Transport & Public Sector Accounting Advisory graduate programme

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Transport and Public Sector Accounting Advisory is a market leader in financial reporting and business planning advice to two high-profile sectors of critical importance to the UK: the land transport sector; and the public sector.

Our Transport Advisory team provides commercial and financial advice to both public and private sector clients in the land transport industry. Our main clients are private sector rail and bus operators and public sector land transport authorities. We help clients grow; improve the financial performance of their operations, and bid for multi-billion pound government contracts – providing robust financial analysis to support them in taking key strategic decisions.

Our Public Sector Accounting team delivers a range of accounting, financial reporting and financial management services across the public sector, with a particular specialism in defence. Using our wealth of experience we work together with our clients to understand their financial challenges, provide advice and implement recommendations.

As an intensive graduate joining the team, you can expect to gain experience working in both of these areas.

You are also likely to be given the opportunity to travel around the UK as part of the role; sometimes for extended periods of time and sometimes this travel can be global. There may also be an opportunity to work on projects within our wider Financial Excellence community, supporting transport and public sector clients to improve their financial capability, financial processes, and financial systems.

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. In Transport and Public Sector Accounting Advisory we currently study for the ACA through an Intensive Programme.

The Intensive Programme is KPMG's front loaded classroom based ACA product, which focuses on upskilling trainees more quickly. Meaning 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 structured 6-8 week work experience placements.

You will also gain the Graduate Diploma in Accounting and Finance which will be an additional qualification but is the way in which KPMG can help you achieve 14 of your ACA exams in your first year. It 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 purely focus on your professional qualification in your first year, and then in the remaining two years of your training contract you can concentrate on building up a fantastic range of work experience as you will only have one exam left to complete, but will have the technical knowledge to apply within the work place.

KPMG are extremely proud and confident of our ACA products and ensure a supportive and inclusive learning environment. Whilst you study, you will be supported by KPMG’s dedicated Professional Qualification Training and Accreditation team whose focus is to ensure that KPMG's trainees fulfil their potential. All programmes take three years to complete and you can be sure that you are joining a firm that takes your development as seriously as you do.

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