2. Be open People are often wary of letting interviewers/ recruiters know that they are considering other opportunities in case it insinuates that they aren’t fully interested in that role. This is far from the case as it shows that you are serious about leaving your current position and that other businesses are interested in your skillset; you can also use it to your advantage to emphasise your interest as you have considered other opportunities. If you let your recruiter know that you have other roles on then they can manage processes accordingly and book in interviews faster/ slower to ensure all decisions are made at the same time. 3. Ask lots of questions In addition to your standard interview questions, it is encouraged that you ask what their process is etc. Do ask: when are they looking to start interviews, how many stages will there be, how many people are going forward for second stage etc. The more you know the more you can manage things accordingly. 4. Be picky It’s often said that looking for a new role is a job in itself; if you’re busy at work/ busy at home/ watching VAR replays it can be difficult to take the time to properly prepare and get out to interview. The corollary of point 1 is that whilst it’s important to understand what’s in the market it is not necessary to go forward for every role and interview. If you do, this will cause even greater stress in organising multiple processes and will stop you from being able to judge each role and business on its merits. As a cheeky side note, it’s also important to be picky about your recruiters as organising interviews through one or a limited number of recruiters will ensure it’s easy to manage multiple opportunities. 5. Pat yourself on the back When asked what to do if multiple publishers picked up his book, Robert Bloch (of Psycho fame), said: “You should be so lucky to have that problem.” If you’re in this position, do remember that you’ve impressed them enough to get to this stage and are in a very strong position to change roles.


60 Seconds With: Steve Wheeler Private Client Partner at Moore Stephens

Posted by Kevin Racher

What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago on how to make Private Client Partner? Be patient and focused. What do Moore Stephens do well? We go above and beyond with our client service. In our recent client satisfaction survey, strong rapport scored an average of 9.5 out of 10. What is your biggest bugbear about CVs? Those CVs where the key points are not immediately apparent. It doesn't happen very often. How would your team describe you? Hopefully, they would say I am a team player. If not in tax, what would the dream be? It was a professional footballer. I was on a club's books as a boy. Biggest superstition/fear? I used to put my football kit on in a specific order. What is your morning routine before work? Coffee followed by another coffee! Skiing or beach? It’s the beach for me. Who is your hero? I don't really have one. What is your life hack / top tip? Work hard and play even harder!


60 Seconds - David Prestwich, Partner and Head of Tax & Legal PwC Caribbean

Posted by Kevin Racher

What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago on how to make Partner? In every job or industry, there is always success to be found in prioritising that thing that matters most to the company you're employed by. In teaching, the best teachers are the ones who develop kids quickest. In football, you earn the most if you score goals. In professional services, prioritising client needs and servicing them best is the quickest and most direct route to career success. I made partner reasonably quickly because, despite some failings, I was always passionate about client service and building relationships. What does PwC do well? PwC is a huge organisation, operating in a very dynamic global marketplace, with a relatively complex leadership and management model. I think the most impressive thing about the firm is, despite this complexity, our DNA is to always put clients first. We are here to serve clients and will always prioritise that agenda, despite anything else going on. What is your biggest bugbear about CVs? They all gravitate to saying the same thing! It's such a competitive market that a little bit of knowledge or “best practice” spreads like wildfire and before you know it every CV is saying the same thing! Surely everyone cannot be “driven”, “passionate” and “goal orientated” and great at “thinking outside of the box”? Nothing extraordinary ever comes from those who think like everyone else does in life. Authenticity is actually the biggest scarce resource in business, so that is the thing to sell. How would your team describe you? Most well I think :). I've worked in a lot of teams over the years and I think I would consistently get described as innovative, client-focused and good at developing people and teams. If not in tax, what would the dream be? Strangely, I always wanted to be a professional advisor, dealing with complex issues for senior clients who were leading global businesses. Had that pipe-dream not worked out, my fall back was going to be a striker at Liverpool football club or lead singer in a band. Biggest superstition/fear? Quite simple. Failure. From a very young age (for psychological reasons too lengthy to mention!), I've always had a pressing need to prove myself and be successful. It's not always a great character trait, as it often disguises the fact that I'm actually a team player, but it does mean I'm usually very focused and successful in what I turn my mind too. What is your morning routine before work? Before I left the UK, this would have been a quick dash half-dressed out of the door with half a piece of toast hanging from my mouth whilst swearing at the latest train delays! However, since moving to Barbados, I'm up very early, have a morning swim, then get dressed and have coffee and breakfast before a drive down the beautiful coast to the office. Much more decorum. Skiing or beach? You would think I would say beach living in the Caribbean, but I absolutely adore snowboarding! Who is your hero? My little sister. She had a big medical operation when she was young which kept her in the hospital for a significant period of time. I still remember in my early teens crying my eyes out seeing her in the hospital with tubes everywhere, but she just got on with it without complaint or fuss. I've fought in lots of international karate competitions in my life, and come out with some real injuries, cuts and bruises, but I've still never met anyone as tough as my little sis. What is your life hack / top tip? Do the things that are difficult. And do them first. You will gain the 20% of time immediately that everyone else wastes by worrying about how tough it is, by just getting on with it.


