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Senior Legal Adviser, Office of the General Counsel KPMG International

Location: London

Service Line: IHQ

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Commercial - Legal Counsel (Manager)

Location: Reading

Service Line: QRM

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Process Improvement Analyst – Tax Centre of Excellence

Location: Glasgow

Service Line: Tax Central

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Head of Technology Category

Location: Watford

Service Line: Finance

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Senior Manager - Corporate Tax (Real Estate) -Tax Centre of Excellence

Location: Birmingham

Service Line: Tax Central

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Senior Legal Adviser, Office of the General Counsel KPMG International

Location: London

Capability: KPMG Business Services

Service line: IHQ

Experience level: B

Employment type: Full Time



This is an outstanding opportunity to join a small legal team of excellent calibre in a global organisation. We expect this opportunity will allow you to broaden your range of legal skills and experience.

KPMG International is the entity with which all member firms of the KPMG network of independent firms are affiliated. KPMG member firms provide audit, tax and advisory services to clients and are based in 155 countries.

The International Office of the General Counsel is a small team based in three countries. The team provides legal advice on key strategic issues for, and supports the execution of key business decisions made by, KPMG International. It also supports KPMG International and the KPMG global network in dealing with legal, regulatory and reputational issues and risks.

The Role

The role will involve working, under the ultimate supervision of the General Counsel or other senior experienced lawyers in the team, on a wide variety of matters involving cross-border legal risk and regulation, internal investigations, governance, structural matters, investments, business relationships (in particular, with the KPMG member firms) and protection and use of the organisation’s brand.

Some international travel may be required.

Experience and background

We are looking for a qualified lawyer with approximately 5 years PQE (or equivalent, if not qualified in the UK), although all candidates with demonstrable ability to fulfil the role will be considered.

A successful candidate is likely to have or be able to demonstrate:

• Excellent legal technical skills
• Experience of working as part of a legal team in relation to complex cross-border commercial matters. This experience may have been gained at a top law firm or in an equivalent in-house position.
• Legal experience which has mostly been gained advising on business transactions and issues (whether non-contentious or contentious).
• An understanding of business drivers affecting, and legal, regulatory and business risks faced by, large global organizations.
• Awareness of own strengths and areas for development.
• Ability to work flexibly and collaboratively as part of a small, supportive team while taking responsibility for their own work.
• Ability to provide clear and pragmatic advice to, and deal confidently with, individuals at all levels.
• Ability to deal with people from different cultures in an appropriate way.


Commercial - Legal Counsel (Manager)

Location: Reading

Capability: KPMG Business Services

Service line: QRM

Experience level: C

Employment type: Full Time



KPMG’s Office of the General Counsel (OGC) comprises a team of experienced partners, lawyers and industry specialists who specialise in advising on and managing the handling of all major legal, regulatory and reputational issues affecting the firm on both a contentious and non-contentious basis. OGC provides extensive advice to KPMG’s leadership, partners and staff.

The OGC Commercial team currently consists of a Partner, two Directors and a significant team split between the firm’s offices in London and Reading. The team provides advice and support to the firm’s client engagement teams in contracting for audit, tax and advisory services to a wide variety of clients and a wide range of related legal risk management issues.
This position

This is an exciting opportunity for a non-contentious IT/technology lawyer with a broad commercial background and a minimum of 2-4 PQE to join the OGC Commercial team to primarily advise KPMG’s technology business lines and wider consulting businesses on a wide range of legal, risk and commercial issues.

The successful candidate would be based at KPMG’s offices in Reading reporting in to one of the senior members of the team. Travel to KPMG’s Canary Wharf offices in London will be required on an ad hoc basis.

The role


The successful applicant will be involved in the following:

- advising, drafting and negotiating system implementation agreements, software and subscription agreements and innovative agreements as part of KPMG’s fast growing technology related service lines;
- advising internal business stakeholders on commercial, risk and contractual issues within a complex, regulatory environment;
- providing ad hoc support on a variety of other contractual agreements including RFPs, engagement letters, master service agreements and other agreements;
- producing templates and guidance notes; and
- providing advice and training to business teams.

