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Audit Senior Manager - Bristol/Reading

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Senior Manager - Financial Services Audit

Location: Cardiff

Capability: Audit

Service line: Audit

Experience level: Senior Manager

Employment type: Full Time


At KPMG, our values define who we are and the way we do business. As a leading professional services firm, we know that our strength and capability come from our people – their different perspectives, experiences and backgrounds. From our inclusive leadership strategy to our diversity and inclusion targets – we’re making bold changes to who we are and what we do. Be part of it.

The Team

KPMG is looking to consolidate its leading position within the Financial Services Audit sector by appointing talented and enthusiastic auditors into newly-created manager roles. This is a fast growing practise which is expected to grow further significantly in the next 3 to 5 years based on recent audit tender results. The department is made up of a large group of client facing staff delivering a range of audit and advisory engagements across a broad spectrum of Financial Services firms from sectors such as insurance, banking, building societies and investment management. The team is spread across Bristol and Cardiff therefore, the successful candidates can be based in either location.

Our Bristol office is situated in Queen Square on a short walking distance from Temple Meads Station and is well placed for commuting by car or bicycle. Our staff work over 3 floors and the office has a lively cross-functional social scene. The office has the mix of working with big organisations whilst also maintaining that close-knit office environment. All offices have canteen facilities.

Our Cardiff office is next to the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff Bay and has glorious views across the bay with parking facilities available for the use of staff. As a smaller office, it mixes the benefits of working for a Global Organisation with a small office feel, with staff working closely with each other across all departments.

The Role

We are currently looking for qualified Accountants at Senior Manager level to join our Financial Services Audit department in Cardiff or Bristol during a significant period of growth.

Responsibilities:

As a Senior Manager, you’ll be involved in leading the delivery of a portfolio of our largest, highest profile Financial Services clients using your sector experience to deliver exceptional client service. Your responsibilities will include:

- Supervising, mentoring, and coaching junior staff including promoting audit quality Managing partner involvement on audits, providing progress reports as required.
- Acting as the initial point of contact throughout the year for your clients.
- Budgeting and monitoring the financial performance of engagements, focusing on optimising profitability.
- Regularly and proactively communicating with senior clients on relevant industry matters.
- Acting as a department lead on your area of sector expertise.
- Keeping up to date with KPMG's product and service offerings and identifying the sales opportunities that will help us grow our business.
- Establishing and maintaining strong internal and external networks within the industry insurance and Investment Management audits.
- Actively driving the planning of the audit, as well as the actual fieldwork at interim and final, statutory audit and completion work.
- Working on tenders and working as part of the relevant independence team.
- Be part of the Investment Management or Insurance department management group and drive firm’s strategic initiatives.
- Performance manager for other qualified accountants to help them reach their full potential .
- Building the reputation of KPMG through the quality of work, knowledge and experience relevant to the industry

The Person

Experience & Skills:

- Must possess professional qualification; ACA, ACCA or CPA (or international equivalent)
- Recent and extensive financial statement audit experience within the Financial Services sector
- Recent and extensive external audit experience at Senior Manager level in the Financial Services (Banking/ Insurance/ Investment Management) sector.
- Recent demonstrated practical knowledge of FRS, IFRS and technical matters relevant to your area of Financial Services expertise
- Experience working on tenders
- Must demonstrate gravitas and impact to earn trust and respect amongst senior leadership and the team
- Established strong leadership skills and proven ability to provide clear directions and constructive feedback
- Experience adding to the audit department outside of day to day delivery (e.g. developing and leading training)
- Proven ability to identify and pursue business opportunities whilst maintaining a solution mind-set
- Knowledge of developments within the financial sector and proven ability to proactively build strategic partnerships and influence senior leaders
- Drive and resilience to deliver in a pressured environment

We recognise that as individuals, we each have particular needs and that one size doesn’t fit all, when it comes to how, when and where you work. That’s why we’re proud to offer our colleagues agile working options. We believe in putting you at the centre of your career – KPMG will offer the training, development and stimulating work environment to help you get to where your career ambitions are. That’s why we introduced ‘Our Deal’ – it’s our way of saying ‘thank you’ for bringing your best to work. As part of ‘Our Deal’, you’ll benefit from a range of rewards from secondment opportunities and preferential banking services to a day off on your birthday and have open, honest conversations about your career development.

