Benefits package up to £60,000 per annum subject to experience.
We are currently seeking to appoint a Director of Finance for the Worcester Diocesan Board of Finance – a registered charity which manages the financial affairs and holds the assets of the Diocese of Worcester. Reporting to the Diocesan Secretary and managing a team of four, the Director of Finance will play a key role in delivering the financial strategy of the WDBF by: ensuring the delivery of a high quality finance service; effectively and proactively managing change; and providing professional management information to enable the WDBF to exercise good stewardship over the resources entrusted to it. The successful applicant must have a recognised professional finance or accounting qualification, have operated successfully in a senior finance role and will preferably have experience and expertise in charity accounting and governance. You will be an excellent communicator and be able to build strong working relationships with a broad range of stakeholders. You will act with integrity at all times and in accordance with Christian beliefs and values.
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40000 - 55000
Finance Associate at Citymapper We think big, but no details are too small for our finance team. You will be working with our Finance Manager and Director on financial operations, analytics and special projects. We are looking for someone who can execute complex modelling, but also has the ability to get hands dirty in the day-to-day operational aspects of a start-up. We have a lot of things going on - including a new transport subscription. You will work cross-functionally with other parts of the company to make it all happen. Requirements 2+ years experience in finance at another startup, investment banking or accounting (ACA qualification is a plus) Readiness for startup hustle and to get hands dirty Exceptional attention to details Strong problem solving and quantitative modelling skills Excellent communication skills Comfort interfacing with and presenting to senior team members Experience in a startup is viewed favourably Strong interest in cities and shared mobility Benefits Competitive pay, equity / stock options and various startup perks Citymapper Citymapper is the multimodal transport app designed for cities (currently live in 40 cities globally). It integrates all public transport solutions (bus, metro, tram, shared bikes, shared cars, Uber, Gett, etc.) in a single ecosystem. We recently launched a multimodal subscription and a shared cab service in London. We're a small dedicated team, with HQ in London, with backgrounds in transport, Google, startups, apps, design, investing and academia. We're venture capital backed by Index Ventures, Benchmark Capital, Balderton Capital, Connect Ventures, and various angel investors, including Yuri Milner, Xavier Niel and Michael Lynton.
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Coventry, West Midlands
£34644 - £40580 per annum + Excellent benefits
Robertson Bell Finance are proud to be working in a retained partnership with the College of Policing in their search for a Financial Analysis Lead to be based at their London or Coventry offices with the opportunity for home working. This opportunity is on a 12 month Fixed term contract with the potential for further extension. The College of Policing was established in 2012 as the professional body for everyone who works for the police service across England and Wales. Its purpose is to support everyone working in policing to reduce crime and keep people safe. Working in the finance team within the College offers a unique opportunity to blend the benefits of working in a central government organisation with such an important purpose, but one that also has a significant commercial outlook. The Finance team plays a key role in influencing College strategy and facilitating its success. This will only continue to grow in the future, with the continuing need to ensure value for money for the tax payer. This role will play a significant role in this, through smarter analysis and planning, coupled with developing innovative solutions to complex challenges. Working as part of a 19 (FTE) finance team and reporting into the Senior Finance Business Partner, this newly created, hands on position is a great opportunity for you to structure your own role whilst helping to shape and develop a strong financial analysis and reporting culture within the college. You will be responsible for leading on all financial analysis and reporting matters including, modelling for key financial challenges; Generation and delivery of financial information to the organisation; provide financial planning support to enable effective decision making by key budget holders and finance staff; input into the colleges' commercial strategies aligned with increasing commercial income (currently circa £17mil). In addition to the above this role will also act as a key stakeholder in the implementation of the forthcoming ERP system replacement, in which facilitating the effective implementation of the system through agile working in challenging timeframes will be paramount. In applying for this position, it is essential that you are a qualified (CCAB, CIMA or equivalent) accountant with strong experience in developing financial models and conducting complex financial analysis. The ideal candidate will also have sound understanding of corporate governance working to regulatory / control frameworks. You will need excellent stakeholder management skills, the ability to persuade and influence senior stakeholders with confidence. Excellent organisational skills to manage multiple projects simultaneously and first-rate written communication skills is also a must. Please do not hesitate in applying for this position as interview will be conducted on an ongoing basis.
