KPMG offers audit, tax and advisory services across the globe, providing their clients with advice to manage capital and transactions as well as identifying opportunities for growth. Their clients include a wide variety of different organisations within many different industries, providing an interesting and diverse environment to work in. Depending on the route and specialism you choose you will also be supported with various trainings, such as PQT (Professional Qualification Training) and the KPMG Tax Business School which is an Accountancy and Tax dual qualification programme for those interested in beginning their career in Tax. The KPMG graduate programme offers pathways in 4 different areas of the organisation; Advisory, Audit, Tax and Pensions and Central Services.
Advisory – this entails providing clients with advice on business challenges with anything from organisation change to cyber security and you will gain a broad awareness of the various business challenges that face clients. For certain programmes within this area you will be supported in gaining professional qualifications, such as the Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) ACA qualification or Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) to name a few. Specialised areas within Advisory are Business Consulting, Financial Advisory and Technology. Within Business Consulting you will be able to gain knowledge and skills for a career in Management Consulting, Actuarial, Risk and Regulatory, Economics or The Strategy Group. Within Financial Advisory you will work towards the ACA and gain analytical experience needed to become an expert in Forensic, Accounting Advisory or Deal Advisory. In Technology you can gain experience in a variety of projects and develop a diverse set of skills.
Audit – the main role of an auditor is to find definitive answers to questions surrounding a company’s financial activity. It’s a complex area and within this area KPMG has 3 graduate programmes; Audit, Public Sector Audit and Audit Mandarin.
Business Audit – you will gain a large amount of experience in specific areas within Audit whilst studying for the professional qualification – the ACA. You can choose either the intensive or integrated programme, both of which take 3 years.
Public Sector Audit – this includes working with clients in the public and not-for-profit sectors, such as local government, charities and the NHS. The focus in this area is much broader with a large variety of projects. As with Business Audit you will work toward the ACA choosing one of the two programmes.
Audit Mandarin – This programme encompasses the same experience as the other two programmes within audit – including the ACA qualification. However, if you are a Mandarin speaker you can gain experience working in the UK and with KPMG in China after you qualify.
Tax and Pensions – this route involves working closely with a diverse group of clients finding approaches and solutions to the challenges that face them. Within Tax there are a number of graduate programmes; Tax, Japan Practice in Tax, Pensions, Investment Advisory, Tax GMs Technology, Tax Technology – ACA Analyst and Tax Technology – Software Developer.
Tax – you will have the opportunity to become a fully chartered Accountant and Tax Advisor with support and training as well as being able to attend the Academy.
Investment Advisory – this area advises on a wide range of subjects including asset allocation and financial risk management. You will also be supported in your decision of which route to take when studying for the CFA exams or becoming a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.
Japan Practice in Tax – this area focusses on assisting the firm’s Japanese clients on issues relating to their European operations.
Pensions – you’ll be involved immediately in projects whilst studying towards becoming a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. You will need to have a high level of numeracy and communication skills for this position.
Tax GMS Technology – Tax Global Mobility Services helps clients manage their global workforce using technology to provide tax and advisory services. You will have the opportunity to develop your tax advisory and technology consulting skills as well as undertake a professional qualification best suited to your skills.
Tax Technology (ACA Analyst/Software Developer) – this area designs and implements accounting technology in order to help clients solve business issues. This is a 3 years programme where you will work as a business analyst or developer whilst gaining the ACA and joining the Academy.
Central Services – This part of the organisation offers a number of programmes in order to help you develop specialist skills in an area that best suits your knowledge, interest and expertise. These are Human Resources, Facilities, Sales & Marketing and Resourcing.
Human Resources – this is a two year programme and gives you wide experience in HR giving you the opportunity to work in different parts of the field by undertaking projects on a rotational basis. You will also work towards your CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) qualification which will usually begin in your 3rd year.
Facilities – this part of the organisation ensures that the quality of the KPMG premises is as safe and efficient as possible. The roles you can become involved in are broad which gives you the opportunity to specialise in different areas. There are also many different professional qualifications that you can undertake whilst working, including degrees in Facilities Management through various different institutions.
Sales & Marketing – this programme lasts for 2 years and you will rotate around projects which means you’ll be introduced to a diverse range of tasks responsibilities, helping you to decide where your specialisms lie. You will also have the opportunity to study towards a professional qualification with a body such as the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Resourcing – this area is responsible for ensuring the business has the right people and skills so that the business performance remains high. Resourcing works closely with all other areas of the business and due to its rotational structure you will gain experience in many areas. You will be constantly supported and trained throughout the programme.
Learning and Development
Advisory Learning and Development
KPMG's Advisory practice attracts talented professionals with a wide variety of skills and experience, and helps those professionals design Learning Plans customized to support their individual roles, responsibilities, and career goals.
In your first year as an Advisory professional, you'll be introduced to core KPMG methodologies and processes through the Advisory Fundamentals program. Within your first year, you'll also begin to build on this foundation, and engage with your people management leader and mentor in tailoring your ongoing learning plan.
This planning process is anchored by the Learning Paths Resource Site, which provides Recommended Learning Paths for a wide variety of roles and career levels, including courses that are strongly recommended for all professionals in a particular service group, and electives that may be chosen according to individual responsibilities, interests, and goals. Using the technology-enabled Learning Paths process, each Advisory professional can document a plan customized to his or her unique development needs.
Advisory professionals are encouraged to consider a wide range of skills when constructing their plans, from curricular areas including:
- Technical skills and knowledge specific to the service they provide
- Cross-Service skills and knowledge relevant across all service groups of the Advisory practice
- Core Business skills such as communication, facilitation, and relationship-building
- Industry depth, including the key terminology, processes, and critical issues of a client's industry
- Leadership capabilities, including management and strategic thinking
- Issues-Based training, on topics of current importance such as IFRS and Succeeding in Turbulent Times
Throughout a KPMG career, Advisory partners and professionals blend traditional classroom training with just-in-time e-learning programs that connect a national audience in a virtual classroom. In addition to these training events, KPMG Advisory professionals have open access to a library of over 850 Web-based training courses. Training helps illuminate the concerns of clients in the industries they serve, the particulars of new regulations and legislation, and skills they can use to think strategically, manage effectively, and present with confidence to the leaders of the world's largest companies.
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Training by the Numbers
Just how committed is KPMG to the learning and development of our people? These numbers help tell the story:
- More than 5,000 sessions of 2,861 instructor-led courses were offered
- Over 1.4 million Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits were collectively earned by our people
- Over 300,000 CPE credits were earned through Web-based Training alone