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Manager - The Strategy Group - Aerospace & Defence

Date: Dec 21, 2018

Location: Bristol, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

AutoReq ID140753BR
Job TitleManager - The Strategy Group - Aerospace & Defence
CountryUnited Kingdom
FunctionManagement Consulting
Service LineStrategy
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KPMG OverviewKPMG is part of a global network of firms that offers Audit, Tax & Pensions, Consulting, Deal Advisory and Technology services. Through the talent of over 16,000 colleagues, we bring our creativity and insight to our clients’ most critical challenges.

With offices across the UK, we work with everyone from small start-ups and individuals to major multinationals, in virtually every industry imaginable. Our work is often complex, yet our vision is simple: to be the clear choice for our clients, for our people and for the communities we work in.

Job Description
KPMG’s Global Strategy Group (GSG) is looking at hiring a number of exceptional candidates, across grades, to join their London and Bristol offices. The team is looking to attract professional, talented individuals who have a passion for identifying and creating innovative solutions for clients.

The role of GSG is to work with C-level Executives to identify, structure and solve their most critical strategic issues across the economic and transaction cycles. As part of a fast-paced and dynamic group, our consultants offer strategic advice on financial, business and operating models to corporate, public sector and private equity clients. Our consultants also receive a superior level of training and coaching to enable them to meet the needs of our global client base.

It is an exciting time to join GSG as we are growing rapidly due to our unique propositions and the strength of our client relationships. As a team, we are a group of bright individuals who are passionate about having fun both inside and outside of work.

GSG’s Aerospace & Defence team work with Government and Industry on the biggest, most complex, and pressing critical strategic issues across the economic and transaction cycles. We work with senior clients to deliver strategic and commercial advice on financial, business and operating models to the Ministry of Defence, National Security agencies and large Defence contractors. Most work is undertaken in multidisciplinary teams, and there will be opportunities to work across both public and private sectors.

Roles and responsibilities

To be a successful Manager within GSG, applicants will be expected to:
- Establish role as day to day / key client contact on engagements
- Build strong, trusted adviser relationships with client counterparts
- Identify on-sell and cross-sell opportunities
- Take day to day responsibility for smaller projects and manage significant elements of larger engagements
- Co-ordinate the preparation of deliverables that span multiple workstreams. Develop the answers and challenges to the likely questions and responses of the client
- Handle ambiguity and changing client demands effectively
- Demonstrate deep expertise and an ability to generate insights in a chosen sector
- Build and maintain a strong internal and external network
- Ensure the Firm’s risk management frameworks are adhered to
- Demonstrate high levels of drive, ambition and the ability to lead work at high levels of intensity
- Coach others in how to identify potential risks before they occur, take preventative measures to stop them from occurring, and what to do if they occur
- Identify, design and lead critical practice development initiatives, coordinating other members of the team

The following are key characteristics required to be successful in GSG:
- Ambitious
- Analytical
- Creative and intellectually curious
- Commercial
- Confident
- Empathetic
- Engaging
- Entrepreneurial
- Impactful
- Leadership
- Pragmatic
- Team player

Experience & Background

Applicants will need to display the following:

- Significant experience of working for a strategy house, big 4 firm, public-sector organisation or central strategy / corporate development team of a large company
- Strong understanding of the value drivers within the Aerospace & Defence sector
- Ability to manage large teams or significant parts of complex projects or programmes in the Aerospace & Defence sector
- Experience of developing and preparing business development pitches in the Aerospace & Defence sector
- Ability to work effectively, influence and challenge senior people (client and internal), in the Aerospace & Defence sector, whilst working on a project or business development initiative

Qualifications & Skills

To succeed in this demanding role an applicant will need to demonstrate the following:

- A first class or 2.1 degree from a leading institution
- Evidence of strong problem-solving and analytical capabilities
- Structured thinking skills combined with creativity
- Strong knowledge of the Aerospace & Defence sector with the ability to talk credibly to client counterparts on the key issues, technological changes and strategic considerations facing the industry
- Ability to review and assess large volumes of technical data and distil the key strategic insights
- Ability to evaluate complex challenges and deliver insightful recommendations that can be practically executed
- Strong numerical capabilities combined with sound commercial acumen
- Ability to build complex financial models that support our recommendations to clients
- Excellent English written and oral communication skills
- Other language skills would be a strong bonus

Candidates should have, or be prepared to obtain, security vetting to at least UK Security Clearance (SC) level

Our DealIf the chance to work with interesting clients and innovative technology wasn’t rewarding enough, we’ll motivate you in other ways too. At KPMG you can expect real responsibilities and opportunities to grow professionally.

‘Our Deal’ sets out all the different ways you’ll be rewarded at KPMG. Among other things you can benefit from honest conversations about your career as well as a range of other rewards. In all these ways and more, we have created an environment that can bring out the best in you.

Flexible WorkingWhile some of our client-facing professionals can be required to travel regularly, and at times be based at client sites, we are supportive where possible of helping you to achieve a balance between your home and work demands.

We are happy to discuss individual requirements and our range of flexible working arrangements could be of interest. Furthermore, as part of the recruitment process, we can put you in touch with people who work flexibly so you can understand from them what our culture is like.

Applying with a DisabilityKPMG are proud to be an inclusive, equal opportunity employer and we seek to attract and retain the best people from the widest possible talent pool. As a member of the Business Disability Forum we're committed to ensuring that you are treated fairly throughout our Recruitment Process. Should you be successful after the initial application stage, please discuss any reasonable adjustments that you may require, with your recruitment contact.

KPMG's commitment to diversity

KPMG consistently features in the Sunday Times Best Big Companies to work for, which has been recognised with a special achievement award to mark our 10 years in the Top 25. We are proud of the value we place on individuality; we want you to bring your full self to work and truly maximise your potential. We believe that your individuality helps us to deliver the best results for our clients. Diversity of background, diversity of experience, diversity of perspective - that's the KPMG difference. But, don't take our word for it, find out more about diversity at KPMG.

Returning to work after a break

At KPMG, we appreciate that returning to work after an extended career break can be daunting. We understand that those with experience who have taken a career break have a wealth of experience and knowledge to offer our organisation, which helps us to achieve our business goals. We will support you to refresh your skills, develop your confidence and provide a supportive network across the firm to help you best integrate into the working environment. This role welcomes applications for individuals who have been out of work for 18 months or more and who have previous relevant experience.

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