Mergers & Acquisitions vacation programme

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Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) is a fast-paced area of our Deal Advisory business. Our M&A team is focused on adding value to our clients by providing a full range of financial advisory services across several industries and sectors.

On our four-week M&A vacation programme, you can expect real variety. We’re involved in the whole deal cycle, so it isn’t just about simply handling transactions. You’ll be undertaking client-facing work, providing advice and adding value at every stage – including on some very high profile deals. It could be that you’re part of a team advising a company on a merger, how to turn a struggling business around, or how to see a new acquisition through successfully.

This is your chance to gain experience on real time, KPMG projects. It’s your opportunity to learn new skills, enhance your CV, improve your commercial understanding and build your personal and professional network, all whilst getting your foot in the door of one of the world’s leading professional services firms. Most importantly, you have the potential to gain an offer to join the following year’s M&A graduate intake in the office in which you spend your vacation placement.

In M&A you’ll face plenty of new challenges, but we’ll give you the support of a buddy and a manager to make you feel at home from day one. You’ll need to demonstrate an analytical mind-set - thinking quickly and logically with good commercial awareness and communication skills. As the vacation programme isn't that long, your focus will be to ensure you make every second count. 

Programme summary

Programme overview

Capability: Deal Advisory

Programme length: 4 weeks

Qualifications: N/A

Entry requirements

As a general rule, you'll be expected to meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum grade B GCSE)* Maths
  • Minimum grade B GCSE* English Language
  • Minimum of 320 UCAS Tariff Points*

On track to achieve a 2:1 degree in any discipline and currently in your penultimate year at university.

Please note that we only consider a candidate's 'top' 3 A-Level grades and do not accept General Studies.

At KPMG, we look at more than just your academic results. We will review your application, together with your performance in our assessments, to ensure that you have the best opportunity to demonstrate your potential. We will be considering your strengths and achievements alongside a number of other metrics, including technical background and/or experience, to ensure that you have the skills to succeed at KPMG.

Key skills

Throughout the recruitment process we will be looking to learn more about your strengths.

To be successful on this programme, you will be required to demonstrate the strengths that we look for at KPMG.

Learn more about what we look for and how to apply here.

Training and development

As the vacation programme is not that long, the focus for you will be to ensure every second counts. Above all else, it’s about gaining experience on real-time, real-life projects. It's an opportunity to learn new skills, enhance your CV, learn about the world of work and, importantly, get your foot in the door of one of the leading professional services firms. And if you're inspired by the time you spend with us here, and go on to join us full-time once you’ve graduated, you’ll get access to exemplary training and development. In addition to studying towards a professional qualification, The Academy is a unique training centre that's spurring our people on to do extraordinary things.

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