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Tom Eagle

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Tom Eagle

Associate Director - Finance

I manage a team of experienced recruiters placing finance professionals into accountancy practices across audit, accounts and corporate finance. Our aim is to use our extensive knowledge and experience to provide a personalised approach to all clients and candidates 

We work with all practices from the Big 4 to smaller specialist boutique firms and aim to provide a first class service to both candidates and clients at all levels from Senior-Senior to Partner.

I embarked on a career within Financial Recruitment in 2008 initially with CMC Consulting Ltd. Having progressed to a position of Regional Manager within CMC, early last year I made the move into London to join Pro-Group

Outside of work I am a huge sports fan including football, golf and horse racing. Whether you would consider it football is debatable but I support Ipswich Town and continue to waste money on a season ticket. If I wasn’t in recruitment I would have liked to have been a professional footballer, although that would have been forgotten once I discovered pubs!

tom's latest roles

  • Audit & Accounts Manager

    £55000 - £60000 per annum + Bonus + Bens

    Audit/Accounts Manager - Top 20 Practice Are you an ambitious Audit Manager looking to make the step up to a Top 20 firm? A recent role within the Business Services team has arisen due to growth and the winn...

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  • General Practice Partner!! Equity ava...

    £100000 - £140000 per annum + Significant Benefits

    Audit & Accounts Partner London Up to £140,000 An established, respected and ambitious accountancy firm are currently recruiting for a new Partner to join managing an extensive portfolio. The firm is current...

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  • Restructuring Manager

    £65000 - £75000 per annum + Benefits

    Restructuring Manager Up to £70,000 London Restructuring professionals - are you looking for a career boost? Seeking more variety in your role? Then read on to find out more about your next career move! As a...

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  • Outsourcing Director

    £90000 - £110000 per annum + Benefits

    Outsourcing Director London £90,000 to £100,000 + Bonus + Benefits A Top 10 accountancy firm are looking to recruit an Outsourcing Director to manage up to a £2M portfolio in a newly created role as a result...

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  • Audit Partner - London - Up to £200,000

    £180000 - £200000 per annum + Bonus + Benefits

    Audit Partner - London - Up to £200,000 An internationally respected Top 10 Practice are looking to continue their recent success and growth through the addition of an Audit Partner. As they continue to win ...

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  • M&A Senior Manager

    £70000 - £80000 per annum + Bonus

    M&A Senior Manager Top 10, London £70,000 - £80,000 + Bonus A genuine M&A opportunity to be a business partner to an entrepreneurial client base assisting with their growth and strategic development! As a Se...

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  • Audit Senior - Top 50 Firm

    £44000 - £48000 per annum + Benefits

    My client, a fantastic Top 50 company is looking to hire an ambitious Audit Senior who wants to make progression their number one target. With a financial backing looming around the corner, this growing comp...

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  • Transaction Advisory Services - Manager

    £60000 - £65000 per annum + Excellent Benefits

    Transaction Services Manager London Up to £65,000 Our client are currently looking to recruit a Transaction Services Manager with progression available to Director level. A top 10 firm are offering a high pr...

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  • Senior Manager - Transaction Services

    £65000 - £75000 per annum + Excellent Benefits

    Manager - Transaction Services London Up to £65,000 + Bonus Our client are currently looking to recruit a Transaction Services Manager with progression available to Director level. A top 10 firm are offering...

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  • Transaction Services - Assistant Dire...

    £80000 - £100000 per annum + Benefits

    Transaction Services - Assistant Director London £80,000 - £100,000 M&A Transaction Services professionals - looking for a step up in your career? Long to work in a collegiate, supportive environment? Then g...

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  • Director - Transaction Services

    £80000 - £100000 per annum + Executive Director Benefits

    A global Top 10 client with a growing Financial Advisory Transaction Services team are seeking a Director to help lead their expansion over the next few exciting years.Working on high profile assignments wit...

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  • Corporate Finance Associate

    Up to £40000 per annum + Bonus

    Corporate Finance Associate Northampton £40,000 + Bonus Are you a recently qualified Auditor looking for a more advisory-focused role? I have been instructed by one of my key clients, a leading corporate fin...

