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Pensions Assurance Audit Assistant Manager

Location: Manchester

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Senior Manager - Financial Services Audit

Location: Cardiff

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Senior Manager - Real Estate

Location: London

Service Line: Audit

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Audit Assistant Manager - Corporate Listed Clients (London)

Location: London

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Manager - FS Assurance

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Assistant Manager, Climate Risks in FS, Audit & Assurance ESG

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Pensions Assurance Audit Assistant Manager

Location: Manchester

Capability: Audit

Service line: Audit

Experience level: Associate/Assistant Manager

Employment type: Full Time



As an Assistant Manager, you will be involved in all aspects of delivering audit engagements, from planning through to completion on a broad spectrum of pension schemeaudit engagements. The role will include executive level engagement interaction and exposure to a wide variety of pension scheme audits, both in size and complexity, on an annual basis, as well as daily tasks such as:


Roles and Responsibilities

• Planning and execution of audit fieldwork and statutory reporting across a portfolio of engagements
• Project management of all aspects of audit including agreeing audit timelines, team briefings and supervision, and delivery of audit work
• Budgeting and monitoring the financial performance of projects, focusing on optimising profitability
• Identifying, researching and helping to resolve complex audit issues
• Building relationships with the engagement staff and acting as an ambassador for the firm
• Reporting to audit managers and partners on all salient points arising from audits
• Supervising and coaching junior members of staff to help them realise their full potential
• Keeping up to date with KPMG's product and service offerings and identifying the sales opportunities that will help us grow our business
• You may also have the opportunity to work on specific audit related projects across the audit function

Qualifications and Skills
• Fully qualified ACA/ACCA or international equivalent is essential. We will also consider those who are tracking towards full qualification (both time and exam) in 2021
• Recent and extensive external audit experience is required . Knowledge of pension scheme audits preferable, but not essential.
• Well-developed leadership and supervisory skills and the ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals both internally and externally at different seniority levels
• Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal
• Strong IT literacy, including Excel, PowerPoint and Word
• Demonstrating practical knowledge of FRS102 is preferable

Experience and Background
• Self-driven and resilient and able to thrive in a pressurised environment
• The ambition to undertake new challenges and step up into supervisory roles, taking leadership where necessary
• The desire to work in a diverse environment and gain exposure to an international working environment
• Strong project management techniques including decision-making ability, analytical skills, time management, prioritisation, organisation and evaluative skills
• Builds the reputation of KPMG through the quality of work, knowledge and experience
• Monitors and upholds high quality of service and products to engagement (internal and external)

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 Assistant Manager - Corporate Listed Clients (London)

Location: London

Capability: Audit

Service line: Audit

Experience level: Associate/Assistant Manager

Employment type: Full Time



Role and Responsibilities:

As an Assistant Manager, you will be involved in all aspects of delivering audit engagements, from planning through to completion on a broad spectrum of B2B, B2C and G&I engagements. The role will include executive level engagement interaction and exposure to multiple engagement on an annual basis, as well as daily tasks such as:

• Planning and execution of audit fieldwork and statutory reporting across a portfolio of engagement
• Project management of all aspects of audit including agreeing audit timelines, team briefings and supervision, and delivery of audit work
• Budgeting and monitoring the financial performance of projects, focusing on optimising profitability
• Identifying, researching and helping to resolve complex audit issues
• Building relationships with the engagement staff and acting as an ambassador for the firm
• Reporting to audit managers and partners on all salient points arising from audits
• Supervising and coaching junior members of staff to help them realise their full potential
• Keeping up to date with KPMG's product and service offerings and identifying the sales opportunities that will help us grow our business
• Working on audit tenders and working as part of the relevant independence team on these tenders. Tasks may include: reviewing global engagement records in sentinel, analysing and categorising the records, contacting partners globally for engagement information, preparing data and drafting independence reports, liaising with UK Ethics and Independence team
• You may also have the opportunity to work on specific audit related projects across the audit function

Experience and Background

• Self-driven and resilient and able to thrive in a pressurised environment
• The ambition to undertake new challenges and step up into supervisory roles, taking leadership where necessary
• The desire to work in a diverse environment and gain exposure to an international working environment
• Strong project management techniques including decision-making ability, analytical skills, time management, prioritisation, organisation and evaluative skills
• Builds the reputation of KPMG through the quality of work, knowledge and experience
• Monitors and upholds high quality of service and products to engagement (internal and external)

Qualifications and Skills

• Fully qualified ACA/ACCA or international equivalent.
• Recent and extensive external audit experience within a ‘Big 4’ or mid-tier firm is required
• Extensive external audit experience in a range of B2B, B2C or G&I sectors, such as Telecommunications, Media, Energy, Utilities, Oil & Gas and Manufacturing
• Well-developed leadership and supervisory skills and the ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals both internally and externally at different seniority levels
• Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal
• Strong IT literacy, including Excel, PowerPoint and Word
• Demonstrating practical knowledge of IFRS and US GAAP


Manager - FS Assurance

Location: London

Capability: Audit

Service line: Audit

Experience level: Associate/Assistant Manager

Employment type: Either Full Time Or Part Time


Assurance Manager - Financial Services
KPMG is part of a global network of firms that offers Audit, Tax, Consulting, Deal Advisory and Technology services. Through the talent of over 16,000 colleagues, we bring our creativity and insight to our clients’ most critical challenges.

