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KPMG in the UK is a leading provider of professional services including audit, tax and advisory. As part of KPMG Europe LLP we are part of the largest integrated accounting firm in Europe.

KPMG in the UK has over 10,000 partners and staff working in 22 offices and is part of a strong global network of member firms. Our vision is simple - to turn knowledge into value for the benefit of our clients, people and our capital markets.


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The Company

KPMG - 15 Canada Square

At KPMG, the people make the place. And what’s that place like exactly? In short, it’s one where everyone feels valued, and hard work is recognised and rewarded.

It’s also a place that’s growing. Since a number of European firms merged to form KPMG Europe LLP, we have become the largest fully-integrated accountancy firm in Europe, offering Audit, Tax and Pensions, and Advisory services to everyone from oil companies to music gurus.

But it’s not just what we do that’s important. It’s the way that we do it. Our values don’t just live on a wall. They’re a way of life, underpinning the way we work with clients and with each other.

So what can you look forward to at KPMG? Exposure to clients from day one. Working on challenging projects. And if you’re studying for a professional qualification, there’s a fantastic support network that includes a mentor and generous study leave.

Despite the focus on qualifications, it’s not all work and no play. Whether it’s joining societies and sports teams or enjoying volunteering days, free lunches and secondment opportunities, KPMG is a fantastic place to start developing your technical and personal skills.

We think KPMG is a great place to start your career, and we’re sure you will too.


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Interview Reviews

The initial interview was a 45 minute, competency-based interview with a graduate recruiter from the firm. Questions asked included 2 situational judgement questions, e.g. I am an experienced member of a…


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Training & Profiles

KPMG

Our people come to us from all kinds of backgrounds and degree courses. We wouldn’t want it any other way. And that’s why we’ve always been very open-minded about the type of graduates we recruit. Graduates with a 2:1 in any degree subject, from Archaeology to Engineering, Technology to Zoology, (and almost everything else in between). What’s most important is your enthusiasm and motivation.

Despite the focus on qualifications, it’s not all work and no play. Whether it’s joining societies and sports teams or enjoying volunteering days, free lunches and secondment opportunities, KPMG is a fantastic place to start developing your technical and personal skills.

In addition to offering the highest level of support backed by the most senior people in our business, you’ll find we use a variety of training methods too, including a full suite of e-learning products. These allow you to study at your own pace and enjoy the flexibility to take real ownership of your studies.

We also spread your exams over the full three years of your training agreement. This means you won’t be studying constantly, allowing you time to gain valuable, relevant work experience before you attempt the final, most technically challenging exams. We also have the largest, dedicated, full-time professional qualification training team of the Big 4, and you’ll quickly discover that everything we do is intended to help you fulfil your potential and get you through your exams first time.


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Case Study

Name: Robyn Agoston
Degree: BAH in Global Development and MA in Labour Studies and HR
Role: Analyst, currently Investment Management (FS-ITA)
Location: Canada Square, London

How did you find the recruitment process?
Really interesting and challenging, but not in the way I expected. The process is unlike any hiring process I have ever been through. Being from Canada, ‘core competency’ was off of my radar!
Why did you choose to work for KPMG Management Consulting?
It was the only professional services firm that I felt valued diversity. I like that they give people opportunities to work in advisory that don’t necessarily have the relevant work experience or degrees. As long as you’re capable, confident and a person that can deliver- they want you, and can teach you the rest!
What is the best thing about working for KPMG Management Consulting?
The people, who are some of the most talented, intelligent, and highly skilled individuals I have ever met.
What qualifications are you working towards and what support are you getting?
I have completed my CIMA foundational certificate in my first six month of programme. I will likely be studying for the CIMA operational level in my second year as well. We get lots of support- from courses, days off to study, and online learning platforms. My managers have really understood the time constraints of studying, and have been conscious of my workload leading up to the exams as well.
What do you do on a day-to-day basis/ what kind of roles have you had?
I think the better question is the what kinds of roles HAVEN’T I had! My clients have been exceptionally diverse, and all prestigious. I have done everything from present to Board members to managing a workstream on project- I have been very happy the responsibility that my teams have given me.
How do you work with clients?
Every job I have been on- it’s hit the ground running, and get completely stuck in. It’s a learn-by- doing environment, but your team will be there to support you along the way.
What advice would you give someone wanting to join Management Consulting?
DO IT! And buy a Kindle- you will likely tend to travel a fair bit.
What did you study at University? Is it a barrier if your degree isn’t accountancy related?
I have my BAH in Global Development and my MA in Labour Studies and HR. P&T valued my ‘atypical’ degrees, and saw this strength that would enable me to bring a fresh perspective to our work.
What social, society and CSR activities have you been involved with at KPMG?
I was lucky enough to win CSR’s first annual Bright Ideas competition. Myself and two other graduates developed a CSR project to be implemented locally in London and pitched to a very senior panel of KPMG partners and members of the leadership team. As we won, CSR is funding our project and assisting us in the implementation of our idea… AND we all get to travel to Africa to work with NGOs on meeting the UN Millennium Development Goals in two-week technical placements. I am going to Jinga, Uganda to work with Restless Development in September 2011.
What opportunities are available to you in the long term at KPMG?
Many. I feel that the firm will be willing to support my professional development for as long as I am willing to work hard and enjoy the challenge of being in Management Consulting Advisory.