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  • Partner Designate, London

    £80000 - £100000 per annum + Bonus + Benefits

    Partner Designate, London, £80,000 to £100,000 My client, a niche and progressive Accountancy Practice is recruiting for a Senior Manager or Director who can join as a Partner Designate. RI is required howev...

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  • Senior Audit Manager

    £60000 - £65000 per annum + Car

    Senior Audit Manager, Top 10 Firm £60,000 - £65,000 A Top 10 firm is looking to recruit a Senior Manager in to their Audit team. Being involved with the highest profile clients, you will be looking after a t...

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  • Audit Partner

    £110000 - £130000 per annum + Bonus + Benefits

    Audit Partner - Mid Tier Firm London Up to £130,000 + Bonus Are you an experienced business winner? Have you got extensive experience of working in audit and accounts and the highest level for a UK based acc...

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  • Audit Partner

    £130000 - £150000 per annum + Benefits

    Audit Partner London Up to £180,000 + Bonus Are you an experienced business winner? Have you got extensive experience of working in audit and accounts and the highest level for a UK based accountancy firm? M...

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  • Partner - General Practice

    £120000 - £140000 per annum + Executive Benefits

    Partner - General Practice Up to £150,000 London Pro-Finance have been engaged by a well renowned and highly respected firm to find a Partner to join their growing team managing a successful team within gene...

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  • Transaction Services Manager OR Senio...

    £55000 - £80000 per annum + Bonus

    Transaction Services Manager or Senior Manager £55,000 to £80,000 + Bonus London An international consultancy group which was created 10 years ago by former Big 4 Partners and has achieved remarkable success...

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  • Corporate Finance Manager

    £55000 - £65000 per annum + Benefits

    Corporate Finance Manager London Up to £65,000 Are you a recently qualified accountant with Transactions experience? Keen to gain exposure to a broader suite of Corporate Finance services? If so, this could ...

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  • Corporate Finance Executive

    £45000 - £47000 per annum + Benefits

    Corporate Finance Executive London Up to £47,000 Do you want to make a first move into Corporate Finance? If so, read on as I am looking for recently qualified individuals moving out of audit with more than ...

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What people say about Tom

Tom has always been a great help in Moore Stephens recruiting needs and one of our most effective agencies. What has been most consistent is his ability to deliver across Audit disciplines and levels. He is always contactable, pleasant to deal with, honest and up front. 

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Companies Tom has worked with

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Raffingers is a Top 100 UK firm of chartered accountants based in Woodford Green providing a variety of services including audit, accounting, tax and corporate finance to their established and expanding client base.

Moore Stephens is an established Top 10 accounting and advisory network, with offices throughout the UK and members across the globe operating within 106 countries. Their clients range from individuals and entrepreneurs, through to large organisations and complex international businesses.

Gerald Edelman is a top 70 accountancy practice with offices based in Essex, Central London and North London. Established for 70 years, they have 16 Partners spread across the three offices and deal with clients from a wide mixture of sectors ranging from sole-traders to multi-national organisations.

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tom's articles

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A Night at the British Accountancy Awards 2019

