Internal Audit, Risk & Compliance Services (IARCS) Intensive

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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 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 ACA Intensive Programme offers you the chance, in year one to study full-time near a KPMG training hub in either London, Birmingham or Manchester – completing a 12 months study focus to pass 14 of 15 ACA exams and two work experience placements. Then in years 2 and 3 of the programme, you’ll work at your KPMG office base, focus on work experience, which includes some travel for client work, and complete exam 15 of 15.

Programme summary

Programme overview

Capability: Consulting

Programme length: 3 years

Qualifications: ACA

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

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. 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 Intensive Programme is KPMG’s front-loaded, classroom-based ACA product which focuses on upskilling trainees more quickly. This means that for the first 12 months of your training contract you will solely focus on  passing 14 out of 15 ACA exams, and come into the business on two work experience placements. One is a structured, six week work experience placement during the first quarter of the calendar year after you join, and the second comes after you have completed your 14 exams.

The entire programme is supported by a wide range of mechanisms that will be  applied by your tuition provider or KPMG when you require them, but due to the intense pace of the programme you will need to be really dedicated in your approach to learning.

This programme allows you to focus purely on your professional qualification in your first year. In the remaining two years of your training contract you can concentrate on building up a range of work experience and will have the technical knowledge to apply within the workplace.

Additional important information

The 3 main training hubs for the Intensive Programme are London, Birmingham and Manchester. Regardless of the selected home office, you will be expected to re-locate to one area in order to dedicate the time to attend the programme for the first 12 months.

Due to the intensive nature of the programme, holiday dates are mandated during the initial 12 months of the programme to fit in with the study and exam schedule – with no exceptions.

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