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Associate Director - Strategic Advisory Services

Date: Jul 13, 2021

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

KPMG's Infrastructure and Government (I&G) strategy team wants the right candidate for their London-based team. The team needs professional, talented individuals who have a passion for identifying, creating and delivering innovative solutions for public and private sector clients.
The I&G Strategic Advisory Services (SAS) team works with government and industry on the biggest, most complex and pressing strategic, policy and programme implementation issues.
Our work focuses on the fast-changing and technology-impacted areas of public spending, such as smart infrastructure and mobility, as well as transformation and investment in public services.
Practitioners will have the opportunity to advise on strategic options, business cases and operating model strategy to public sector, executive agency and corporate clients.

Typically the advice we provide can be categorised as:
– Regulatory and Policy Strategy & Design (including Trend analysis and “Futures” scenario development, Futures Impact Assessments, and Policy development)
– Business & Digital Strategy and Service Design (including. Corporate & Business strategy development, Market analysis, and commercialisation of government assets/companies)
– Investment Strategy including Project appraisal, Business case development and working with funders such as HM Treasury,
– Commercial Strategy and Complex Delivery Vehicle Design (including Market development & evaluation, Development of Innovation Strategies
– Scaling strategy and implementation planning); and,
– Operating Model development and Delivery roadmap design

It is an exciting time to join our team as we are growing rapidly and working on some fascinating public issues – including: the rise of autonomous vehicles, growing regional trade, and the future of the probation service. The team blends this with support to the largest infrastructure operators and infrastructure programmes in the UK.

To be an effective Associate Director within the team, applicants will be expected to:

– Lead the design of standard / complex engagements
– Be comfortable handling ambiguity and changing client demands
– Complete and take responsibility for KPMG’s ‘Engagement Management’ procedures (e.g. managing scope within budget and timetable)
– Present and refine business models and data analysis solutions through discussions with management
– Lead complex storyboarding and shape the issue identification and overall problem-solving approach to develop recommendations
– Finalise the preparation of client deliverables and identify the critical areas for debate, ensuring these remain at sufficiently strategic and value adding level
– Maintain a balanced pipeline of engagements and business development opportunities which align with the team business plan
– Actively develop own knowledge and expertise in chosen proposition(s) and sector of choice
– Proactively develop thought leadership at both a strategic and industry level
– Responsibility for risk identification and management within a regulated professional services environment, including taking personal responsibility for working with Risk, Contracting and appropriate governance (e.g. quality reviews).

Skills & Experience


— Evidence of understanding of the centre of government (e.g. CO, IPA, HMT) and emerging network within these organisations and across relevant bodies
— Considerable experience of leading complex strategy projects, in relevant sectors, with multi-disciplinary teams in a consulting or corporate environment (a strategy house, big 4 firm or central strategy / corporate development team of a large company)
— Track record of working closely with Government/Infrastructure clients to deliver high impact recommendations and having a detailed understanding of the value drivers within the relevant sectors
— Comfortable building client relationships and identifying potential client engagements and sell-on opportunities
— Experience of managing or supporting high value business development activities with senior public and private sector stakeholders
— Examples illustrating their collaborative and transparent team approach, readily sharing knowledge with the team, working through silos and respectful of others’ views and opinions


— Current UK security clearance to SC or above
- A first class or 2.1 degree from a leading institution
— Excellent English written and oral communication skills
— Strong numerical capabilities combined with sound commercial acumen
— Evidence of strong problem-solving and analytical capabilities


— 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
— Comfortable translating strategic awareness and insights into practice industry recommendations and drawing parallels between different client situations to harness best practice
— Able to adapt quickly in changing circumstances, be an active learner and build innovative solutions
— Structured thinking skills combined with creativity

We are happy to consider flexible working arrangements.

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