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Pensions Centre of Excellence - Oversight Senior Manager

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ACE - Senior Manager, DPP Accounting & Reporting

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Senior Manager - Financial Services Audit

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Pensions Centre of Excellence - Oversight Assistant Manager

Location: London

Capability: Audit

Service line: Audit

Experience level: Associate/Assistant Manager

Employment type: Full Time



This role can be based in any of the following locations: Manchester, Birmingham, Reading, London, Glasgow.

The Team
KPMG’s Pensions Centre of Excellence (PCoE) is an exciting new initiative with rapid growth and new opportunities which has been established to standardise the audits of defined benefit pension plans, driving a consistent approach and audit documentation to ensure delivery of high quality audits. We are now looking for talented Assistant Managers with audit experience to join us in either a full or part-time role. You will be expected to coordinate the pensions audit delivery from planning through execution, review and to conclusion across a portfolio of entities on behalf of the audit team as part of the centre of excellence. You will be responsible for interfacing with audit teams and internal specialists across all of KPMG's UK offices along with our offshore team who assist with delivery of work. You will also be working with external experts and audit entity pension teams.

The Role
Assistant managers will be a key contact with the central KPMG audit team, with responsibility for managing the day-to-day relationship with KPMG Audit and for ensuring delivery to agreed timescales. The role will consist of working to tight deadlines and delivering a seamless service to audit entities of all sizes from mid-market to FTSE listed groups and across a wide range of sectors. We are offering both full and part-time roles with flexible working arrangements. We would be happy to discuss your own requirements and our range of flexible working arrangements in more detail, should that be of interest.

Roles and Responsibilities:
Coordinate the completion of audit work and ensure it is delivered to a high quality in accordance with KPMG Audit Methodology.
Responsibility to work across a portfolio of audits and ensure timelines are met to deliver an excellent service to our audit entities.
Maintain regular, open and honest communication whilst working together with the lead audit team and in some cases the audit entity.
Understanding and challenging the risk assessment for each client, ensuring the extent of work is appropriately scoped.
Develop the skills and experience of others within the centre of excellence team.
Reporting to lead audit team Managers and Directors on all salient points arising from the audit procedures performed.
Visits to clients/ local offices as necessary.
Seek the facts to provide insight and resolve technical issues, preparing technical analysis and involving specialists to prepare or review analysis.
Develop and improve the standardised work programmes.
Follow KPMG values.

The Person-Qualifications and Skills:
Fully qualified ACCA/ACA or international equivalent
Hold at least numerous years' experience in audit.
Experienced in review and development of underlying working papers.
Self-driven and resilient and able to thrive in a pressurised environment.
Ability to identify and resolve technical issues, or escalate as appropriate.
Well-developed team working skills with the ability to motivate a team and lead by example.
Ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals (internal or external) at different levels of seniority.
Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal.
The desire to work in a diverse environment and undertake new challenges.
Strong project management techniques including decision-making ability, analytical skills, time management, prioritisation, organisation and evaluative skills.
Strong IT literacy, including Excel, PowerPoint and Word.
Monitors and upholds high quality of service to clients (internal and external).



Pensions Centre of Excellence - Oversight Manager

Location: London

Capability: Audit

Service line: Audit

Experience level: Manager

Employment type: Either Full Time Or Part Time


*This role can be performed from any of our UK offices*


KPMG’s Pensions Centre of Excellence (PCoE) is an exciting new initiative with rapid growth and new opportunities which has been established to standardise the audits of defined benefit pension plans, driving a consistent approach and audit documentation to ensure delivery of high quality audits. Over the next few years, the PCoE will assist selected engagements with delivering the pensions audit. These engagements will vary in size and complexity to gain in-depth knowledge across a variety of industries which will aid the development of the work deliverables as well as a seamless and efficient delivery process.



We are now looking for talented Managers with audit experience to join us in either a full or part-time role. You will be expected to help develop as well as lead the pensions audit delivery from planning through execution, review and to conclusion across a portfolio of clients and will be responsible for interfacing with audit teams and audit entities. This will also involve interfacing with internal and external specialists as well as audit entity pension teams.



