£41,198 - £45,320
Do you have accounting experience within Government? Are you looking for a role that you can make your own within a dynamic environment? If so, this exciting opportunity as our Senior Financial and Management Accountant is for you, and we’d love to hear from you. Working closely with the Financial Controller(FC) and the Management Accountant(MA), you’ll ensure the delivery of accurate and timely management and financial information to various stakeholders. This will include financial governance, global month end reporting, DfT reporting, statutory reporting, working capital, fixed assets management, and provide reconciliations for balance sheet control accounts. As a key member of our team, you will have exposure to interesting accounting issues where you can provide and apply your knowledge in an inclusive environment, and a role that you can develop so that we keep up with the times. Within your role you will: • Support the Financial Controller with the preparation of quarterly consolidated accounts and annual statutory reporting; • Preparation and analysis of month end accounts; • Assist with provision of information for interim and year-end audit; • Ensure all balance sheet control accounts are reconciled; • Enable revaluation computations by asset item; • Liaise with credit control manager to audit bad debt provisions and recovery; • Support FC/MA with set up of the currency databases and operation of the process and controls for financial results for overseas operations. If you would like to read more about the role, please refer to the attached role profile document. About you You will have Public Sector FReM accounting knowledge with experience of multi-currency, multi database, global multi-location entities. You’ll have experience with time recording, work-in-progress and billing systems with advanced Microsoft Excel skills. You’ll have strong communication skills with the ability to tailor your delivery to suit a wide variety of audiences. You will have an analytical mind with a flair for problem solving and an attention to detail. You are someone who looks to hit the ground running and make a real impact within VCA, building strong and effective relationships with our colleagues and stakeholders. Closing date: 1 May 2019
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Highly competitive salary + car allowance
Hays Senior Finance is delighted to be working in partnership with Clays who have been established for over 200 years and have a turnover in excess of £75m. They are recognised as the market leading book production specialist in the UK. Responsible for producing more than 150 million books each year and many of the world’s bestselling titles out of its 14-acre site based in Bungay, Suffolk in the heart of East Anglia. Due to continued success and growth they are looking to recruit a Finance Director to join their team in Bungay, which is a key appointment and a pivotal role. Reporting and working closely with the Chief Executive, you will lead and drive financial growth plans to enable the business to stay ahead of the curve in an evolving market. You will manage an accounting team of 13. You will get involved in the day-to-day operations as well as coaching and influencing others, to innovate and improve the financial processes to drive Clays growth strategy. The successful candidate will be a finance professional with extensive manufacturing experience and have the energy and gravitas to deliver great results. You will be a fully qualified accountant with drive and ambition. Above all you will have a strong degree of commercial acumen, with the ability to liaise with key stakeholders and create insightful financial information that will drive growth and business performance. Experience in reviewing and analysing existing costing systems within a manufacturing environment is desirable; including specifying the functionality required in software and reporting tools for improved MI and BI. This is an exciting time to join Clays, and if you feel you have the drive and the passion to help them to achieve their mission and vision, then they can offer you a role that is not only hugely satisfying but brings great benefits and a stimulating supportive working environment. In return Clays are offering a highly competitive salary, car allowance, bonus and benefits package. This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Finance Director to progress their career with a market leading, fast-moving world class business. First stage interviews will be held in London on: Thursday 23rd May (times tbc) Second stage interviews will be held in Bungay on: Wednesday 5th June (times tbc) All third party & direct applicants will be sent directly to Kate Edwards at Hays Senior Finance to be screened as part of the recruitment process.
