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Audit Senior Manager - Banking

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Manager, Accounting Consultation, Banking Audit

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Assurance Manager – Global Information Protection Internal Audit Prgm

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Assistant Manager - HR Advisory Team (Audit 24 months FTC).

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FS Audit Senior Manager (Cardiff/Bristol)

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.


Audit Manager - London

Location: London

Capability: Audit

Service line: Audit

Experience level: Manager

Employment type: Full Time


Our client base is from a wide range of business sectors, ranging in size from owner-managed businesses to multi-national organisations. As an audit manager you will get to work with a wide range of clients within a cross functional office. Many of our clients have overseas operations or are subsidiaries of overseas companies giving our work a truly international perspective.

The Responsibilities


Manage and deliver audit engagements from planning through to completion. The role will require proficiency in IFRS, UK GAAP and US GAAP. You will have your own portfolio of clients with responsibility for agreeing audit timetables, briefing the audit team, including other specialists, monitoring budgets and supervising the KPMG audit process. This will include:

· To manage engagements, overseeing in-charge and audit assistants work ensuring compliance with client, statutory and KPMG Audit Methodology requirements, appreciating relevant internal and external market factors, ensuring the effective and timely delivery of engagements
· Oversee and direct the budgeting, planning, co-ordination and control of engagements in accordance with client, statutory, KPMG Audit Methodology and business requirements to ensure effective service delivery and maximised recoverability
· Direct, coach and mentor Assistant Managers to assist them in the effective delivery of engagements and the direction of their subordinates ensuring cost effective, timely completion and effective service delivery to the required standard on each engagement
· Nurture and seek worthwhile relationships with clients, business departments and staff, for the sharing of information and to identify and progress current and future Audit requirements
· Prepare and negotiate fee proposals for our existing client base, and assist in forming propositions for new business.
· Contributes towards the creation, implementation and delivery of the Audit Business Plan and offer support in relation to issues identified as a result of organisational or client focus change
· Assist the Senior Managers, Directors and Partners in monitoring the effectiveness of Audit services delivered, providing feedback and reflection on the quality of service accordingly
· Preparation of reports to senior management and audit committees
The Individual
- Leadership skills and ability to act as a role model
- Drive and resilience and ability to thrive in a pressured environment
- Knowledge and experience of auditing and experience of systems/controls testing as well as substantive auditing, including consolidations, group audit, review of statutory accounts and disclosures
- Sound working knowledge of IFRS, UK GAAP (not essential) and US GAAP (not essential)
- Well-developed supervisory skills e.g. coaching and motivation
- Strong project management techniques including decision-making ability, analytical skills, time management, organisation and evaluative skills.
- Strong communication and inter-personal skills, both verbal and written
- IT literacy with sound knowledge and experience of Excel/Word
- Proven research skills e.g. information seeking and knowledge sharing, understanding and interpreting information/applying knowledge
- Able to demonstrate strong business development acumen
Qualifications and Skills
Time and Exam Qualified Accountant - ACA, ACCA or equivalent
Significant and recent experience as an Audit Manager in an external audit capacity, working with large, complex clients from a variety of corporate industry sectors
Current accounting and financial reporting standards including IFRS and GAAP standards


Audit Senior Manager - Banking

Location: London

Capability: Audit

Service line: Audit

Experience level: Senior Manager

Employment type: Full Time



We are currently looking to consolidate our leading position within the Banking marketplace by appointing talented and enthusiastic qualified Accountants at Senior Manager level within our Banking Audit department in London.





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 top tier banking 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 Banking 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 Banking 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 banking 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 Banking department management group and drive firm’s strategic initiatives
- Being the performance manager for other qualified accountants




The Person



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, UK GAAP and CASS. Experience with US GAAP is preferable though not essential

Knowledge & Experience:


- Significant financial statement audit experience, ideally within professional services
- Extensive external audit experience with financial services clients, ideally in the Banking sector
- 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
- Commitment to building the reputation of KPMG through the quality of work, knowledge and experience relevant to the industry

Manager, Accounting Consultation, Banking Audit

Location: London

Capability: Audit

Service line: Audit

Experience level: Manager

Employment type: Full Time



The Accounting Consultation team provides in-depth technical accounting knowledge to the audited entities in KPMG’s Banking Audit practice. The team brings technical knowledge with practical insights and experience in the banking sector to advise our audit teams on their most complex and judgmental technical accounting and reporting issues.

Our team creates added value through:





-Seamless integration into investment and retail banking audit teams to assist and deliver on the most technical accounting aspects of their audits.

- Translating subject matter expertise on complex accounting areas such as IFRS 9, hedge accounting and structured transactions into comprehensible and practical solutions.

- Be at the forefront of, and drive best practice in, financial instruments reporting across the KPMG audit practice.

- Provide high quality and practical training and education for external and internal audiences.