Senior Manager - Real Estate

Location: London

Capability: Audit

Service line: Audit

Experience level: Senior Manager

Employment type: Full Time


The Real Estate Valuation Centre of Excellence (REVCoE) comprises a team of Chartered Surveyors and RICS Registered Valuers based across the UK with representation in London, Manchester and Leeds. The team provides assurance on real estate valuations provided for inclusion within company accounts. The team is seeking a valuation expert to support audit teams at Senior Manager level. The role is within Delivery Solutions Group (DSG) which is part of the Audit function.

Roles and responsibilities

• To work closely with audit teams across the UK to review valuations and supporting information provided by their audited entities.
• To help audit teams to robustly challenge management’s key assumptions and judgements with an appropriate level of professional scepticism.
• Attend and chair external meetings and conference calls between audit teams, clients and their advisors.
• To deliver a report concluding whether the values proposed are reasonable highlighting any areas of risk.
• Provide support on tenders and proposals for new Audit engagements where valuation expertise is required including attending and potentially presenting at formal pitches as necessary.
• Assist the team in sharing market and technical knowledge by delivering training and presentations to the audit teams on real estate matters.
• Help REVCoE to deliver the business plan by providing specialist valuation expertise to help the Audit function deliver on its audit quality goals.

Qualifications and skills

• Candidates should be experienced valuers with MRICS qualification and RICS Registered Valuer status.
• Candidates should have a good understanding of the RICS Valuation – Professional Standards and their implication for valuations.
• Have a strong background in the valuation of operational real estate including but not limited to hotels, care homes and public houses.
• Sound knowledge of valuation of the main commercial sectors (office, industrial, retail) including student accommodation and PRS/BTR.
• Knowledge of valuations for tax purposes (CGT) would be beneficial.
• Strong valuation skills and experience of using Argus ValCap, Argus Enterprise and Argus Developer.
• Good knowledge of methodological approaches and technical issues involved in the valuation process including development appraisals.
• A good knowledge of property “general practice” matters including leases, legal titles, environmental and construction issues and their impact on value.
• Ability to understand and analyse property valuations \\ development appraisals \\ cash flows using input from your own research and contacts.
• Ability to build strong relationships whilst working within a strong risk mitigating and compliance driven culture.
• Excellent time management skills and ability to work on and deliver several projects concurrently.
• Exceptional communication skills with a well-developed ability to write concise reports along with the ability to discuss \\ present any property matters to the audit team and clients when required.
• Diligence, with an eye for forensically analysing reports, valuations and data.
• Good Microsoft Excel skills.




Audit Senior Manager - Bristol/Reading

Location: Bristol

Capability: Audit

Service line: Audit

Experience level: Senior Manager

Employment type: Either Full Time Or Part Time


We are currently looking to consolidate our position within the marketplace by appointing talented and enthusiastic qualified accountants at Senior Manager level within our Audit Corporates, Listed and Regulatory department in either our Bristol or Reading offices.




Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work on some of the largest opportunities in the marketplace and will be exposed to excellent career development opportunities within a fast-growing, multi-disciplinary team. Working alongside Directors and Partners, you will be in a senior client facing role, forging strong relationships with our clients.




The Role:




As a Senior Manager, you’ll be involved in all aspects of delivering audit engagements, from planning through to completion on a broad spectrum of Corporates, Listed and Regulatory clients. The role will include executive level client interaction and exposure to multiple clients on an annual basis, as well as daily tasks such as:




- Supervising, mentoring, and coaching Corporates, Listed and Regulatory Audit staff



- Managing partner involvement on audits, providing progress reports as required



- Acting as the initial point of contact throughout the year for your clients; manage timetables, anticipate costs, raise fees and agree dates for cash collection



- Regularly and proactively communicating with senior clients on relevant industry matters



- Keeping up to date with KPMG's product and service offerings and identifying the sales opportunities that will help us grow our business



- Establishing and maintaining strong internal and external networks within the industry



- Communicating with clients and subject matter experts on technical matters relevant to Corporates, Listed and Regulatory audits