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Winchester College seeks to appoint a Senior Financial Accountant to take the lead in managing and coordinating the College’s policies and processes for assessing and awarding bursaries and their renewal, and to assist the Chief Accountant in the preparation of termly management accounts along with annual audited financial statements. The ideal candidate will be a qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA) with a track record of providing strategic and financial support up to Board level. Familiarity with schools and charities and charity accounting, whilst not essential, would be a distinct advantage. Further information about the school can be found at www.winchestercollege.org This position includes a generous benefits package, including a defined contribution pension scheme. For full job description and details of how to apply please click here. All applications should be made via the College website by Friday 29th March 2019. Only applications completed on the College website will be accepted. Winchester College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. This appointment will be conditional on successful pre-employment and DBS checks. www.winchestercollege.org (No agencies please)
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Manchester, Greater Manchester
£35497 - £45375 per annum + Excellent Benefits
Robertson Bell are proud to be working in a retained partnership with Department for Education on a national recruitment campaign for Finance, Risk and Assurance. The Department for Education (DfE) is responsible for children's services and education, including higher and further education policy, apprenticeships and wider skills in England. We work to provide children's services and education that ensure opportunity is equal for all, no matter what their background or family circumstances. We are one of the largest Government Departments, managing c.£100bn spend each year. The Secretary of State, Ministers, Permanent Secretary and the Directors General want to see a step change in the way we manage our activities, focusing on driving the right educational outcomes and delivering value for money. We want the right balance between support and challenge that results in transparent, effective and efficient decision making. In Central Strategic Finance, the Financial Planning & Analysis team leads on the business planning and financial analysis of DfE's spend to ensure Leadership Team and Ministers can take well informed decisions in line with Departmental strategy. An opportunity has arisen within the planning side of the team. The team is introducing a new quarterly business planning process to set, update and challenge future year forecasts; it is also leading on developing the Department's annual business plan (including Single Departmental Plan); and running a planning capability network to improve planning across the Department. Your role will be to support all three of these areas, including co-ordinating the financial planning and reporting on future years, enabling Leadership Team to take effective decisions based on high quality information. The main responsibilities include: *Improving the Department's understanding of the business planning process, including ensuring there is a clear timetable, process, guidance and templates. *Each quarter ensure business planning outputs are collected accurately, with evidence of the key decisions / prioritisation within plans. *Challenge and analyse plans with key stakeholders - including Finance Business Partners and Financial Planning & Management Accounts colleagues, potentially up to Director-General level - to ensure plans are credible, affordable, and reflect SoS priorities and the Departmental strategy. *Maintain an awareness of emerging issues that have an impact on financial planning and ensuring that these are incorporated into plans, for example around EU Exit. *Consolidate plans and analysis in Excel, supporting the Planning Lead to present findings to senior stakeholders, including Finance Directors and Leadership Team (Directors-General and Permanent Secretary). *Develop and maintain the tools needed to track and report on the delegated budgets showing budget holders' responsibilities. *Manage the upload of the annual business planning output to SFRS in time for the new financial year, ensuring robust controls and quality assurance is in place. And work closely with Financial Planning & Management Accounts colleagues to process budget changes following quarterly business planning exercises. *Work closely with Estimates colleagues, to ensure business planning outputs are also accurately factored into Supplementary and Main Estimates. We are looking for an ambitious and proactive finance professional, with first-class communication skills. Confident in advising, challenging and negotiating with people, often senior to yourself, with different opinions. You will have good financial and analytical skills to be able to digest large amounts of information with attention to detail when working under pressure. Experience/knowledge of financial management within a government context is an advantage but not essential. This is an excellent opportunity for an individual who which is looking to grow and learn within a supportive environment. in a large and complex organisation, and during a period of significant political change. Please be aware the role is paying the following - £35,497 - £39,114 with accountancy qualification: £41,350 - £45,375.
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Ignata are delighted to be partnering Chapman Freeborn to recruit a new Corporate Reporting Manager. Chapman Freeborn is the world’s leading aircraft charter and aviation support company, with a proven reputation for innovation, expertise and professionalism. Headquartered next to Gatwick Airport the business is enjoying an extended period of strong growth and has operations in to over 15 countries across the globe. With annual revenue already at close to £0.5 billion and with further growth plans ahead, the CFO is looking to add high quality personnel to his finance function. This is a genuinely exciting time to join the business and the successful candidate will be given the opportunity to grow and develop their career both in the UK and potentially on an international basis. Job Purpose: The role will hold responsibility for technical accounting and external reporting aspects within the Group finance function, supporting senior management in the production of timely and accurate reporting and associated commentary. As part of a small team you will also ensure technical accounting updates are effectively communicated and implemented across the Group and subsidiary businesses. The role will also help to ensure compliance with relevant legislative and regulatory requirements and submissions. Key tasks: Preparation of the consolidated annual and interim report and accounts. Management of year end statutory accounts and interim report process for the Group, reporting under IFRS. Liaising with key stakeholders to ensure reporting deadlines are met. Assisting in the preparation of subsidiaries' statutory accounts and the monitoring of accounting and reporting developments under IFRS. Help manage the Group’s audit process. Preparation of board and audit committee papers. Identifying improvements to current processes and applying/implementing them. To help maintain external relationships with professional advisors, auditors and subsidiary companies as necessary. Experience and qualifications: Fully qualified (ACA or equivalent) accountant with up to date technical accounting (IFRS) knowledge. A strong awareness of current technical accounting and reporting requirements under IFRS. Experience of working in a plc business, either as an audit client previously or in current role Strong Excel and analytical skills are essential. Proven to be self-motivated and pro-active. Good personal time management, prioritisation setting and comfortable working to deadlines. This role is being handled exclusively by Ignata Finance. All third party applications will automatically forwarded to Ignata Finance.
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£47000 - £55000 per annum + flexi work
A client of mine that I have worked with for a number of years is recruiting within their well established private client team for an Assistant Manager. This is an exciting opportunity to gain exposure of high quality and complex private client work in an expanding portfolio of UHNWI, OMBs, non doms, UK/offshore trusts and foundations. Reasons to Consider this Firm: This Firm has seen an unbelievable amount of investment, giving the team financial muscle when going to market There is a strong family, boutique feel about the Firm despite it's aggressive growth and future plans; meaning that not only culture is key but also operational freedom This unique role promises an interesting and varied client base that will ensure you maximum exposure across the market with interesting and challenging work What you can expect in the role: Being an ambassador and first point of contact when providing a proactive service to meet private client needs Identifying and capitalising on new clients, forming new relationships Working alongside Partners and Directors to prepare proposals and deliver advice across a range of private client tax issues and projects Take an active role in mentoring and developing junior staff This is a fabulous opportunity for a qualified private client tax specialist who is looking to gain technically excellent work in a truly supportive and flexible working environment. Apply ASAP Contact Rebecca English 0207 269 6320 / firstname.lastname@example.org The Pro-Recruitment Group consists of five distinct brands: Pro-Tax, Pro-Legal, Pro-Finance, Pro-HR and Pro-Marketing.
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City of London, London
£70000 - £75000 per annum + Bonus + Bens
Financial Controller Central London Up to £75,000 A unique and entrepreneurial business which has enjoyed exceptional success is currently recruiting for a Financial Controller to join them and lead the development of their finance function. You will be commercially aware and able to provide advice during a period of change for this successful client. This is a high profile role where you will report to the CFO and be expected to communicate with and influence the Directors on a regular basis. You will have overall responsibility for the finance function including accounts preparation, FX currency reconciliation reports, improving the control environment and delivering timely information for UK tax authorities. You will be a qualified accountant with excellent gravitas and influencing skills. Energy and motivation to lead, mould and develop the team is essential. Ideally you will have worked within a multi-currency, commodity trading environment and be prepared to assist the team and be "hands on" in your approach. If this is of interest or you wish to discuss further, please contact Tom Eagle on 0207 269 6349 or email@example.com. The Pro-Recruitment Group consists of five distinct brands: Pro-Tax, Pro-Legal, Pro-Finance, Pro-HR and Pro-Marketing.
