Exciting New Hire as Elevation Continues to Grow our Successful Accountancy and Finance Division

Elevation Recruitment Group are delighted to announce the appointment of Sarah-Jane Keay, Consultant for the Accountancy and Finance Division.

As a result of her exceptional recruitment experience, in-depth knowledge of the sector and her personalised and honest approach, Sarah has built an outstanding reputation across the region.

Sarah will play a pivotal role in supporting the growth plans for the specialist brand, whilst ensuring assignment delivery for transactional and part qualified positions and providing organisational mapping advice, and career guidance for her clients and candidates.

Following her appointment, get to know Sarah and why she has joined Elevation below:

Interview with Sarah-Jane


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

When I finished college, I moved out to Greece for 4 years to work with tourists. This gave me an opportunity to meet all kinds of people and learn about different cultures, which was a fantastic experience.

After returning to the UK, I studied beauty therapy and worked my way up in the industry, for various big-name brands before becoming a Business Manager for Liz Earle. In that role, I was responsible for recruiting people for the wider teams in the area, which is where my spark for recruitment began. It was at that point; I decided to take a leap of faith and pursue a new career, and so I successfully applied for a Financial Recruitment Consultant role in a regional agency. I have now been in recruitment for 18 months and I feel I have certainly found my passion.

What attracted you to working at Elevation?

Elevation is an agency that I have been familiar with since starting in recruitment. The business was frequently mentioned by clients and candidates in my previous company. My initial interaction with the business was with Steph Sierny (Divisional Manager of Accountancy and Finance) via LinkedIn, she approached me to see how I was finding my role, asked about my experience and then mentioned the opportunity of joining the team at Elevation. At that time, I was not looking for a new role, but I thought I would pursue the conversation because Elevation is very well known in the region and highly reputable in the Accountancy and Finance sector.

As soon as I spoke to Steph on the phone, I found her energy and her passion so inspiring that I wanted to know more about the company. I spent some time researching Elevation, and I felt their values really aligned to my own personal values. I then met with Steph and Andy Bath (Senior Director of Accountancy and Finance division) to understand more about the role specifically and the strategic goals, growth plans, and direction for the division. Having spoken with them both, they solidified what I had read on their website, the positive feedback I had heard and the business reviews and testimonials. At that point, I was really impressed and instantly knew that Elevation was the place I wanted to work!

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

Friendly - as soon as I walked into the office, I felt so welcomed, everyone made such an effort to say hello and have a conversation with me.

Supportive – I am very ambitious, and the company is too - I can see that straight away, with how the team interact and support one another.

Passionate – Every single person walking around the office are so enthusiastic and extremely passionate about their job. I thrive in that environment and culture; it really suits my personality.

What do you enjoy about working in recruitment?

I love placing candidates into their dream role - where they can really make a difference and flourish in their career. It is always great to see someone that I have placed into an entry level payroll position, progress through to management, because they enjoy their role and have been given the support and guidance from the team around them. It is a wonderful feeling, knowing that I have contributed to someone’s development. 

Client satisfaction is just as important to me, whenever a client is happy it makes my role feel worthwhile and it is a real sense of achievement.

I also thoroughly enjoy the sales aspect, speaking to clients and candidates and being a designated account manager. Additionally, working in such a fast-paced environment keeps me motivated and inspired to keep achieving my personal goals.

What do you enjoy about recruiting in the Accountancy and Finance sector?

When I started recruiting for the accountancy and finance sector, it was something completely un-known to me, but I was excited for the challenge and to learn new skills, whilst being able to adapt skills that I had gained from my previous roles.  What I like about finance, is that the roles within it and the department as a whole are so integral to the operation of any business and they set the direction. 

There is such a variety of roles in the sector, which keeps my job really interesting. I also find the finance professionals are extremely driven and ambitious, which aligns identically to my own career aspirations and allows me to relate to my candidates.

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

In the long term, my vision is to progress as far as I can within Elevation. In the short term, I would like to progress into a Senior Consultant and then into a Business Manager. With the support and direction from the team, I believe I can achieve this.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I am a new mum, my daughter is only 4 and a half months old, so my life now revolves around her and making memories as a family.

I am also getting married in 3 weeks, so I have been focused on planning that. We are having a big wedding, so we cannot wait for the restrictions to be lifted and have the perfect day with all of our friends and family.

For more information on how Sarah can help you in your finance career, or assist with your next hire, view her profile here. To contact Sarah-Jane, 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 https://www.elevationrecruitmentgroup.com/join-elevation. Alternatively, contact our Senior Director, Fran Lee for a confidential chat on 07779 103 901or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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