Phil Dye

Co-Founder & Director

Phil co-founded The Consultancy Group in 2015. He provides expertise in placing senior finance professionals into FTSE Listed businesses through to fast-growth SMEs. Typical roles include CFO, Finance Director, Group / Divisional Financial Controllers, Head of Finance, FP&A Director and Commercial Finance leaders.

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Monica Arora, EVP of Commercial Finance at Sage – Finance Leadership Interview Series [Video]

Monica Arora, the Executive Vice President for Commercial Finance at Sage, sits down with Phil Dye from The Consultancy Group for an insightful conversation on her career progression, the role of commercial finance, and the ever-evolving financial landscape in today's tech-driven world.
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James Franks, CFO of Global Web Index  – Finance Leadership Interview Series [Video]

As part of our finance leadership interview series, we've been sitting down with finance directors and CFOs to discuss their experiences, insight, and views on what it takes to become a successful finance leader. Today it gives me great pleasure to introduce James Franks.
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Billie O’Connor, CFO of Milk & More – Finance Leadership Interview Series [Video]

Billie, who now works as the CFO of Milk & More, has held significant positions in companies such as M&S, Debenhams, and the Esporter Group, which was later sold to Virgin Active. Phil Dye: Can you talk about your career progression, Billie? Billie O’Connor: I began my career in finance after earning my degree from […]
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Vineta Bajaj, CFO of Rohlik Group – Finance Leadership Interview Series [Video]

Introduction Excerpt: Phil Dye, Co-Founder, The Consultancy Group: As part of our Finance leadership interview series, we’ve been sitting down with finance directors and chief financial officers to discuss their experiences, insight and views on what it takes to become a successful finance leader today. It gives me great pleasure to introduce Vineta Bajaj.  Vineta […]
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Five Big Risks of Making Low Salary Offers

We are operating in an incredibly competitive market, more so now than ever before. We’ve seen many organisations lose impeccable talent due to not being able to keep up or deliver on package demands. Although candidates aren’t solely motivated by financial package, it can be a dealbreaker for many. The pandemic forced many professionals to […]
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Navigating the Flexible Working Bill: A Comprehensive Guide for UK Employers

The Flexible Working Bill has become a hot topic in the UK, as it promises to revolutionise the way employees work and bring about a more diverse workforce. This article delves into the implications of the bill and provides practical guidance for employers on how to successfully navigate the legislation.
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Is a Move into Commercial Finance right for me?

The majority of ACA NQ accountants have been on a pretty rigid career path since they entered the profession – typically three years of hard work in a specific discipline such as Audit. Once their training contracts are done, it’s often the first chance they have had to consider what comes next, and for many, […]
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Protecting your Investment in PQ Study Fees

It is fairly common practice for an employer to pay the study fees to enable a PQ candidate to complete their training on the job – earning while gaining valuable experience in an accounting or finance role. Understandably, the employer would like a return on that investment and so expects the employee to stay with […]
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Danger: Counter Offer Ahead

The drastic changes in the workplace since the global pandemic have shifted the focus on how we view work, flexibility and work/life balance. Despite being initially forced to work from home, the majority of employees have proven that productivity and communication can be maintained working remotely. As such, they now want to retain the option […]
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CIMA versus ACCA

Professional qualifications in accounting are often required by graduates and others in the field as a way of boosting their CVs for the highly competitive labour market. Among such qualifications are those offered by the CIMA and the ACCA. Because of their important roles in the field of accounting, a CIMA versus ACCA debate often […]
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Talent Market Insights: Finance, Tax and Transformation

We have entered an interesting time in the world of recruitment and business growth – and many hiring managers and business owners are left unsure of what’s to come. As an agency, we are in a unique position to advise and consult clients and candidates on what their options are. The current data that we’ve […]
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How to Become a Commercial Accountant

In recent years, advancements in technology, the proliferation of big data, and underlying market conditions have elevated the finance function to become the strategic heartbeat of any business. The role of finance teams has grown, and as such, the skill sets of commercial accountants have widened significantly. They are now expected to have a key, […]
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Why L&D is your Hiring Superpower

The hiring climate is one that is generating a lot of conversation and interesting debate – especially after the hiring boom that we experienced through 2022.  We are now entering a time in the market when things are levelling out. This gives organisations an opportunity to level up to continue to attract and perhaps more […]
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Top 5 Questions CFOs should ask themselves