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South West London
£40,000+ depending on experience
The Opportunity: Z group is a forward thinking, client centric multidisciplinary ABS based in South West London. Priding itself on joined up thinking, the firm currently offer a wide range of accounting, legal and architecture services to OMB’s and individuals across London. Recognising the increasing needs of SME’s to have regular, solid accounting and business advisory support well over and above the annual statutory accounts, we are recruiting for two forward thinking, client focused accountants to look after a growing portfolio of exciting OMB’s in a variety of business sectors. The Role You will be technology savvy and familiar with working with cloud based accounting tools to create efficient solutions for the client, and for the firm, ensuring that client work is completed to an excellent standard at all times. This is an exciting opportunity to be instrumental in shaping a modern, cloud based, accounting department and help build a formula one team of finance professionals providing critical support to growing businesses. You will be working with the senior management team to create processes and systems that deliver excellence, as well as developing and improving products to add value to the work we do for our clients. You will be involved in creating and monitoring training programmes as well as taking an active role in the recruitment process. You will deliver client advisory work, attend quarterly meetings, provide narrative on management accounts and review year end work before it is passed to our compliance team. Essential skills Main point of contact for clients, assisting with all elements of accounting need Liaising with other departments to ensure efficient and excellent service Managing deadlines and client expectations Handling and resolving client complaints Introducing new service lines to add value to clients Delegating and training junior team member including reviewing bookkeeping and VAT Helping to develop systems and processes for internal use Building strong relationships Technical Skills Producing & discussing management accounts and MI with the team and with clients Dividend and straightforward tax planning Reviewing and preparation of working papers Managing & improving accounts processes, including bookkeeping, MI, software options Excellent attention to detail & ability to spot anomalies and inconsistencies in data Experience: PQE proven technical experience in a practice environment You will be proficient in the use of: Xero QBO Sage 50 Microsoft Excel It would be advantageous to have worked with cloud reporting and cash flow software Qualifications: ACCA/ACA fully qualified Minimum 3 years PQE QBE considered The Candidate: Attitude & Personality The ideal candidate will be a proactive, enthusiastic and a personable professional with strong attention to detail, the highest standards of integrity and will be dedicated to providing an outstanding service to clients. You will be process driven, have very good commercial awareness and excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills. You will be a team player who enjoys working in an environment that is relaxed yet deadline focused. You will operate well under pressure, be flexible, adaptable, and willing to ‘muck-in’ to help this practice achieve our goals. You will commit to promoting development and understanding in both clients and your team. References will be required Salary 40+ Neg. DOE
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Competitive Salary + Benefits
Finance Director Competitive Salary + Benefits Newbury Racecourse PLC is an award-winning sporting, leisure and entertainment business, traded on NEX. Based in West Berkshire this multi-functional site plays host to c. 30 racedays per year plus a wide range of public, corporate and private events. In addition, the racecourse operates a 120+ place children’s nursery, a 36-bedroom Hotel and its own catering business. In a partnership with David Wilson Homes the racecourse is in the process of developing 1500 homes on the estate and has reinvested over £20M in upgrading its facilities to the benefit of all customer groups. With ambitious plans for further development of the business, an opportunity has now arisen for a Finance Director. Acting as Business Partner to the Chief Executive, this is a Board level position representing an exceptional opportunity for an individual with significant commercial experience to join the senior management team and help lead the future of the racecourse. Setting the financial strategy in line with the objectives of the Board, including continuing growth, the Finance Director will be responsible for leading the day-to-day management and operation of the finance function. This is a full-time opportunity for a dynamic individual with integrity, a commercial strategic focus and exceptional financial astuteness. An appreciation of racing is advantageous but not a pre-requisite, and we are open to considering applications from those with transferable skills. To explore this opportunity please email your CV and covering letter including remuneration details to our retained consultant Hugh Nickerson of Conundrum firstname.lastname@example.org quoting reference JID1080 or call 01747 861616 for further details Strictly no agencies please, all enquiries will be forwarded to Conundrum
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Dependent on experience
We are looking for a specialist who would be interested in programming the events and newsletter content for our Retail Community. The Retail Community offers its members a full programme of event and newsletter content. Events planned include a launch event (evening) and two one-hour webinars. Newsletters are provided twice a year, each containing a minimum of four articles between 500 to 1000 words in length. The role of the specialist would be to: Programme the events, ensuring that each event has a theme and a full agenda of sessions and speakers. The specialist would be expected to use their network and to work with the communities team to finalise content and to identify speakers, or to provide a profile of the type of presenter required and to work with ICAEW to source such a candidate. The specialist would also be required to help to source replacement speakers at short notice where this is required; Brief presenters by participating in a number of calls ahead of all events and webinars taking place; Provide content overviews for each of the newsletters, either providing fully written articles and/or topic suggestions for articles which would then be commissioned by ICAEW from a third party. (Please note that additional fees will be paid to the specialist for each fully written article that they provide); Identify relevant sector consultations the ICAEW should be responding to. The role is project based and is likely to take between 3 to 10 days a year (depending on the number of articles that the candidate wishes to write themselves or to commission from third parties). Aside from attending meetings, the role can be performed at home on a flexible basis. ICAEW’s Library and Information Services Resources would be made available to the specialist to enable them to access periodicals and journals as required, to help the specialist to stay abreast of technical, market and case developments. Profile The specialist would be expected to have a minimum of 6 years’ experience working in this sector. Although the candidate may have specialised in a certain sector, they must be able to programme content which would appeal to both generalist and specialist members of the Community. Time commitment The candidate would be expected to attend (either in person or by telephone) a 1hr planning meeting with ICAEW staff at the start of the engagement. They would also be asked to attend meetings (up to four times a year, each meeting lasts for 1.5 hours) to present their content proposals and to take feedback. Attendance would also be required at the events which the specialist has programmed. The candidate would be expected to respond to emails and ad hoc phone calls on a timely basis. Deliverables A broad overview of the events being planned (themes, key sessions, etc.) would be required for presentation and discussion with ICAEW staff. Detailed programmes for each event (including timings and a full agenda of speakers) would be required at least 5 months before the conference takes place and 3 months for the webinars. Contribute to the marketing plan for each event (what are the reasons to attend, what are the key selling points, who is the target audience, etc) and review of the final marketing email. Newsletter content would need to be provided before the content deadline. Content overviews for any articles which require commissioning from third parties would be required six weeks before the content deadline. To identify consultations the ICAEW should be responding to, should they arise. Fees and expenses Fees are benchmarked to market day rates. For programming one year of event and newsletter content, total fees are expected to range from £1,500 to £2,500 depending on experience and number of events in the annual calendar. This excludes the provision of fully written newsletter articles, for which additional fees of up to £250 per article will be paid. 50% of the annual fees will be paid upon delivery of the final events programme and 50% will be paid after the events have taken place. Travel expenses to meetings and events would be paid by ICAEW.
