Graduate Programmes: What are Consulting and Deal Advisory?

Our Consulting & Deal Advisory capabilities offer extremely varied and impactful work where we advise a huge range of clients on their most pressing business challenges. We need to be adaptable and agile to deliver on clients’ individual needs, from start-ups to major multinationals. You might be consulting on anything from comprehensive organisational change and growth strategies to cyber security.

We look for people who come from all backgrounds who will enjoy working on challenging commercial issues. We’ll value your fresh perspective as you work across diverse consultancy projects that pose unique challenges. You’ll be working with the brightest minds, and have the opportunity to rapidly develop your professional skills, network and career.

Areas of interest within either Consulting or Deal Advisory

Business Consulting

Within Business Consulting, you’ll benefit from the support, scope and exposure you need to develop your skills and career in any of our specialist departments: Management Consulting, Actuarial, Risk & Regulatory, Economics, People Consulting, Strategy or Customer.

Financial Advisory

Supported by our largest qualifications training team, you’ll gain the analytical expertise and experience needed to become an expert in one of our specialised departments: Forensic, Internal Audit, Risk and Compliance Services (IARCS), Mergers and Acquisitions, Transport & Public Sector Accounting Advisory or Deal Advisory. You will also be supported in studying towards an ACA qualification.

Business Consulting

In Business Consulting, we draw on our wealth of experience to help clients increase theirs. Whether you join our graduate programme in Management Consulting, Actuarial, Risk & Regulatory, Economics, People Consulting, Strategy or Customer, you’ll be able to draw on your training, knowledge and experience to provide well-rounded advice and detailed insights – ultimately becoming an invaluable resource to high profile clients. 

World-class skills

At KPMG, you’ll have a big part to play in our future. That’s why we’ll make sure you have the chance to cut your teeth across a range of sectors and projects. You can also look forward to support from our wider business areas, our diverse graduate community and the dedicated training team in Financial Services. Business Consulting at KPMG can offer you the scope to drill deeper into a specialist area or develop a broad range of consultancy skills.

Every client is different so it makes sense that our consultants are too. To truly shine, you’ll need to enjoy the pressures of fast-paced challenging work. Meanwhile as a confident, progressive thinker with entrepreneurial flair, you won't be afraid to get your hands dirty and throw yourself into every opportunity on offer. To learn more about your role and our current options, explore our programmes below.

Actuarial

Acting as an expert adviser to the insurance industry, our Actuarial team help organisations to manage financial risk. Here, you’ll be given the chance to use detailed analysis of past events to create accurate models of the future – and crucially, advise on their financial implications.

It’s a highly technical role, best suited to graduates who are numerate, extremely ambitious and able to communicate complex ideas to non-specialists. Our Actuarial Graduate Programme is a great opportunity to build a varied career, gain the Actuarial qualification in three to five years, benefit from a range of training options and help clients to solve complex business challenges.

At a glance

Business Area Business Consulting
Programme length Three years
Qualifications you'll work for Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries
Location Nationwide
Entry requirements Yes, please refer to a Job Description by clicking 'Search & Apply' for specific requirements

Training and development

From day one you’ll be on a structured path towards gaining a professional qualification, studying towards the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries' exams on subjects including:

  • Financial mathematics and modelling
  • Probability and statistics
  • Financial reporting and economics
  • Actuarial risk management
  • Life and general insurance

Exams are held twice a year, and you can sit as many papers as you like in one sitting.  At KPMG we encourage and reward quick qualification and expect our students to qualify in three to five years. Studying is primarily undertaken by a correspondence course; you will also receive internal support from KPMG and attend external tutorials. You will need a high level of commitment.

Customer

Management Consulting is a priority area for our Advisory business – and invaluable to our clients’ businesses too, as we help them to address some of their hottest topics. The focus of everything we do is to help add lasting value and enhance their performance by delivering sustainable improvements to their business. On this programme, you’ll be given the chance to gain exposure across a range of disciplines – offering an unrivalled insight into KPMG.

