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Supplier Management Centre of Excellence Lead

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Audit Assistant Manager - Pensions Audit, Milton Keynes/Watford

Location: Milton Keynes

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Audit Manager - Pensions Audit, Milton Keynes/Watford

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Audit Manager – Pensions Audit, Watford

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Supplier Management Centre of Excellence Lead

Location: Watford

Capability: KPMG Business Services

Service line: Finance

Experience level: C

Employment type: Full Time


Background

KPMG provides Audit, Tax and Advisory services to clients with these client-facing functions supported by a central function, KPMG Business Services (KBS). Within KBS, the firm has an established Procurement function resourced with qualified procurement professionals, supported by an outsourced procurement services provider, responsible for supporting the firm’s £450m+ expenditure on bought-in goods & services.


The Procurement function‘s objectives are:

- To be regarded as an invaluable business partner by the firm’s KBS functions (in particular Facilities, Corporate Services, Marketing and IT) and by the wider business functions (Audit, Tax, Advisory and Markets)
- To drive the continuous improvement of third-party goods & services and minimise the risks associated with commercial contracting activities through the application of best-practice procurement across the firm
- To support the business with technology investments to enable profitable revenue growth
- To deliver year-on-year financial benefit to the firm

Overview of the Position / Key Responsibilities

Procurement created a CFO sponsored Supplier Management CoE to develop a supplier management framework and drive best practice consistently across the Firm supporting colleagues who have supplier management responsibilities through methodology, tools, templates, mentoring and consolidated reporting

The Supplier Management CoE Lead heads up the Centre of Excellence for SRM, coordinates and drives the CoE activity, providing advice and guidance on SRM, procurement governance, risk and compliance, the end result being establishing consistent controls, leveraging 3rd party relationships & spend, managing key risks, creating incremental value and driving innovation.


The Lead’s main responsibilities are:


Execution

- Defines, manages and reviews the overarching supplier management strategy and senior strategic relationships for all suppliers.
Driving forward the SRM CoE activity by:

- Being responsible for developing and delivering the strategy of SRM across supplier base in conjunction with key SRM team leads
- Ensuring effective management of the SRM CoE programme of work
- Leading on the SRM communications strategy and delivery
- Being the central point for
- Continuous improvement and development
- SRM related projects
- Supplier base performance and financial reporting
- Leading on the provision of training and mentoring relating to SRM
- Managing overall performance and benefits tracking, central KBS reporting for all key suppliers supporting KBS and wider functions where required.
- Ownership of a supplier management portal
- Application of the Firms independence & reciprocity policies.
- Driving governance and compliance to process across all procurement and supplier activity
- Providing subject matter expertise and guidance on 3rd party risk diligence and mitigation across supply base.
Team and Performance Management:

- Providing direct senior support to Head of Supplier Governance and Service Operations, across all activities within that team promoting engagement and cohesive one team approach
- Ensuring implementation of relevant controls and activities in line with agreed processes
- Ensuring the delivery of a high quality SRM advisory service to key business stakeholders
- Building Relationships
- Ability to build and develop effective relationships with key internal stakeholders, demonstrating a full understanding of their drivers & requirements and identifying and providing appropriate support & solutions
- Operate as a trusted business advisor to various functions.
- Develop strong relationships with the Procurement category teams by acting as the lynchpin between sourcing and supplier management
Programme Management
- Strong programme and project management skills enabling the effective and successful deployment of the supplier management programme to the business
- Ability to work under pressure, managing conflicting requirements whilst meeting client expectations and delivering excellent client service
Team Player
- Ability to work as part of a team, contributing to the wider procurement vision and priorities, leading and supporting the pursuit of best practice supplier management
- Act as a mentor, providing best practice advice to the less experienced members of the category teams, and wider business operations teams, offering support and direction as appropriate
Skills and Behaviours:

- The Supplier Manager Programme Lead is required to demonstrate the Skills & Behaviours expected of a Manager (see “Skills & Behaviours in Action”). In particular the position requires:
Delivering Quality Service
- Ability to manage multiple projects and stakeholder priorities
- Ability and willingness to adopt a flexible approach to client projects
Accountability:

- Fully accountable for project deliverables and demonstrable contribution to benefit targets.
- Single point of contact for SRM policies and cross KBS reporting supplier’s performance
Building Relationships
- Ability to influence stakeholder thinking and to demonstrate value of supplier management procurement practices.
- Service ethos and ability to demonstrate discretion, diplomacy and gravitas
Drive and Resilience
- Ability to sustain a high level of drive and maintain a professional and enthusiastic
- Willingness to work hard to meet demands in key times of pressure and the ability to overcome obstacles
Problem Solving
- Ability to analyse complex issues & challenges, evaluate options and make recommendations with clear supporting rational