Making The Move Into Tax Recruitment

Posted by Kevin Racher

Although a busy month in the recruitment market, August from a personal perspective also marks the two-year anniversary of my move from working in taxation to recruiting for the tax sector. Having previously been placed by Pro-Tax, it felt a natural progression if I were to switch to recruitment, to switch with them. So how does a previous career in tax help with the transition to recruitment? Upon reflection, a few things that have been of benefit to me so far include: Sector knowledge: Being able to relate to and deal with Partners and senior members of staff when being briefed on new roles is essential. No Partner has the time or patience to filter through CV’s that are of little or no value to the role they’ve engaged us, on an understanding of what makes a good tax candidate is essential to not waste mine or the clients time. Understanding businesses: Equally important as understanding your sector is understanding the type of business you are dealing with. It isn’t difficult for a recruiter to have a loose understanding of personal or corporate tax for example, but understanding the type of work and client base within different Practices is essential. Having spent time in Big 4 and Mid-Tier firms myself, it has been of great value to have a previous understanding of all types of firms so as to not miss match candidates with Practices. Candidate care: Wasting a Partners time with irrelevant CV’s is bad enough, but it also reflects poorly on our candidates. Having been a candidate it is vital for a recruiter to know their market and represent their candidates as best they can. Candidate care is vital, understanding your market and sector is one thing, but truly understanding what a role requires in a candidate will only boost ‘candidate care’ and help you match an individual with a team that is not only a good fit from a technical point but also a personality. Appreciation: Sitting here two years after leaving tax without a time sheet and no mad rush to complete tax returns in January is quite the relief. However having battled the stresses and strains of ‘busy season’ for many years, it does build an appreciation with both client and candidate as to how their team/role functions. From a personal point of view, it has been far easier dealing with tax candidates and clients alike knowing when they’re at their busiest and being able to relate to the strains associated with these busy periods. One of the most refreshing observations I found upon joining Pro-Tax is how installed the above is into all new consultants to the business. My background in tax made it a lot easier for me to recruit into our sector, however, the level of training installed in all new hires to bring them up to speed here at Pro-Tax is exceptional and refreshing for both client and candidate alike.


5 Things You Must Know Before You Take The Job

Posted by Kevin Racher

Are you a Tax Manager looking to move jobs within the new year? Taking a new Tax job, whether it be a Tax Senior Manager to a Tax Director, can be exciting but also an overwhelming experience. Besides using a Tax recruiter to ease you through the process, there are a number of things you should think about before committing to a role. In this short article, I'll give you my top five considerations when deciding on whether to accept a job offer or not. Why do they do what they do? Whether it’s a Big 4 firm, a commerce or industry business, a Top 10 or a boutique firm, it is important to understand exactly why they do what they do. The passion behind the senior stakeholders in the business will directly affect how they work and how they work with you, as well as how the entire business operates. It is also important to join a business that has beliefs aligned to your own. If your work ethic is different to the company you join, you may find it difficult to adjust. Culture and Office Environment There is nothing worse than going through the entire interview process, meeting colleagues and feeling assured that this was the right place for you, to then find on your first day a culture you are just not happy with. Always ask in your interviews what the culture is like. Do they have nights out with the team? Do they have regular sporting activities? How do the team deal with another member being sick? What are the company values? These questions and the responses will allow you to evaluate the company’s culture. The discussion about the office values will also help clarify the position’s work-life balance and will allow you to fully understand how the team support each other. Workload Would you want to go into a job thinking you will have a few small projects to start with, only to find out that there is a huge job that you will be working solely on for months? It is important to know what your workload will be before you join so that you can prepare yourself and efficiently manage your time. Are you ready to take on the challenge of restructuring a tax team, or would you rather join a firm that is more established for you to develop in your own role? Current Events You should research the current events before going for an interview. It is even more important that you know exactly what is going on within the team you are joining so that you can hit the ground running. Every industry has sources to keep you abreast of the news in both your sector and your company depending on which organisation you are looking to join. The past & the future How long has the company been around? What were the major events that lead the company to be the way that it is now? What are their successes and failures? The way a company and senior stakeholder team learn from mistakes will tell you everything you need to know about how they will manage you and your team. A senior leadership team that takes the time to train and develop a team who have mistakes may suggest a better attitude towards their people, whereas a leadership team that let go a team that makes mistakes may allude to their priority for excellence only. As for the future, while all companies will be focused on growth, it is how they plan to grow that can tell you a lot about the business and how that business will run with you. After taking the time to assess the above points and talking them through with a tax recruiter, you should not only have a better understanding of the company but also a better idea of exactly what you want to get out of this new opportunity. To speak to Kevin about your recruiting needs or Tax jobs in London or Nationwide, contact him on 02072696321 or