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It was a pleasure to host Matt Meadows, Corporate Finance Partner at Moore Kingston Smith, Jim Brown, Outsourcing Partner at Blick Rothenberg, David Cox, Head of Audit & Assurance at haysmacintyre and Roger Weston, Business Advisory Partner at Saffery Champness on our table at the prestigious British Accountancy Awards this year, which took place on Wednesday 25th September at the Grosvenor House Hotel. Pro-Finance was honoured to attend this event and it was a fantastic evening had by all, hosted by comedian Sean Lock, highlighting and celebrating excellence in accountancy and finance. This leading industry event welcomed over 900 guests from practices all over the country and showcased outstanding achievements from across the industry during the last twelve months. Pro-Finance was proud to sponsor the National Firm of the Year Award, recognising firms who have added significant value to their clients and across all service areas, helping clients to achieve specific business goals, increase revenue and satisfy and delight their customers. Well done again to all those nominated for this award and congratulations to MHA Macintyre Hudson who took home the award for National Firm of the Year. There were over 20 awards won throughout the evening and we extend a huge congratulations to all of the nominees and the winners of these fantastic awards - as detailed below - for being recognised for their efforts as distinctive leaders in the accountancy profession. Thanks, British Accountancy Awards for a fantastic evening - we will see you next year! British Accountancy Awards 2019 Winners: - International Firm of the Year - PwC - National Firm of the Year - MHA Macintyre Hudson LLP - Mid-Tier Firm of the Year: Turnover Between £10M - £25M - Crunch Accounting - Mid-Tier Firm of the Year: Turnover Less Than £10M - PKF-FPM Accountants - Independent Firm of the Year: Greater London, England - Flinder - Independent Firm of the Year: Scotland, N. Ireland & North, England - Infinity Partnership - Independent Firm of the Year: South-East, England - Ad Valorem - Independent Firm of the Year: South-West, England - Dunkley's Chartered Accountants - Independent Firm of the Year: Wales & Midlands, England - Inniaccounts - Independent Firm of the Year: East, England - Farnell Clarke - Small Practice Innovation of the Year: Turnover Below £3M - Mazuma - Mid-Tier Innovation of the Year: Turnover Between £3M - £25M - MHA Carpenter Box - Large Firm Innovation of the Year: Turnover Above £25M - Smith and Williamson - Innovation & Transformation of the Year: Accountants in Industry - Futurelink Accountancy Services - Large Firm Graduate and Non-Graduate Programme of the Year - MHA Macintyre Hudson LLP - Small Firm Graduate and Non-Graduate Programme of the Year - Sterling Finance UK - Outstanding Advisory or Client Project of the Year - Infinity Partnership - Tax Team of the Year - MHA Macintyre Hudson LLP - Audit Team of the Year - BHP - Finance Team of the Year - RSA - Rising Star of the Year - Harry Pampiglione, PwC - Partner of the Year - Roger Isaacs, Milsted Langdon - CFO/Finance Director of the Year - Ciaran O'Donell, Virtual FD - Best Employer Award - PKF-FPM Accountants - Outstanding Contribution to Accounting and Finance - Sue Almond, Grant Thornton ​ Click here to view the full shortlist >> For more information about this article, or to speak to Tom Eagle about your recruiting needs or Finance jobs in London or Nationwide, contact him on 020 7269 6349 or tom.eagle@pro-finance.co.uk.

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60 Seconds With: Alicia Crisp, Partner at MHA MacIntyre Hudson