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Recently qualified ICAEW Associate Chartered Accountants (ACA) had a fantastic opportunity to network with peers and employers at last Thursday evening’s special careers guidance and networking event. The ICAEWjobs team runs this bi-annual event to equip our ACAs with career progression techniques which boost their skill set, enabling them to progress. Brilliant turnout Taking place at Chartered Accountants’ Hall, the event was a brilliant success, with over 70 attendees and featured backing from outstanding employers such as: BDO, CABA, Confirmation, HMRC, MHA Macintyre Hudson and Sainsbury’s. Throughout the evening the delegates capitalised on the networking opportunities with employers and fellow delegates alike. Marcia Dyce, Communities Manager, commented: ‘It was great to see everyone taking the opportunities and creating a great atmosphere.’ Inspiring insights An inspiring highlight of the evening came from Rachel Baldwin, Bulldog Accounting, and Laura Golding, PRS for music. Rachel shared her insights into her journey from practice to business, while Laura described what it has been like staying in practice and opening her own firm. The one-to-one, CV and interview skills sessions were also very popular and the evening ended with a lively Q&A panel. The questions flooded in, the delegates particularly wanting the answers to difficult interview questions, for which the panellists gave brilliant thought-led responses and discussion pieces. Great reception We received some great feedback on the night, with words such as ‘interesting’, ‘thought provoking’ and ‘engaging’ recurring through the evening. Many were unaware that we hold free events such as this one and thought it was a great opportunity with some potentially career-changing content. If you would be interested in gaining similar insight into how you can take control of your career and mould it into your own, attended our next ACA Prospects event on Tuesday, 25 June 2019. Book here If you would like to find out more about ACA Prospects Careers Evening, or have any queries relating to ICAEWjobs, please contact email@example.com
The average person in the UK now spends the equivalent of 76 days each year sitting down. So it’s no surprise that around 39% of UK adults don’t meet the activity levels recommended by the NHS. According to the NHS guidelines we should do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise, such as walking or cycling, each week. For many of us, a working week of 37, 40, 50 or even 60 hours involves most of that time sitting at a desk. Add in all kinds of travel and commuting and it’s easy to see how we can be spending 7 - 12 hours per day seated. A sedentary lifestyle poses a threat to our health and reduces our life expectancy. It increases our risk of diseases like cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and heart disease. Being sedentary can also impact our mental health. Studies show that people who sit for more than 7 hours a day are more likely to feel depressed. Going to the gym for an hour after work will improve your health and fitness, but it doesn’t reduce the amount of time you spend sitting down during the day. We can use exercises to break up the time we spend sitting to help to improve our physical health. How to be more active Here are 6 simple tips to help you get more active in the workplace. 1. Get moving and stretching at your desk When you sit down for a long period your muscles can start to stiffen up. This can contribute to neck and back pain, weakened muscles and poor posture. Sitting down changes the angle of your hip joint which means that your hip muscles can become tight. Your core muscles are also less active when in a seated position. Make stretching at your desk a habit, even if it’s just for a minute or two. 2. Get out for a walk at lunchtime Get away from your desk at lunchtime to improve both your physical and mental health. A walk will get your body moving, raise your heart rate and increase your step count. The average person in the UK only walks 3,000-4,000 steps per day, falling short of the recommended 10,000. Starting with a short lunchtime walk can help to build up your step count. 3. Stand up when making phone calls Standing uses more muscles than sitting, and as an extra benefit it burns more calories too. Standing can improve your circulation and productivity, and reduce back pain. 4. Take the stairs If you always use the lift or escalator, switch to using the stairs instead. Taking the stairs will raise your heart rate and help to strengthen your leg muscles. 5. Move every hour It can be easy to sit in the same place for hours without noticing. Taking a walk around the office will get your joints and muscles moving, and give you a break from your screen. You can go back to your desk with a fresh perspective. 6. Cycle or walk part of your commute If you take public transport to work, get off one stop earlier and walk the extra distance. Over the course of a week this can add up to a lot of more exercise. If you drive to work, park your car at the furthest end of the car park, so you walk further to the office. Or you could cycle to work to increase your daily exercise and miss the traffic. Little actions throughout the day have a cumulative effect on your activity levels. You don’t need to make any drastic changes to start getting active at work. If you add 15 minutes of exercise every day you would increase your activity levels by 1 hour and 45 minutes each week. Small changes can really start to add up. For more tips, recipes, and resources to help you promote your physical wellbeing, visit CABA's physical wellbeing microsite https://cabaphysical.org.uk/
While there is no single proven morning routine that works for everyone and guarantees success, establishing your own can help you maximise your creativity, energy and productivity throughout the day. Creating and sticking to habits or a routine that works for you may help make you more disciplined. Having a daily routine can also help you think more clearly because you don’t have to spend any time wondering about what you should be doing and it makes sure important tasks never get forgotten. If you don’t have an effective daily routine yet, it’s a good idea to start with your morning habits. The way you spend your time before you start work can set you up for success for the rest of the day. Morning habits To get you started, here are a few suggestions for some morning habits you could include in your routine: Get up early (even at weekends) Most high performers get up early, as extra time in the morning can help you prepare better for your day. Try experimenting with your wake-up time to find the best time for you. If you’re not a natural morning person, it is possible to train yourself to wake up early, rather than just giving yourself enough time to get dressed and make a dash for the door. Most importantly, get up at the same time even when you’re not at work, as habits are thought to be far more powerful when they’re practised every day. A regular bedtime and wake-time routine is also thought to help you get better-quality sleep. Have breakfast Skipping breakfast can leave you with low blood sugar in the morning, which won’t help you feel energetic or enthusiastic about what lies ahead. Grabbing breakfast on the go isn’t a great idea either, as it can play havoc with your digestion. Even if you’re short on time you can still eat something healthy to start your day – find out more about quick and easy breakfast suggestions by reading Healthy breakfast recipes by the Natural Alternative Health & Wellbeing