Our Graduate Programme is designed to give you the experience and core consulting skills you need to get your career off to a flying start. Starting as you mean to go on, you’ll build your commercial understanding and business acumen to deliver real value to our clients straight away.

As a trainee on the Customer Graduate Programme, you’ll be helping to add value to our clients and their business from the start. Working with our amazing clients that include some of the most well-known and largest organisations in the world,  in a dynamic and fast-paced environment. 

At a glance

Business Area Business Consulting
Programme length Three years
Qualifications you'll work for Industry relevant qualifications relevant to role such as (MRS Advanced Certificate, Microsoft Dynamics specific accreditations, BCS Business Analysis Diploma)
Location Nationwide
Entry requirements Yes, please refer to a Job Description by clicking 'Search & Apply' for specific requirements

Training and development

Our commitment to your learning and development is paramount and this is why we have created a learning path that will support you during your graduate programme and beyond. 

We are committed to providing you with not only on-the-job training and support but also accreditations and certifications such as MRS Advanced Certificate in Social and Market Research Practice, Microsoft Dynamics certification and BCS Business Analysis Diploma.

Technology is a large part of the role that we do in Customer and as such you can expect that the learning path will grow as technology  develops. 

Management Consulting

Management Consulting is a priority area for our Advisory business – and invaluable to our clients’ businesses too, as we help them to address some of their hottest topics. The focus of everything we do is to help add lasting value and enhance their performance by delivering sustainable improvements to their business. On this programme, you’ll be given the chance to gain exposure across a range of disciplines – offering an unrivalled insight into KPMG.

Our Graduate Programme is designed to give you the experience and core consulting skills you need to get your career off to a flying start. Starting as you mean to go on, you’ll build your commercial understanding and business acumen to deliver real value to our clients straight away.

At a glance

Business Area Business Consulting
Programme length Three years
Qualifications you'll work for Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
Location Nationwide
Entry requirements Yes, please refer to a Job Description by clicking 'Search & Apply' for specific requirements

Training and development

On the Management Consulting Graduate Programme you will study towards the full CIMA qualification.  Throughout your studies, you’ll be given support and guidance from our Professional Qualification & Accreditation (PQA) team.  

Our large full-time Professional Qualification & Accreditation team is dedicated to giving you the best chance of passing your exams first time. KPMG’s programmes are underpinned by an online portal so you can access technical content and learning activities, share information and contact your tutors for all the support you need at the click of a button.

People Consulting

People Consulting is an integral part of KPMG’s Consulting practice and a growing part of our business. This team helps to transform the performance of organisations by changing the way people are led, managed and developed.  We do this by focusing on two key areas – delivering the people agenda on large scale, complex, transformational change programmes and transforming the HR function.  We work with clients across all sectors, including Corporates, Financial Services, Infrastructure, Government & Healthcare and National Markets.

In People Consulting we work with big blue chip clients to help them transform their business through four key proposition areas:  organisational transformation, workforce transformation, learning solutions and digital HR transformation.

Our Graduate Programme is designed to give you the experience and core consulting skills you need to get your career off to a flying start. Starting as you mean to go on, you’ll build your commercial understanding and business acumen to deliver real value to our clients straight away. On this programme, you will also work closely with teams across our Advisory functions to gain exposure across a range of disciplines – offering an unrivalled insight into KPMG.

At a glance

Business Area Business Consulting
Programme length Three years
Qualifications you'll work for CIMA certificate followed by a CIPD accredited qualification in Human Resource Management
Location Nationwide
Entry requirements Yes, please refer to a Job Description by clicking 'Search & Apply' for specific requirements

Training and development

On the People Consulting Graduate Programme, you’ll study for CIMA certificate, followed by a CIPD accredited qualification in Human Resource Management. Throughout your studies, you’ll be given support and guidance from our Professional Qualification & Accreditation (PQA) team.  

Our large full-time Professional Qualification & Accreditation team is dedicated to giving you the best chance of passing your exams first time. KPMG’s programmes are underpinned by an online portal so you can access technical content and learning activities, share information and contact your tutors for all the support you need at the click of a button.