Managers will be a key contact with the central KPMG audit team, with responsibility for assisting in managing the day-to-day relationship with KPMG Audit and for ensuring delivery to agreed timescales.



The role will consist of working to tight deadlines and delivering a seamless service to audit entities of all sizes from mid-market to FTSE listed groups and across a wide range of sectors.



We are offering both full-time and part-time roles with flexible working arrangements. We would be happy to discuss your own requirements and our range of flexible working arrangements in more detail, should that be of interest.



Roles and Responsibilities:



•Responsibility to help develop the centre of excellence includingthe delivery process, standardised work programmes, and the skills andexperience of the staff.
•Manage a portfolio of clients and ensure timelines are met todeliver an excellent service to our clients.
•Maintain regular, open and honest communication whilst workingtogether with the lead audit team and in some cases the audit entity.
•Understanding and challenging the risk assessment for each client,ensuring the extent of work is appropriately scoped.
•Review the completed work and ensure the audit work is delivered toa high quality in accordance with KPMG Audit Methodology.
•Reporting to audit engagement signing Partners and Directors on allsalient points arising from the audit procedures performed.
•Visits to clients/ local offices as necessary.
•Seek the facts to provide insight and resolve technical issues,preparing technical analysis and involving specialists to prepare orreview analysis.
•Deliver training to wider department.
•Follow KPMG best values.

Qualifications and Skills:

•Fully qualified ACA/ACCA or international equivalent.
•Hold at least five years' experience in audit and one year asmanager.
•Experienced in review and development of underlying working papers.
•Self-driven and resilient and able to thrive in a pressurised environment.
•Ability to identify and resolve technical issues, or escalate as appropriate.
•Well-developed team management and supervisory skills with the ability to motivate a team and lead by example.
•Ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals(internal or external) at different levels of seniority.
•Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal.
•The desire to work in a diverse environment and undertake new challenges.
•Strong project management techniques including decision-making ability, analytical skills, time management, prioritisation, organisation and evaluative skills.
•Strong IT literacy, including Excel, PowerPoint and Word.
•Monitors and upholds high quality of service to clients (internal and external).

Audit Pensions Centre of Excellence – Actuarial Specialist – Assistant

Location: London

Capability: Audit

Service line: Audit

Experience level: Associate/Assistant Manager

Employment type: Full Time


The Team

The KPMG Actuarial Specialists within the Pensions Centre of Excellence are a team of c.30 pensions specialists dedicated to supporting KPMG Audit in auditing financial statements under IFRS/UK GAAP/US GAAP/SORP in respect of Defined Benefit pension schemes. Specialist input to audits is crucial to ensuring audit quality. Being part of the team of subject matter experts will present opportunities to contribute to provide a market-leading service to KPMG’s audited entities.
We continue to evolve how specialist pensions support is provided, working closely with audited entities and the central audit team to provide high quality and focussed support, resulting in an enhanced experience. We are looking to recruit outstanding team players with a focus on quality and integrity, and a dedication to building a collaborative environment within this dynamic team.
Working in the Pensions Centre of Excellence will provide opportunities for pensions actuaries, actuarial students and pensions professionals to work with blue chip audited entities, liaise with their third-party advisers, develop specialist knowledge whilst also providing access to the wider opportunities within KPMG. Due to the seasonal nature of the work, we are able to accommodate flexibility in working patterns (including part-time and seasonal contracts) and offer a competitive remuneration package and career progression opportunities.

Audit Pensions Centre of Excellence – Actuarial Specialist – Assistant Manager

Location is flexible, can be any UK based location

The Role

Responsible for delivering high quality specialist pensions support to KPMG Audit in relation to DB pension schemes sponsored by KPMG audited entities.

