Exciting New Hire as Elevation Continues to Grow our Accountancy and Finance division.

Elevation Recruitment Group are delighted to announce the appointment of Soraya Downing, Consultant, who has joined the Accountancy and Finance division to specialise in the recruitment of Transactional and Part Qualified professionals across Yorkshire and the surrounding areas.

Throughout Soraya’s career she been committed to exceeding expectations, building strong, long-standing relationships, and demonstrating her passion to providing a memorable service.

Soraya’s extensive customer focused career has equipped her with the skills needed to dedicate her time to thoroughly understand every role, every business and their cultural fit. She is not only able to accurately match candidates based on skillset and technical ability, but she’s able to make solid recommendations based on personality and personal attributes.

Soraya will work closely with the wider Transactional and Part Qualified team to support the growing recruitment demands of those people that are central to the smooth running and success of the Finance function.

Interview with Soraya


Can you give us a whistle stop tour of your career?

After leaving sixth form, I knew I wanted to go straight into work to earn money and have my own independence. So, I joined a national telecommunications company as a Customer Service Advisor, dealing with retentions and meeting set targets.

After a couple of years in the business, I was given a secondment opportunity as an Internal Recruiter, which I loved. I was responsible for the recruitment of retentions, connections, technical and sales advisors in one of the Company’s’ biggest offices in the country. After 6 months, the secondment was extended, and I started to recruit for the Lincoln office as well.

However, when Covid-19 hit, the demand was high in the customer service department, so I was transferred back into the role of an advisor. It was at that point, I started to consider a permanent role in recruitment elsewhere. I needed a new challenge.

What attracted you to the role at Elevation?

It was during the pandemic when I started considering a career move as an external, 360 recruiter however I was initially concerned that companies wouldn’t be looking to hire, so felt maybe it wasn’t the right time. However, from doing a lot of research into the industry and, more specifically, seeing how busy Elevation was through LinkedIn – I thought maybe it wouldn’t be such a bad time after all!

After speaking to a friend, she mentioned that she had actually used Elevation when looking for a new career challenge and that she was really impressed by their level of support, professionalism and service!

Coincidentally, I was then contacted by Steph Sierny (Divisional Manager of Accountancy and Finance) who got in touch with me about various opportunities she had available in the Accountancy and Finance team. Having studied Economics at sixth form, I have always found the sector fascinating, so being able to recruit for it and work with professionals that I could continue to learn from, instantly attracted me. 

What attracted you to Elevation as a recruitment agency?

I wanted to work for a recruitment agency that was supportive, where I could make long standing relationships with my colleagues and establish my own network of clients and candidates. For me, ‘culture’ was extremely important. I wanted to work in a business where I could learn new things and develop my career in an environment where we all share the same values. Having only ever worked for one business before, I wanted to make sure my next move was going to be right and somewhere I could see myself settling for the long-term.

From researching the business, I loved seeing the positive employee reviews and how many people had worked there for so many years with so many great things to say… I thought, they must really value their staff! Then, after my initial interview with Steph, and how passionate she was about the company and her own career journey – I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of.

In three words how would you describe our company on first perception?

Welcoming, dedicated, and personal.

What do you enjoy most about working in recruitment as a whole?

My background and passion has always been customer service and what I really enjoy about recruitment, is that it’s all about building relationships! It’s a very rewarding industry where you can take pride in finding a candidate their dream job and knowing you have been a part of their journey.

Most of all – I love the pace and excitement of recruitment and the fact no two days are the same! Whether it be interviewing a candidate, presenting a shortlist to a client, or providing market and careers advice – there’s always so much to do! Because it’s so busy, it keeps me really engaged and I like being responsible for each stage of the recruitment cycle as it gives me a great sense of job satisfaction.

What are you hoping to achieve in your role at Elevation?

Long-term, I hope to see myself managing a team of recruiters. But my first priority is building a solid network of candidates and clients who trust and chose me for all their recruitment needs. I want to build a strong reputation in my market and be known as the expert in my field.

From speaking with the team at Elevation, I know there will be endless opportunities for me here and I can’t wait to grab them with both hands!

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I love to spend time with family and friends. I have a nephew that I adore, so I try to take him out to different places and spend quality time with him as much as possible.

When I was younger, I took part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award, and I loved it. I like being outdoors, hiking and camping!

I also like the girly pampering things - nails, hair, lashes, facials etc. and I do enjoy a night out with friends… But (don’t judge!) it usually ends around 9pm with a cup of tea! 

For more information on how Soraya can help you in your next Transactional and Part Qualified role, or to assist with your next hire, view her profile here. To contact Soraya, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Elevation have continued their growth plans year on year and have become Yorkshire's leading recruitment firm across 8 specialist areas. Due to this growth, we currently have a number of new recruitment vacancies from Consultant to Director level in addition to, positions across the wider business support functions.

To find out more about the opportunities that Elevation Recruitment can offer you, please click the link here. Alternatively, contact our Senior Director, Fran Lee for a confidential chat on 07779 103 901 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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