Risk and Regulatory

Our Financial Services Risk & Regulatory teams act as advisers to global clients who want to keep on top of current issues and industry best practices in an evolving marketplace in the Financial Sector.

We work closely with international regulators and financial institutions and have built our reputation by applying our KPMG professionals technical and practical experience to our clients’ needs. We not only provide clients with value-adding thought leadership – but our graduates too.

Graduates in this area follow a three year programme based in either the Risk or Regulatory team. Following the credit crisis and resulting global economic challenges, the subjects of risk and regulation both continue to have a high profile. So understandably, these issues are not only a key focus for our clients, governments and regulators – they are considered areas of high priority, change, and growth within KPMG too.

At a glance

Business Area Business Consulting
Programme length Three years
Qualifications you'll work for CFA or Investment Management Certificate/Diploma
Location Nationwide
Entry requirements Yes, please refer to a Job Description by clicking 'Search & Apply' for specific requirements

Training and development

Within the Risk & Regulatory Graduate Programme, the qualification you will study depends on which team you join.

If you join Banking Risk & Regulatory, you’ll study for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Within Insurance Regulatory you’ll study for the CFA or the Investment Management Certificate/Diploma. Both of these qualifications will help to broaden and deepen your knowledge and experience of the financial sector.

Targeted training courses and the chance to gain vital on-the-job experience are also a key part of the Risk & Regulatory Graduate Programme.

KPMG has a large full-time Professional Qualification & Accreditation (PQA) team dedicated to giving you the best chance of passing your exams first time. KPMG’s programmes are underpinned by an online portal so you can access technical content and learning activities, share information, and contact your tutors - all the support you need at the click of a button.

Strategy

The Strategy Group is a dynamic and fast-growing team, where you will work through complex and challenging issues facing clients today. You’ll have the opportunity to work with people at all levels including senior management, offering strategic advice on business and operating models to our corporate, public sector and private equity clients. We offer advice in both an organic growth and transaction-related setting. It is an exciting time to join this team as we accelerate momentum and enhance our presence in our priority sectors.
 
Our Strategy Group Graduate Programme is designed to give you a broad and varied experience from both a sector and proposition perspective, and arm you with consulting skills to help accelerate your career. You will build your commercial understanding and business acumen to deliver real value to our clients straight away.

At a glance

Business Area Business Consulting
Programme length Three years
Qualifications you'll work for Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
Location Nationwide
Entry requirements Yes, please refer to a Job Description by clicking 'Search & Apply' for specific requirements

Training and development

On the Strategy Graduate programme, you’ll follow a full CIMA study path completing the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting, then the CIMA Diploma in Management Accounting. Beyond this you will pursue the full CIMA qualification or gain other relevant qualifications as you progress your career.
 
KPMG has a large full-time Professional Qualification & Accreditation (PQA) team –dedicated to giving you the best chance of passing your exams first time. KPMG’s programmes are underpinned by an online portal so you can access technical content and learning activities, share information and contact your tutors for all the support you need at the click of a button.

Financial Advisory

Our Financial Advisory programmes can open some impressive doors. Join us in Forensic, Internal Audit, Risk and Compliance Services (IARCS), Mergers and Acquisitions, Transport & Public Sector Accounting Advisory or Deal Advisory and you’ll work towards the ACA – and a richly diverse career with an industry leader.

Whilst each area is as unique as the individuals who work here, you’ll definitely be working on projects across a range of locations and sectors to support and enhance high-profile businesses. That means you could be helping advise organisations on managing litigation risk, assisting with a distressed business, providing mergers and acquisitions advice for a pre-deal evaluation or supporting your client to detect and prevent fraud. Whatever the project, you can be sure it will be exciting, fast-paced and challenging.

Commercial expertise

If you’re numerate, ambitious and want to work with some of the best minds in the business, we’ll build and develop your skills. It’s the perfect platform for graduates who are looking to become a specialist in their chosen field. To learn more about your role and our current options, explore our programmes below.