Requirements


The successful candidate will have the following qualifications, skills and experience:

- at least 2-4 years PQE (post qualification experience);
- excellent knowledge of commercial and contract law with a particular focus on technology related contracts;
- experience advising on, drafting and negotiating range of technology and commercial contracts;
- successful track record of working within highly regulated environment is desirable; and
- strong commercial awareness and effective risk management skills.

The Person


- experienced, self-sufficient and proactive, with the ability to work independently as well as being a team player;
- strong organisational skills and the ability to manage a demanding work load;
- ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and produce high quality work;
- experience of dealing with internal business stakeholders;
- ability to build relationships and act as a trusted advisor;
- ability to provide a pragmatic, solution oriented approach to complex legal and regulatory issues;
- the ability to communicate effectively and with authority; and
- flexibility and willingness to support colleagues in other groups.



Process Improvement Analyst – Tax Centre of Excellence

Location: Glasgow

Capability: Tax

Service line: Tax Central

Experience level: D

Employment type: Full Time


From our base locations in Glasgow and Bangalore, the TPL Operations Team provides support to our client facing colleagues through a cross section of skillsets including Administrators, Business Analysts, Developers, MI Analysts and Process Improvement specialists. Together, these teams provide the necessary expertise to deliver operational excellence for teams within the Tax, Pensions and Legal teams within KPMG.
We are looking for an experienced change professional with the ability to engage, communicate and relate to our community of tax professionals to join this team to support in driving and delivering impactful business change.

Roles and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Process Improvement Manager, this role is based at our TPL Managed Services office in Glasgow City Centre. The successful applicant will join a team of Process Improvement and Change Management professionals and will be responsible for supporting the change programme across multiple business lines to achieve business goals through the delivery and embedding of change.
The successful applicant will be required to lead change through others in support of an operation of 400+ people across multiple centres in onshore and offshore operations. Cross cultural awareness and experience are welcomed, while being able to demonstrate the ability to proactively build and maintain strong internal networks is essential. While this role holds no direct report responsibility, ability to coach and develop others in Process Improvement methodology and tools is highly advantageous.

Main responsibilities include:

• Working with business/process stakeholders to identify improvement opportunities and building business case for change
• Leading small/medium sized projects from initiation through to implementation (experience of delivery through various project methodologies beneficial, e.g. DMAIC, Agile)
• Working with Business Analysts and Technical Teams to develop innovative and root cause driven solutions (e.g. Robotic Process Automation)
• Coaching team members on project and process improvement tools/techniques to develop skills and build a culture of Continuous Improvement
• Facilitation of Process Mapping and Solution Design workshops
• Supporting deployment and development of Visual Management within operational teams
• PMO activities (reporting, governance, co-ordination)

Qualifications and Skills

• Change management qualifications (e.g. Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Business Analysis qualifications)
• Demonstrable experience in the use of process improvement tools (e.g. process mapping, value stream mapping, visual management, kaizen facilitation)
• Working knowledge of project associated software (e.g. MS Visio, MS Project, JIRA, Minitab/Sigma Excel)
• Proven ability to engage with business stakeholders to support strategic discussions and change initiatives
• Skilled in project management and delivery tools including milestone planning, risk awareness and leading project communications.