CFOs are under consistent pressure to ensure that an organisation is delivering. From the more obvious responsibilities such as financial performance, budgeting and analysis to holding key influence when it comes to hiring and onboarding new partners and vendors, CFOs have an ever-growing list of things they need to keep tabs on. With many organisations […]
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The Benefits of Shared Parental Leave

Working parents will feel more goodwill and loyalty towards their employer if they know SPL is an option. This will increase retention rates among working parents and make mothers more likely to return to work after maternity leave. 
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How Millennials are Changing the Workplace & Why Hiring Managers Need to Listen

Millennials tend to get a bad rap. They have often been labelled as lazy or entitled and glued to their smartphones. Contrary to popular belief, however, this is an extremely hard-working generation. With an awareness of the value of growing their skills, strengthening relationships and exploring opportunities, most don’t mind putting in the extra hours. […]
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It Doesn’t have to be a Quiet Festive Season in Recruitment

Traditionally, December is always seen as the quietest month in recruitment. September is always busy as people come back from summer holidays with renewed interest, then the knock-on effect of that makes October hectic too. But as November passes, the workload always seems to lighten before party season pretty much kills off all interest from […]
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The Secret to Retaining Good People

Loyalty can be the glue that holds a business together. It’s what makes employees come to work in the morning and it’s what keeps clients or customers with one company instead of the competition. Organisations typically put a lot of effort into rewarding customer loyalty and employers also expect loyalty from employees after investing in […]
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Pros and Cons of Working for a Big or Small Business

When considering a career move, one of the most overlooked considerations is the size of the company. Candidates weigh up the role and the salary, and often the type of company and location, but there are a number of differences between large and small companies, from cultural fit to career progression, that should have an […]
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What it Takes to Become a Commercial Accountant

In recent years, advances in technology, the proliferation of big data, and underlying market conditions have elevated the finance function to become the strategic heartbeat of any business. The role of finance teams has grown, and as such, the skills sets of commercial accountants have widened significantly. They are now expected to have a key, […]
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The Importance of Networking in Recruitment

As technology improves at pace and trends come and go, the recruitment landscape seems to alter with the launch of the next social media channel or change in general working practices. But at its heart, recruitment has always been a people business, and as such, networking has been and always will be a constant. It […]
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How Important is Industry Specific Experience When Recruiting Into Finance?

Industry experience became a useful buzzword term in the days before a candidate-driven market, when employers had so many applicants they had to narrow down their long list somehow. When opportunities are thin on the ground, good candidates are plentiful and so a lack of industry experience is an easy eliminator for a hiring manager. In […]
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December is a Good Time to Look for Work

December is an easy month to take your foot off the gas and coast towards the end of the year. It’s dark and cold going into and home from work; there are endless social events to attend; and the office is likely to be closed for a third of the month. However, December isn’t just […]
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Do I Wait for my Bonus?

There is a perspective that if you entertain the thought of moving jobs within three to six months of bonus season, you will jeopardise your annual bonus payment. Often in the months of October, November and December candidate start to withdraw themselves from pursuing opportunities in lieu of and an expected bonus payment. The reality […]
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What Impact will GDPR have on the Construction Industry?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the EU’s new legislation that will replace UK Data Law (regardless of Brexit), comes into force in May 2018, meaning that unprepared businesses across all sectors have just eight more months to appoint someone in-house to ensure that all data infrastructure, cloud storage, tech policies and procedures are ready […]
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I want a commercial role

September and October is always an interesting time of year for the many ACA Newly Qualifieds coming onto the market. They have completed their training contracts and many are now keen to take their first step into Commerce but are often met with conflicting ideas and advice as to where next to take their careers. […]
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The Common Interview Question That isn’t What it Seems

One question, that usually comes up early in any interview, is “What do you know about our company?” Almost all candidates do their research on a potential employer (those who don’t, won’t get much further than this question in the interviewer’s eyes), but this question isn’t about reciting a Wikipedia entry, their Companies House information […]
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The 2017 CFO – From Number Cruncher to Strategic Business Partner

The role of the modern CFO is rapidly changing, due to the adoption of digital automation, data and analytics. They are spending less time each year on the historical CFO concerns of annual budgets, compliance and administration to become crucial players in board level decision making. However, according to a recent survey of CFO’s and […]
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