- Maintain close links with KPMG UK’s national and global technical departments




Role and Responsibilities

- Advise on a wide range of accounting and reporting areas, with a focus on financial instruments for our retail and investment banking clients.

- Integrate into audit teams to deliver responsive support based on strong project management skills.

- Direct interaction with clients on our biggest clients and/or areas that attract significant accounting risk.

- Inspection of financial statements of Public Interest Entity clients prior to issuance

- Develop internal and external training on accounting and financial reporting matters

- Respond to ad-hoc accounting queries from audit teams

- Manage and mentor team members.

- There will also be opportunities to get involved in some advisory engagements and projects led by other KPMG teams where accounting SME support is required, e.g. IBOR replacement, Brexit, Finance transformation and transaction services.

- Responsible for delegating, coaching and leading a team of assistant managers who specialise in technical accounting alongside other managers and under guidance of Partners/Directors to support our most complex banking audit clients.

- Direct interaction with Banking audit Partners/Directors and regular interaction with senior members of Banking audited entities' accounting policy and finance functions, delivering insights in GAAP compliant solutions to the audited entities most complex technical challenges.

- Responsible for delivering technical accounting solutions to maintain industry leading audit quality to a range of complex audited entities including global investment banks, mid-tier building societies and smaller private banks. Solutions will be provided post internal consultation within the team.

The Person


- Work experience in an accounting firm or finance function focusing on financial instruments related technical accounting relevant to financial institutions.

- Experience of evaluating complex technical issues, requiring analysis of facts and circumstances and consideration of alternatives culminating in provision of sound practical GAAP compliant accounting solutions.

- Audit experience advantageous but not vital to role.

- Knowledge of finance processes, particularly accounting processes and/or financial reporting.

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Professional qualification: ACA, ACCA or CPA.


- Strong technical knowledge of accounting standards related to financial instruments and/or relevant to Financial Services clients (IAS 32 and 39, IFRS 3, 7, 9, 10, 13, 15 and 16, and FRS 102 sections 11 and 12) and crucially their practical application within the banking industry.
- Excellent written and communication skills; including delivering presentations and an ability to communicate well with clients in writing and verbally.

- Strong project management skills, demonstrated by a record of accounting project delivery;

- Ability to motivate a team and lead by example.







Assurance Manager – Global Information Protection Internal Audit Prgm

Location: London

Capability: KPMG Business Services

Service line: IHQ

Experience level: Manager

Employment type: Either Full Time Or Part Time


The KPMG International Services Limited (KPMGI Services) Global Information Protection Group (IPG) consists of multicultural global teams with strong information protection (security and privacy) experience. Global IPG drives adoption of a consistent global information protection strategy for the network of KPMG member firms and focuses on collaboration among Member Firms. This includes Assurance services and the information protection controls audit / Internal Audit (IA) program. The IA program represents a key mechanism to demonstrate KPMG efforts to keep and maintain a consistent baseline of information protection across the network of member firms that helps ensure service delivery in a trusted manner.

Primary Purpose

The KPMGI Services, Global Information Protection Group (IPG) is looking for a dynamic candidate to fill the Assurance Manager, Internal Audit Program role. This position offers great career growth supporting global information protection assurance efforts.

Responsibilities and Tasks
• Responsible for supporting the information protection controls audit / Internal Audit (IA) program of the Global Information Protection Group (IPG) that KPMG member firms follow to perform IAs.
• Maintains and enhances the IA program framework (requirements and materials) based on global policy, standard requirements, industry leading practices and feedback from stakeholders. Communicates IA program requirements and materials, develops and delivers training for these. Monitors and responds to inquiries about the IA program. Maintains supporting technology solution requirements and monitors IA solution to ensure that it meets requirements. Maintains team process and procedures up to date.
• Executes against IA program activities, monitors delivery based on available resources and timeframe and reports status. Formally documents key activities performed by the IA program team and performs assessment of activities performed against plan and requirements.
• Performs quality reviews of executed IAs, oversees supporting resources, communicates and discusses results of reviews.
• Analyzes, identifies trends, proposes solutions for challenges, prepares and presents status reporting status to executive management.
• Collaborates with other global IPG teams and well as member firm groups.
Competencies and Experience
• Extensive relevant experience in information protection (security and privacy), of which experience in performing and managing assessments / audits is a must.
• Strong background in scoping, planning, performing and managing audits in an ISO 27001 based control environment and familiar with other related frameworks (e.g. ISO 27017 and ISO 27005). Certified lead auditor on ISO27001 and global company experience a big plus.
• Possess excellent writing, presentation and communication skills in English.
• Ability to multi-task and work independently within a global team and deliver high quality results with attention to detail.
• Holds a valid passport.