Ltd. Get moving Getting into a habit of exercising before you go to work can pay dividends too. Being physically active in the morning can increase your blood flow and release feel-good hormones called endorphins, putting you in a positive state of mind for the rest of the day. According to a study by University of Bristol researchers, being active during your working day doesn’t just boost your mood but your performance too, and can help you concentrate and make you a better at problem solving. If you don’t have much time, many experts believe short workouts are just as effective as long ones. Try simply going for a brisk 10-minute walk or jog before breakfast – the fresh air will also help make you feel awake and ready to start your day. To find out more about how your diet and exercise habits can work for you, join us on our free course, Eat and exercise for energy. Clear your head Make time – even if it’s just five minutes – for something that helps make you feel calmer and more focused before you leave for work, such as reading, listening to music, stretching (doing yoga, for instance) or meditating. Even sitting quietly with a cup of tea can be beneficial, especially when the day you have planned is going to be a hectic one. Whatever you do, try to make sure you do it every morning so that it becomes part of your routine. Read more about the benefits of meditation in our guide, or try our one-minute mindful meditation if you’re really short of time. Let emails wait It’s may always be tempting to try and get a head start by checking your emails before you’ve left the house. But unless you’re waiting for a particularly important message to arrive, try to avoid logging on to your email account before you get to your desk. Checking your emails – or social media – usually means you’re dealing with what other people want or are doing, rather than concentrating on what you want to achieve yourself. Set your goals Whether it’s making a list of your priorities for the day or a reminder of your long-term goals, deciding what you want to do and where you want to go before your working day starts can help you focus on your plans more effectively. Successful goal setting isn’t complicated, but it does require some practice. Read more about it in 5 things you should know about setting goals. Our course Do more in a day than you do in a week also looks at effective goal setting, as well as other ways to become more effective and productive. Like our other courses, this free full-day course is open to all past and present ICAEW members, ACA students, ICAEW staff members and their husbands, wives, life partners and children under the age of 25. How CABA can help We're here whenever you need help, support or information that could help improve your wellbeing. Our services are free for ICAEW members, ACA students and their families. For advice and information call us on +44 (0) 1788 556 366, email firstname.lastname@example.org, complete our online form or chat to us online.
There are any number of definitions for resilience, most of which refer to the ability to 'bounce back from adversity' and 'withstand stressful situations'. However, whilst bouncing back is an admirable quality, you can only do it so many times before you are exhausted and no longer have the resources to cope. What is resilience? Sometimes resilience is about recognising the approach of the difficult situation(s) and doing something about it before things escalate to the point of a stress response, and sometimes it's just about stopping whatever it is you are doing and re-evaluating. In the same way that a physically healthy person has a better chance of recovering from injury or illness, someone who is mentally healthy will be better placed to recover from difficult, stressful and traumatic situations and this is resilience. "A good half of the art of living is resilience". Alain de Botton In simple terms, psychological resilience is about developing behaviours and habits which help you to remain calm and to move forward without any negative consequences. Of course, being resilient doesn't mean that you will never feel the pressure or stress of a particular situation or event, but it does mean that you will be in a better position and have effective ways of dealing with it. Building your resilience Every one of us can increase our resilience, all you need is to be prepared to try. Things won't change overnight, but with determination and practice you can develop a new healthier way of thinking and behaving, increasing your resilience and improving your chances of remaining mentally healthy and staying calm and confident in difficult times. Here are a few ideas to get you started. 1. Evaluate your situation Ask yourself: Could there be another way of looking at this? Do I need more information? How will I benefit from the way I am thinking/feeling/doing? We all have a tendency towards negativity, called negativity bias. So ask yourself, how else could I interpret this event? What is the evidence for and against this thought? How might things improve if I adopt a different interpretation? 2. Rest We all know how important it is to our physical and mental health to get a good night's sleep. Current advice suggests 7 – 9 hours for the majority of adults. Sleep improves cognition, concentration, productivity and performance, it maximises problem solving skills and improves memory. Rest isn't just about sleep. Around every 90 minutes take breaks away from your desk, your computer, your phone. Research shows that brief (as little as 5 minutes) mental breaks will help you stay focussed on your task, help you to retain information, make connections and generally be more productive. Not taking breaks leads to confusion, increased pressure and eventually stress. 3. Stay hydrated Your brain is mostly water, so drinking it provides you with a number of benefits, it: Helps to balance your mood and emotions Reduces stress Maintains memory function Improves concentration and cognition 4. Reflect on your successes/achievements Keep a success diary, write down the things you have achieved, that have gone well for you today or this week. The more we reflect on the positive, the more positive we become. You could even reward yourself in some way or simply tell yourself well done. 5. Practice Mindfulness Mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety. It improves mental health and functioning and increases emotion regulation and self-control. There are numerous books on the subject as well as some interesting TED Lectures available on line. Check out the 'Headspace' app for 10 free audio sessions on meditation, it is well worth the time. CABA run 'Mindfulness courses' around the UK, book yourself on one. 6. Ask for help It is a sign of strength to know when you need help and be able to ask for it. CABA offer free confidential counselling. Other support may be available through your organisation or check out the BACP website for a counsellor near you. And finally… Practice resilience rather than inaction. Use some of the ideas above and persevere to make them a habit rather than your habit becoming one of living with stress. Resilient people live longer, happier, healthier lives. Written by: Richard Jenkins Richard Jenkins is a Behavioural Psychologist with a particular interest in Resilience and how we can make simple yet often life-changing adjustments to the way we think and behave to improve personal wellbeing and performance. As well as running a counselling and hypnotherapy practice he is a frequent speaker on the subject of resilience, writing and delivering training, talks and seminars in the UK and abroad.