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Alicia joined MacIntyre Hudson as a graduate trainee at the North London office in 2007, qualifying as a chartered accountant in 2010. Alicia is a Partner in the London office, managing a portfolio of clients, and her key focus is working with owner managed businesses across London and south Hertfordshire, from new start-ups to long-standing companies. You have an impressive career with all of your time being at Macintyre Hudson, what do you think the benefits of staying with one firm throughout your career history are? For me, a huge part of being an accountant is working with people. Being at the same firm means that whether I'm trying to support a new trainee with a problem, mentor someone looking for promotion or deal with a technical client query I have some idea of what they are going through. It also means if I’m not comfortable with the way something is working I know how to go about trying to find a solution. It has its limitations too though, whenever I recruit someone from another firm I encourage them to suggest different approaches to doing things. You must be very proud of being promoted after only 10 years of joining the firm. Are you one of the youngest people that have made Partner? While I was the youngest Partner for a while, I certainly wasn't the youngest ever. I was 22 when I started whereas some of our Partners have started as school leavers at 18. Last year I was awarded number one in the Accountancy Age 35 under 35 just before our AGM. While I was thrilled it also felt slightly awkward, I have never thought I am doing anything special and my fellow Partners certainly helped keep me grounded with the jokes about the advantage of being the only partner under 35 at the time! On day one you never know what lies ahead of you. When did you realise that Macintyre Hudson was the firm you wished to be a Partner at and why? I am quite a loyal person, MacIntyre Hudson has always presented great opportunities and variety which made it easy to want to stay and I'm not someone who would leave just in case there is something better out there. I have had opportunities to move on and have always chosen to stay – while things aren’t always perfect, as a firm it really does suit me, I like the level of client contact that I have had from the beginning, we are small enough that hard work and a good attitude mean you can be recognised and rewarded but large enough to have some top-level specialists that mean we can give a level of client service to be proud of. What is great about working for Macintyre Hudson? I can get a bit over-enthusiastic about why I think MHA is a great firm to work with or for - it has changed a lot in the time I have been here but growth has brought with it lots of opportunities. Inevitably we lose a number of our newly-qualified staff to industry each year, but the feedback we always hear when they come back to visit is realising just how much great training and support they have received at MHA compared to other people out there. How big is your team and what advice would you give anyone who would apply to be part of the team? My immediate team is seven people but I dip into other teams a lot and at peak times can have as many as twenty people working for me. As one of the staff partners in the London office and someone with a growing team, I do a lot of interviewing. The best advice I can give is to be open about who you are and what you value. A key strength in any team is the diversity of skills, abilities and life experiences. Be frank about what you can bring to the table and authentic about what motivates you - while you need to have your interview answers prepped you need to let through some of yourself, it isn't all about scripted answers to questions! How would your team describe you? Tough question! I’d guess fair, approachable and if I am honest possibly a bit demanding. I am a firm believer that you get back what you put in, that doesn't mean that you have to work twelve hours every day of the week, but I want everyone to make the most of the opportunities to learn and develop, it will make people want to invest in you (and also makes it easier to accept the days when you maybe lose your focus a bit!) While I can be out of the office a lot, if someone on the team is experiencing a personal issue, supporting them is a key priority so I will endeavour to stop and make time for them. What advice would you give to your younger self? Maybe to do a couple more life-experience type things before settling down for a career, it feels like there's so much pressure to get a job and start moving forward with life when really another year or two of travelling or learning a language wouldn't have hurt, as long as I could have worked enough to pay for it. That said, I was lucky enough to take a sabbatical in 2013/14 to do a ski season in France which was a great opportunity to catch up on something I wished I had done before. When you interview someone for your team or organisation what is the first thing you notice about a person and what does it tell you? I really try hard not to be distracted by first impressions, it is easy to be put off by someone rushing their words due to being nervous or distracted by lack of neat presentation. Although, neat and appropriate clothing and a sensible handshake will always help get things off to a good start! What challenges, personally or professionally, do you think the next generation face? There are a lot of unknowns about technology, things are changing so rapidly I can imagine it will be hard for people to plan what to study when things are changing so much. The cost of studying is increasing too so there is pressure on making the ‘right’ decision. Apprenticeships such as the AAT are a great way to balance getting professional training while earning money. It is never too late to change your mind or take some time out, accountancy was a last minute career change for me coming out of university and I have never looked back! What do you do to unwind outside of work? I love doing things that are different from the day job, particularly being active. When I can, I go climbing or to a dance workshop, but at the very least I try and get to the gym or go for a run even if the thought of finding the time is stressful. Aside from that, even if my day finishes late I try and end the evening with a couple of pages of a book - it really helps to switch off Thanks for your time Alicia, and as a little treat for all of our readers…do you have any guilty pleasures you can share with us? Theme parks - every year I take at least one day off to go to somewhere like Thorpe Park or Blackpool Pleasure Beach, genuinely one of my favourite days every year. I recently heard someone say one of the great things about having kids was getting to go to theme parks again and I thought 'wow was I supposed to have grown out of that?'. That and the Christmas Movies channel, but that’s a bit seasonal..! For more information about this article, or to speak to Tom about your recruiting needs or Finance opportunities in London or Nationwide, contact him on 02072696349 or tom.eagle@pro-finance.co.uk. Back to 60 Seconds archive >>

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60 Seconds with: Stuart Hinds, Partner at Ecovis Wingrave Yeats

