Our People: Joanne

Senior Manager - Audit in London

Joanne did a Master’s Degree in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Nottingham before joining our Audit Graduate Programme. Following this she became part of our Insurance Audit department in London where she has risen to become a Manager.

“I was interested in audit because it is a naturally varied area to work in. You need to work with a wide portfolio of clients. Even the time of year makes a lot of difference to the stage of audit we are in and what we are looking for. That diversity of experience and opportunity is what makes it enjoyable for me.

“Of course, there aren’t many places in the world that has the range of high profile clients that KPMG has. That was a big factor in helping me decide where I wanted to go, as the firm lets you get hands-on knowledge about the industry and market early on. There’s a learning curve, but it means you get to take on responsibility fast.

“I’m genuinely proud that I’m part of KPMG. Every day, I work with dynamic and supportive people. I know that those around me will support my career goals and my decisions, and we work together to tackle our shared challenges. It’s hard not to be proud when you’re part of a culture like that.

“There are role models at all levels at the firm. Not just at the top.”

“In the six years I’ve been here, I’ve been given some amazing guidance and mentoring from senior people. I’m grateful for what they’ve done for me, and it makes it doubly-rewarding when I can do the same for others.

“I train new joiners and grads to fulfil their potential, just as I received when I joined. Being on the other side of it gives you a new perspective, and helps you develop as a person. I had a similar experience on a client secondment – seeing audit from the other side was an eye-opening experience, and helped me understand it much more deeply and appreciate the client’s view. You’re constantly finding a new perspective at KPMG.”

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