Financial Modelling

Graduate Programme

In-depth guide

In the current climate, more than ever, our clients depend on models to make critical financial and business decisions. Our Financial Modelling practice works directly with clients, applying financial knowledge and technical expertise to deliver a range of services across all sectors:

  • We build bespoke financial and operational models to help our clients make informed decisions, improve business operations, and forecast effectively for the future. These models incorporate complex financial, statistical and mathematical calculations, are typically Excel-driven, and may use other technologies to manipulate data, support automation and to enhance reporting.
  • We develop high-impact visual reports and dashboards to help clients monitor KPIs and analyse trends from large volumes of data using a range of platforms.
  • We use our in-house tools for reviewing and validating clients’ models to provide confidence in their use, typically where they are being used to support a high-profile transaction or substantial refinancing.

Our 3 year graduate programme is designed to offer you client interaction, support from colleagues, and formal training to develop the financial, consulting and technology skills required across a broad range of tools such as; Excel, VBA, SQL, Python, Qlikview, Tableau, and Power BI. Feed your curiosity, work with the best on emerging practices and technologies, and gain an advantage for life.

People who thrive within our Financial Modelling practice are passionate about continually adapting their skills and knowledge to find solutions for our clients, have a love of working with numbers, and typically come from STEM, Economics or Finance backgrounds. We also ask for a keen interest in developing both financial acumen and technology skills throughout the programme.

Within our Financial modelling practice and across the firm at KPMG, we’re reimagining how we work. 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.

Our Class of 2022 Graduate Programmes are now closed for applications. Class of 2023 Graduate Programmes will be opening for applications in the autumn. Keep an eye on this website for updates or follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

Programme summary

Programme overview

Capability: Technology & Engineering

Programme length: 3 years

Qualifications: CIMA or CFA depending on the team you join

Entry requirements

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 120 UCAS points* under the 2017 tariff point system at A Level
  • Minimum 2:1 degree. Undergraduate must be STEM/Finance/Economics
  • For Bristol, Manchester and Birmingham need to be either a UK national OR have resided in the UK for 5 years or more

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 against KPMG’s capabilities 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

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 Financial modelling we currently offer either the CIMA qualification through an Apprenticeship route or a CFA qualification.

The CIMA Programme uses innovative technology and is delivered via a blend of Online Classroom Live and recorded courses in addition to 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 all 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 is delivered via an Apprenticeship route which really enables you to learn on the job and apply your knowledge to the workplace. It equally means that your learning and examinations are spread over the lifetime of the 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 CFA qualification is predominately face-to-face with some blended learning, and offers support through to membership by our innovative tuition providers and professional body.

Additional important information

In your role, you’ll work flexibly across your location region – at KPMG offices, engagement sites and from home.

Please note that due to client requirements you will need to be eligible for national security vetting for roles in Bristol, Glasgow, Birmingham and Manchester. As a guide you will need to be a UK National in order to apply for a role in these locations or must have lived continuously in the UK for the past 5 years or more.

Case study

Financial Modelling graduate programme | London


"I’m part of the Financial Services Modelling team. When I first joined, the focus was on training. It was incredibly thorough. We had financial modelling workshops run by some of our analysts, for example. We learnt VBA and Python – coding languages that are invaluable in our field. And data visualisation, which is obviously really big right now. It enables us to extract data and make it visually presentable for a client.

There’s always something new to learn here. It means you can constantly push yourself. And what’s great about Technology & Engineering at KPMG is that you’re surrounded by other people who want to push themselves too. People come from a range of different backgrounds and everybody is very motivated."

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