Our People: Matthew
Senior Manager - Asset Management Audit in London
Matthew did his Bachelor’s degree in Economics at the University of Bath. He did a year’s placement in the Civil Service as an economist before joining the KPMG Graduate Programme. Since then, he has done placements abroad and with clients, and has risen to be both a Senior Manager and a People Leader.
“With the degree I did and my work experience, I became aware of professional services as a possible career early on. I was drawn to the fact that the work was client-based, which meant I’d be able to have proper variety in what I did.
“After I finished my three-year programme and qualified with my ACA, I was approached by a Partner who wanted me to go to India for six months. It was amazing, I wished I could have stayed longer. But soon after I came back, I was promoted to manager and almost immediately I was on a nine-month placement with a client’s regulatory team. The opportunities are constantly opening up to you.
“Developing a trusted relationship makes the difference.”
“What makes me proud day-to-day is when you really come together, collectively, as a team, across ages and grades and functions, and you deliver something for a client that reflects the best of what we are as a firm. After you’ve put all the hours in, when in a meeting a Partner stands up and reflects on what that meant for the client, it’s clear that what you’ve done is valued.
“I think if there’s a secret to KPMG, its building relationships. I don’t mean regular networking. It’s about real client relationships built on trust. And this comes from clear communication, insight, considered challenge where necessary, but above all, an energy and a passion to deliver for a client.
“It’s the same internally. From the wider culture down to individual teams, even one-to-one. You create something that grows stronger over time. I’ve worked with a particular partner for four years. Year on year, they pass me broader and more interesting projects. The trust and confidence just naturally expands. You can’t ask for better than that when it comes to career development.”