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Stuart Hinds is a Partner at Ecovis Wingrave Yeats and is a chartered accountant with a Diploma in Corporate Finance and over 20 years experience in professional practice working with entrepreneurs and large corporates. As an advisor, he works with entrepreneurs to maximise their wealth by helping them grow their businesses, minimise their tax and by making introductions that generate leads and business. Stuart’s experience in compliance and advisory work means he is uniquely positioned to add significant value to clients as they grow their businesses. In your opinion, how will AI affect the role of an Auditor and what steps are Ecovis Wingrave Yeats taking towards change? AI and Data Analytics tools should enable auditors to do less of the “heavy lifting” and have more time to think, analyse and validate in a more effective way. IT, maths and statistics skills will become more important to maximise the potential that new AI and Data Analytics tools present. At Ecovis, we have a culture of embracing change and new technologies and are in the process of rolling out a new Data Analytics tool in our audit business, as well as liaising with other Ecovis International network firms around the world to leverage AI and other tools that they use. We are also lucky that, unlike most traditional accounting firms, we employ a team of data analysts and data scientists that provide Data Analytics/Big Data/Data Science advisory services to clients which can be a big help to the audit team. You have an impressive career boasting some very interesting roles, you have also been a Partner at both Top 20 firms and then more recently Ecovis Wingrave Yeats, what do you see are the biggest differences or challenges that you have faced, or alternatively what are the positives of working for a more boutique firm at this grade? Ecovis is a pretty unique business being a 6 partner practice based in the heart of Soho and the exclusive UK member firm of Ecovis International which is a top 20 international network of firms operating in 70 countries with fee income of $1bn. It's enabled me to make use of the skills I developed working for large accountancy practices in terms of the complexity of the work that we do and benefit from working in an environment and culture that could only be developed in a firm of our size that is owned and managed by the partners. I also enjoy the entrepreneurial spirit with which we run the business, the speed at which we can change things and make decisions even if that brings plenty of challenges along the way! Ecovis Wingrave Yeats – can you tell us about some of the more interesting clients that you guys currently work with? The firm was founded in 1982 as a practice that focused on supporting clients operating in the Media Sector and we are one of the few “go to” firms in that sector. I know the team find it interesting working on well-known TV and film production companies. Since joining the Ecovis International network 10 years ago, our client base has become increasingly international and I know the staff enjoy working on those assignments and liaising with our international colleagues. Personally, I quite enjoy working with clients like Inspired Entertainment and TCS John Huxley that operate in lots of countries supplying casinos, betting and gaming operators with technology and products although I haven’t managed to get the business trip to Las Vegas just yet! What is great about working for Ecovis Wingrave Yeats? The people, the culture, the clients, the location and the amount of social activities that we do. Also, the fact that we have our own charity, The Ecovis London Foundation and have many other “giving back” initiatives Click here to read more about Ecovis London Foundation How big is your team and what advice would you give anyone who would apply to be part of the team? We have a team of about 25 people. Be prepared to work hard, get out of your comfort zone, learn, develop and take advantage of the considerable support and guidance that is available to you. There is also lots going on socially so make sure you enjoy the culture and social side of the firm too as well as taking advantage of the flexible working arrangements and other benefits. How would your team describe you? I would like to think they would describe me as approachable, reasonable and good-humoured (some of the time …..) What advice would you give to your younger self? Keep investing in your development in your own time by reading books, building knowledge and learning skills that will benefit you in the future. When you interview someone for your team or organisation what is the first thing you notice about a person and what does it tell you? Their initial demeanour – a smile and saying “hello nice to meet you” in a positive and relaxed fashion gets things off to a good start. What challenges, personally or professionally, do you think the next generation will face? The speed of technological change presents huge challenges but also opportunities – embracing change and being tech savvy will be important. Technology has enabled accountants to work faster and better but its also made them more accessible and increased client’s expectations from a service perspective. What do you do to unwind outside of work? Spend time with family and friends, watch sport, play a bit of football and read about business. Thanks for your time Stuart, and as a little treat for all of our readers…do you have any guilty pleasures you can/want to share with us? I do have bit of a reputation for watching trash TV and surprise the trainees when I ask them what they thought of last night’s episode of Love Island, which I only watch because my wife has it on …… honest! For more information about this article, or to speak to Tom about your recruiting needs or Finance opportunities in London or Nationwide, contact him on 02072696349 or tom.eagle@pro-finance.co.uk. Back to 60 Seconds archive >>

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ACA - What Next?