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Ross on Wye
£45,000 - £50,000
The company PGL are the UK’s leading outdoor education provider, delivering inspirational learning through adventure. We specialise in educational activity courses, school trips, language courses, children’s activity holidays, summer camps and ski trips, with centres in the UK, France, Spain and Australia. Since 1957, we’ve grown enormously because we are passionate about what we do. We listen to our customers and continually invest and innovate to provide the very best combination of adventure activities, courses, equipment, accommodation, food and service. But the real PGL difference is in our people. We love what we do, and it shows. We know how to bring out the best in young people, building memories that last a lifetime. The role: Reporting directly into the Group Finance Director, you will be responsible for supporting the delivery of an effective, robust Group Financial Service function. Taking a proactive approach across the business, you will build relationships and challenge internal processes, to support the achievement of ambitious business objectives. You will ensure the reporting requirements of our new parent company (Midlothian Capital Partners) are achieved. You will need to be technically sound as you will be responsible for the preparation of the statutory accounts for the Group. You will also take a lead role in the coordination of management accounting, reporting, budgeting and statutory accounts for PGL Australia. You will be an integral part of the finance team and take on the responsibly of the Company Secretary duties from the Group Finance Director, you will ensure all Company secretarial records are maintained, and that information is provided as required to our taxation advisors in this newly created position. You will be You will be a Qualified Accountant and have a number of years’ experience within a technically focused accounting role, either within practice or industry. Preference would be a candidate with experience of an International multisite business. You will be proficient with Microsoft Excel and have excellent communication and presentation skills being comfortable interacting with Executive-level management. PGL is an ever changing, fast paced business and as such looking for a self-starter with ability to streamline functions and passion to learn and grow. What you will get in return Being the market leader means PGL need a market leading Head Office Team. That is exactly what they have achieved at Alton Court, the site for their Head Office operation, in picturesque Ross-on-Wye. PGL have a fantastic culture based around development, progression and ambition, whilst putting their customers first. You would be joining a very successful business helping to support their UK and International growth plans. We are offering a competitive salary and package in line with the calibre of candidate.
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£45,000 - £53,000
CCHL is a young, growing and profitable group of companies providing a range of products and services in the housebuilding, property and energy markets. As Finance Manager & Company Secretary you will be responsible for the strategic and day to day financial management of Colchester Commercial Holdings and its subsidiary companies, as well as ensuring internal financial governance and external accountability. About the role Working closely with the Group Commercial Director you will be an integral part of the management team overseeing all our financial controls and reporting activities. You will offer key financial business partnering to the team, supporting and challenging teams to formulate strategies to enhance profitability. You will also work closely with our shareholder’s Chief Financial Officer and their team to ensure all financial implications and risks of new commercial opportunities are fully understood and accurately reported. As Company Secretary you will prepare for Board meetings and committees, advising on legal, governance, accounting and tax implications where needed. You will also be the liaison for external regulators and advisors such as lawyers and auditors. Our corporate culture is forward thinking, innovative, customer focused and built on a belief in partnership working. You will be part of the management team who sets the standard for all staff to live and work to these values. About CCHL CCHL is the holding company for three subsidiaries. Colchester Amphora Trading delivers high quality products and services to public and private sector clients in the Property, Leisure and Health Care industries. Colchester Amphora Energy designs and implements low carbon energy systems and provides energy services in Colchester. Colchester Amphora Homes delivers high quality affordable and private sale homes in Colchester and the surrounding area. We are wholly owned by Colchester Borough Council. About you You must be a qualified accountant (CCAB/CIPFA) and have a track record of strategic financial working at a senior level. You will have strong communication skills, both written and verbal and be able to work with multiple stakeholders, sometimes with opposing priorities. Ideally you will have a background in a complex company, where you have been an essential part of the strategic growth of the organisation, particularly in financial planning and reporting, modelling for new business cases as well as undertaking the financial stewardship of the business. We will expect you to be able to work effectively with a range of stakeholders and recognise that CCHL is in business both to generate commercial returns and to support the delivery of the Council’s objectives for the Borough and its residents, businesses and visitors.
