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 year 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.
We’re reimagining how we work at KPMG. Our firm is creating a tech-driven business to empower and equip our people to be outstanding in delivery – through inspiring workspaces, innovative ways to collaborate and hybrid ways of working. In your role, you’ll work flexibly across your location region – at KPMG offices, engagement sites and from home.
Capability: Deal Advisory
Programme length: 3 years
Qualifications: ACA or CA (Scotland)
As a general rule, you’ll be expected to meet the following requirements (*or equivalents)
- Minimum Grade 6 GCSE* Maths
- Minimum Grade 6 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.
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 people is critical to the future success of our business. We want all of our trainees to embrace a growth mindset of learning every day, which is why we have created a rich curriculum and learning community to help trainees build their skills and fulfil their potential. This ranges from an immersive 5-day induction experience, formal training courses, leadership knowledge bites, learning journals, online courses and networking events – all aligned to our life-long learning strategy and part of our overall student package.
In addition, 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 Intensive Programme is KPMG’s upfront ACA learning product. The Intensive Programme is KPMG’s front-loaded, classroom-based ACA product which focuses on upskilling trainees quicker. This means that for the first circa 10 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, work experience placement in the busy season of your programme, and the second comes after you have completed your 14 exams. 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 fantastic range of work experience (with only one exam left to complete) and will have the technical knowledge to apply within the workplace. 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. The three 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 10 months.
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.
In your role, you’ll work flexibly across your location region – at KPMG offices, engagement sites and from home.
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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