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Rachael

Rachael Talent and Learning Manager

people

“We have some of the brightest and also some of the funniest people I’ve met. You really can be yourself.”

  • What attracted you to PKF Francis Clark?

    I joined PKF Francis Clark after relocating back to the South West from London. Having worked for a large accountancy firm in London I wanted to join another firm that I could support and utilise the knowledge I had gained throughout my resourcing career and PKF Francis Clark seemed like the right firm to join to do this.

  • Tell us about your role and what you get involved in

    I work within our People Team and lead our recruitment and learning offerings. I work with our partners to ensure that our people strategy is aligned to their business needs and that we have the right tools in place to support our strategic aim of developing general practice partners and recruiting and retaining the best talent within the business.

    Developing our recruitment offering, creating this great new website and our employee value proposition, our success profiles and people’s journey throughout the firm are just a few of the things I do.

  • What do you like most about working here?

    The people – and it really is. Everyone is really friendly and you come to work and know you are going to be surrounded by good people. We have some of the brightest and also some of the funniest people I’ve met. You really can be yourself.

  • Tell us about the culture

    Again, its friendly. Everyone works really hard but at the same time everyone’s home life is respected. If you want to get involved in ‘extra activities’ you can but at the same time if you don’t it doesn’t matter.

  • Tell us about your career path since joining the firm and your ambitions for the future.

    I joined as our resourcing manager three years ago and was responsible for resourcing across the firm, and I now also oversee the firm’s learning and development. Since joining we have re-scoped all of our recruitment processes, created new websites and more importantly our employer value proposition (understanding why people want to work for us). My team has grown and I have been given more responsibility which has been great for my development. Moving forward I want to continue to grow personally and also see everyone else in the firm grow too.

  • What’s been your biggest achievement?

    There have been lots of achievements since I joined – filling really difficult roles, gaining the support of the board to invest in our EVP, careers website and technology, seeing my team grow and develop, as well as getting my son and husband to school and work on time every day! Last year I presented at a PKF international conference in Sofia about the journey we went on to develop our employer brand.

  • How are you supported in your role?

    I have a great team around me which means I get support from my director, those I manage on a day to day basis and the wider people team. We also work really collaboratively with our wider colleagues so I never feel like I can’t ask anyone for support or help.

  • What makes someone successful here?

    I would say for someone to be really successful at PKF Francis Clark they need to seek out opportunities and take opportunities as they arise. There are some great people who work here who are incredibly talented and the more you can learn the better – just get involved.

A bit more about me

  • What’s your favourite album and why?

    Not sure what my favourite album is, but my favourite song is Reach For the Stars – S Club 7. It reminds me of my uni days plus a few years afterwards. Having great fun with my friends in London, it never fails to make me smile.

  • What would a "perfect" day look like for you?

    Warm sunny day with clear blue skies, beautiful beach for a bit of paddleboard and a walk, my husband and son for company, followed by a country pub with great food and a cold glass of wine.

  • What is a skill you'd like to learn and why?

    Foraging – I do a bit with things like berries and nuts but wouldn’t it be great to know which mushrooms weren’t going to kill you! Also gardening – I love gardening but I’m more a ‘hope for the best and see what happens’ type of gardener.