Our People: Rachel

​Graduate Trainee - Tax in Bristol

Rachel joined the Tax team of our Bristol office a few years after she graduated in Geography from the University of Oxford.

“When I left university, I knew I wanted to work somewhere with a global network. I looked at the banking sector, insurance and finance. I very nearly became a solicitor. In fact, I was doing my exams for it when I was first introduced to tax, and found it very interesting.

I researched other firms and went to lots of careers events; KPMG stood out because I felt there was this differential in attitude. I didn’t meet anybody during the recruitment process that I didn’t like. That’s quite unusual.

What I do is varied. I’m doing a lot of advisory at the moment, especially in the wake of Brexit. I’m also involved with compliance work for insurance companies, and of course tax audits.

For me, the standout projects that I’ve worked on so far have been mergers and acquisitions (M&A). They’re intricate and involved and you get to see the outcomes play out in the newspapers. I enjoy working on things with that level of visibility.

I’m interested in doing some more M&A training after my experiences, KPMG has very good in-house support for that. Although at this stage, I’m focusing mostly on my professional exams and KPMG supports me in that.

“There is a real inclusiveness here. Nobody judges you for just being yourself.”

On my first day, I arrived at the office with the other grads. A senior partner approached us and told us that if there was anything we felt could be done better, we should just speak our minds. I was sceptical at first, but I’ve learned that’s the culture here. People are very open to out-of-the-box thinking.

I think KPMG is a genuine Corporate Responsibility role model for business in the community in Bristol. We do work in local schools, helping with interview and business skills, and reading skills with younger children. We support local charities, and we even hosted the hustings for the mayoral election.

If you’re not afraid of trying new things and asking questions, you can succeed at KPMG.”

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