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40000 - 42000
Qualified ACA with 2 years' post qualification experience sought for role as Finance Manager at Abbots' Hill School. Set within beautiful grounds of 76 acres, Abbot's Hill has over 500 pupils within its Nursery, Prep and Senior Schools. The Finance Manager is responsible for managing and operating the school's financial processes and ensuring effective financial control and cash management. Reporting to the Bursar, the Finance manager will have experience of preparing management and financial accounts. Payroll experience would be useful but not essential as training will be given. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing an Accounts Assistant and Accounts Administrator. The school uses WCBS PASS for finance and payroll. Main responsibilities Accounts: Preparation of monthly and termly management accounts (income and expenditure) and balance sheet for reporting to the Bursar / Board Provide detailed financial management information as required Assist Bursar with budgeting process Preparation of annual accounts and liaison with auditors Liaise with auditors regarding corporation tax and returns to HMRC Preparation and submission of Abbot’s Hill School dormant accounts Perform/review daily cash postings to ensure all relevant ledgers are properly maintained Perform monthly balance sheet reconciliations Prepare journals as necessary and maintain the register for review by the Bursar Payroll Responsible for monthly payroll cycle and ensuring payroll legislation is met Preparation of monthly payroll file for Bursar and Headmistress review Monthly submission to Teachers’ Pensions and The People’s Pension Monthly RTI submission to HMRC Answer employee payroll queries Produce P11ds and P60s Manage Teachers’ Pensions audit and End of Year Certificate submission Cash flow: Monitor cash flow on a daily, monthly and annual basis Ensure current account contains adequate funds at all times Assist Bursar in forecasting future cash flow requirements Fixed Assets: Oversee the fixed assets register and calculation of depreciation Review for obsolete items and make recommendations for write offs if needed Banking: Liaise with the banks and manage the day to day cash flow to maximise the interest without going overdrawn Maintain and control electronic bank and BACS services Assist in banking of cash and cheques as required Maintain the reconciliation of the main bank accounts Annual Returns: Complete all statutory and financial returns as required Purchasing: Review of weekly payment run prepared by Accounts Administrator Processing payments via BACS Management: Manage 2 direct reports: Accounts Administrator and Accounts Assistant. Delegate duties as appropriate Carry out annual appraisals General / Additional requirements: General: Maintain the KPIs Adhoc reports for Bursar and Governors Undertake such other duties as may reasonably be required by Bursar, Exec and Governors Control the petty cash tin Maintain the archive of historical accounts files To carry out all duties in accordance with Abbot’s Hill School’s Health and Safety Policy and Procedures and in accordance with Health and Safety Legislation as appropriate To comply with Abbot’s Hill School’s operating policies and procedures as issued from time to time To carry out any other duties that might reasonably required from time to time according to the needs of the school Additional Role Requirements: Late working as necessary to meet deadlines Work in a structured manner and meet monthly/quarterly/annual reporting deadlines Understanding our stakeholders/customers’ needs and delivery expectations Knowledge and experience: Skills, knowledge and Abilities: Strong Financial Accounting skills with sound knowledge of double-entry Experience of auditing desirable Experience of working in an independent school would be preferable Must have prepared financial and management accounts Payroll experience useful but not essential Able to manage 2 staff Demonstrates the ability to communicate information clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing at all levels of seniority, both formally and informally Contributes fully to an effective team environment; demonstrates willingness to work cooperatively with others to achieve shared goals Strong organisational, problem-solving, and analytical skills; able to manage priorities and workflow The ability to analyse issues and to find resolution to problems by using a rational, systematic approach Educational Requirements: Degree Level Qualified Accountant (preferably ACA) Hours of Work Normal working hours are 8.00am - 5.00pm, including a lunch break. Lunch is provided by the school. This is a full time role, with 35 days holiday (including bank holidays). The timing of your holidays is subject to the school’s requirements.
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£40,000 - £45,000
Basic Overview The main responsibilities of this role are to assist in the timely and accurate reporting of the consolidated Europe Corporate Business Group and the accounting function of the treasury management system. The role will require significant communication across internal stakeholders and to ensure financial best practice is implemented across the Business Group. The role will be part of a small high performing team of 3 based in the UK. Key Accountabilities: Assist with the production of the monthly consolidated management accounts for Europe Corporate and the associated reporting to the Global Corporate Reporting team in Zurich Ensure that all transactions initiated by the Amcor Europe treasury function are accurately recorded in the treasury management system and in the books of account of the relevant Amcor Europe companies Ensure that there is an appropriate control environment around the treasury activities Produce monthly management accounts with appropriate explanations for variances for allocated corporate entities Ownership of general ledger within the treasury management system Prepare UK statutory accounts for allocated companies Approval of bank payments Preparation of half year and year end supplementary reporting packs for treasury activities Assist with the external audit of the Europe Corporate business group for both half year and year end Knowledge/Experience/Qualifications: Accounting qualification – up to 1 year PQE Strong knowledge of IFRS MS Office skills Treasury accounting experience - advantageous Experience of working in an international group - advantageous Human Qualities: Ability to work on own initiative and meet deadlines Good people management and leadership skills Strong organisational skills High attention to detail and accuracy
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£37,849 - £40,760 plus excellent benefits