Experience and Background

• Strong record of delivering and supporting business change; ideally having led Green Belt or Lean projects
• Excellent stakeholder engagement and influencing skills with ability to build and maintain relationships with key contacts across all business levels.
• Shared services centre experience with ability to support a range of operational change activities such as daily VM huddles and maintenance of change control frameworks
• Preferred background in professional or financial services industry. Direct tax experience is welcome, but not necessary.
• Ability to get quickly up to speed on our various tax technology offerings as they apply to process improvement

Head of Technology Category

Location: Watford

Capability: KPMG Business Services

Service line: Finance

Experience level: B

Employment type: Full Time



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 Infrastructure functions (in particular Facilities, HR , 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


Procurement’s sourcing activities are managed by five core category teams; Facilities & Marketing Services, HR & Professional Services, Technology Services and Travel Services. The Head of Technology Category, reports to the Chief Procurement Officer.

Technology spend overall for KPMG LLP is circa £90m per annum, including both KBS Technology spend and Front Office Technology spend. Whilst KBS Technology spend represents a large proportion of this spend and managed separately within the KBS Technology Services category, the Front Office category has both spend and revenue exposure as the services are more directly associated to external KPMG client delivered solutions.

The Head of Technology Category is responsible for maximising the contribution of the Technology Services category to the firm. Leading and working together with the retained KPMG procurement leadership team and outsourced Procurement service provider to provide commercial, contractual and risk management expertise to the firm’s KBS and Client facing functions, including Client facing teams including Technology, Tax, Audit, Risk and Management Consultancy capability groups.

Providing strategic support of the key stakeholders and budget-holders responsible for expenditure and supplier relationships in related category supply chains. Stakeholders will operate in multiple business market sectors and deploy a broad range of services and solutions often underpinned by third party technologies and via strategic business partnerships.

The Head of Technology Category main responsibilities are;

Relationship Management


- Develop and deliver strategies which deliver enablement-focussed sourcing and commercial advisory expertise to KPMG Client-services teams to provide a low-friction procurement service which optimises quality, cost, and time to market outcomes for KPMG and its Clients.
- Delivering quality client service careful management of potential tensions between business requirements and the application of procurement bestpractice
- Operate as a trusted business advisor to the client function and become accepted as an integral member of the internal client’s management team Procurement Leadership
- Contribution to the overall strategic direction of Procurement through active participation on the Procurement Leadership Team (PLT)
People Management


- Where applicable, provide management & leadership of category team resources (direct and remotely deployed). Activities may include implementation of Managing for Excellence methodologies in respect to recruitment, staff retention and personnel development (including goal-setting & appraisal) and optimal allocation of resources to projects & activities. People management responsibilities will not apply in respect to the outsourced providers’ resource.
Strategy and Innovation


- Strategic management of the category including analysis, planning, target-setting and performance monitoring, working in conjunction with the outsourced provider to seek the optimum strategic approaches and maximising value add.
- Embedding wider Firm or team-driven innovation into category management and client support activities
Execution


- Execution of a category plan; oversight and effective management of all sourcing & contracting activities (including support of applicable client activities & projects, contract renewals, extensions, variations, terminations etc.) and category development activities
- Application of the firm’s independence & reciprocity policies, and application of the department’s standard processes, tools, templates & systems to all sourcing & contracting activities
- Appropriate consideration of CSR & diversity criteria in all sourcing & contracting activities and active participation in the firm’s Supplier Diversity & CSR Programme
In particular the position requires:

- Broad procurement experience with a proven track-record of successfully delivering and/or contributing to the development & implementation of procurement solutions across the spectrum of people, policy, process, systems etc.
- Proven track-record of successfully creating category strategies, leading and executing sourcing projects within the Technology category to deliver quality, service risk and commercial benefits across the spectrum of IT software (purchase, development, support), hardware & infrastructure (End User Services, Server/Storage, Data Centre & Cloud), services (applications development, on & off-shore managed services, support & maintenance, integration services etc.) and Network & telecoms (voice, data, mobile, networks) etc.
- Service-centric approach, evidence of using commercial acumen as well as a clear understanding of objectives and priorities to consistently deliver positive outcomes for Stakeholders, including the realisation of solutions delivered both internally and directly to a client of the firm.
- Experience in complex solutions and services engagements, including strong experience in complex Information Protection and Risk Assurance processes
- Experience of working in a leveraged Procurement function, supported by an outsourced provider, within a blended delivery service of both on-shore, nearshore and off-shore
Qualifications and Experience