Investing in learning new skills is essential to maintain your relevance, capability, marketability and to ensure your future career success. From the moment we are born we start learning. It's well known that as children our brains are like sponges soaking up new information, absorbing learning as we experience new things and use our senses to explore these new experiences. We go through education often progressing into university and professional qualifications and then for some they think phew I've made it! No surprise that after the ordeal of passing the ACA examinations our brains and bodies may need a rest but actually ever changing demands of modern day job roles, advances in technology and an evolving economy means that continuous learning is vital for continued career success. How learning can benefit your health Lifelong learning refers to a person of any age keeping the mind and body engaged by actively pursuing knowledge and experiences. Of course learning new skills can make you smarter but it is even shown to be good for your health! It's great brain training - neuroscience is proving just how valuable learning is in keeping our neural pathways active, reducing stress levels and potentially delaying the onset of Alzheimers! So whether you are learning a new language, learning a new computer system or learning to knit, research suggests that keeping an active brain is as important as keeping an active body so that you can keep performing for longer. As well as being good for your health and for your career, learning can be exciting and rewarding. Often learning helps you to discover unknown potential that you didn't know you had and allows you to grow your skillset - the old adage of adding ‘another string to your bow.' How learning can help you at work Learning can be extremely beneficial in helping you to achieve your career goals. Here are some of the ways that continuing your learning and professional development can help you: Be adaptable Learning helps you become more open to change. By developing a growth mindset and believing you can learn new things you will be more adaptable to the changes happening in your profession and workplace and you will be more willing to take on new ways of working. To find out more about developing a growth mindset, see Carol Dweck's Ted Talk. Have more options to choose from It can give you greater choices - having a broader skillset makes you more versatile to transition into different roles and sideways moves to advance your career and potential earnings. It could create a whole new career path too; many people have started learning a new hobby that then ultimately becomes their new career! Stay relevant Continuing your learning and professional development in your career keeps you up to date with advances and changes in new technology. This means you won't get left behind as innovation changes ways of working. You will stay relevant in a changing landscape as the economy evolves and technology improves. Without becoming a learning junkie and attending everything possible it is highly advisable to think about your current and future learning and how this can help you to achieve your career goals and stay ahead of your competitors. Remember when I talk about learning I don't just mean going on a course! We are fundamentally the same as we were when we were children; we learn most through experience or experiential learning. As Anthony J D'Angelo says “Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow." Written by: Meg Burton Meg has over 15 years' extensive experience of delivering and facilitating development training in corporate organisations working with leaders and managers at all levels in a wide range of businesses. Meg is a qualified learning and development professional, qualified MBTI practitioner and Executive Coach. Meg has a warm enthusiastic approach, a passion for learning and a desire to make a difference to individuals. How CABA can help CABA's free full day courses take place across the UK. They're open to all past and present ICAEW members, ACA students, ICAEW staff members, and their husbands, wives, life partners and children under the age of 25. Or, if you prefer to study online, CABA's free online courses allow you to focus on your personal and professional development wherever you are. You can also find useful information and tips on a range of topics in our help and guides section.
If you have to give a presentation, does your mouth dry up and your heart start racing? Fear of public speaking - or glossophobia - is estimated to affect as many as 75% of people, making it one of the most common phobias. If you're glossophobic you may try your best to avoid any situation where you have to speak in front of others. You may even break into a cold sweat at the mere thought of having to give a formal presentation, especially one to your managers or co-workers. Unless you're an experienced presenter you may worry that you're not very good at public speaking or that your presentations aren't interesting, both of which can make you feel anxious about your performance. The good news is there are lots of things you can do to become a more effective - as well as more confident - public speaker, whether you're addressing a handful of people or a crowd of thousands. Here are our top presentation tips: 1. Set your goals Ask yourself what you want to achieve with your presentation and how it's going to benefit your audience. Do you want to use it to share information with others? Is it meant to update your audience or inform them about some important news or decisions? Try to make sure you know what your objectives are, and make sure your presentation achieves them clearly. 2. Show some passion Your audience is more likely to be engaged with what you're saying if you can speak about it with passion and conviction. If you truly care about your presentation's subject matter, your enthusiasm will shine through. Not only that, but speaking with passion can help to overcome nervousness because you'll be so absorbed in what you're saying, you won't have time to worry about how you're being received. 3. Use personal stories Good public speakers know how important storytelling is for a successful presentation. But talking about yourself, such as including personal anecdotes to illustrate the points you're trying to make, can be even more powerful. And as most people feel comfortable talking about themselves, it could help you relax more too. 4. Add some humour Humour can endear you to an audience because it shows you don't take yourself too seriously. If you can make your audience laugh a few times they may also be more receptive to what you're saying, which can help put you at ease. But avoid telling obvious jokes, as they can seem forced. Instead try to weave in a few humorous observations about your job or the subject you're talking about. 5. Include take-home points Aim to make sure your audience doesn't leave your presentation wondering what it was all about. Your take-home points are the ideas and messages you want your audience to go away with, the things you hope will make a lasting impression on them. Summarise your take-home points at the end of your presentation when you're wrapping things up. 6. Ask questions Try not to make your presentation one-sided. Involve your audience by asking them questions and encouraging them to participate. But make sure your questions can be answered - the last thing you want is for a question to be met with a wall of silence. Similarly, if someone asks a question while you're speaking, jump in straight away - don't wait until the end of your presentation to answer it. 7. Be prepared Even the most confident and seasoned presenter can be thrown by unforeseen problems, especially when technology is involved. If you're using audio-visual aids, try to have a plan B in case your laptop crashes or your wi-fi connection vanishes. If you're well prepared, tech problems will be one less thing to worry about. 