- Actively driving the planning of the audit, as well as the actual fieldwork at interim and final, statutory audit and completion work



- Working on tenders and working as part of the relevant independence team



- Be part of the Corporates, Listed and Regulatory department management group and drive firm’s strategic initiatives



- Being the performance manager for other qualified accountants




Required Qualifications & Skills:




- Must possess professional qualification; ACA, ACCA or CPA (or international equivalent)



- Must demonstrate gravitas and impact to earn trust and respect amongst senior leadership and the team



- Established strong leadership skills and proven ability to provide clear directions and constructive feedback



- IT literacy with good knowledge of Word / Excel / PowerPoint



- Strong communication and inter-personal skills, both verbal and written



- Sound working knowledge of IFRS and UK GAAP



- Experience with US GAAP is preferable though not essential




Required Knowledge & Experience:




- Recent and significant financial statement audit experience at Senior Manager level within a Big 4 or mid-tier firm



- Extensive external audit experience within the Corporates, Listed and Regulatory sectors, such as telecommunications, media, energy, utilities, and/or oil & gas



- Proven ability to identify and pursue business opportunities whilst maintaining a solution mind-set



- Knowledge of developments within the Corporates, Listed and Regulatory sectors and proven ability to proactively build strategic partnerships and influence senior leaders



- Drive and resilience to deliver in a pressured environment





Senior Manager- FS Assurance

Location: London

Capability: Audit

Service line: Audit

Experience level: Senior Manager

Employment type: Full Time


• Responsible for the end-to-end delivery of allocated assurance projects on Financial Services clients in accordance with ISAE 3000 and the firm’s quality standards







• Managing a portfolio of complex clients across multiple sectors, maintaining contact with the client and members of the client delivery team
• Managing and mentoring managers, assistant managers and trainees.







• Planning and performing effective assurance procedures and overseeing the delegation of work across the team and the involvement of subject matter experts







• Reviewing assurance work, exercising professional scepticism







• Preparing assurance opinions, issues logs and management reports, agreeing assurance findings with the Engagement Leader and the client







• Managing engagement budgets, profitability and any fee overruns
• Responsible for developing and improving the standardised FS Assurance work programmes







• Responsible for resolving complex assurance issues through consultation or escalation as appropriate.











Owning and strengthening key client relationships where leading FS Assurance engagements and acting as an ambassador for the firm.






• Developing new business networks, both externally and within KPMG.






• Taking a leading role in driving our overall FS Assurance business growth objectives.






• Supporting the team in business development initiatives and managing the sales pipeline






• Taking ownership for key parts of our business plan, including internal/external marketing and financial forecasting/analysis.





Qualifications and Skills (SM)

The ideal candidate will meet the following criteria:

- Inquisitive mind with a strong passion for Banking, Asset Management and/or Insurance.






- Familiarity with the role of key functions in Banking, Asset Management and/or Insurance.






- Knowledge of new regulatory developments impacting Financial Services clients. Subject matter expertise in areas such as UK Stewardship Code, ESG or regulatory (capital and liquidity) reporting may be advantageous.






- Experience (minimum 6 years) in a related field, including experience of delivering assurance engagements for global FTSE 100 clients





- A 2:1 degree or above from a recognised university or institution






- Relevant financial qualifications may include CFA, ACA, ACCA or equivalent.






- Significant risk management experience at Senior Manager level






- An ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals both internally and externally.






- Strong presentation skills and the confidence to facilitate meetings and interviews both internally and externally






- Outstanding communication and reporting writing skills and ability to influence and deal with senior stakeholders
- Drive and resilience and ability to thrive in a pressured environment






- Focus on delivering high quality work whilst maintaining excellent attention to detail






- Strong project management techniques including decision-making ability, analytical skills, time management, organisation and evaluative skills.
- IT literacy with sound knowledge and experience of Excel/Word/ PowerPoint







Senior Manager - Financial Services Audit

Location: Edinburgh

Capability: Audit

Service line: Audit

Experience level: Senior Manager

Employment type: Either Full Time Or Part Time


The Role

• Building global relationships and actively seeking out the global networks best experts to address client needs
• Communicating compelling and well thought out solutions to complex problems
• Building constructive working relationships across different teams, functions, countries or cultures

