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Assistant Manager – Financial Consulting – Transport Advisory Services

Date: Sep 15, 2021

Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

The Team

KPMG’s dedicated Transport Advisory team within our Infrastructure, Government and Healthcare (IGH) Consulting practice provides specialist financial, commercial and strategic advice to the transport sector (both public and private sector participants), focusing on the rail and bus markets in the UK and globally. We are currently experiencing an unprecedented demand for our services, both in the UK rail contracted market, where KPMG is the dominant provider of financial and commercial advice, and within the wider transport industry including infrastructure providers and bus operations.

Successful candidates would initially work on engagements supporting clients to develop financial forecasts and business plans, through working in a management role within KPMG finance teams. Typical engagements will be supporting transport client teams to generate and challenge costs and revenues to underpin their business plans, whether for a specific contract, transaction or as part of a transformation programme, market entry into a new country, or across a whole business unit for a defined planning period. There will also be opportunity to work on other transport focussed projects in the team.

Recent projects have included delivering the finance workstream of a major organisational transformation programme, advising operators to bid for or (re)negotiate contracts, advising an infrastructure provider on its financial forecasts in relation to its regulatory settlement, market entry studies for public and private sector transport clients, financial due diligence on transactions across the rail industry value chain, and contract mobilisations.
There will also be opportunity to work on other projects in the department. Depending on the department’s needs and your own goals, there may be opportunity to work with our wider AAS group on projects in public sector accounting including providing technical accounting advice, undertaking assurance activities, budget and forecast analysis, accounts production and carve-out activities.

The Role & Key Responsibilities

We are looking for an Assistant Manager with a track record in financial forecasting and analysis to be a key member of our market leading transport advisory team. Key responsibilities include:
- Providing specialised financial advice and support to transport clients, particularly around UK rail contract bidding and on other business planning and commercial support projects within the land transport sector.
- Providing financial and commercial challenge to help clients develop robust and competitive bids and business plans.
- Serving as a member of the KPMG team on rail bids, supporting the finance workstream lead and leading sub-workstreams.
- Serving as a member of the KPMG team on other engagements focused on financial planning and commercial advice to transport operators and infrastructure providers.
- Building and maintaining strong relationships with both clients and KPMG individuals.
- Contributing to practice management, including thought leadership, business development activities and general practice development.
- Successful candidates are expected to become active members of KPMG’s wider transport network, developing sector knowledge to help grow the wider global transport practice.
- You will be required to undertake people management and development for more junior staff within a project.
- Engagement management.
- Please note that in the future and when government regulations allow, this role may include travel within the UK (including staying away from home during the working week) and potentially travel outside of the UK.

The Individual & Key skills and competencies required:

- Qualified accountant (highly financially literate candidates who are not accountants will be considered if exceptional).
- Significant experience in financial planning or financial review (e.g. audit).
- Knowledge of the rail or bus industry is highly desirable, but not mandatory for strong candidates.
- Ability to motivate people.
- Willingness to learn and to try new things.
- Financial rigour, analytical ability and attention to detail.
- Interest in the UK rail or bus sector, and high-level understanding of key industry trends.
- Proven track record of being able to act on own initiative and be able to develop innovative solutions.

This role can be based in any of KPMG’s main regional offices

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