Graduate Programmes: What is Central Services?

Over 1,000 people from a broad range of specialisms make up KPMG’s Central Services Function – and they all play a key role in our success.

Whether they’re experts in Finance, Procurement, HR, Marketing or IT – we all rely on them to provide crucial support. In Central Services, we offer various programmes for you to develop specialist skills and a career in the area that best suits your interests and ambitions.

Explore the Central Services Graduate Programmes we offer in more detail below.

Human Resources

We not only want our HR services to be the best – we want our people to be the best they can be too. That’s why we look for graduates who share our passion and can develop imaginative strategies that encourage talented people to join and stay with us.

By taking a dynamic approach to recruiting, retaining and rewarding our people, we equip them with the skills they need to excel. Our programme is designed to give you wide exposure across HR, and to support you to achieve professional qualifications.

We’ve a number of specialist areas within HR. That means you’ll enjoy the chance to rotate and start to get a picture of which direction you’d like your career to take. For example, in one placement, you could be helping to devise the current year's reward strategy. In the next, you could be working on a new HR IT project, and in another, liaising with the Learning and Development team on a new initiative. Plus, in one of your placements you’ll even have the opportunity to work as a HR Advisor.

This level of variety is one of the constants in Human Resources (HR) at KPMG. For one thing, we serve a community of over 10,000 staff in the UK firm – many of whom may be working throughout the world at any given time. The ever-changing needs of our business also means that there’s always a full portfolio of interesting and demanding projects going on.

At a glance

Business area Central Services – Human Resources
Programme length Two years
Qualifications you'll work for Potential study for CIPD qualifications
Location Watford
Entry requirements Yes

Training and development

In your first year, you’ll be trained on the job as you work in tandem with a qualified and experienced HR colleague. You may do this alongside specific learning sessions that are relevant to the sector you’re working in.

You might also attend meetings where developments across HR are debated before being implemented, so your knowledge, exposure and confidence should be growing steadily throughout the two years. We’ll also ensure that you have the opportunity to learn about our business in order to develop your all-round knowledge and experience. 

We’ll support you in gaining the invaluable CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) qualification or possibly another relevant qualification. You’ll normally begin your professional studies at the start of year three, although if your performance is exceptional, you might have the chance to start at the beginning of year two.

Find out more about how our support and training will benefit you.

Sales & Marketing

During your two years with us, you will be placed in different areas of Sales and Marketing for varying periods of time. This rotational programme will give you broad experience, improve your skills and help you make an informed decision on the direction you want to take in your career. 

There is massive scope for you to create, contribute, and inspire in a number of initiatives within Sales and Marketing. The ultimate benefit you derive from this is very much down to you: we will give you all the support and help you need. Equally, we rely on you to show initiative, and to make the most out of the opportunities and learning developments that this programme can offer.

As a Sales & Marketing Graduate, you will have the opportunity to experience a variety of possible avenues you could steer your career towards becoming a Sales and Marketing professional in KPMG.

The exposure to the different areas that comprise our dynamic Sales & Marketing team, will ensure you get a full appreciation of the different components which enables our firm to develop ‘client for life’ relationships and in turn to grow the firm. The broad experience the rotational programme provides gives you the unique opportunity to identify which area best suits your skills and interests – and build your career from there.

Examples of the typical kinds of placements on offer: 

  • National Pursuits Team
  • Commercial Management
  • Marketing
  • Sales Operations and Transformation
  • Business Development Academy

You will have a fantastic support network, including your own Performance Manager, to help tailor your placements to ensure both you and KPMG get the most out of your time with us.

At a glance

Business area Central Services - Sales & Marketing
Length of programme Two Years
Qualifications you'll work for Opportunity to study towards an accredited sales and marketing qualification with a professional body such as the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
Location London
Entry requirements Yes

Training and development

For the duration of the programme and the rest of your career at KPMG, there will be a number of support channels available to help you progress your career within the organisation.

Learning and development is a key part of life at KPMG. Within Sales and Marketing we have learning and development to support our broad range of skills and roles. You will have access to all of this and the opportunity to study towards an accredited sales and marketing qualification with a professional body such as the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).

Find out more about how our support and training will benefit you.


Resourcing is a key function in professional services firms like KPMG, but also in other large organisations. Resourcing ensures that organisations have the right people, with the right skills, in the right location, at the right time. Effective Resourcing significantly contributes to KPMG delivering its business performance and plays a key role in helping and developing individuals to fulfil their career ambitions.

At KPMG, Resourcing works closely with the core business (Audit, Tax and Advisory) and Human Resources. It ensures the effective utilisation and development of both on and off shore resources. Resourcing hosts a wide range of responsibilities from workforce planning, to headcount management and resource deployment; delivering real value to our clients.

Our two year graduate programme is designed to provide you with a rotational experience that ensures you develop your all-round knowledge of the firm and will equip you with the skills to support your future career. Due to the strategic nature of Resourcing, individuals can aspire towards a rewarding Resourcing career, with our most senior roles being at Director Level, or you may choose to orientate your career towards Recruitment, General Management or Human Resources.

At a glance

Business area Central Services - Resourcing
Length of programme Two years
Qualifications you'll work for CIPD, ITIL or Prince2 will be available to you, depending on your interest, in your second year of the programme
Location London
Entry requirements Yes

Training and development

As a graduate, you will complete four rotations across the Resourcing function. These may involve anything from Staff Planning and Resourcing, to Global Mobility, Management Reporting, People Management or Headcount Forecasting. You will also support Resourcing projects and drive change within the function. This involves working closely with Directors, COOs and HR colleagues in order to manage their expectations and understand the business strategy and implications. So as well as experience diverse areas of Resourcing, you’ll work with a variety of people. 

You will of course be supported throughout your time on the programme, receiving on the job training as you work alongside experienced Resourcing colleagues. You will be appointed a Performance Manager, to coach you and provide regular performance reviews, ensuring you are having the best possible experience and your development is on track. A dedicated ‘Buddy’ will also be on hand from day one, to answer any questions you may have about working at KPMG and your role as a Resourcing graduate. What’s more, you’ll enjoy the advantages of The Academy - a unique approach to learning and development, which encourages you to harness the power of KPMG’s diverse professional networks and become the best you can be.

Find out more about how our support and training will benefit you.

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