Will Short joins SRM to focus on Tax Director & Partner search

We’re delighted to welcome Will Short, a senior tax specialist, to the SRM family. We spoke to Will about why he recruits global tax leaders, the roles he can help you with and why he joined SRM Recruitment.

Will Short will be focusing on Tax Partner and Tax Director roles

You’re focusing on Tax Director roles and Tax Partner roles – tell us more

“The thing that really appeals to me is working with the most senior figures in the tax community and building long-lasting relationships. This is my niche and I’ll be focusing predominantly on tax leadership roles, at Partner and Director level in the UK, US, Europe and Asia. 

What drives you to help your senior tax candidates and organisations?

Knowing I’m helping to make an impact on an organisation is key. By bringing in the right person who will lead and grow a team, deliver growth strategies or real change within a business is what drives me. I’ll be working closely with the Big 4 accounting firms as well as mid-tier and strong independent tax practices.

What led you to specialise in senior tax roles?

I started my career as a client relationship manager at Towergate Insurance working with estate agencies and large property developers. Whilst I loved the people side of things I knew I wanted a more sales-focused role. 

I’d considered recruitment as a way to bring my skillsets together and I knew I wanted to move from Colchester to London. So when the opportunity to move into recruitment came up I jumped at the chance. I chose to focus on partner-level tax searches as I enjoy working with senior leaders and haven’t looked back.

I helped build a successful Tax Partner Search team in my first recruitment role before being headhunted by a competitor. In my new role, I focused on building my skillset from purely UK focused search to global search: delivering on large international growth programmes for the biggest professional service firms, working on team moves and key global and international leadership roles, as well as utilising my strong network in the UK, delivering on UK-focused tax searches.

What prompted the move to SRM?

Moving to SRM was an opportunity to bring together my UK and global experience in specialist tax search and to really have the freedom to build something of my own.

What appealed to you about SRM Recruitment?

I’d also heard good things about Rory MacSween (Co-Founder of SRM Recruitment who leads the tax recruitment team) he’s been recruiting tax roles for 13 years and is well known in the industry. The strong brand and reputation appealed.  

I like the overall approach the other Directors have too. They are a genuine group of people, which can sometimes be hard to find in sales-driven environments. Their level of experience also appealed as I knew I‘d be supported and have the freedom to grow.

Tell us a bit about you and your approach

I am honest and take a consultative approach and look to deliver the best results for both clients and candidates. I’d say I’m very personable, I enjoy spending time getting to know my clients and candidates personally as well as professionally.  I’m very family orientated and I like football – I support Chelsea but don’t let that put you off!”

Get in touch if you’re looking to hire Tax Partners and Tax Director roles

If you need help to source your next tax leader or want an honest conversation about your career, get in touch with Will Short today on +44 7931 984 295 or connect with him on Linkedin. 

Tax roles Will covers:

◽️ Tax Director roles
◽️ Tax Partner roles
◽️ Associate Partner roles
◽️ Associate Director roles
◽️ Executive Director tax roles

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