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Senior Manager – Finance Transformation, Local Government Advisory

Date: Jul 11, 2021

Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

KPMG is acknowledged as a leading advisor and professional services provider to UK Local Government. Our Local Government Team is an integral part of KPMG’s Infrastructure, Government and Healthcare Practice. Joining our industry leading practice will expose you to work on a range of high profile assignments helping local government address their most challenging issues and achieve their biggest opportunities.

You will be joining a successful and growing team, who are looking to consolidate recent year on year growth and deliver a step change in the size and reach of our practice.

The team works in an agile and flexible manner, with plenty of opportunities to develop new skills and gain new knowledge. We are keen to support and develop our people to enable them to be the best they can be.

We believe we are market leaders in promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace and want to encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and cultures.

Take a look at our website with the link below to see “What Makes Us Different”

The Role
This role is to join our Local Government practice as a Senior Manager focused on the growth of our revenue, team, offers and market presence in the capability area of Finance Transformation (‘FT’). In FT, we improve the effectiveness and efficiency of finance functions and generate real insights to help deliver value to our clients through Corporate Services Transformation. The role provides an excellent opportunity to work in a growing team where you will be supporting Partners and Directors in driving the sales pipeline and building relationships with clients to develop further opportunities.

It is critical that candidates are able to drive a sales pipeline, pursue opportunities, develop innovative offerings and thought leadership that challenge our clients’ thinking. You also need to build a team and capability to deliver high quality engagements. As part of this team, you will be working with clients from the initial diagnosis stage, strategy formulation and analysis, through to implementation, including:

- Business development: leading the development of and sustaining relationships both internally and with client management; leading business development and pursuits activity (including developing, contributing to and writing and presenting winning proposals and bids for future work)
- Engagement delivery: responsibility for leading programmes and projects of large size and complexity, with respect to planning, managing and executing the delivery of engagements, including overseeing the writing of client reports and the review and quality assurance of work products
- Client relationships: building and managing multiple client relationships
- Risk management: identifying and managing risks, engagement assurance and commercial risk management and ensuring the Firm's frameworks are implemented appropriately and effectively
- People development: leading large teams, identifying team member development needs and accelerating development with particular emphasis on managing and mentoring engagement team members, coaching and skills transfer
- Practice development: leading the development of processes and initiatives that are key to scaling the business.

The Person
- Proven track record of both selling and delivering financial advisory services in the local government market.

Knowledge and understanding of:
- Local government accounting/CIPFA, local government policy, structures, standards and day to day financial management
- Transforming corporate services; either in a client consulting or senior finance line management capacity
- System implementation and cloud based technology enabled transformation
- Issues and challenges facing the Finance Function, Finance business partnering and trends in Finance

Experience of:
- Selling/delivering Finance Transformation programmes of change to clients, with revenue of £500k+ per annum
- A variety of Finance Transformation capabilities including Financial Strategy & Planning, Target Operating model, Enterprise Performance Management, Financial Analysis, Management Information and Global Business Services/Shared Services
- Driving out cost savings of c30% in Finance and Corporate Services to support corporate efficiency programmes
- Working within local government and delivering Consultancy projects for local government
- Able to demonstrate advanced project management with a proven track record in delivering high quality project or workstream outputs
- Experience of proposal writing and presenting to clients or equivalent
- Experience delivering clear, concise, focussed messages at the C-suite level, senior finance team members and colleagues/team members

Leadership – the role will help to continue to grow a diverse Finance Transformation team focused on the local government market. The successful candidate will need to be an excellent communicator with the personal skills to build strong and lasting internal and client relationships, while also being a strong people manager, experienced at leading teams of c8-10 FTE to deliver to tight project and programme deadlines, and passionate about the development of talent, coaching and mentoring team members.

Subject Matter Expert (SME) – Their technical competence must be in a variety of Finance Transformation capabilities including Financial Strategy & Planning, Target Operating Model, Enterprise Performance Management, Financial Analysis, Management Information and Global Business Services/Shared Services.

Credibility in the market – The successful candidate must be able to credibly represent KPMG’s local government offer to client executives in order to scope and win profitable work in the market themselves.

Relationships – The individual appointed will have proven relationships with the c-suite level across the UK health system.

Accountancy qualification (ACA, CIMA, ACCA, CIPFA)

Additional Information
The role can be based in anyone of our major reginal offices in the UK; Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Bristol, and candidates must have a willingness to travel domestically, with the potential to be away from home for set periods of time.

While our client-facing professionals can be required to travel regularly, often based at client sites, our flexible working arrangements can help you to achieve a balanced lifestyle. We offer part time roles with flexible working arrangements which could include annualised hours, early or late starts to fit around other commitments, shorter working days etc.

We recognise that as individuals, we each have particular needs and that one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to how, when and where you work. That’s why we’re proud to offer our colleagues agile working options. We believe in putting you at the centre of your career – KPMG will offer the training, development and stimulating work environment to help you get to where your career ambitions are.

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