Deal Advisory

Deal Advisory is a fast paced area of our advisory business. Continually enhancing value for our clients across the deal and economic cycle, our specialists guide them through the entire process – from the initial concept of buying a business to turning their business around in times of difficulty.

Our wealth of experience across the deal cycle gives us access to what’s happening in the heart of key sectors, and enables you to learn from the very best.

Combining structured training, work experience and on-the-job coaching, this three-year programme is a great foundation to your career – giving you a broad commercial awareness of the challenges a business faces across the deal and economic cycle.

Initially joining Corporate Finance, Restructuring or Transaction Services,  during the three years you will have the opportunity to enhance your commercial understanding and broaden your knowledge networks. 

At a glance

Business Area Financial Advisory
Programme length Three years
Qualifications you'll work for ACA (or CA in Scotland)
Location Nationwide
Entry requirements Yes, please refer to a Job Description by clicking 'Search & Apply' for specific requirements

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.

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 all other offices we offer two ACA routes that you will be able to select upon applying. These are the ACA Intensive Programmeor our ACA Empowered Programme.

In Deal Advisory we offer two different routes to achieving the ACA qualification:

  • Intensive Programme 
  • Empowered Programme 

Should you decide to apply to one of our Deal Advisory Graduate programmes, you will have the opportunity to choose between applying for our ACA Intensive programme or our Empowered ACA Training programme. All programmes take three years to complete. They just offer different routes to achieving success. You should not underestimate how much of your first three years will be spent studying and therefore it is imperative you really think about your learning style, and be sure that you are joining a firm that takes your development as seriously as you do. When you have decided which route to qualification is best suited to you, please make sure you apply to that route on the website

Forensic

Our Forensic team helps clients to protect their business by reducing reputational risk and commercial loss. Combining accounting investigation, technology and industry skills, we come in where facts and figures don’t agree, or where behaviour doesn’t comply with expectations or regulations. Through investigations and compliance, fraud risk management, corporate intelligence, anti-bribery, anti-money laundering, dispute advisory, contract governance and intellectual property services, we help to diffuse challenging situations.


Our Forensic Graduate Programme is designed to build your commercial and business awareness across the Forensic practice and enable you to qualify in three years. As well as the chance to study towards the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales Qualification (ACA) or the Institute of Chartered Accountants (CA) in Scotland, you’ll receive structured internal training and opportunities to help clients across a variety of sectors and services.

At a glance

Business Area Financial Advisory
Programme length Three years
Qualifications you'll work for ICAEW Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (CFAB) & Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Diploma or full ACA
Location London
Entry requirements Yes, please refer to a Job Description by clicking 'Search & Apply' for specific requirements

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.
 
In Forensic, we currently offer either the full ACA or for those working in financial crime the CFAB and AML Diploma. For the full ACA, there are two paths to qualification that you will be able to select upon applying. These are the ACA Intensive Programmeor our ACA Empowered Programme. The CFAB would be delivered through the Empowered Programme.
 
In Forensic we offer two different routes to achieving the ACA qualification:
  • Intensive Programme
  • Empowered Programme

Should you decide to apply to one of our Forensic Graduate programmes, you will have the opportunity to choose between applying for our ACA Intensive programme or our Empowered ACA Training programme. All programmes take three years to complete. They just offer different routes to achieving success. You should not underestimate how much of your first three years will be spent studying and therefore it is imperative you really think about your learning style, and be sure that you are joining a firm that takes your development as seriously as you do. When you have decided which route to qualification is best suited to you, please make sure you apply to that route on the website

Internal Audit, Risk and Compliance Services (IARCS)

If you are interested in understanding how businesses operate, what risks they face and how decisions are made, then Internal Audit, Risk and Compliance Services (IARCS) is for you. Joining us means you’ll develop and refine your specialist business and accounting skills by improving our clients’ governance, risk management and controls.