Hays Senior Finance is excited to be working in partnership with The Morris Education Trust (TMET) who are a multi-academy trust founded from the standalone academy trust of Impington Village College. They formed in 2016 to develop a local family of schools initially within Cambridgeshire. They are passionate about and deeply committed to comprehensive, community-rooted education. Their schools share and collaborate in a partnership, believing that education in their region should be highly regarded across the nation and beyond. Due to tighter funding and the merge of two finance functions they have a new exciting opportunity for a Financial Controller to join their finance team to help implement and improve their current finance function's efficiency and processes. Reporting directly to the Chief Operating Officer, you will contribute to the leadership of the trust. This is a pivotal rolewhere you will need to partner with key stakeholders across the organisation to develop strong internal relationships to ensure the effective management of financial resources. The successful candidate will be either CIMA, ACCA, CIPFA or ACA qualified and be a finance professional. You will have strong commercial business acumen, with high levels of drive, ambition and resilience to be successful in getting things done. You will have strong skills in strategic planning, business partnering, monitoring and reporting. You will assist with the establishment and growth of the trust financial team by designing and implementing financial systems which are effective and efficient in a multiple outlet organisation. TMET has a hands-on, problem solving team culture, so it is essential that you have the ability to solve problems, coach, motivate, manage and influence others to step up and continue the improvement process. Experience of using SAGE200 is also desirable. In return TMET are offering a competitive salary depending on experience and benefits which include; an attractive Local Government Pension Scheme (employer contributions of 18%). Holiday allowance of 23 days per annum plus bank holidays rising after 5 years to 28 days and 30 days after 10 years including an extra day off to take when you wish to spend time with your family. 50% reduction for staff use of the onsite sports facilities. This is a full-time role although for an exceptional candidate there is scope to consider part time hours or flexible working. This is a unique exciting opportunity to be a part of an evolving finance team, where you will enjoy significant exposure across the organisation, and have the chance to progress your career. This is an exciting time to join The Morris Education Trust, and if you are up for the challenge and want to make a difference by being part of a forward-thinking organisation with ambitious plans for the future then please click apply now with your up-to-date CV. For more information about the role and organisation please visit hays.co.uk/jobs/tmet or for an informal discussion please contact Senan Pierce, Senior Business Director at Hays Senior Finance who is the retained consultant working in partnership with TMET. Closing date for all applications will be on Monday 6th May 2019 Interviews will be held on Thursday 16th May 2019 (time’s tbc) All third party & direct applicants will be forwarded directly to Senan Pierce at Hays Senior Finance to be screened as part of the recruitment process. Please note: The successful candidate will have to go through an Enhanced DBS security check.
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£65,000 - £69,000 (doe) plus excellent benefits
‘DELIVER STRATEGIC FINANCIAL LEADERSHIP’ Hays Senior Finance is excited to be working in partnership with Local Hospice Lottery, the largest hospice lottery in the country that’s innovative model currently supports 23 hospices. They have an annual turnover of £8.5 million and this is anticipated to grow to just under £10 Million in 2020. Due to this continued growth they have an exciting opportunity and are looking to appoint a Director of Finance & Operations to join their team at their new purpose built Head Offices in Felsted, Essex. As Director of Finance & Operations you will lead and manage a robust financial management service and oversee all operational teams and operations of the lottery, developing and negotiating operational strategies and solutions, holding responsibility for integrity and scrutiny of financial and operational affairs of Local Hospice Lottery Ltd. Reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer, you will be a member of the board and a key member of the Leadership Team. This post will have several key relationships in addition to the CEO, these will include the Board of Directors, Leadership Team, Farleigh Hospice Director of Finance and local Hospices working with or with an interest in the Local Hospice Lottery. This is a pivotal role and an exciting time to join the organisation to help them to achieve their ambitious plans for the future. The successful candidate will be CCAB Qualified and will be a finance professional with drive and ambition. The organisation has a hands-on, problem solving, team culture so it is essential that you have the ability to roll your sleeves up and get involved in the day to day operations as well as coaching and influencing others. Above all you will have a strong degree of commercial acumen, with the ability to liaise with high level stakeholders and create insightful financial information that will drive business performance. You will have strong skills in strategic planning, monitoring and reporting on the delivery of plans and projects. In return they are offering a competitive salary up to £69,000 (doe) plus the following benefits; 25 days annual leaving plus bank holidays (rising to 27 after 2 years’ service and to 30 days after 5 years’ service) Flexible working including holiday buy and sell scheme Contributory pension scheme Free parking Brand new purpose built offices Health care assistance programme This is an exciting time to join Local Hospice Lottery, and if you feel you have the drive and the passion to help them to achieve their mission and vision, then they can offer you a role that is not only hugely satisfying but brings great benefits and a stimulating and supportive working environment. For more information about the role and organisation please visit hays.co.uk/jobs/local-hospice-lottery or for an informal discussion please contact Senan Pierce, Senior Business Director at Hays Senior Finance who is the retained consultant working in partnership with Local Hospice Lottery on T: 07738 752 785 or please click apply. Closing date for all applications will be on Monday 6th May 2019 Interviews will be held at their Felsted Head Office on Wednesday 15th May 2019 (times tbc) All third party & direct applicants will be forwarded directly to Senan Pierce at Hays Senior Finance to be screened as part of the recruitment process. Local Hospice Lottery Limited operates an Equal Opportunities Policy and expects staff to have a commitment to equal opportunity policies in relation to employment and service delivery.