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Congratulations on your ACA results! Now you have qualified you have most likely found yourself at a crossroads - this is the time for you to evaluate your career choices which can often be difficult for newly qualified accountants. There are many options available to you and no-one can tell you with certainty the right step to take; it’s up to you to use your judgement and make the decision that’s best for your future career. So what are your options once you qualify? We will explore: - Firms - Specialisms - Career Development 1. Firms There are a number of options from which you will make your decision - you may either progress within your own firm, move to another firm of a different size, or make the move into Commerce & Industry. Some newly qualified accountants will decide to move from practice into industry, which can be a very diverse career path offering a new challenge. The C&I list is vast, ranging from FTSE 100 companies to start-ups, and each option comes with its own pros and cons. Often, people see C&I as an attractive career path as opposed to practice, however this is often because they may not enjoy the nature of audit. It is important to consider that roles in practice are changing and becoming more advisory focused with the use of new technology and artificial intelligence. In practice, you can expect a fast-paced culture allowing you to maintain client interaction and potentially develop into an advisory role. Decide on where you gain most job satisfaction - is it in the variety of work and clients, or do you want to directly contribute to a firm’s strategy? Firms of varying size all have their own individual merits. For example, working at one of the Big 4 or a larger practice not only offers global reach but can provide alternative career paths through secondments. If you work for a small firm, you may consider moving to a larger practice which would give you more exposure to a wider variety of clients as well as the chance to get involved in roles outside of audit - whether this may be corporate finance or working with stakeholders - which is an excellent opportunity for career development. Alternately, choosing a smaller firm is the right path for some people. If you are in a bigger firm and not getting the experience or responsibilities you want, you have the option of moving to a smaller firm where you would get more managerial experience and the opportunity to progress to Partner more quickly. This is a route which would also allow you to have a direct input on strategy and growth due to the likelihood of a close Partner group. Whichever route you decide to take within practice, whether you choose a small independent firm or aim to work for one of the Big 4, be sure you want to pursue a career in practice and plan a route that ultimately leads towards your career goals. 2. Specialisms Obtaining your ACA qualification opens up exciting potential career paths - at the beginning decide if you want to specialise immediately or create a broader experience base to progress from later. Either way, make sure to grab opportunities to gain exposure to specialisms and different service lines early on! After all, expanding your knowledge and skill set can only further your career later on. Often, coming from an audit background means your most likely role within C&I would be very technical and usually based upon financial accounting. Whereas the progression on offer within practice often allows you to manage more people and move into a more client-facing, advisory position. Accounting is an option which gives you the opportunity to use the skills gained in your current role and is a good way to gain technical experience at specialised firms early on in your career. Audit is often used as a stepping stone into the wider business for many accountants, and with a career in audit you can also benefit from internal secondment opportunities within different parts of a business, such as Corporate Finance, ultimately expanding your skill set to the benefit of your future career. It can seem like an overwhelming task to decide so early on the right route for you to take, but getting advice from industry experts could help you make an informed decision! 3. Career development Whichever route you decide to take, make the most of any training and development facilities available to you. Many firms place importance on career development, offering yearly appraisals, learning and development departments for high-quality training and counselling managers. Accountancy practices are often eager to help staff reach their full potential, so make sure you have clear goals, objectives and a strategy laid out in your appraisals. Ongoing training and building up of experience are keys to success in every field. Use the early years of your career to differentiate yourself from your peers with diverse experience through secondments and if Partnership is your long-term goal, ensure you engage in Business Development early on. Stand out from your peers, and people will notice you and support your career ambitions! Passing your ACA opens up so many avenues, from becoming a specialist in a particular field, to working with large corporate companies or even launching your own enterprise. 83% of all FTSE 100 firms have at least one ICAEW Chartered Accountant on the board, which showcases the wealth of opportunities that ACA careers offer. Most importantly, you have the opportunity to shape your career to suit your own interests and aspirations. Ultimately, your decision will come down to culture, progression opportunities and professional development. As long as you keep these things in mind while considering your options once you have qualified, you will be well-equipped to make the best decision for your future career in finance. If you would like more information on this article, or to speak to our finance recruitment experts about your next step, contact Tom on 020 7269 6349 or tom.eagle@pro-finance.co.uk.

