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External Communications Senior Manager

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Pensions Assurance Audit Assistant Manager

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Senior Manager - Financial Services Audit

Location: Cardiff

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Audit Manager - Birmingham

Location: Birmingham

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Audit Manager - Insurance (London)

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Audit Assistant Manager (Southampton)

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External Communications Senior Manager

Location: London

Capability: KPMG Business Services

Service line: IHQ

Experience level: Senior Manager

Employment type: Full Time


Global External Communications Senior Manager

KPMG is a global network of professional services firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. We operate in 147 countries and territories and have more than 219,000 people working in member firms around the world and with FY19 revenues at more than US29.75B. KPMG International, a matrix organization, works at the global level and sets strategy, ensures global consistency and provides expertise to support member firms in the achievement of their business and Employer of Choice objectives.



Role
Drive communications approaches to protect and enhance the firm’s reputation and support its Trust and Growth ambitions. Support Global Business Priorities & Strategic Account Leadership.


Be the “outside-in” thinkers within the team. This means engaging with channels, communities and stakeholders outside of KPMG to support the design of external communications approaches that will land effectively.


This is a challenging global role that will involve day-to-day liaison with KPMG leadership, national firms and key global third parties. All outputs and activities must be to the highest possible standards and the successful candidate will need to display exceptional communication and influencing skills, as well as a keen sense of business acumen and professional judgement.



Key Responsibilities include:
- Create and execute external communications plans and content that address the full range of external channels
- Media relations – including developing earned media plans and messaging and engaging directly with media where appropriate.
- Content development – including articles, blogs, podcasts, interviews and videos for key campaigns
- Social Media – including providing guidance on leveraging social media, and accountability for global properties. Stakeholder communications – including regulators, alumni, clients, analysts, alliances
- Build relevant expertise and relationships (e.g. with journalists with global reach) to maximise impact of external outreach.

Enhance Market Profile and Reputation
- Collaborate with leadership to build and deliver KPMG’s external messaging to key target audiences
- Identify and support communications opportunities to build KPMG’s reputation, including attendance at key events, social media, thought leadership and industry associations
- Develop and implement thought Leadership projects based on the key client issues aligned with KPMG’s global business priorities
- Maintain KPMG’s digital presence by using creative channels to enhance and maintain KPMG’s position in the market
- Work with the individual function M&C leaders to develop marketing and communications initiatives in support of specific products, solutions, services and capabilities
- Build and manage a network of relevant media relationships across key business areas
- Work closely with and collaborate across countries, ensuring they utilize the global programs and best practice is shared across the global organization

Budget management and ROI
- Responsible for the day-to-day management of a budget and meeting set KPIs for key projects and programs
- Responsible for the effective use of allocated global communications program budget and regularly report results to demonstrate value and ROI
- Monitor and evaluate success of our external communications campaigns


Key Accountabilities
- 40 % - Program development, management and execution – working closely with the External Communications Lead, develop and implement the external communications plan
- 30 % - Account focused activities – development of content and related communications and collaboration with colleagues across the functional area of focus.
- 15 % - Internal stakeholder and network management and engagement – make regular touch points and developing strong relationships with member firm Global Tax & Legal communications leads to get their engagement and adoption on global communications activities to help drive consistency across the market.
- 15 % - Evaluation and ROI – ongoing evaluation of all external communications activities to help inform future decisions and activities.

Demonstrates
- Champion inclusion: Creates an environment in which all people feel like they belong
- Drive quality: Delivers high-quality products and exceptional service that provide value and exceed client expectations
- Advance an ethical environment: Takes personal responsibility for the ethical environment of the firm and encourages others to do the same
- Apply a strategic perspective: Uses diverse sets of inputs to develop a broad perspective on business and people issues
- Make sound decisions: Exercises sound ethical and business judgment when making decisions
- Foster innovation: Embraces a culture of innovation and experimentation to create value
- Demonstrate self-awareness: Focuses on self-development and continuous learning, using insight to build capability and confidence
- Build collaborative relationships: Connects with individuals, teams and organizations to build lasting, collaborative relationships that enable global, firm-wide growth
- Develop and motivate others: Engages teams, instils confidence, and coaches people to find meaning in their work and achieve exceptional results

Technical Skills
- Communication skills
- Writing skills
- Excellent media relations skills
- Social media and digital skills
- Project management skills
- Business acumen

Experience & Knowledge
- Experience in professional services and/or a B2B environment will be an asset.
- Experience supporting and working with senior management.
- Experience of developing compelling value propositions for services/campaigns and creating integrated issue based platforms both for promoting relationships and generating revenue.
- Excellent writing and communication skills, with an ability to grasp business objectives and translate into actionable technical and functional requirements.
- Strong influencing skills to act professionally, calmly and persuasively when dealing with key internal stakeholders.
- Comfort with wide variety of cultural differences and skill sets and ability to work a flexible schedule to interact with colleagues in other time zones around the world.
- Willingness to work flexible hours as required - connecting and collaborating with colleagues in different time zones.
- Proven ability to create, engage and maintain a strong professional network to achieve corporate goals.
- Proven project management skills with the ability to get buy-in and support for projects from diverse and often widespread stakeholders. Experience of the above in a global, matrix context would be advantageous.

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.

Audit Manager - Birmingham

Location: Birmingham

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.

Role and Responsibilities

Manage and deliver audit engagements from planning through to completion. The role will require proficiency in IFRS, UK GAAP and US GAAP (not essential). 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

Experience and Background

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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 Manager - Insurance (London)

Location: London

Capability: Audit

Service line: Audit

Experience level: Manager

Employment type: Either Full Time Or Part Time


The Team:
KPMG is looking to consolidate its leading position within the Insurance marketplace by appointing talented and enthusiastic auditors into newly-created manager roles. Our insurance audit department is expected to grow significantly in the next 3 to 5 years based on recent audit tender results. In addition, the forthcoming new requirements from the IASB will generate a significant amount of change in the insurance industry. As a trusted partner within the industry, KPMG will be supporting insurance companies throughout this accounting change across a range of disciplines including financial reporting, actuarial, IT and management consulting disciplines.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to be working on some of the largest opportunities in the marketplace and will be exposed to excellent career development 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 insurance clients.

The Role:
As an Audit Manager, you’ll be involved in all aspects of leading and delivering audit engagements, from planning through to completion on a broad spectrum of Insurance 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:

- Leading a field work team including supervising and coaching more junior members of staff to help them reach their full potential Reporting to audit Partners and Directors on all salient points arising from audits
- Acting as the initial point of contact throughout the year for your clients; managing timetables, anticipating costs, raise fees and agree dates for cash collection. Planning and execution of audit fieldwork and statutory reporting across a portfolio of clients 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 Preparing client deliverables, building relationships with the client staff and acting as an ambassador for the firm
- You may also have the opportunity to work on specific audit related projects across the audit function
- Being a performance manager to trainee accountants
- Commitment to building the reputation of KPMG through the quality of work, knowledge and experience relevant to the industry

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

Knowledge & Experience:
- Significant financial statement audit experience, ideally within professional services
- Extensive external audit experience with financial services clients, ideally in the Insurance sector
- Demonstrated practical knowledge of FRS, IFRS and topical matters relevant to insurance audits
- Experience in IFRS 17, US GAAP, Solvency II and CASS rules preferable, though not essential
- 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


Audit Assistant Manager (Southampton)

Location: Southampton

Capability: Audit

Service line: Audit

Experience level: Associate/Assistant Manager

Employment type: Full Time


The 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

The Persosn - 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 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 within a ‘Big 4’ or mid-tier firm is required
• 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 is preferable


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