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Information & FAQ

What are your minimum academic requirements?
For graduates applying to join in 2012, the requirements are a minimum 2:1 degree, 320 UCAS points or equivalent, a grade B in GCSE Maths and a grade B in GCSE English or equivalent. Please note, that we only consider a candidate’s highest 3 A-level grades and do not accept General Studies.
What do you look for other than good grades in a potential employee?
In addition to your academic qualifications, we look at your competencies in nine key behavioural capabilities. By behavioural competencies we mean the skills and behaviours which you’ll need to demonstrate to be successful at KPMG. (Please visit our website for more details.)
There’s no single type of person that succeeds at KPMG, but we do look for people with something special to offer. We’re just as interested in other aspects of your experience and other parts of your character. Overall, we’re looking for people who have a strong awareness of business, a curiosity to find out more and the ability to think of new ways to solve problems. We’re also interested in people with a lot of integrity, who take pride in their work, strive to improve themselves and can build strong and effective relationships to bring out the best in others.
If I don't have much experience in finance, how do I know which area I'd be best suited to e.g. tax, audit?
First, we would recommend you try our self-selection questionnaires. We have developed five different questionnaires for the different areas of the business. As well as gaining an insight into the different areas of KPMG, you’ll learn more about the type of challenges you could face on a daily basis. It’s also a great way to get you thinking about kind of things you’ll need to prepare for your interview, and how you can demonstrate the kind of skills and behaviours we look for.
Our recruitment process is the same for all our graduate programmes. You need to demonstrate that you have the nine behavioural capabilities needed to be successful at KPMG. Your choice over which programme you’d like to apply to should therefore be based on what you’re interested in.
You can find our more by ensuring that you do thorough research into the different career paths available. Make use of employee profiles and other sections on our website and other company websites. You can research online using web search engines, online careers services and even Professional Institute websites (for example, ICAEW, ICAS, CFA) to find out more information. Additionally, your university Careers Service will be an invaluable source of information on a career in Audit, Tax or Advisory.
Does having a disability affect my application?
At KPMG, we’re committed to encouraging diversity in the recruitment, retention and development of our people. Any data you provide will be held in strict confidence and will enable us to make any reasonable adjustments necessary and allow us to track how successful we are in recruiting talented people, irrespective of difference. Please contact us on our freephone help line 0500 664 665 or email us at ukfmgraduate@kpmg.co.uk if you have any special requirements (religious, disability or other) which should be taken into account or which need accommodating during the recruitment process.
I’ve already graduated. Can I still apply to the graduate training scheme?
Yes. We welcome applications from people who have already graduated or who are studying for a postgraduate qualification - we value any extra experience or skills you may have gained during the extra time spent working or studying. Approximately a third of our annual intake join us with this additional experience.
Do you only accept applications from 21 year olds?
Age is not important to us; KPMG is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all backgrounds. KPMG prides itself on its commitment to creating the kind of inclusive workplace that treats everyone with respect, and where people can be themselves and still achieve their potential. All applicants are judged on their demonstrated abilities.
Do you have an age limit?
No. KPMG is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all backgrounds. KPMG prides itself on its commitment to creating the kind of inclusive workplace that treats everyone with respect, and where people can be themselves and still achieve their potential. As long as you meet our minimum academic criteria, you can apply to KPMG.
Where are your offices?
We have offices throughout the UK, including Aberdeen, Cardiff Bay, Ipswich, Leeds, London, Preston and Watford to name but a few. You can find full details of all locations on our website.
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Annual vacancies

Approximately 1,000 UK-wide

Location

  • National

Job dates:

Application closes:

Ongoing – we close for applications once we are full.

Job starts:

Autumn 2012

Benefits

  • Pension Scheme
  • Life Assurance
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • 25 days’ holiday per annum with the option to buy extra
  • Salary Competitive

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