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Associate Director - Strategy - Financial Services

Date: Sep 2, 2021

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

KPMG’s Global Strategy Group (GSG) is looking at hiring a number of exceptional candidates, across grades, to join their London office. 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. In this role, you will work within the Financial Services team. The Financial Services (FS) sector is undergoing unprecedented change in order to adapt and grow in a fast moving environment where demographic shifts, changing customer needs and expectations, technology advancements, geo-politics and regulatory change are increasing pressure on financial, business and operating models and driving disruption and sector convergence. We are looking for professional, talented individuals with a passion for identifying and creating innovative solutions for our FS clients.

To be a successful Manager within GSG, your responsibilities will include:
• 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

We are looking for candidates with the below experience:
Work experience
• Extensive 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 Financial Services sector
• Ability to manage small medium sized teams or significant parts of complex projects or programmes in the Financial Services sector
• Experience of developing and preparing business development pitches in the Financial Services sector
• Ability to work effectively, influence and challenge senior people (client and internal), in the Financial Services sector, whilst working on a project or business development initiative

Technical skills
• Degree qualified or equivalent experience
• Evidence of strong problem-solving and analytical capabilities
• Structured thinking skills combined with creativity
• Strong knowledge of the Financial Services 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
• Able 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
• Other language skills would be a strong bonus

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