The Strategy Group is a dynamic and fast-growing team, where you will work through complex and challenging issues facing clients today. You’ll have the opportunity to work with people at all levels including senior management, offering strategic advice on business and operating models to our corporate, public sector and private equity clients. We offer advice in both an organic growth and transaction-related setting. It is an exciting time to join this team as we drive momentum and enhance our presence in our priority sectors.

Our Strategy Graduate Programme is designed to give you a broad and varied experience from both a sector and proposition perspective, and arm you with consulting skills to help accelerate your career. You will build your commercial understanding and business acumen to deliver real value to our clients straight away.

You will gain expose to our 3 main proposition categories:

  • Business Strategy: Helping Executives to develop and operationalise strategy to meet their financial ambitions and create sustainable competitive advantage.
  • Operating Strategy: Advising clients on a range of strategic operational issues from efficiency improvement identification through to operating model strategy design.
  • Deal Strategy: Advising clients on strategic investment decisions in a range of transaction settings (buy-side, sell-side, refinancing, bid / contract tenders).

Like our clients 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 summary

Programme overview

Capability: Consulting

Programme length: 3 years

Qualifications: Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

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 128 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.

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

You will work with clients from different market sectors and gain exposure to a number of our Strategy propositions. You'll study for the CIMA qualification, as well as benefit from a broad Learning & Development programme incorporating on-the-job coaching, classroom-based training and self-directed learning (e.g. WebEx, podcasts etc.), which will help to equip you with the appropriate blend of technical and soft skills to accelerate your career.

On the Strategy Graduate Programme, you'll follow a full CIMA study path completing the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting, then the CIMA Diploma in Management Accounting. Beyond this you will pursue the full CIMA qualification or gain other relevant qualifications as you progress your career.

KPMG has a large full-time Professional Qualification & Accreditation (PQA) team – dedicated to giving you the best chance of passing your exams first time. KPMG's programmes are underpinned by an online portal so you can access technical content and learning activities, share information and contact your tutors for all the support you need at the click of a button.

Whichever sector you work in or project you support, you’ll work closely with people from across KPMG's global network of member firms – and at every level. This access to fantastic knowledge and experience is second to none and will help to build your skills, as well as clients’ businesses.

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 the CIMA certificate. We expect studies to be back to our usual mix of classroom and remote learning for our 2021 intake, and exams to be scheduled normally.

Additional important information

Whilst you will apply to a specific office location, you will likely be required to work flexibly across the region, at KPMG offices, client sites and with varying levels of home working.

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