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60 Seconds with: Stephen Moore, Managing Director at Princelet Partners

Posted by Tom Eagle

Stephen Moore, Managing Director at Princelet Partners has completed a number of transactions in advisory, Venture Capital and corporate M&A. He has managed the generation and execution of deals including sell-side, buy-side and private placements in a number of sectors Prior to founding Princelet Partners, Stephen was the Managing Director of Motorola Ventures, the second largest TMT Corporate Venture Capital group and participated in 9 exits, 10 board roles and 10 investments including cash to cash experience. - What career advice would you give yourself 10 years ago? I would recommend working in a smaller business asap - at the time I worked for Motorola and whilst I had very interesting roles I think that small companies are where I should be working - on the other hand however large company experience has been invaluable so, like many things, the balance of both is important. - If you were able to invite 4 people to dinner (alive or dead), who would you invite and why? Winston Churchill (pm) William Booth (founder of the Salvation Army) Seamus Heaney (Irish poet) My wife Why - I think the mix would be fun and interesting and I like the drive for positive change from these people (and I have to invite my wife :-) - What does Princelet Partners do well? Princelet works hard on what we believe are the right things in corporate finance. Detailed compelling market leading materials (in our opinion) are produced for clients. In these materials and research, we work out the key selling points for the business and where the emphasis needs to be in conversations with counter-parties. Thorough buyers lists are produced with at least 65 -70 names and every call or meeting has appropriate focus. Corporate finance is best served well through thorough processes and very hard work rather than the odd contact or introduction. That is what princelet does well. - How would your team describe you? Focused - Who is your hero and why? I like people who are ordinary and flawed yet do extraordinary things in trying circumstances. I would like to think I would be inspired to do the same but doubt I would be so brave. Oskar Schindler was one of these kinds of people and as such is one of my hero-like figures. - What is your biggest superstition/fear? I fear not getting enough done in life - What is your morning routine before work? Check emails and messages first thing and try to get to the gym if I have time - What is your life hack / top tip? Remembering priorities - There are things more important than work and it's always important to get perspective. faith, in spirituality, humanity or organised religion can be very valuable - If you were not doing your current job, what would you like to have done? I would like to have worked in socially focused development activities (hopefully I can still do so at some stage) - What is the biggest challenge facing the finance world at present? Like other industries, finance is proliferated with increasing amounts of data. Using this data effectively and not being overwhelmed by it remains a significant challenge. Back to 60 Seconds archive >>

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5 Need to Know Tips About Dealing With Your Sunday Night Blues

Posted by Tom Eagle

The weekend is coming to a close and that regular feeling of dread starts to creep in. Your head hits the pillow and thoughts of full inboxes, tight deadlines and demanding bosses are inevitably going to keep you awake half the night… Sound familiar? Most of us have felt this way from time to time. However, research suggests that over 75% of us suffer from extreme Sunday night blues which manifests into severe anxiety and depression about work the next day. This is a worrying statistic when it comes to the health and wellbeing of the workforce. This phenomenon doesn’t just affect senior executives; it can and does impact people at all levels of the employment hierarchy from Trainees to Partners. Even people who love their job can feel anxious about Monday mornings. Want to avoid this feeling? Try out the following tactics to reclaim your well-earned day of rest: 1. Don’t check work emails With technology at our fingertips 24/7, checking and rechecking your inbox can become an obsession. Research suggests that work emails can increase your heart rate as well as elevate your stress and cortisol levels. This can interfere with your body’s digestion and immune system, among other things, which is clearly not good for your health. Why not consider removing push notifications from your phone or closing email on your computer over the weekend? If you really must check them, try setting yourself a time limit. 2. Plan for Monday on Friday You may be desperate to run out the door for that first G&T but take some time to plan for the week ahead. Review and prioritise your calendar, write a to-do list, tie up as many loose ends as you can. 3. Understand the triggers It’s important to identify the root cause(s) of your feelings of dread. Is it your boss? Unrealistic targets or expectations? The commute or work environment? Try to figure exactly what’s making you anxious so that you can do something to resolve it. 4. Do more of what you love on Sunday Whether it’s your favourite activity, visiting somewhere new or simply hanging out with friends or family, try to make the most of your downtime with the people you enjoy spending time with. Exercise is also a great way to release feel-good endorphins and distract you from the blues. 5. Still not improving? – Time to change your job Life is too short to constantly feel a negative impact from work. If you have tried the above and things have not improved, it could be time for a change. That’s where we come in. Write a list of what you enjoy most and least about your role then contact a member of the Pro-Finance team. We can help you find solutions that will not only benefit you but also the people around you and your career!