Our clients will rely on us to provide valuable insight and commercial recommendations to them by conducting in- depth analysis and assessments of data and business processes. Our services incorporate Internal Audit, Contract Compliance, Risk and Governance and Sustainability.

Our IARCS Graduate Programme is designed to build your commercial and business awareness across the IARCS practice and enable you to qualify in three years. As well as the chance to study towards the 

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales Qualification (ACA) or the Institute of Chartered Accountants (CA) in Scotland, you’ll receive structured internal training and opportunities to help clients across a variety of sectors and services.

 

At a glance

Business Area Financial Advisory
Programme length Three years
Qualifications you'll work for ACA (or CA in Scotland)
Location Nationwide
Entry requirements Yes, please refer to a Job Description by clicking 'Search & Apply' for specific requirements

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

In IARCS we offer two different routes to achieving the ACA qualification:

  • Intensive Programme
  • Empowered Programme
All programmes take three years to complete. They just offer different routes to achieving success. You should not underestimate how much of your first three years will be spent studying and therefore it is imperative you really think about your learning style, and be sure that you are joining a firm that takes your development as seriously as you do.

When you have decided which route to qualification is best suited to you, please make sure you apply to that route on the website.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Deal Advisory is a fast paced area of our advisory business. Continually enhancing value for our clients across the deal and economic cycle, our specialists guide them through the entire process – from the initial concept of buying a business to turning their business around in times of difficulty.

Our wealth of experience in Mergers and Acquisition (M&A) means that we can provide our clients with the best possible advice and enables you to learn from the very best.

Combining structured training, work experience and on-the-job coaching, this three-year programme is a great foundation to your career – giving you a broad commercial awareness of the challenges a business faces across the deal and economic cycle.

At a glance

Business Area Financial Advisory
Programme length Three years
Qualifications you'll work for ACA (or CA in Scotland)
Location Nationwide
Entry requirements Yes, please refer to a Job Description by clicking 'Search & Apply' for specific requirements

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.

In M&A we offer two different routes to achieving the ACA qualification:

  • ACA Intensive Programme 
  • ICAS Programme

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, six 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 ICAS Programme is KPMG’s CA product offered to all Scottish offices. The programme consists of classroom-based tuition and revision, with wrap-around online and self-study learning. The structure of the programme spreads the CA examinations over the lifetime of the three-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.

All programmes take three years to complete. They just offer different routes to achieving success. You should not underestimate how much of your first three years will be spent studying and therefore it is imperative you really think about your learning style, and be sure that you are joining a firm that takes your development as seriously as you do. When you have decided which route to qualification is best suited to you, please make sure you apply to that route on the website.

Transport & Public Sector Accounting Advisory

Transport and Public Sector Accounting Advisory is a market leader in financial reporting and business planning advice to two high profile sectors of critical importance to the UK: the land transport sector; and the public sector.
 
Our Transport Advisory team provides commercial and financial advice to both public and private sector clients in the land transport industry. We help clients grow; improve the financial performance of their operations, and bid for multi-billion pound government contracts – providing robust financial analysis to support them in taking key strategic decisions.
 
Our Public Sector Accounting team delivers a range of accounting, financial reporting and financial management services across the public sector, with a particular specialism in defence. Using our wealth of experience we work together with our clients to understand their financial challenges, provide advice and implement recommendations.
 
As an intensive graduate joining the team, you can expect to gain experience working in both of these areas

At a glance

Business Area Financial Advisory
Programme length Three years
Qualifications you'll work for ACA
Location London
Entry requirements Yes, please refer to a Job Description by clicking 'Search & Apply' for specific requirements

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. In Transport and Public Sector Accounting Advisory we currently study for the ACA through an intensive programme;
 
The Intensive Programme is KPMGs front loaded classroom based ACA product, which focus's on upskilling trainees more quickly. Meaning 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 structured 6-8 week work experience placements.

This product allows you to purely focus on your professional qualification in your first year, and then in the remaining two years of your training contract you can concentrate on building up a fantastic range of work experience as you will only have one exam left to complete, but will have the technical knowledge to apply within the work place.

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