Our People: Ayo
Investment Consultant – Pensions
After completing a degree in International Studies and Economics at the University of Birmingham in 2012, Ayo secured his first job as a Research Analyst in London. After two years, he relocated to Birmingham where he joined the KPMG Pensions team.
“I’ve definitely been given the level of responsibility I was looking for. I’m currently involved in a national project with a colleague leading the research into and the investment manager search for unlisted infrastructure for our clients. We’ve been given complete autonomy as the senior team trust junior consultants to deliver – it is rewarding for both parties.
“We’re always focusing on thinking outside the box to find different solutions. Junior people are especially encouraged to share their fresh ideas. No question is ever considered “silly” , as the most simple of questions can be useful in judging whether all areas have been covered in our thinking.
“Plus, they recognise effort. Every month we have an email that highlights the great work that’s been done from the teams around the country, but we also have the Encore Awards. An Encore Award is given to anyone who has gone above and beyond. Receiving an award really feels like you’re being taken seriously; you haven’t asked for a reward, someone has taken time out to recognise the effort you have put in.
“Working here gives me a lot of pride, partly because it’s a big name that’s well-known, but mostly because of the people. I can walk into any of our offices and be warmly welcomed. The people make KPMG what is it is.
“To be the best consultant, you have to be able to strive for excellence in yourself as this will rub off in the work that you produce – it’ll put you in good stead, especially at KPMG where if they see that early on, you can progress fast.”