Matthew did his Bachelor’s degree in Economics at the University of Bath. He did a year’s placement in the Civil Service as an economist before joining the KPMG Graduate Programme. Since then, he has done placements abroad and has risen to be both a Senior Manager and a People Leader.
"After I finished my three-year graduate programme with KPMG and qualified with my ACA, I was approached by a Partner who wanted me to go to India for six months. It was amazing, I wished I could have stayed longer. But soon after I came back, I was promoted to Manager and almost immediately I was on a nine-month placement with an audit engagement’s regulatory team. The opportunities are constantly opening up to you.
What makes me proud day-to-day is when you really come together as a team, across ages, grades and functions, and you deliver quality work that reflects the best of what we are as a firm. After you’ve put all the hours in, when a Partner stands up and reflects on what that meant for the KPMG audit, it’s clear that what you’ve done is valued.
“I’ve worked with a particular Partner for four years. Year on year, they pass me broader and more interesting projects.”
I think if there’s a secret to success at KPMG, its building internal relationships. I don’t mean regular networking. It’s about real business relationships built on trust. And this comes from clear communication, insight, considered challenge where necessary, but above all, an energy and a passion to deliver audit engagements. From the wider culture down to individual teams, even one-to-one. You create something that grows stronger over time. The trust and confidence just naturally expand. You can’t ask for better than that when it comes to career development."