Technology underpins many of the most influential organisations in the world. It enables the biggest business decisions and connects people around the globe. The opportunities that technology provides are matched only by its potential threats and risks – and this is where we come in.
We work as one team with our Financial Audit colleagues and are responsible for bringing technology specialist skills to the audit. We support the audit in the evaluation of IT systems that underpins an organisation’s key financial processes. Our work gives us exposure to some of the largest global organisations, through to local medium/large sized businesses across all industry sectors, as well as to the breadth of technology used by these organisations e.g. complex Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, emerging technologies and legacy systems. The role of technology in audit is becoming more significant as audited entities continue to embrace technology at a fast pace with bots, Cloud and Blockchain being the future norm.
The team provides specialist IT audit support to our external and internal audits, including the use of data analytics, as well as attestation over the use of technology at third parties. We assess the control risks related to the information assets, either in IT management processes, financial and operational applications, technology infrastructure or technology projects. The nature of our work is largely investigative, whereby we look at the processes and controls that an organisation has in place to secure the data transacted through their IT systems.
Our 3 year graduate programme is designed to offer audit work experience, exposure and the support you need to secure a successful career in Technology Audit (Information Risk Management). We will help you to develop your technology, process and data audit skills, commercial acumen and gain a flair for business to enable you to deliver quality outcomes and real value results. As a graduate, it provides a solid grounding for understanding IT. Whilst you don’t necessarily need to be a technical guru (our current graduates have degrees in a variety of subjects), we are looking for individuals who have a desire to get involved in a variety of projects. Most importantly, you’ll have an appetite to learn about technology and how we can best support audit engagements in assessing IT control environments.
Like the companies we audit, we're having to adapt. This means new working patterns, physical adjustments in our offices and new ways of interacting with our colleagues as well as the organisations we work with - we are harnessing technology to help underpin this change.
Programme length: 3 years
Qualifications: ICAEW Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (CFAB)
As a general rule, you’ll be expected to meet the following requirements (*or equivalents)
- Minimum Grade B GCSE* Maths
- Minimum Grade B GCSE* English Language
- Minimum of 120 UCAS points* under the 2017 tariff point system at A Level
- Minimum 2:1 degree in any discipline
Please note, we only consider a candidate's 'top' 3 A-Level grades and do not accept General Studies.
At KPMG, we look at more than just your academic results. We will review your application, together with your performance in our assessments, to ensure that you have the best opportunity to demonstrate your potential. We will be considering your strengths and achievements alongside a number of other metrics, including technical background and/or experience, to ensure that you have the skills to succeed at KPMG.
Throughout the recruitment process we will be looking to learn more about your strengths.
To be successful on this programme, you will be required to demonstrate the strengths that we look for in our graduates at KPMG.
Learn more about what we look for and how to apply here.
Training and development
As a Technology Audit Graduate, your training and development will follow the Graduate Learning Pathway. This is a well-rounded training and development plan, and comprises of technical training, personal development, and career development courses to help you make the most of your programme.
When you join the team, your initial training will be geared towards equipping you with the requisite skills and knowledge to support our teams of IT Audit specialists. You can expect to gain an in-depth understanding of IT systems; financial processes and controls. You will study for the ICAEW Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (CFAB). This mandatory qualification provides knowledge and practical skills in 3 key areas: Finance, Accounting and Business. There are 6 modules: Accounting, Assurance, Law, Business Finance, Principles of Tax and Management Information.
The programme uses innovative technology and is delivered via a blend of Online Classroom Live and recorded courses plus in-centre classroom courses. It also has wrap-around support which consists of dedicated professional coaches, online portal content and live and recorded additional study sessions, which means there is a form of support for your every need.
We offer on-the-job coaching and access to wide-ranging online training resources that will help you to manage your time, influence stakeholders, manage finances and develop leadership skills.
During your programme you will also have the power to shape your own development by augmenting the Learning Pathway with courses from the KPMG Business School and a variety of online platforms. In some cases, it may also be possible to study towards professional qualifications such as: ITIL Foundation, COBiT Foundation, ISACA Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and TOGAF.
The impact of COVID-19 on professional qualifications:
The vast majority of KPMG’s staff undertaking a professional qualification were able to continue with their studies and examinations following the COVID-19 pandemic, including those studying with the ICAEW and ICAS. We expect studies to be back to our usual mix of classroom and remote learning detailed above for our 2021 intake, and exams to be scheduled normally.
Additional important information
To review an example of an audited consolidated financial statement take a look at KPMG's published Annual Review.
Whilst you will apply to a specific office location, you will likely be required to work flexibly across the region, at KPMG offices, engagement sites and with varying levels of home working.
"In Technology Audit, we focus on ensuring that the systems our audit entities use are in line with their policies. We also make sure our teams have all the technology tools they need to deliver quality audits. It gives you a holistic view of how a business works. You can look into different organisations more deeply too.
The training here has been great. It’s focused on different types of skills, and not just those you need on an audit programme – areas like public speaking, personal development and giving feedback."