Our People: Penelope
People Leader – Management Consulting in London
Penelope completed a PhD at Strathclyde University before moving to Shanghai, where she worked in the automotive industry. She joined KPMG in London as an Advisor in 2010. She’s now a leader in our Consulting team, specialising in data and change management projects for the financial services sector.
“One of the biggest attractions for me was the brand. I’d also heard about the great atmosphere and people here. Then there was my background: I had experience in forecasting, data and analytics, and KPMG had an Advisor role going in that area.
“I’ve had some excellent development opportunities since joining. For example, KPMG offered me the chance to gain a professional qualification, but I actually turned them down. Having been through a PhD, I needed a break from studying!
“There’ve been plenty of other opportunities though. KPMG encourages people to plan their career path and take their own development in hand. So if you want to get formal training and you make the business case for it, the firm will support you. The opportunities are down to the individual.
“I think one of the best things about KPMG is the way achievement is rewarded here.”
“I’ve been able to work on some really interesting projects here too. The best for me was a finance transformation project. It was a long-running project, which saw me working closely with one of our biggest clients. Managing a number of end-to-end projects, I was able to develop a lot. It gave me the perfect opportunity to prove myself. In fact, I also managed to get promoted during the course of it.
“I think one of the best things about KPMG is the way achievement is rewarded here. I’m actually responsible for rewards in my team, so this is a subject that’s close to me. In my view KPMG offers a good variety of rewards, which is important because different generations have very different views about what makes a good reward.
“We have a great system in place – Encore – that allows you to celebrate and reward achievement across the firm. It doesn’t end there either. We even have joke awards at our Christmas party, which are great for the culture of the firm. We of course promote individuals based on merit, which in my current role I play a big part in ensuring we are fair and diverse.
“I think we have a truly unique working culture here. So you’ll need to be open-minded, adaptable and resilient. A good sense of humour is important too; it helps you cope with the challenges of the job.”
Manager – Management Consulting, London
“Everyone I met was really passionate about delivering fantastic results.”