With offices across the UK, we work with everyone from small start-ups and individuals to major multinationals, in virtually every industry imaginable. Our work is often complex, yet our vision is simple: to be the clear choice for our clients, for our people and for the communities we work in.

To support our growing assurance business across Financial Services Audit we have a fantastic opportunity for Managers to join our team and provide companies across Banking, Asset Management and Insurance sectors, including those from the FTSE 100, with assurance over a wide variety of topics. These topics include regulatory compliance, regulatory reporting (including capital and liquidity); and governance. They will be responsible for delivering assurance engagements from within an exciting and newly formed Assurance hub.
You will work directly with senior management and audit partners as well as being exposed to senior stakeholders both internally and externally to the firm. These interactions will allow you to expand you industry knowledge and ultimately deliver insights and best practices to our clients.

We appreciate that everybody has their own unique circumstances and we will do our best to accommodate yours, creating a schedule that works for you and allows you to have the work-life balance that you are looking for.

Our Intelligent Working scheme covers a variety of options among which:
• Part-time working
• Glide time, which means starting work between 8:00am and 10:00am and finishing between 4:00pm and 6:00pm
• Working from home for one or more days every week
• Unpaid leave, in which you choose to take up to three months off work without pay

Many members of our team currently make use of our flexible working policy. Follow the link below to find out more about how this works for them, but also how you could benefit from it too:
https://www.kpmgcareers.co.uk/who-we-are/being-inclusive/intelligent-working


Roles and Responsibilities
• 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 onshore and offshore teams conducting testing across multiple assurance engagements across a range of SME topics simultaneously
• Planning and performing effective assurance procedures and overseeing the delegation of work across the team and the involvement of subject matter experts
• Preparing and 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
• Support in developing and improving the standardised FS Assurance work programmes
• Identifying, researching and helping to resolve complex assurance issues or escalate as appropriate.
• Building relationships with the client staff and act as an ambassador for the firm.
• Supporting the team in business development initiatives and managing the sales pipeline


Qualifications and Skills
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 5 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

Assistant Manager, Climate Risks in FS, Audit & Assurance ESG

Location: London

Capability: Audit

Service line: Audit

Experience level: Associate/Assistant Manager

Employment type: Full Time


The Role

Consistent, comparable, and reliable information on climate-related risks and opportunities will allow investors and capital markets to price risks and manage opportunities in a more accurate and efficient manner. This in turn will help investors, companies, regulators, and policymakers drive a successful and smoother transition to a net-zero economy. Yet many companies have not disclosed the significant assumptions embedded in their financials nor completed robust, quantified climate-related scenario analysis. Without that information the true costs and impacts of climate change on assets, securities and companies, as well as society overall, may be unidentified and not addressed. A robust independent audit plays a crucial role in disclosing material climate-related risks and its impacts on financial statements.
If you are interested to shape this new KPMG proposition, consider joining our Climate Risk team to ensure that the impact of climate change is accounted for and disclosed appropriately in the audited financial statements.

Overview
To support our growing team (TBC), we have a fantastic opportunity for a manager to challenge and review the assessment of climate risks for KPMG audit clients. The successful candidates will work across multiple engagements managing the delivery of key outputs. We are looking for heroes who can provide the perfect combination of passion, dynamism, enthusiasm, capability, accountability, and above all, the ability to be a great team player.

Role dimensions

Skills
• Inquisitive mind with a strong passion for climate change related issues
• Identifying, researching and helping to answer complex climate risk related questions
• Willingness and demonstrated experience in quickly and effectively climbing learning curves

Stakeholder Interaction and Communication Skills
• A clear and engaging communicator: able to clearly define and communicate complex climate and accounting matters to stakeholders.
• Juggle multiple client requests when managing different engagements
• Strong stakeholder engagement and influencing skills with a wide range of individuals both internally and externally

Accountability and organisational skills
• Comfortable working with uncertainty in an evolving field.
• Focus on delivering high-quality work while maintaining excellent attention to detail
• Ability to manage many varied and complex tasks, resilient attitude towards conflicting priorities and challenges
• Contribute to the development of materials, tools and methodologies to support our climate risk proposition for use in client meetings, engagements, events, and broader thought leadership.
• Collaborate with global stakeholders on the development and coordination of climate risk offerings.

Desirable Expertise/Technical role requirements
Ideally, applying candidates will meet some of the requirements from the list below.
• Understanding of the risks faced by financial services due to climate change and how they can be managed, measured, and integrated into banks risk management frameworks
• Knowledge and understanding of banking regulations in relation to climate risk
• Knowledge and experience of credit risk appetite, policies, processes, data, governance and documentation
• Research and understand climate risk data requirements for banks, including macro-economic impacts and data, how this is supported by and links to their current internal data
• Understanding of the risks faced by financial services due to climate change and how it may impact a Bank’s loan portfolio is advantageous
• Working knowledge of IFRS standards
• Minimum 5 years’ experience working in a risk management role within a financial or professional services firm with practical experience in credit risk, and ideally also across market risk, operational risk, liquidity risk, stress testing, risk frameworks and risk governance

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