Our People: Ewan
Assistant Manager – Pensions
After graduating with a Mathematics degree from the University of St. Andrews in 2011, Ewan went on to do a post-graduate degree in Actuarial Science at Heriot-Watt University. Shortly afterwards, he joined the Pensions team in Edinburgh as a Graduate Trainee in 2013 and has since progressed to Assistant Manager and qualified as an Actuary.
“As I was applying for graduate jobs, KPMG stood out for its reputation in the market. I was convinced it was the right place for me during the recruitment process because everyone I met was welcoming and friendly and that’s since been reflected in all the people I’ve worked with during my time here.
“I was always keen to have client facing opportunities with big companies and that’s been readily available here. Recently, I was advising on the pensions aspects of a complex transaction in which a company was being taken over. I got exposure to many elements of the deal and worked with several different KPMG teams from all over the country, which was a great learning experience.
“Throughout all the work I’ve been involved in, everyone has always been focused on doing the right thing for our clients. We provide bespoke approaches, and do not just produce generic reports, so everything we do feels innovative and new.
“In my first year I undertook a three-month secondment to our Manchester office where I learned more about traditional actuarial work and was welcomed into a great team. Having that experience so early on was really useful for my professional development.
“I hope to progress as quickly as I can and KPMG has the processes in place to help me do that. We receive regular feedback and performance development advice and have a six monthly review and goal setting process. This means I’m always keeping track of where I’m heading and how I can get there.
“There are so many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work including charity events. About a year ago we did a walk from Glasgow to Falkirk, which is almost the same distance as a marathon, and we thought it would be a bright idea to do it in fancy dress whilst dribbling a football… we did raise a lot of money for charity however.
“To succeed here you need to be hard-working and self-driven, but also a team player. You’re always working with different people so you need to be able to adapt to their working style.”