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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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We all get stressed from time to time. A certain amount of stress can be useful but if you feel constantly overwhelmed this can lead to health problems. This article will look at the causes of stress and provide some tips on how to increase your resilience. You probably know the feeling of being stressed out all too well. Your breathing quickens, your heart starts to pound, your mouth feels dry, your muscles feel tense, your hands feel cold yet sweaty. Situations we find stressful can vary widely from person to person as some of us are more susceptible to the effects of stress than others. These situations trigger the release of stress hormones that are responsible for the way you feel when stressed. This is called the stress response, or the fight or-flight response. Survival mechanism The term fight or flight was first used by American physiologist Walter Bradford Cannon back in the early 1900s. It describes the body's automatic response to danger which is thought to have evolved as a way of helping humans react quickly to life-threatening situations. This response is triggered so fast you won't have time to think about it. Here's how it works: Step 1 In the presence of danger, the eyes and/or ears send information to the area of the brain involved in emotional processing, called the amygdala. The amygdala sends a distress signal to a tiny area at the base of the brain called the hypothalamus, which communicates with the body via the nervous system. Step 2 The hypothalamus activates the part of the nervous system called the sympathetic nervous system. This then sends signals to the adrenal glands, which respond by producing hormones including adrenaline, norepinephrine and cortisol into the bloodstream. As these hormones circulate through the body they bring about a range of physiological changes, such as: Faster heart rate Increase in blood pressure Faster breathing rate Increase in mental alertness Decreased saliva production Increased sweating Sharpening of senses such as sight and hearing Increased energy (caused by the release of sugars and fats into the muscles) Reduced urination Step 3 If the brain perceives the threat as ongoing the hypothalamus releases more hormones. These act on the adrenal glands, making them release more cortisol and leaving the body in a continued high state of alertness. Step 4 When the brain perceives the threat as having passed, cortisol levels fall and the hypothalamus activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which dampens the stress response. Long-term effects Though the threats we encounter these days are usually very different from those faced by our prehistoric ancestors, the stress response is still useful as it boosts our awareness in stressful situations and helps us cope with emergencies. If your fight-or-flight response is triggered too often and for too long, the constant release of stress hormones in your body can lead to one or more of the health problems associated with chronic stress. These include digestive issues, impaired resistance to colds and other infections, heart disease, sleep difficulties, weight gain, anxiety and depression. While it's unlikely you'll be able to remove stress from your life entirely, there are steps you can take care of your physical and emotional wellbeing. Try to make your lifestyle as healthy as possible by: Eating well Eat a healthy balanced diet. Have at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day and try to limit how much sugar you eat. Sleeping well Getting a good night's sleep (read our Good sleep guide for pointers). Learning how to relax Try yoga, meditation, deep breathing or whatever helps you feel calm. Our guide to Beginners Yoga can help you get started and also includes a breathing practice you can try. Move more Taking regular exercise can help reduce the build-up of stress hormones in the body. Improve your resilience Increasing your resilience can help you to cope with stressful situations. Learn how to be more resilient by reading our article Resilience: staying calm in difficult times. 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.
Recently qualified ICAEW Associate Chartered Accountants (ACA) had a fantastic opportunity to network with peers and employers at last years ACA Prospects 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 are 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. 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.