We help our clients to buy, sell, fund, fix and partner with confidence, taking them from an initial idea right through to delivery. It’s all about blending our deep sector expertise with our execution skills and working with teams from the wider firm to help each client make the right decisions. It’s about aligning the work we do to where our clients need us most.

As a graduate, you can expect real variety here in Deal Advisory. As we’re involved in the whole deal cycle, it isn’t just about simply handling transactions. You’ll be undertaking client-facing work, providing advice and adding value at every stage – including on some very high-profile deals. It could be that you’re advising a company on a merger, how to turn a struggling business around, or how to see a new acquisition through successfully. It’s a fast-paced environment and you’ll come across plenty of new challenges. But you’ll also have the support that comes from being part of a collaborative environment where fresh perspectives are valued and questions are welcomed. Put simply, we’ll make sure you have the responsibility you need to grow quickly along with the training you need to feel confident from the start. We’ll also support you to achieve a professional qualification and you can choose the learning style that best suits you – you could front-load your exams or spread them out across the programme. Either way, you’ll be an important part of the team from the start, with real scope to play your own part in shaping our future.

Joining either Corporate Finance (Valuations and Infrastructure Advisory Group), Restructuring and Transaction Services (Financial Advisory, and Integration & Separation), during the 3 years programme you will have the opportunity to enhance your commercial understanding and broaden your knowledge and networks.

We offer 2 different training paths for our Deal Advisory Graduate Programmes – Empowered or Intensive. Both 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: Deal Advisory

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 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

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. In Deal Advisory, we currently offer either the ACA or CA depending on office location. For those joining an office in Scotland we offer the ICAS (CA). For other offices we offer different ACA routes that you will be able to select upon applying.

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 you 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 programme spreads the ACA examinations 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.

For those joining an office in Scotland we offer the ICAS (CA) - 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 4 to 8 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. The structure of the programme spreads the CA examinations 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.

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.

Case study

Monica
Deal Advisory graduate programme | Aberdeen

Monica

When I was applying for graduate jobs, I wanted clear career progression, a range of opportunities and prestige - KPMG stood out. At careers fairs they were always friendly. The culture seemed relaxed. Plus, the application system was really quick and straightforward.

I joined as a Graduate Analyst and, honestly, there is no ‘ordinary’ day for me. Not knowing exactly what I’ll be doing every day means I come in every day feeling really motivated.

A couple of months ago I was given the opportunity to work on a project with a Partner. It felt like a lot of pressure at first, but it went really smoothly and there was a lot of support. I never imagined I’d be given that level of responsibility so early. But senior people aren’t intimidating here. Everybody feels like they’re on the same side.

Read Monica's story

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