Qualifications and Experience

- Expansive experience in relevant commercial roles, preferably recent years within the supplier management arena. Degree qualified (or equivalent)
- Strong appreciation of financial/professional consultancy services culture
- Strong influencing skills to ensure successful continued adoption of the programme
- Proven broad SRM track-record of successfully overseeing large, multi-faceted, contracts with evidence of financial benefit delivery, effective contract management, risk management and innovation.
- CIPS / IACCM qualified an advantage.
- Good communication skills with the ability to communicate assertively, confidently with presence and gravitas.
- Ability to recognise and interpret complex requirements and create clear/logical process driven governance and pragmatic decision making on that basis.
- Self-motivated and able to work autonomously, manage own time effectively etc. to achieve goals.








Senior Managers - Audit Quality

Location: London

Capability: Audit

Service line: Audit

Experience level: B

Employment type: Full Time



The role



We are recruiting for multiple Audit Quality Senior Managers in Second Line of Defence (2LD) The role will require you to interact directly with audit teams within the Asset Management sector to support and coach them in delivering high quality audits. You will be responsible for giving robust challenge to the audit approach, whilst providing ongoing guidance to the teams you work with. You will be expected to work with teams to enhance the quality of the audit including by helping the team understand and apply Asset Management industry best practise guidance, auditing requirements, and KPMG guidance.

You will work with colleagues within the KPMG Audit Centre of Excellence (ACE)in the development of training materials and guidance used by audit teams. You'll be expected to be a champion for audit quality within KPMG and contribute to the development and delivery of sustainable improvement actions.

2LD is central to KPMGs strategy of consistently delivering high quality audits, which is fundamental in protecting the firm and enhancing the brand.

You will be responsible for working with several audit teams in the Asset Management sector during their audits:

- Help them robustly evidence their risk assessment and develop their audit strategy
- Coach them in the execution and documentation of the audit procedures
- Challenge the team's clarity of thinking during the reporting and completion stages
- Perform detailed in flight reviews of certain audit working papers followed by working with teams to help them to address observation raised
- Meet regularly with audit teams to provide continual coaching and guidance, including sharing of best practise
- Provide insight on the application of KPMG's auditing methodology and associated guidance
- Actively collaborate with colleagues in the development of training materials and guidance used by audit teams to enhance their audit quality

Skills, Qualifications and Experience required

- ACA/ICAS or equivalent qualification
- External Audit Manager or Senior Manager
- Track record in delivering audits of high quality
- Understanding of International Auditing Standards and IFRS
- Worked within an Asset Management audit division
- Worked within an audit function at a Big 4 firm
- Understanding of UK audit regulatory regime
- Be assertive, resilient and adaptable
- Good written and verbal communication
- A desire to challenge the status quo and be comfortable providing achallenging viewpoint in a diplomatic manner
- Ability to interact directly with engagement leaders
- Be proactive and work independently
- Excel at coaching
- Ability to work on multiple engagements at the same time and prioritising appropriately








Opening date: 14/11/19
Closing date: 11/12/19

Competitive salary plus negotiable benefits










Audit Assistant Manager - Pensions Audit, Milton Keynes/Watford

Location: Milton Keynes

Capability: Audit

Service line: Audit

Experience level: D

Employment type: Full Time


The Department

Our small but growing KPMG London FS Regions team based in Milton Keynes and Watford is our London Region Centre of Excellence for pension’s audit. The team, led by a Director and supported by 1 other Director and 3 managers, is responsible for the audit of c.75 pension schemes based across the wider London Region and South East. Our schemes include defined benefit, defined contribution, hybrid and earmarked pension schemes, typically with assets up to £500million.

The London Region Centre of Excellence is one of 6 operating across the UK and as a firm, KPMG audit some 620 schemes including 36 of the top 100 schemes by size making us No. 1 in this market.

The London FS Regions team sits alongside KPMG Northern Home Counties National Markets audit team based across the Milton Keynes and Watford offices and consisting of around 130 client facing staff led by 5 Partners and 7 Directors, who service clients across a variety of sectors, including: retail, media, construction, mining, recruitment, telecommunications and sports. Their audit clients, who are both listed and non-listed, vary in size from large multi-national groups through to small owner managed business based across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northants, Hertfordshire, North London and the surrounding areas. The National Markets London audit department also works in conjunction with other services including Corporate Tax, Deal Advisory, Pensions and Restructuring.