8. Practise - then practise again If you have time, practise your presentation as often as possible. Rehearse to the point that you're so familiar with your subject matter, you could deliver your presentation with ease - like having a conversation with a friend. Also try to do at least one practise run in front of a friend or family member. 9. Visualise your success As well as practising it's a good idea to visualise giving a great presentation as it can help boost your confidence. Try to do this as many times as you can, and especially immediately before you give your presentation. If you're still feeling nervous, try doing some deep breathing to bring down your heart rate. 10. Don't talk on an empty stomach Always try to eat something before speaking in public. It may be the last thing you feel like doing if you're nervous, but having a light snack before giving a presentation can help make you more mentally alert. And if the thought of your presentation is really stressing you out, try having a burst of physical activity. Exercise helps your body use up stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, so have a brisk walk or hit the gym beforehand - it will make you feel much calmer. How CABA can help We can't directly help you overcome your fear of public speaking or make you a great presenter. But we do offer free courses that may be useful while boosting your career development in general. Our Boost your resilience course is ideal if you want to discover strategies to perform better under pressure. Or why not join us on our next Develop your personal brand course, where you can learn to be more effective and confident? Both of these courses are also available online, which means you can complete them at your own pace. For more information about our career development services, including courses, call us on +44 (0) 1788 556 366, email email@example.com or chat to us online.
Traditionally a ‘brand’ is a term that’s linked with a company, product or service. Personal branding is about promoting yourself as the concept, product or service. A useful first step when developing your personal brand is creating an elevator pitch. What makes you different from everyone else? It’s this message you need to consider when developing your personal brand online or when networking. ELEVATOR PITCH An elevator pitch is an introductory summary about you, your background and your goals. It’s one of the most effective ways to create a positive first impression and promote your personal brand. You need to deliver your message clearly, often to someone who doesn’t even know you. Usually, a good elevator pitch consists of: Who you are What you do Why you’re unique Once you’ve developed your ‘pitch’, you can begin to build your personal brand online. GOOGLE YOURSELF What appears about you online? Is it professional? Is it comprehensive and detailed enough? Does it reflect how you want to be seen? Employers are increasingly ‘Googling’ individuals to get an idea of who you are. Googling yourself frequently is a good way to monitor your online reputation. If you find someone who has the same name as you, it’s important to differentiate your brand from theirs. ONLINE BRANDING Your social media content plays a key part in your personal brand. The way you advertise yourself through social media sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, will play a pivotal role in establishing your personal brand online and how you’re perceived. Here are some things to consider: LINKEDIN Creating a profile is a start but it’s important that it’s actively managed. Always ensure that it contains relevant and up to date information. Recommendations: Get some good recommendations from the right people. They can hold as much value as a handwritten reference or personal recommendation. Join specialist groups on LinkedIn relating to your industry or field. Actively contribute to relevant discussions to demonstrate your knowledge. TWITTER Twitter allows you to follow people and companies and gain a community of followers yourself. Who you follow on Twitter or the tweets that you share, reflect your own brand. If you currently use Twitter for hobbies and interests you may want to set up a second account to keep both platforms separate. Tweet regularly about your specialist topic. Involve yourself in relevant conversations that focus on your industry. FACEBOOK Keep your personal Facebook profile private. Don’t post anything you wouldn’t be happy for employers or colleagues to see. For those colleagues (current and past) you’re connected with, make sure your updates and photos reinforce your personal brand. BLOG/VLOG Writing book reviews, publishing articles or posting videos is another great way to build your personal brand online. You can start your own free or low cost blog on sites such as Blogger or Live Journal. If you go down this route, you’ll need to ensure that you’re contributing regularly – it’s important not to leave any channels dormant. Remember, your online profile may be viewed through more than one form of social media, so it’s important to ensure the image you’re building is consistent across all sites. This article was written by the career coaching experts at Renovo. HOW CABA CAN HELP Everything we do at CABA is underpinned by our commitment to provide lifelong support to past and present ICAEW members, ACA students, past and present ICAEW staff and their close families. All of our services are free, impartial and strictly confidential. Discover more ways to build your personal brand with our free online course. For further information and help articles, you can visit our career’s microsite.
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Why did you decide to become an accountant? I studied for a degree in business studies and the course included quite a lot of accountancy content. I really enjoyed that aspect so I knew I wanted to do something with a finance/business focus. During my job search I met several accountancy practices and liked the sound of advising and understanding a broad variety of businesses; and I got to see everything - from small sole traders to FTSE listed companies. How did you come to a decision to work in business rather than practice? I always intended to leave and work in business eventually. I think the ACA exams, together with the experience you get from working in a practice while studying, is the best way to learn about business. I was lucky in that I got to take on some management accounting work for clients, which I really enjoyed – much more so than auditing I’m afraid – so it wasn’t a difficult decision to make and I left practice pretty soon after qualifying. What does your career journey look like? I joined a relatively small publishing and events company as financial controller. It was on a rapid growth trajectory and was led by an entrepreneurial Managing Director, who was also an ACA. I learned a lot about how business really worked from him. I helped sell that business and then moved through a couple of much larger organisations until my last role, before working at ICAEW, as CFO of a private-equity backed training company. The owners wanted to exit and I managed the sale of the business which was the catalyst for my ending up at ICAEW. What are some of your career highlights? M&A activity, including the successful sale of the businesses themselves, was a big part of my last two roles before ICAEW. It is really hard work, requiring long hours and there are many ups and downs throughout the process but I really enjoyed it. I also found leading projects, sometimes quite small, that delivered process and efficiency improvements really satisfying. What advice would you give to a recently qualified ACA embarking on their career? If you get the chance to work overseas, take it. It’s great experience and something most of the really successful members I speak to have done at some stage.