• You will build a portfolio of investment management clients and have responsibility for agreeing audit timetables, briefing the audit team (including other specialists), monitoring budgets and supervising the audit process. This will include planning and reviewing audit fieldwork, statutory reporting and project management.
• Keeping partners up to date with progress throughout the course of the assignment.
• Preparing and reviewing reports to senior management and audit committees.
• Supervising and coaching junior members of staff
• On-site involvement and being the key point of contact for senior level (including Executive) client staff throughout the year.
• Keeping up to date with KPMG's product and service offerings, identifying sales opportunities that will help us grow our business.
• Involvement in the department leadership team aiming to continue the growth of our investment management department in the Regions.


The Person

• Recognises the importance of continuous self and team development and actively strives to achieve this.
• Helps others to understand how their work contributes to the overall success of an engagement and the wider firm
• Fosters a sense of self belief and confidence in others
• Seeks to understand others motivations
• Supports others to make brave decisions

The Senior Manager candidate will meet the following criteria:

• Professionally qualified with a recognised accountancy body, ACA, ACCA or CPA. (or equivalent) is essential
• Significant audit experience at manager or senior manager level including practical experience in a Big 4 Accountancy firm is essential.
• Experience of working on investment management audits is essential
• Sound working knowledge of IFRS and UK GAAP is ideal.
• You are required to possess well developed inter-personal, supervisory and coaching skills and have the ability to effectively communicate (both verbally and through written media) with a wide range of individuals both internally and externally.
• Drive and resilience and ability to thrive in a pressured environment
• Excellent project management techniques including decision-making ability, time management, organisation and evaluative skills.
• IT literacy with sound knowledge and experience of Excel/Word.
• Excellent business development acumen and the ability to identify and seize business development opportunities.

Senior Manager - Accounting Advisory Services

Location: London

Capability: Audit

Service line: Audit

Experience level: Senior Manager

Employment type: Full Time


As a senior manager in the team, the individual would be expected to:



- Play a significant role in the delivery of high quality prudential regulatory advice to insurance clients on the impacts of a changing risk and regulatory landscape on their business models and supporting them through that change




- Provide advice across a range of topics and emerging regulatory risk areas, including authorisations, approvals, capital requirements, group structuring, governance, and regulatory reporting, recovery and resolution, climate change risk




- Communicate clearly analysis, observations and recommendations in writing and verbally




- Take responsibility for engagement planning and management on a day-to-day basis




- Act as day-to-day lead on client engagements, managing teams where required




- Keep up to date with industry specific issues and circumstances which affect insurance regulation, develop points of view and client propositions on agreed topics




- Prepare and delivery presentations, training, thought leadership and marketing materials




- Identify additional opportunities for KPMG to perform consulting services to their non-audit clients




- Lead the proposals process for new client opportunities




- Develop client relationships and utilise network to identify opportunities for KPMG to perform additional services




- Work effectively as a team member sharing responsibility, providing support and updating senior members on progress




- Mentor staff and conduct performance reviews and contribute to performance feedback for staff






The senior manager would have:



- Thorough knowledge of insurance regulations (Solvency II, in particular) and experience of applying this to a range of different issues




- Ideally some consulting experience, with excellent client liaison and communication skills as well as commercial awareness




- Ability to develop new business opportunities for the insurance regulation team to deliver




- Strong project management experience




- Ability to work in a client facing and consulting role, with ability to build networks and relationships




- Proactive attitude with a desire for the opportunity for personal and professional growth




- Thorough understanding of Solvency II reporting, governance and capital requirements






To qualify for the role, we would expect an individual to have:



- 8+ years’ experience of delivering audit or risk regulatory services to general and/or specialty insurers




- Strong academic background including at least a 2:1 Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a business, legal, actuarial, or finance related degree




- Up to date knowledge of the regulatory environment impacting insurers




- Possess a relevant professional qualification (such as ACA)




- Strong written and verbal communication skills for report writing and client presentations




- Proven technical and analytical ability to dissect client issues and propose commercial solutions




- Ability to prioritise tasks and provide constructive, meaningful challenge in the development of client solutions




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