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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

  • Senior Manager - Transaction Services

    £65000 - £75000 per annum + Excellent Benefits

    Looking for a fast track route to Director within a Top 10? 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 Advisory Services - Senio...

    £60000 - £70000 per annum + Excellent Benefits

    Looking for a fast track route to Director? 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 profile ...

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  • Audit Manager

    £55000 - £65000 per annum + Bonus + Benefits

    Audit Manager - Corporate Audit London £55,000 - £65,000 Are you currently struggling to see a long-term future within your firm? Do you have a clear route to Partner? This opportunity will offer you clear l...

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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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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

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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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Reasons to explore your career options with a finance recruiter

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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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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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