Description of the role:
•Key contact with central audit team, with responsibility for collating relevant pensions information from audited entities and their advisers, raising queries and reviewing responses
•Responsible for running checks to assess reasonableness of actuarial assumptions and accounting results, using KPMG developed tools and supported by a team analyst (grade E)
•Drafting and initial review of reporting
•Assist in managing process from initial scoping with central audit team to final delivery of audit reporting
•Begin to develop specialist technical knowledge and contribute to research and knowledge sharing in one or a number of key areas (technical accounting support, audit tools and procedures, yield curves, longevity, valuation of longevity swaps, valuation of annuity policies, public sector, US GAAP, valuation of asset backed funding interests)
•Developing detailed understanding of KPMG audit procedures and ensuring procedures are followed accurately

Role dimensions

Leadership & Management

The successful candidate at assistant manager level will be expected to assist in running client engagement teams to deliver audit cases, and to contribute to the overall success of the team. Assistant managers will prepare reporting in respect of all audit clients, with reporting being signed off at manager and senior manager level, and delivered to KPMG Audit in line with KPMG audit quality procedures. With the appropriate auditing experience and IFoA exam progression, assistant managers can obtain the necessary acceditation to manage and have responsibility for their own portfolio of lower risk audit cases.

Stakeholder Interaction & Challenges

Assistant managers will have the opportunity of client contact throughout the audit process, typically liaising with in-house pensions managers and group finance contacts. Key clients include FTSE companies across all sectors.Assistant managers will also be a key contact with the central KPMG audit team and the auditors within the wider Pensions Centre of Excellence, with responsibility for assisting in the managing of the day-to-day relationship with KPMG Audit and for ensuring delivery to agreed timescales.

Impact, Risk, Accountability & Governance

The team will deliver over 500 audit support cases each year, covering KPMG’s largest high profile audited entities through to mid-market companies. A focus on quality and consistency will be central to everything that we do.

The Person - Experience

Essential - The successful candidate will have a pensions background with some experience of working in pensions accounting and / or audit, and will be making good progress through the actuarial exams.

Desirable - Knowledge of pensions reporting under IFRS and experience in one or more of the areas outlined below.

Expertise / Technical role requirements
•Basic knowledge of DB pension scheme valuations, roll forward methodologies and actuarial techniques
•Understanding of the wider UK pensions landscape, the FRC audit environment and the issues facing our clients
•The successful candidate will also have experience of one or more of the following specialist knowledge areas (and will be expected to develop further specialist technical knowledge and contribute to research and knowledge sharing):
o technical accounting support
o audit tools and procedures
o yield curves
o longevity
o valuation of longevity swaps and annuity policies
o public sector pension schemes
o US GAAP
o valuation of asset backed funding interests

Skills
•Good technical understanding of pensions liability calculations
•Attention to detail, with a focus on quality and accuracy in calculations
•Good communicator and team player
•Strong analytical skills with ability to provide challenge
•Consistently able to work at high level of intensity whilst maintaining a professional and positive approach
•Fully engaged and taking responsibility for own performance and development
•Developing delegation skills and proactive in helping junior team members to develop
•Strong Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word skills

Pensions Centre of Excellence - Oversight Senior Manager

Location: London

Capability: Audit

Service line: Audit

Experience level: Senior Manager

Employment type: Either Full Time Or Part Time


*This role can be performed from any of our UK offices*


KPMG’s Pensions Centre of Excellence (PCoE) is an exciting new initiative with rapid growth and new opportunities which has been established to standardise the audits of defined benefit pension plans, driving a consistent approach and audit documentation to ensure delivery of high quality audits. Over the next few years, the PCoE will assist selected engagements with delivering the pensions audit. These engagements will vary in size and complexity but with a focus on our largest FTSE 250 listed entities across a variety of industries to gain in-depth knowledge which will aid the development of the work deliverables as well as a seamless and efficient delivery process.



We are now looking for talented Senior Managers with audit experience to join us in either a full or part-time role. You will be expected to help develop as well as lead the pensions audit delivery from planning through to execution, review and to conclusion across a portfolio of clients and will be responsible for interfacing with audit teams and audit entities. This will also involve interfacing with internal and external specialists as well as audit entity pension teams.





Senior Managers will be a key contact with the central KPMG audit team, with responsibility for assisting in managing the day-to-day relationship with KPMG Audit and for ensuring delivery to agreed timescales.