Twice a year ICAEWjobs hosts a career’s event aimed at recently qualified ACAs who are looking to make their next career move. Moving from one industry to another can be a daunting prospect and we aim to help make that transition easier. In May we gathered speakers to help delegates to build both their soft skills and technical knowledge to help them progress. We heard from Google’s Rebecca Selwyn, Bluehub’s Matt Flanagan and Capitalise’s Oliver Cummings on the potential impact of Digital Transformation on finance careers. The panel had an incredibly positive conversation about the opportunities digital transformation can afford finance professionals, digitalisation isn’t something to be feared but embraced! Often we complain about having too much to do but not enough time to do it in. But how often do we procrastinate over tasks which we don’t feel like completing? CABA trainer Zena Everitt challenged our delegates to get more done in a day than you do in a week by making a few simple changes to how you approach work. If you want to find out more about Zena’s productivity tips see our blog. Finally we heard from Jon Da Costa on his career journey at RSM. He was very clear that your career is your own, you can create what you want with it in areas that interest you. If you would be interested in gaining similar insight into how you can take control of your career and mould it into your own, attended our next ACA Prospects event later in the year. Book here
Work is a huge part of our identity, but for many of us work has ceased to well… work for us. Ask yourself: Are you stressed at the end of most days, frustrated that you haven’t achieved what you set out to do? Do you feel like a shift worker? Working early morning shifts, evening shifts and weekend shifts, as well as the 8.30am – 6.00pm day in your employment contract. And despite these long hours, do you still feel anxious about your job performance and security? Is there any time left over for you to re-energise and enjoy life after your work, family and all other commitments? Digitisation has added another layer of distraction on top of our real priorities. We are bogged down with messages, emails, chats, newsfeeds and multiple sources of information. We work in open plan offices and get constant interruptions. We switch-tasks all day, yet rarely switch off. Lengthy internal meetings sap our energy and fill up our calendars. We struggle to get important work done. No wonder sluggish productivity is at the top of most Board Room agendas. It is no coincidence that wellbeing and mental ill health are up there too. Here are 5 productivity hacks to get more done: 1. Focus your time and attention Get crystal clear on your priorities. Fuzzy focus makes us confuse being efficient with being effective. Don’t waste precious time on unimportant tasks. What can you cut back on, speed up, delegate or simply STOP? 2. Schedule flow working into your diary Block out a time and place to do your deep, flow working and remember to schedule tasks, not just meetings. Eliminate interruptions, switch off your email and START. Research shows that if we could spend two hours a day working in this flow state we would be five times more productive. 3. Manage your mail; don’t let it manage you Call, don’t email if you need to build a trusted relationship. Email information and confirmations only and don't have discussions on email; that is not what it is intended for. Tell people that you are leaving an email trail and if they want you to act on something they should message you directly – or better still, talk to you. 4. Avoid procrastination Design a routine and stick to it. Don’t wait until you are in the mood to start a task – this leads to procrastination. Just start it and your mood will catch up. Most tasks just need to get done. Know when good enough will do. Your perfectionism can make you procrastinate, for fear of delivering a less than perfect result. When are you told to do a perfect job? Do your colleagues do perfect work? Exactly! 5. Learn to say no, with tact and grace There are only 24 hours in a day and 168 hours in a week. If you are trying to fit in too much, then sooner or later you will crack. Your work will become sub-standard. You won’t get promoted or more interesting work because you look like you can’t cope with your existing load. Re-negotiate! Want to know more? Zena will be speaking at the following upcoming events and conferences at ICAEW: ACA Prospects: What’s next? SME Conference 2018: Future Proofing Business Financial Controllers’ Conference 2018: Driving Dynamic Change Written by: Zena Everett Career Transformation & Confidence Expert Zena is an experienced Executive Coach and Author of Mind Flip and Crazy Busy. She is an expert at successfully coaching clients to identify the next step in their career and enabling them to confidently make a transition that matches their values.
Hannah has been with Whitbread for 6 months having joined from PwC and is now working as a controller within risk, control and process improvement. Hannah is one of a number of ACAs who have joined Whitbread in the controls and risk environment in the last 5 years as the business helps develop its future leaders. I discussed the following with Hannah: RM: Why did you join Whitbread in the controls area? HP: “Having trained at PwC with 8 years of experience working with a large client base ranging from SMEs to FTSE 100 companies, I wanted to move into industry into a role where I could use my understanding of finance concepts, controls and operational improvement to work closely with stakeholders across the business. This role has allowed me to work with these stakeholders to identify appropriate solutions to ensure a strong control environment whist improving operational processes. “ “Moving into new markets such as Germany also presents opportunities to design new processes and to be involved in embedding a strong control environment at the outset of change projects.” RM: What are your long term career ambitions? HP: “To lead the financial control agenda and create a best in practice control environment whilst optimising business performance. Once this has been achieved, I will look for the next challenge at that point in time to gain experience and broaden my skill set to set me up for a future leadership role at Whitbread.” RM: How is the business helping you to reach your goals? HP: “Whitbread is providing me with the support network and tools with which to progress and opportunities to demonstrate a value added contribution whilst working across all areas of the business.” RM: Do you feel confident you will have the opportunity to progress into other parts of finance? HP: “Definitely, I interact with other parts of finance on a daily basis getting a really good insight into the processes which has allowed me to develop a strong knowledge base from which I can progress.” RM: What do you think is more important when moving from practice, the company or the role? HP: “The Company was important for me as I was looking for a larger company where there would be scope for movement and growth once I had achieved what I needed to in my role. However, the role was the most important as it should allow you to utilise some of your current skillset whilst also being the foundation for your career at the new company.” If you are considering a move from practice and wish to express and interest in working for Whitbread in a controls role, you can apply here for an initial conversation with their recruitment team.