Internal Audit, Risk & Compliance Services (IARCS) Empowered

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If you are interested in understanding how businesses operate, what risks they face and how decisions are made, then Internal Audit, Risk and Compliance Services (IARCS) is for you. Joining us means you’ll develop and refine your specialist business and accounting skills by improving our clients’ governance, risk management and controls.

Our clients rely on us to provide valuable insight and commercial recommendations by conducting in-depth analysis and assessments of data and business processes. Our services incorporate; Internal Audit and Risk Assurance, Governance Risk and Compliance, and Contract Compliance.

  • Internal Audit and Risk Assurance - Internal Audit is about independent assurance that an organisation's risk management, governance and internal control processes are operating effectively. We have a professional duty to provide an unbiased and objective view, and we report and advise. We apply a combination of assurance and consulting to look beyond financial risks and financial statements to consider wider issues such as the organisation's reputation, growth, environmental factors and the way it treats its employees. 
  • Governance Risk and Compliance - robust governance is critical to businesses in a changing environment, and as the landscape evolves, new risks and compliance requirements emerge.
  • Contract Compliance - many organisations rely on agreements with third parties to license software, create franchises, outsource manufacturing and distribution, or create joint ventures. Contracts in these cases can be extremely complex and high value. KPMG helps clients to increase their visibility of the third party’s compliance with the complex contractual terms and conditions in place, and supports them in exercising their contractual rights.

On our 3 year IARCS Graduate Programme you’ll build your commercial and financial awareness by servicing clients across a variety of sectors, supported by a structured internal training program and study towards the ACA or CA (in Scotland) qualification.

We offer two different training paths for our IARCS Graduate Programmes – Empowered or Intensive. All programmes take 3 years to complete; they just offer different routes to achieving success. Our Empowered Programme offers you the chance to work and study near your KPMG office and follow blended work experience and study (classroom and online learning) towards ACA or CA (Scotland) qualification - local to your home office location. Some travel will be required for client work and exams will be spread out over the 3 year programme.

Programme summary

Programme overview

Capability: Consulting

Programme length: 3 years

Qualifications: ACA or CA in Scotland

Entry requirements

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 320 UCAS* tariff points
  • 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.

Key skills

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

In IARCS, we currently offer either the ACA or CA depending on office location. For those joining an office in Scotland we offer the ICAS (CA).The training and development of our professionals is critical to the future success of our business, which is why our people are trained to become experts in their field and supported to study for a professional qualification. Regardless of route, you will be supported by KPMG’s dedicated Professional Qualification Training and Accreditation team whose focus is to ensure that each KPMG trainee fulfils their potential.

The Empowered Programme is KPMG’s blended ACA product where the onus is on you to take ownership of your studies  and help shape your learning. 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.

This blended approach enables you to study and learn the content at a pace suited to your learning style, but ensures all are at the right technical level prior to stepping into revision elements so you can focus on your exam technique before the exam.

The structure of the ACA or CA programmes are spread over the lifetime of the 3 year training contract so that you are able to build up your technical knowledge, and can gradually apply what you are learning in training to your workplace experience.

Additional important information

ICAS is both the tuition provider and the professional body which means they both create and teach the material you require to gain the relevant knowledge expected for their syllabus. The programme consists of classroom-based tuition and revision, with wrap-around online and self-study learning. The training is block release which means you are out of the business for four to eight week periods at a time enabling you to focus solely on your professional qualification and then go back into the business once complete. The structure of the programme requires you to take ownership of your studies but also provides a good balance, allowing you to shape your own learning and seek support as and when you need it. 

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