We are currently looking for a qualified accountant at Assistant Manager Level to join our Financial Services Audit department in Watford and Milton Keynes.

KPMG is one of the leading Audit and Assurance practices in the UK whose success and reputation depends upon the quality and integrity of our services - and our people. As a member of our team you will benefit from extensive training and education to keep you up to speed with current changes in regulation, accounting and auditing standards.

As an Assistant Manager you will be expected to lead the delivery of audit and assurance engagements from planning through to completion. The role will require proficiency in UK GAAP and Pension SORP. You are required to possess well developed supervisory skills, including coaching and project management.

Roles and Responsibilities:

- You will have your own portfolio of clients with responsibility for agreeing audit timetables, working with Trustees and scheme administrators, briefing those that work with you (including other specialists), monitoring budgets and supervising the KPMG audit process. This will include planning and completion of audit fieldwork, statutory reporting and project management.
- Supervising and coaching junior members of staff.
- Keeping Managers and Partners up to date with progress throughout the course of the assignment.
- Preparing reports to senior client management and audit committees.
- On-site involvement and being the key point of contact for the client.
- Keeping up to date with KPMG's product and service offerings and helping to identify sales opportunities within your client base.

Qualifications and Skills:

The Assistant Manager candidate will meet the following criteria:

- Professionally qualified with a recognised accountancy body, ACA, ACCA or CPA. (or equivalent) is essential.
- Significant audit experience for pension schemes.
- Sound working knowledge of UK GAAP, Pensions SORP.
- You will possess well developed supervisory and coaching skills and have the ability to effectively communicate (both verbally and through written media) with a wide range of individuals both internally and externally.
- 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.

Audit Manager - Pensions Audit, Milton Keynes/Watford

Location: Milton Keynes

Capability: Audit

Service line: Audit

Experience level: C

Employment type: Either Full Time or Part Time



The Department

Our KPMG Northern Home Counties National Markets audit team is based across the Milton Keynes and Watford offices and it consists of around 110 client facing staff led by 5 Partners and 6 Directors, who service clients across a variety of sectors, including: retail, media, construction, mining, recruitment, telecommunications and sports. Our audit clients, who are both listed and non-listed, vary in size from large multi-national groups through to small owner managed business based across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northants, Hertfordshire, North London and the surrounding areas. The National Markets London audit department also works in conjunction with other services including Corporate Tax, Deal Advisory, Pensions and Restructuring.

Sitting within the NHC National Markets department is our London Region Centre of Excellence for pension’s audit. The team, led by a Director and supported by 1 other Director and 3 managers, is responsible for the audit of c.70 pension schemes based across the wider London Region and South East. Our schemes include defined benefit, defined contribution, hybrid and earmarked pension schemes, typically with assets up to £500million.
The London Region Centre of Excellence is one of 6 operating across the UK and as a firm, KPMG audit some 620 schemes including 45 of the top 100 schemes by size making us No. 1 in this market.

The Responsibilities:

Working in a part time capacity (c.21 hours per week) you will manage and deliver pensions audit engagements from planning through to completion. The role will require proficiency in UK GAAP and the Pensions SORP. You will have your own portfolio of clients with responsibility for agreeing audit timetables, working with Trustees and scheme administrators, briefing the audit team, including other specialists, monitoring budgets and supervising the KPMG audit process. This will include:
• To manage a portfolio of pensions audit engagements, overseeing in-charge and audit assistants work ensuring compliance with client, statutory and KPMG requirements, appreciating relevant internal and external market factors, ensuring the effective and timely delivery of high quality audit engagements
• Oversee and direct the budgeting, planning, co-ordination and control of engagements in accordance with client, statutory, KPMG and business requirements to ensure effective service delivery and maximised recoverability
• Providing coaching and guidance to both on- and off-shore staff working on your engagements
• 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
• 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 Director 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 Trustee boards
• Assist with business development opportunities. This would involve initial meetings, preparing proposal documents and presenting at pitches.
There will be opportunity and encouragement for additional responsibilities outside this day to day role, such as assisting with pensions-specific training courses for in-charges and audit assistants, involvement in local client events and taking on a performance manager role.

