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Assistant Manager, External Affairs

Date: Jan 29, 2019

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

AutoReq ID141510BR
Job TitleAssistant Manager, External Affairs
CountryUnited Kingdom
FunctionKPMG Business Services
Service LineCorporate Affairs
Service Line InformationCorporate Affairs is responsible for the voice, footprint and reputation of the firm. The team have responsibility to create and deliver value for our clients and our people by using our deep experience and expertise across communications both internal and external, our public affairs voice with government and other public bodies and engage our people and our clients in our commitment to corporate responsibly.

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 DescriptionOverview Job Description

At KPMG, our values define who we are and the way we do business. As a leading professional services firm, we know that our strength and capability come from our people – their different perspectives, experiences and backgrounds.
An Assistant Manager is required to help coordinate the firm’s external affairs function, support the delivery of KPMG’s public affairs plan, monitor relevant political and public policy developments, and oversee a two-way flow of relevant information to government and client facing commercial teams.

Purpose for strong political engagement
As a global organisation and responsible business, KPMG has a societal obligation and a voice to contribute to public debate around legal, regulatory and policy issues that affect our business and that of our clients at a local, national and European level.

We are a responsible business
As a large UK business with a diverse client base, KPMG is well-placed to provide a voice and convening power on issues affecting a wide range of UK enterprises: from start-ups to multinational businesses. With our experience of issues facing businesses and our professional expertise, we have a responsibility to raise our voice in policy debate where we could add our expertise in influencing decisions connected with how business operates.

Shaping the debate
Decisions made by our elected representatives can either facilitate or restrict the work that we do and shape the business and economic environment in which we and our clients operate. It is essential that we engage in building strong relationships with Government, legislators and regulators.

Role & Responsibilities

- Assist in the development and delivery of the firm’s public affairs plan, including monitoring key political developments, providing briefings for senior KPMG staff, and stakeholder management.
- Assist the firm’s external political engagement with government departments, parliamentarians, industry bodies and think tanks on issues relevant to KPMG.
- Assist the development of internal stakeholder networks as well as external networks to support the external affairs function.
- Mapping key stakeholders in relation to a range of issues affecting our sector.
- Supporting our programme of activity at the political party conferences and wider external events.
- Assisting with the coordination of our engagement with membership bodies to maximise their value.
- Draft briefings, core scripts and other support to principals when engaging politically and in public policy debates.
- Attend meetings with political and other stakeholders either alone or supporting senior staff.

Skills, Knowledge & Experience

The ideal candidate will have:
- Some experience in a political, public policy or public affairs environment
- A broad understanding of key political developments in Westminster, including those of relevance to KPMG.
- An understanding of parliamentary and governmental systems and process.
- Strong interpersonal and presentation skills.
- Some experience of researching and briefing on fast-moving topical issues.
- Some experience of developing and running multi-stakeholder initiatives.
- Some experience of a commercial environment - preferably in a range of sectors - and experience in the interaction between an external affairs function and a commercial function.
- An understanding and experience of political party engagement, through party conferences, think tanks, other events or personal political activity.
- Writing and analytical skills, and the ability to write both strategically and creatively under tight deadlines.
- Willingness to conduct occasional travel across the UK.

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

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.

Policy for Agencies

KPMG has a commitment to sourcing candidates directly and as such we do not accept speculative CV’s from agencies. Please check here to see our policy on agencies: Policy

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