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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

  • 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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  • 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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  • Audit Executive - Top 10 Practice

    £42000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits

    Recently qualified and looking for a move to a Top 10 accountancy practice? My client is recruiting for a recently qualified ACA/CA to join their audit team specifically focusing on the financial services se...

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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.

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tom's articles

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

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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.

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

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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

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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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Time for the big decision, what is next for your career?

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We have all at one point in our career faced the big decision of what next? You may have just become a Qualified Accountant and if so congratulations on completing your exams. After years of studying and hard work, you have achieved what you set out to do and broadened the choice of opportunities in finance available to you. Alternatively, you may have qualified within the last five years and are now considering your next career move. Whatever your situation, it’s time to start thinking about the next steps in your career. You have reached one of the most important crossroads and need to ask yourself “what are my options and what do I want to do to progress my career?” There is no easy answer and not one answer for all, your options are endless and so it’s time to explore the jobs available in your profession. The time has come to consider your career ambitions and goals, what you are hoping to achieve? You may think you have all the answers and have your career mapped out, but who have you spoken to about this? Have you looked at all the finance jobs available or have you always had one end goal in sight? There are several factors to consider and this is a decision which will determine the rest of your career in finance. My advice to you is to seek advice from an expert. That is not always a recruiter who knows the practice market or who has been in financial recruitment for many years, we understand recruiters can have a bias. At Pro-Finance, we want to give you more than the normal service of a recruiter, which is why we are hosting a free webinar for you to speak to the experts and hear from them in a non-interview capacity about their experiences. On the 14th June, I will be joined by Partners from three of the UK’s leading Accountancy Practices. We will have representatives from the Big 4, Top 20 and an independent firm. We will be discussing the different career options available and the benefits of working in each firm of varying size and what the firms can offer you. To listen and learn from people who have walked your path and made a success of their career, to understand the differences between sizes of firms and cultures then I would highly recommend signing up. Click here to register for 'What is the next step for your Finance career?' webinar >>> Thursday 14th June 14 2018 12:30 PM BST We will be joined by: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Moving into Corporate Finance as a Recently Qualified Accountant

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I talk to a lot of Newly Qualified Accountants that are keen to move out of Audit and pursue a career in Corporate Finance. Playing an active role in the commercial success of a business is both exciting and challenging and can be a very rewarding career choice. But what is it and how easy is it to make this move? What is Corporate Finance? The term Corporate Finance covers a broad range of activities. Primarily it is concerned with transactions in which capital is raised in order to create, develop, grow or acquire a business. Specific types of transaction include: · Mergers, demergers, acquisitions or the sale of private companies · Raising start-up, development or expansion capital · Management buy-out or buy-in of companies · Financing joint ventures, project finance or infrastructure finance · Raising debt and restructuring debt What roles are on offer? There are a number of professional roles that fall under the umbrella of Corporate Finance. I predominantly work with accountancy firms and M&A boutiques that are seeking professionals to act as Advisers on the above transactions. The same firms require people to provide financial support, known as due diligence, which ensures the financial workings of the target company are in order. These roles are often referred to as Transaction Services. Other highly sought-after roles such as M&A Banking and FP&A (Financial Planning and Analysis) exist in large corporates and investment banks. What skills/experience will I need? Making a move into Corporate Finance is an extremely popular choice for a lot of Chartered Accountants. Not only is the market swamped with your fellow Audit / Advisory colleagues, there are also existing employees of banks, boutiques and Big 4 M&A teams that may well rank ahead of you as ideal candidates for that dream job. However, the good news is that there are steps you can take to get ahead in the race. · Get a big-name firm on your CV, such as Big 4 or Mid-tier accounting firm · Focus on your qualifications – if you have not yet sat your final exams, be mindful that many future employers (such as banks and boutiques) will seek first-time exam passes. For those already qualified, perhaps look into doing supplementary qualifications such as the CFA · Seek relevant experience in your current firm – if you work for a company that has a Corporate Finance division, find out if it would be possible to secure a secondment or transfer. Gaining 12-18 months in the Transactions Services team, for example, will stand you in good stead for your next move · Focus on your soft skills – to pursue a career in Corporate Finance, you will need to demonstrate the following key skills: strong commercial acumen, analytical skills, problem-solving, interpersonal skills and attention to detail · Speak to a specialist recruiter – not only will they be able to consult with you on the most suitable roles/firms to target, they will also help you to prepare for interviews and CF case studies Find out more about how Claire Mason can help with your recruitment needs by contacting her on +44 (0)20 7269 6339

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The Effects of Social Media on Employability

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In the world of Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram our online presence is becoming more and more important, crucial some might say, to consider before embarking on a job search. Potential future employers are able to screen people on social media — both job applicants and existing staff. If you take a day off sick it is a possibility that your employer may check your social media posts for the days in question to see if you are in fact ill. They can also be quick to examine an applicant’s profile and postings to check their credentials and how genuine they are in the way they portray themselves. This is a common practice in companies across the world and it may even surprise you to find that it is all totally legal. As a recruiter, I know a few candidates who have missed out on great opportunities because of something they put online. Unfortunately, the information remains forever in the ether and came back to scupper any chance of getting a job that they could have been a really good match for. Common errors that I have come across include silly spelling mistakes on LinkedIn profiles and “Likes” on Facebook condoning a movement which was in conflict with the potential future employer’s main sponsor. In these cases, the candidates had secured interviews with potential future employers or had been to a first interview and were booked in to go back for a second interview, unfortunately, when the businesses looked into the candidates on Facebook and LinkedIn they quickly changed their minds. The legalities over the use of social media by employers to track candidates and clients is a hotly debated topic. However, it is fair to assume that people will review your online presence, so there are a few things it would be worth bearing in mind before sending your CV to a recruiter or potential future employer; - Make sure any online bios and your LinkedIn profile match in terms of dates and the content is written to the same standard that you would expect your CV to be written. - Always be mindful of what you're about to post. Take a step back and think long and hard before posting that picture whilst on a night out on the town. It may be funny at the time but it may not be so funny when sat in an interview. - Increase the security settings on all of your social media and cleanse it of anything you wouldn’t want your current boss to see – as it is fair to say your new employers wouldn’t want to see it either. Find out more about how Sarah Baker can help with your recruitment needs by contacting her on +44 (0)20 7269 6317

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Industry or Practice?

