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Our Vacation programmes are designed to help you experience life at KPMG and find out more about the work we do for our colleagues, communities and companies we work for. If you participate, you'll discover what it's like to be part of a professional team as you explore different areas of the business.
It's a great opportunity to develop new skills and enjoy new experiences. So, as well as kick-starting your career, you'll get to take part in some great community activities and you'll have the opportunity to meet new people too. Above all, 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, most importantly, it may lead to a potential graduate offer.
We offer a range of different vacation opportunities. We'd encourage you to explore the information on each one of these, and then search and apply for your preferred choice.
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Audit is the largest of KPMG UK's practices, providing independent challenge and delivering quality audits to organisations of all shapes and sizes. Audit requires a deep understanding of the company, their controls, processes and systems as well as their aims and the risks they face. Audit helps to assure stakeholders that published accounts are ‘true and fair’.
Working in audit equips you with valuable technical skills, broad commercial understanding and in-depth knowledge of different industry sectors and business as a whole.
Students joining the Audit Vacation Programme will have the opportunity to work in a specific audit business area whilst gaining an insight into life at KPMG. The programme is designed to give you a breadth of skills and experience. Audit provides the core foundation knowledge to a successful career in business and can equip you with valuable technical skills, broad commercial understanding and in-depth knowledge of different industry sectors.
Live our values and embrace our quality-first culture, and we’ll give you what you need to take your career from success to success.
Deal Advisory is a fast-moving area of our business. A career in Deal Advisory involves helping our clients to buy, sell, fund, fix and partner with confidence throughout the whole deal cycle, from buying a business to turning their business around in times of difficulty. You could find yourself working on a variety of projects, with our clients from the UK and overseas – no two projects are the same. We apply deep technical knowledge and industry experience to a broad mix of complex transaction and business issues.
Our four-week Deal Advisory vacation programme is your chance to gain experience on real time, KPMG projects. It’s your opportunity to learn new skills, enhance your CV, contribute to high profile assignments 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 Deal Advisory graduate intake in the location in which you spend your vacation placement.
Our Investment Advisory team is an area of rapid growth within our Pensions practice. Providing invaluable services to Pensions Trustees and Corporate clients, we advise on a diverse range of investment-related subjects, including asset allocation, financial risk management and fund manager selection.
Entrepreneurial in spirit, our team’s diversity helps to encourage innovative, yet practical, ideas for our clients. It’s the mix of personalities, characters, beliefs and outlooks that helps drive our commercial edge. Challenging and rewarding, working in Investment Advisory requires good communication skills and financial acumen.
Management Consulting is a key priority area for our Advisory business – and invaluable to many of our clients’ businesses too. We help to address some of our clients’ hottest topics; adding lasting value and enhancing their performance by delivering sustainable solutions to their business needs.
Our Management Consulting vacation programme lasts for four weeks. Throughout your time, you‘ll have the opportunity to broaden your network in our fast paced and dynamic team, contribute to challenging and high profile assignments and gain first-hand experience in how we work with some of the most well known organisations in the world. Most importantly, you have the potential to gain an offer to join the following year’s Management Consulting graduate intake in the office in which you spend your vacation placement.
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.
Our growth and success is thanks to the integrity, ideas and commitment of our people. And when client organisations value their people as much as we do, pensions tend to be firmly on their agenda. So whilst the word 'pensions' may conjure up images of retiring and taking things easy, a career in this demanding sector is anything but sedate.
For many organisations and Trustee groups, a detailed pensions strategy is one of the cornerstones of financial health. Balancing the costs and risks of a pension scheme, as well as trying to run it in line with best practice, is becoming increasingly complex – yet essential for a business to succeed.
As a complex, constantly changing and increasingly high-profile field, tax offers you the opportunity to pursue an extensive and diverse range of career paths. Our tax teams work with a wide range of organisations and individuals, providing quality, independent advice to help them implement tax strategies that best suit their needs, within domestic and international legal and regulatory requirements.
Our four-week Tax Vacation programme gives you the chance to gain practical experience working within a leading professional services firm. You’ll find out more about our tax teams and the scale and breadth of the work we do, develop your business knowledge and build technical skills. It's an opportunity to make new contacts, enhance your CV and discover what it’s like to be part of our supportive and vibrant community.
You’ll gain insights into how we help our clients manage tax issues, such as digitally transforming business models and reacting to significant changes to taxation policy. Across the spectrum of company and personal tax issues, you could learn about international tax, transfer pricing, VAT and deal advisory tax. You could explore the intricacies of managing tax issues for a global workforce or develop your knowledge of how to advise high net worth individuals and entrepreneurial families on managing their tax affairs.
Plus, if you’re successful, you’ll have the opportunity to fast-track towards a Tax Graduate programme in the same office location starting in 2021.
Technology underpins many of the most influential organisations in the world. It enables the biggest business decisions and connects people around the globe. The opportunities that technology provides are matched only by its potential threats and risks – and this is where we come in.
We work as one team with our Financial Audit colleagues and are responsible for bringing technology specialist skills to the audit. We support the audit in the evaluation of IT systems that underpins an organisation's key financial processes.
Our work gives us exposure to some of the largest global organisations, through to local medium/large sized businesses across all industry sectors, as well as to the breadth of technology used by these organisations (e.g. legacy systems, complex ERPs and emerging technologies). The nature of our work is largely investigative, whereby we look at the processes and controls that an organisation has in place to secure the data transacted through their IT systems.
Our 4 week vacation programme is designed to offer you the chance to gain experience working within our dynamic and fast-paced Technology Audit teams. We'll help you to explore how technology drives businesses, develop your professional skills and build your network. You’ll discover more about the work we do to support the delivery of our audit engagements portfolio and the range of industries we work in. Plus you’ll have the opportunity to fast track towards a graduate programme.