The Individual

• Leadership skills and ability to act as a role model
• Drive and resilience and ability to thrive in a pressured environment whilst working as a team with support from Partner, Directors, Senior Managers (where applicable) and in-charges
• Knowledge and experience of auditing and experience of systems/controls testing as well as substantive auditing including applying this to the pensions sector
• Well-developed supervisory skills e.g. coaching and motivation
• Project management techniques; this role will test and develop your expertise in decision-making, analytical skills, time management, organisation and evaluative skills
• Strong communication and inter-personal skills, both verbal and written
• Proven research skills e.g. information seeking and knowledge sharing, understanding and interpreting information/applying knowledge
• Well-developed understanding of the wider commercial background KPMG operates in demonstrating awareness of the issues facing our clients on a day to day basis

Qualifications and Skills

• Time and exam Qualified Accountant - ACA, ACCA or country equivalent
• Sound working knowledge of UK GAAP and the Pensions SORP
• IT literacy with sound knowledge and experience of Excel/Word
• Recent and significant experience as a Manager in an audit capacity within a top 10 accountancy firm
• Current experience of accounting and financial reporting standards including IFRS and UK standards
• Significant audit experience for pension schemes




Audit Manager – Pensions Audit, Watford

Location: Watford

Capability: Audit

Service line: Audit

Experience level: C

Employment type: Full Time




We are currently recruiting for an Audit Manager in our Watford
office on a full-time basis. Our audit clients, who are both listed and
non-listed, vary in size from large multi-national groups through to small
owner managed business based across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northants,
Hertfordshire, North London and the surrounding areas. The National Markets
London audit department also works in conjunction with other services including
Corporate Tax, Deal Advisory, Pensions and Restructuring.


Sitting within the NHC National Markets department is our
London Region Centre of Excellence for pension’s audit.
The team, led by a Director and supported by
1 other Director and 3 managers, is responsible for the audit of c.70 pension
schemes based across the wider London Region and South East.
Our schemes include defined benefit, defined
contribution, hybrid and earmarked pension schemes, typically with assets up to
£500million.


The London Region Centre of Excellence is one of 6 operating
across the UK and as a firm, KPMG audit some 620 schemes including 45 of the
top 100 schemes by size making us No. 1 in this market.







The Responsibilities:







You will manage and deliver pensions audit engagements from
planning through to completion. You will have your own portfolio of clients
with responsibility for agreeing audit timetables, working with Trustees and
scheme administrators, briefing the audit team, including other specialists,
monitoring budgets and supervising the KPMG audit process. This will include:


• To manage a portfolio of pensions audit engagements,
overseeing in-charge and audit assistants work ensuring compliance with client,
statutory and KPMG requirements, appreciating relevant internal and external
market factors, ensuring the effective and timely delivery of high quality
audit engagements


• Oversee and direct the budgeting, planning, co-ordination
and control of engagements in accordance with client, statutory, KPMG and
business requirements to ensure effective service delivery and maximised
recoverability


• Providing coaching and guidance to both on- and off-shore
staff working on your engagements


• 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


• 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 Director 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 Trustee
boards


• Assist with business development opportunities. This would
involve initial meetings, preparing proposal documents and presenting at
pitches.


There will be opportunity and encouragement for additional
responsibilities outside this day to day role, such as assisting with
pensions-specific training courses for in-charges and audit assistants,
involvement in local client events and taking on a performance manager role.






The Qualifications
and Skills Required:






• Time and exam Qualified Accountant - ACA, ACCA or country
equivalent


• Sound working knowledge of UK GAAP and the Pensions SORP



• IT literacy with sound knowledge and experience of
Excel/Word


• Recent and significant experience as a Manager in an audit
capacity within a top 10 accountancy firm


• Current experience of accounting and financial reporting
standards including IFRS and UK standards


• Significant audit experience for pension schemes



• Leadership skills and ability to act as a role model



• Drive and resilience and ability to thrive in a pressured
environment whilst working as a team with support from Partner, Directors,
Senior Managers (where applicable) and in-charges


• Knowledge and experience of auditing and experience of
systems/controls testing as well as substantive auditing including applying
this to the pensions sector


• Well-developed supervisory skills e.g. coaching and
motivation


• Project management techniques; this role will test and
develop your expertise in decision-making, analytical skills, time management,
organisation and evaluative skills


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


• Research skills e.g. information seeking and knowledge
sharing, understanding and interpreting information/applying knowledge


• Well-developed understanding of the wider commercial
background KPMG operates in demonstrating awareness of the issues facing our
clients on a day to day basis







Opening Date: 19th November 2019



Closing date: 17th December 2019







Salary: Competitive plus negotiable benefits and bonus




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