Travel:
• Limited travel (planned in advance, approximately up to 5%), including international may be required. Travel adjusted as needed based on crisis management global circumstances (i.e. no travel planned short-term).

Assistant Manager - HR Advisory Team (Audit 24 months FTC).

Location: Watford

Capability: KPMG Business Services

Service line: People

Experience level: Associate/Assistant Manager

Employment type: Full Time


The Team


Reporting to the HRAT Manager with a matrix feed into the Head of Human Resources for their Capability area. Providing a value-add Advisory service, leadership to their Capability area and operating as a role model across HRAT


The Role




- Operating as a Capability AM Lead whilst at all times thinking of best practice sharing and one team 9Advisory)

- Performance Management of a number of D and /or E grade direct reports. Responsible for the management, development and effectiveness of their team and for highlighting blockers to delivery

- Responsible for managing the health and wellbeing of the team and the Capability Advisory team’s performance including management of SLAs and effective performance and impactful delivery

- Escalation and problem management across their Capability, ensuring cases outside of Capability are managed in a timely manner. Informing peers of the status and or any concerns

- Delivering against all elements of the Service Catalogue (including Casework and Cyclical People processes)

- Capability aligned, partnering with Internal Clients (PM’s and PL’s) Business Partners, COE’s Directors, OEJ’s and Partners and other key stakeholders to offer a professional Advisory level of support and upskill across their Capability area as and when required

- Operating as a SME Lead for a particular activity where a deep level of understanding is required, working with fellow AM’s to share best practice

- Partnering with colleagues in People Operations, Wellbeing, Reward and Finance where applicable to deliver end to end service excellence

- Attending PL/PM meetings with BPs and independently collaborating where it makes sense to represent the People Function and deliver in a timely manner building a depth of relationship with the Internal Clients on a regular and ad hoc basis

- Establishing People Advisory Services as an Advisory team whilst support workflow and administration where appropriate

- Working closely with external partners where applicable such as Mercer and Aviva to support sickness management and ensuring Health Champions and their team manage sickness and its associated risks (i.e. Mental Health)

- Supporting and leading with the wellbeing of colleagues with specific focus at this time on Covid and Wellbeing

- Conducting Interviews with an additional colleague to fill vacancies as and when required using competency-based interviewing and providing information to support contract extensions

- Proactively upskilling our Internal Clients around the impact of their activities on case volumes including their role in RPP management and sickness absence notification

- Using the provision of Case MI to assist in decision making and providing deeper insight by looking at patterns and learnings based on data across time

- Ensuring that Cases are appropriately coded on Service Now and in the case of Mental Health Cases, early contact takes place, the case is logged onto the tracker to ensure that action is taken to facilitate rehabilitation in a timely manner< 8 weeks (partnering with Aviva and Mercer to achieve this)

- Supporting the delivery of all Calendar related activities for their Capability including Interims & Year End (calibration meetings and activities), Promotions, Work Contracts, E-D’s, S&B, PQA activity(where applicable) and leading on one area as a SME – delivering for their Capability and acting as a point of consolidation for HRAT

- AD HOC data management requests and sorting into presentation/ displayable format where amends have been made by the business or broader People function

- Supporting the delivery of small-scale Projects per capability (aligned to the Service Catalogue) including the provision of documentation up to and including support with consultation where applicable

- Identifying opportunities for consistency and PI and working with PI working groups to deliver insight into the status quo and then subsequently embedding the new ways of working

- Data manipulation and processing as agreed utilising Jira and SNOW as appropriate– (Year End, E-D, S&B)

- Educating the Firm (those with access) on the use of Jira for personal reporting

- Ensuring revisions and updates to the Monthly report provided to Steerco on RPP data with associated commentary and that this report is refreshed and accurate post Year End and Interim. Working with Colleagues in People data to achieve this

- Supporting ERIT in Hearings where needed

- Ad hoc Project Management Support in the absence of resource with a think local but “One Team” ethos

- Lead for the management and coordination of Death In Service ensuring sensitivity balanced with the collection of Company assets

- Supporting broader People Ops activities where the need dictates
The Person


Personal Attributes:


- Role Model and Leader to those in their Capability and broader team that champions a one way of doing things and is there to guide their teams and work collaboratively with fellow AM Leaders in HRAT

- Happy to challenge where behaviour or work quality is sub-standard for a high performing Advisory function and to challenge historical behaviours of “where else can it go”

- Bringing an external viewpoint to assist with PI

- Technical expert in HR – CIPD qualified

- Ability to manage relationships and key Stakeholders at all levels with confidence, ease and professionalism

- Partnering ethos with Business Partners

- Lives our values and encourages others to do the same

- High excel skills when processing data, ability to comfortably generate material at a high standard

- Ability to multitask managing volumes and in turn protecting personal wellbeing and managing stress

- Detail orientated; delivery focused. Focused on getting it right first time every time




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