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What Is The Next Step For Your Finance Career Webinar- Recording

Posted by Tom Eagle

Thanks to everyone who joined us on What Is The Next Step for Your Finance Career Webinar. We received some great questions from you all, we didn't have enough time to respond to all of them, but look out for further articles from Tom Eagle, who will look to share further insight into finance career paths. Keep the questions coming in, we'd love to hear about which topics you'd like us to explore going forward Share your thoughts >> If you missed it the webinar - you can view it here: If you would like a copy of the slides, they can be viewed HERE

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Reasons to explore your career options with a finance recruiter

Posted by Tom Eagle

It’s good to see the innovation within our industry currently creating even more methods of helping you get in front of the right people and presented in the right way. I often find I am speaking with candidates who do not quite understand how we add value fully and I thought it may be beneficial for us to give you some background on our work. Relationships and Network Our specialist agency has been running for over ten years, growing alongside our database and client base. We know our clients very well, especially after meeting with them regularly and really getting to know them on every level possible. Your direct application may not get past an online portal directly, with us, it could land on the relevant Partner’s desk with our recommendations. Within just one conversation, our expert consultants who spend every day learning about such clients will be able to give you a snapshot each firm and help narrow down the ideal move. We will give you an insight into a firms’ progression, culture, their clients, benefits, remuneration and much more. On top of this, our experience allows us to map out your career plan from the starting point to where you want to end up. Time-Saving Let’s face it, audit doesn’t provide the greatest work-life balance. You are going to struggle to dissect the job market, study every option available (firm and role), interview with pretty much every firm (to learn more about them!) and weigh everything up accordingly. On top of this, you need to prepare for interviews and speak to others in the market to make sure you know what level of salary your position commands. As mentioned previously, a brief chat with one of our consultants can provide you with a conclusive list of options worth following up with. We map out commutes, match your CV with job specs, we know what type of personalities match with different cultures and we can send you tons of visit notes and extra information that will really help you figure out where suits you best. Moreover, your CV itself will be formatted by us – following on from an extended fact find over the phone. When suitable, we tailor your CV to the path you choose, and we will write it from scratch should this suit you better. Preparation We will help you fully prepare for any interviews/ processes, we know our clients well and we know what you will need to expect. A lot of the time, we predict the most likely questions (based on previous processes/ interactions), we provide useful documentation on how to answer such questions effectively, we will meet you in person to conduct mock interviews and we will ensure you feel confident before walking into an interview room. Negotiation Acting as a broker for you, we know where to push and where to hold off. We know what the market rate is for all levels and we know if you are under or overvalued at your current organisation. Thanks to our relationships, we can gently highlight when an offer is too low and give factual information as to why – helping to secure you the right number. This is something you simply cannot do as a candidate. What’s New? Marketing wise, recruitment is changing! We are now producing videos documenting roles, companies and candidates. Social media is becoming an important tool in the industry and our consultants are ready to take the bull by the horns and certify that you are presented in the correct manner and you find the ideal opportunity. To speak to Tom about your recruiting needs or Finance jobs in London or Nationwide, contact him on 02072696349 or tom.eagle@pro-finance.co.uk

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