Model CV & CV Tips

As a former hiring manager, there is a CV format that I like. This is by no means the best CV around, but there is rationale as to why it is effective and can potentially increase your chances of securing an interview for a role. I want to share a ‘Model CV’ example (below) with you to help explain some of the rationale behind my choices and some principles for you to apply when creating your own CV.

Click or tap a section of the CV to pick out the bits you are looking for some help with and to see the logic behind them.


Overriding CV principle

Always remember that “a CV is to get you the interview, not get you the job”, therefore make sure you only include information that NEEDS to be there to support this objective. Anything irrelevant you include takes up valuable space, and also valuable seconds of the readers time that could be spent reading something that is relevant.
Perhaps you think that sounds a bit pointless, but if the hiring manager is reading about your marital status, how many children you have, their ages and names – that could be 2 or 3 seconds (not including the extra seconds they spend wondering why you put it on there in the first place!) out of the 30-60 seconds they are able to spend on your CV because they have so many to go through!


Model CV Length

In my opinion, a CV should be a maximum of 2 pages long. A 1 page CV could be ideal for a first CV when you haven’t got too much to say or if you’re applying for a Creative role, but if you’re an experienced candidate looking for the types of role that Finstech recruit for, I would recommend 2 pages. Hiring managers will always turn the CV over expecting to see more information on the back page, so if you have 1 page of information instead of 2 you have probably excluded some potentially important information.

CV Tips

Model CV

Click or tap a section of the CV to pick out the bits you are looking for some help with and to see the logic behind them.


Ipswich, Suffolk  07703 017160. 


A dynamic and innovative Professional with over 20 years of Finance, Change & IT Project experience, Rob started Finstech in February 2020 as an IT & Resource consultancy. Rob is really keen to help job seekers to create CV’s that increase a candidate’s chance of being selected for an interview, so has shared his CV to provide a model for others to use. This first paragraph should be a summary of you (the candidate), your relevant background and why you are particularly suitable for the role which you are submitting the CV for. Include any relevant qualifications in here, any methodologies specific to the industry. Being the first thing on the CV, this is an important paragraph so include anything you think will make it memorable (for the right reasons!) to the reader.


  • Prince2 & Agile Practitioner, Six Sigma Green Belt and significant project experience
  • Excellent Leadership & stakeholder management skills to Executive level.
  • Line Management experience (to a Project Manager and Business Analyst level)
  • A flair & passion for mentoring & training colleagues around the Business
  • Project experience includes; Business Change, Business transformation, I.T. platforms, Finance, Solvency II, Data Analytics, Big Data and data warehouse migration
  • MS Project, Clarity, Open Workbench, Jira project tools


MANAGING DIRECTOR, FINSTECH LTD, Ipswich/LondonFeb 2020–Current

Creation of an independent IT & Recruitment consultancy focused on providing IT, Accounting & Financial Services resources to its clients.

  • Regular provision of potential resources to clients, advertising and engaging candidates
  • Developing relationships with clients and agreeing TOBAs
  • Creating a website from scratch, engaging vendor to provide update and creating the content
  • Daily Candidate spotlight initiative creation, which has since been copied by a number of agencies

Project managing the data & analytics delivery as part of a MS Azure cloud based Broking Platform application programme. The team was responsible for developing a renewals load from multiple sources systems and countries, as well as the presentation of the key Broking KPI’s in PowerBi.

  • Creation of strategic delivery roadmap for data & analytics element of programme
  • Implementation of on-premise PowerBi server solution & subsequent migration to cloud app
  • Successful pitch for increase in team resource to support strategic delivery plans
  • Liaising with Corporate teams to implement auto-deployments & other cloud-based initiatives
  • Transition of project into BAU support, first cloud-based application to successfully do so

Responsible for managing the implementation of a quote platform upgrade and a new policy administration system including data migration from 9 legacy source systems.

  • Leading the re-planning of the programme including preparation and presentation of delivery options to project sponsors & key business stakeholders
  • Application of Agile principles to the quote upgrade project which has seen the project deliver to plan and get some excellent feedback.
  • Preparation and implementation of test MI including defect predictions, tracking against plan and providing stakeholders with an up-to-date view of the delivery.
PROGRAMME MANAGER, AXA INSURANCE, Ipswich/LondonOct 2013-Feb 2015

Structuring and managing an £8m project, impacting all areas of the Business including Pricing & Underwriting, Compliance, IT, Operations and Intermediary Partner relationships to develop a new I.T. platform for issuing insurance quotes, the first of its kind in the UK Insurance market.

  • Establishing the project structure and governance, and working with the Exec to create a roadmap aligned to the overall business strategy.
  • Delivering £2m Net Profit benefit (estimated) from the project, as well as the potential to deliver far more due to the data enrichment strategy & implementation of the medium-term data solution.
  • Recognising the lack of support from the change function on the programme, and revising the scope and strategy accordingly, obtaining sign off from key Exec stakeholders.

Responsible for managing the delivery of the Solvency II programme (Pillars 1, 2 and 3) for AXA UK, including Insurance/Wealth/PPP/Ireland/Investment entities.

  • Creation of a level 1 and level 2 plan for AXA UK, including all entities (Insurance, Wealth, PPP, Ireland and Market & Credit) which hadn’t previously been in existence.
  • Forming a UK Solvency II forum with other entity Project Manager’s to ensure alignment of delivery on Group requirements and create a platform for sharing best practice.
  • Recognising the lack of resource on the project within AXA UK and creating a culture of efficient compliance delivery or value add, rather than best practice for the sake of compliance – which has involved the influencing of some Senior Project Leadership members within AXA Group (Paris).


AXA UK – Sunday Times Top 25 Best Big Companies Project ManagerMay 2013–Sept 2013
AXA UK – Data Warehouse/Migration Project ManagerDec 2012–May 2013
AXA UK – BI Requirements & Implementation LeadSep 2010–Mar 2012
AXA UK – Management AccountantMay 2008–Sep 2010
Maritime Transport – Management AccountantFeb 2006–May 2008
VariousMar 1998–Feb 2006

I started working as a Junior Accounts Clerk in 1998 and progressed through the ranks into to a Management Accountant level, which was the level of position I held from 2002 through to my Management Accountant role at AXA. I have worked in the Energy (Siemens Metering), Transport (ABP), Agricultural (Associated British Foods) and Insurance (AXA, Cox) industries and also have some experience within the public sector with a short-term contract role for Suffolk County Council in the Public Protection Directorate.


NLIGHTEN TRAININGAgile Practitioner courseFeb 2015
QA TRAININGPrince2 Foundation & PractitionerJun 2012
BPP, LONDON CIMAFoundation course (distance learning)Jan 2001
SUFFOLK COLLEGEGNVQ Advanced Diploma in Business & FinanceJun 1999
COPLESTON HIGH SCHOOL7 GCSE’s A-C (including Maths & English)Jun 1995


Project Team member (WTW) – “During this time, Rob’s main role was a Project Manager. He’s one of the very best managers I’ve worked with and had a key impact on the success of our team.”

Project Team member (WTW) – “He was a PM and I was a BA on the project. I realised quickly that he has two great traits: a view on the bigger picture and a management nature that lets you know that he has your back.”

Former Manager (AXA) – “Worked with Rob for a number of years whilst he was a project manager covering a multi-million pound project at AXA. Rob is a hard-working, tenacious PM who will push for results whilst ensuring excellent communication.”



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