The role will consist of working to tight deadlines and delivering a seamless service to audit entities of all sizes but with a focus on our large and complex FTSE listed entities and groups across a wide range of sectors.





We are offering both full-time and part-time roles with flexible working arrangements. We would be happy to discuss your own requirements and our range of flexible working arrangements in more detail, should that be of interest.





Roles and Responsibilities:




• Responsibility to help develop the centre of excellence including the delivery process, standardised work programmes, and the skills and experience of the staff.
• Manage a portfolio of clients and ensure timelines are met to deliver an excellent service to our clients.
• Maintain regular, open and honest communication whilst working together with the lead audit team and in some cases the audit entity.
• Understanding and challenging the risk assessment for each client, ensuring the extent of work is appropriately scoped.
• Review the completed work and ensure the audit work is delivered to a high quality in accordance with KPMG Audit Methodology.
• Reporting to audit engagement signing Partners and Directors on all salient points arising from the audit procedures performed.
• Visits to clients/ local offices as necessary.
• Seek the facts to provide insight and resolve technical issues, preparing technical analysis and involving specialists to prepare or review analysis.
• Deliver training to wider department.
• Follow KPMG best values.



Qualifications and Skills:




• Fully qualified ACA/ACCA or international equivalent.
• Hold at least seven years’ experience in audit and one year as a senior manager.
• Experienced in review and development of underlying working papers.
• Self-driven and resilient and able to thrive in a pressurised environment.
• Ability to identify and resolve technical issues, or escalate as appropriate.
• Well-developed team management and supervisory skills with the ability to motivate a team and lead by example.
• Ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals (internal or external) at different levels of seniority.
• Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal.
• The desire to work in a diverse environment and undertake new challenges.
• Strong project management techniques including decision-making ability, analytical skills, time management, prioritisation, organisation and evaluative skills.
• Strong IT literacy, including Excel, PowerPoint and Word.
• Monitors and upholds high quality of service to clients (internal and external).




ACE - Senior Manager, DPP Accounting & Reporting

Location: London

Capability: Audit

Service line: Audit

Experience level: Senior Manager

Employment type: Full Time


KPMG is looking for a new Senior Manager for their Technical Accounting Department. The Department of Professional Practice (DPP) Accounting & Reporting team is part of our wider Audit National group and advises our audit teams on the most difficult technical accounting and reporting issues, driving the quality of what we do as a firm. They advise on issues relating to companies that KPMG either audits or advises, across the country and across sectors, and they have a high degree of direct contact with partners and directors. Our teams provide:

- Solutions for accounting and reporting issues to our audit teams
- Online guidance on the above matters for all staff in the business
- Training for all staff in the business
- Training support for our graduate trainees
We are currently looking for a Senior Manager to join our DPP team on a full-time basis in our London office.

Role and Responsibilities

•Advise on a wide variety of accounting and reporting queries from KPMG audit teams across all markets and across the UK on the application of financial reporting requirements – both IFRS and UK GAAP – as well as regularly on UK company law
•Undertake reviews of the accounts of our listed clients prior to issuance
•Develop training and internal guidance for UK staff on financial reporting matters
•Maintain knowledge management in the team, including management a team responsible for key accounting standards (e.g.: IFRS 15)
•Deliver training sessions and develop publications
•Manage and mentor team members

Skills, Qualifications and Experience required:

•ACA qualification or international equivalent
•Demonstrable in-depth knowledge and practical experience of IFRS and International Auditing Standards (UK & Ireland), including IFRS 9, IFRS 15 and IFRS 16
•Recent, extensive technical accounting experience gained through working in a technical department of a “Big 4” accounting firm
•Strong ability to evaluate technical issues, analyse facts, consult internally and arrive at solutions
•Excellent presentation and communication skills, both written and verbal, including the ability to make complex matters understandable to staff in other departments.
•Solid project management with a proven track record in delivering high quality programmes, projects or assignment outputs
•Strong resilience and ability to thrive in a high-pressure environment
•Well-developed team management and supervisory skills
•Practical experience with UK GAAP and UK Company Law
•Substantial performance management experience with the ability to motivate a team and lead by example

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 may 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 - 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.

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