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Both sectors offer unique rewards, but which one is right for you? And when’s the best time to make a move if ever? There are pros and cons to both; the scope of industry or the fantastically full-tilt pace and variety of practice? Chances are, it’s a crossroads you’ll probably confront at some stage of your career. In your early career, a lot of junior finance professionals begin their journey in practice – attracted by funded qualification options, generous leave for exam prep and a clear career progression route. You will be given the opportunity to learn processes, the methodology of supporting and communicating with clients and how to make snap but savvy business decisions. However, there is no such thing as a free lunch and in practice, you need to be ready to deliver on your firm’s investment in you and your career by building clawback clauses into their study contracts. Some have high expectations in terms of your exam record. To offset education costs, your pay might not feel that competitive until you become qualified and complete your training contract. As a qualified accountant in practice, you’ll oversee the financial needs of a portfolio of clients (as well as sharpening your prioritisation and diplomacy skills), coach junior staff and, depending on your area of expertise, manage special projects within audit, tax, financial risk and more. It’s demanding, diverse work and plenty of people love the range of sectors you can work in. But this is also the jumping-off point for many finance professionals looking to make a more hands-on commercial contribution. The opportunity to own a finance process can make the grass surrounding qualified roles in industry look invitingly greener. Look before you leap, however. Practice advances at a pace, so you’ll be playing catch up to more experienced colleagues should you wish to return. The answer to the dilemma….. The reality is that each individual is different and the common pitfall we see both in industry and practice is being too quick to compare yourself to a “peer” and to discount either practice or industry because you have worked in one of the two. Comparing yourself to a peer is a dangerous game to play. Firstly, it is worth bearing in mind that it is human nature to focus on the positives when meeting with an old co-worker/friend/training buddy; don’t be too quick to believe everything someone tells you (they have an agenda to prove to their audience or to themselves) that the choice they made was the right one. Also, it is very rare for a “peer” to be an exact comparison; Has your “peer” worked on exactly the same client size and portfolio? Has your “peer” got exactly the same academic background, exam scores, and personality to you? If you ask yourself these questions and the answer is no to one or both of them then you shouldn’t be comparing yourselves. Within both industry and practice careers you can experience a very different culture, workload, client portfolio, office environment and approach to flexible working. One of the greatest limitations when looking for a move in writing off a business because you have worked in that sector or size firm before. Now more than ever practices, in particular, are evolving and are at the forefront of agile working, dressing for your diary and the softer benefits that come with a new role so don’t write a firm off just because you have “worked somewhere with a similar client portfolio”. The best candidates are always open to listening, researching and exploring good new roles and business as and when the opportunities may arise!

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60 Seconds: Nigel Walde, Director - Film & TV at Saffery Champness LLP

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What advice would you give to yourself 10 years ago on how to progress within the accountancy world? Keep working at it. The immediate outlook might look repetitive however it soon becomes more challenging, diverse and rewarding as you continue to progress. Keep taking yourself out of your comfort zone, it is the best way to increase your knowledge and experience. Consider specialising and carving yourself a niche and think about what you are good at and focus on it. Generally, you will be the master of your own destiny so you will have to create your own opportunities to progress. If you were able to invite 4 people to dinner (alive or dead), who would you invite and why? Aretha Franklin for the music, Richard Burton for the anecdotes about the film industry, the chef Anthony Bourdain to do the cooking and finally Barack Obama who I think would be a delightful guest! What do Saffery’s do particularly well? We show a real interest in our staff and the development of our people. We are also able to operate incredibly well in specialist areas with a very diverse knowledge base throughout the teams. As a firm, we can generally solve all problems presented to us. How would your team describe you? Fair, considerate, conscientious and enthusiastic (hopefully). Who is your hero and why? David Attenborough has always been a hero of mine. He has had a wonderful career, is good at educating us and cares about the planet we live on. What is your biggest superstition/fear? I am not particularly superstitious, although sometimes I come close to believing in Karma! The way you behave seems to have an immediate effect on how others behave towards you. What is your morning routine before work? I get on my bike and ride the six and half miles into work. I will generally plan the day ahead while staying thoroughly focused on the perils of cycling through central London! What is your life hack / top tip? Do something every day that either starts your heart pounding or makes you feel you have completed a challenge. What creates the memory of a good working day is overcoming a challenge and successfully completing a difficult task. Also don’t underestimate getting out in the fresh air! If you were not doing your current job, what would you liked to have done? I always wanted to be a chef. I would love to run a simple restaurant in a hot country. If I could cook with my own grown produce that would be a bonus! What is the biggest challenge facing the finance world at present Keeping a level head in a time of significant change and uncertainty. Technology is also moving incredibly quickly and we need to be able to quickly understand it, adopt it and use to its full potential.

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