- Degree qualified (or equivalent)
- Preferably a fully qualified member of applicable national Procurement institute (eg. CIPS, NEVI etc.)
- Substantial demonstrable experience in procurement or equivalent commercial roles, preferably with the majority within the Technology Services category, with direct exposure the specific solutions of the leading innovative Technology solutions
- Relevant industry experience; Professional Services, Financial Services etc.

Senior Manager - Corporate Tax (Real Estate) -Tax Centre of Excellence

Location: Birmingham

Capability: Tax

Service line: Tax Central

Experience level: B

Employment type: Either Full Time or Part Time



KPMG’s Tax Centre of Excellence is modernising the way that the Tax, Pensions & Legal practice delivers tax compliance services to our clients. We are centralising the activities relating to the preparation and finalisation of tax computations and returns within the Tax Centre of Excellence.


All staff working in this area will be required to demonstrate exceptional tax compliance skills, the ability to work to tight deadlines and produce a first class product ready for issue to our clients. This will involve working closely with tax professionals based in all of KPMG’s UK offices, along with our offshore partners, to deliver a seamless service to our clients.


We are currently looking to recruit a Corporate Tax Senior Manager to work as a senior technical reviewer as part of our Tax Centre of Excellence based in Birmingham. Ideally candidates will be CTA or CA qualified (or equivalent), but we are also happy to consider candidates who are qualified by experience. The role involves working on a range of clients covering a number of sectors and ranging from mid-market to FTSE listed clients but will predominantly be focused on working with clients from the Real Estate/Infrastructure sector



Roles and responsibilities



• Be responsible for a portfolio of clients, taking ultimate management and control of the end to end compliance process, including tax accounting, where relevant, and achieving key performance indicators around quality and technical accuracy on allocated clients, including non-resident landlords, partnerships and other real estate and infrastructure related entities
• Ensure technical issues are identified within computations and resolved, with supporting technical analysis.
• Ensure all tax computations sent out to clients are high quality, technically accurate and meeting KPMG best practice standards.
• Undertake a final review of tax computations, before sending to clients, as appropriate.
• Manage and develop junior staff working on your portfolio.
• Be responsible for client relationships with larger, more complex clients, requiring senior input.
• Follow the Tax Centre of Excellence corporate tax compliance process and embedded ways of working with our off-shore team.
• Continually review and monitor the Tax Centre of Excellence processes and risks, identify and implement process improvements.
• Provide ad hoc advice to the KPMG local office team / client, as requested, including providing assistance in the drafting of responses to HMRC correspondence and preparing tax accounting disclosures on selected clients.
• Ensure client administration is completed appropriately by your team and that appropriate risk management procedures are adhered to.
• Maintain a strong awareness of other KPMG offerings and identify any additional opportunities for the wider firm, flagging them to the relevant teams for action.
• Follow KPMG best practice and policy.



Qualifications and skills



The successful candidate will have the following experience and skills:
• Significant experience of the review of corporate tax computations and returns and specifically required for this role is experience of:
i) Real Estate and infrastructure sector entities including, but not limited to, partnerships, non-resident landlords, unit trusts etc
ii) Specific technical areas including: complex capital versus revenue treatment; pension scheme and share scheme adjustments; group relief and basic transfer pricing
iii) A wide range of corporate tax technical issues, including controlled foreign companies and worldwide debt cap
• Ability to identify and resolve technical issues, or escalate as appropriate.
• An excellent working knowledge of UK GAAP, (and New UK GAAP) tax accounting for single entities and groups.
• An awareness of IFRS tax accounting for single entities and groups
• Strong interpersonal skills in addition to excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Excellent team work and organisational skills, including experience of monitoring

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