Deal Advisory Intensive

Graduate Programme

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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, 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) or 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 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 exams. 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: Deal Advisory

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 128 UCAS points* under the 2017 tariff point system at A Level
  • Minimum 2:1 degree or above 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.

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, 6 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 2 years of your training contract you can concentrate on building up a fantastic range of work experience (with only 1 exam left to complete) and will have the technical knowledge to apply within the workplace.

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 relocate to one area in order to dedicate the time to attend the programme for the first 12 months.

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. 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.

Additional important information

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.

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.

Case study

Deal Advisory graduate programme | Leeds


My degree subject didn’t just deal with theory. It was very practical and built communication skills which have been really useful in my client-facing role.

I was drawn to KPMG because they have a very good reputation. There was also the opportunity for study leave, so I could expand my qualifications, without having to pay for them myself.

Overall, the culture is very supportive here. You can bring your real self to work and the Partners are completely approachable. They understand that you’ve got a life outside work and the pressure you can be under. After tackling big projects you’ll get downtime. I didn’t necessarily expect this in this field.

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