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Audit Manager - Private Equity Group

Date: Dec 4, 2018

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

AutoReq ID138908BR
Job TitleAudit Manager - Private Equity Group
CountryUnited Kingdom
LocationLondon
FunctionAudit
Service LineAudit
Service Line InformationAt KPMG, our vision is to be the clear choice on the future of Audit. In today’s complex and ever-changing business world, we recognise that we need to be one step ahead for our clients - rather than reacting to emerging trends we need to anticipate them by harnessing technology. Our people are integral to this, bringing their natural curiosity, diversity of ideas and perspectives to help deliver client excellence.

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 DescriptionWe are looking for experienced audit managers to join the Audit practice within the Private Equity Group. We currently have opportunities in the London Office.

Our Private Equity audit team works with a variety of market leading clients ranging from the largest buy-out private equity houses to niche funds with specific industry, asset or geographical focus. Many of the businesses our PE clients back will be familiar to you as household names.

The strength of our PE sector knowledge is a key component of our successful department. We continue to grow because we are PE specialists and our clients recognise the value we bring on topics such as investment valuations, developing industry trends and the regulatory environment.

We deliver services to both fund and management entities across our client base. Our clients invest globally and operate across jurisdictions and we mirror these arrangements with close relationships and shared working practices across the wider international Private Equity Group.

We offer a supportive working environment with benefits packages tailored to the individual to help achieve a good work life balance, giving superb opportunities for personal and professional growth within a Big 4 environment.

The Role

We are looking for managers to join the Audit practice within the Private Equity Group (PEG). We currently have opportunities in the London Office.
Our Private Equity audit team works with a variety of market leading clients ranging from the largest buy-out private equity houses to niche funds with specific industry, asset or geographical focus. Many of the businesses our PE clients back will be familiar to you as household names.
The strength of our PE sector knowledge is a key component of our successful department. We continue to grow because we are PE specialists and our clients recognise the value we bring on topics such as investment valuations, developing industry trends and the regulatory environment.
We deliver services to both fund and management entities across our client base. Our clients invest globally and operate across jurisdictions and we mirror these arrangements with close relationships and shared working practices across the wider international Private Equity Group.
We offer a supportive working environment with benefits packages tailored to the individual to help achieve a good work life balance, giving superb opportunities for personal and professional growth within a Big 4 environment.

As a Manager, you’ll be involved in all aspects of delivering audit engagements, from planning through to completion on a broad spectrum of private equity clients. The role will include executive level client interaction and exposure to multiple clients on an annual basis, as well as daily tasks such as:
- To manage engagements, overseeing in-charge and audit assistants work ensuring compliance with client, statutory and non-statutory requirements, appreciating relevant internal and external market factors, ensuring the effective and timely delivery of engagements
- Oversee and direct the budgeting, planning, co-ordination and control of engagements in accordance with the KPMG Audit Methodology and business requirements to ensure effective service delivery and maximised recoverability
- Direct, coach and mentor Assistant Managers to assist them in the effective delivery of engagements and the direction of their subordinates ensuring cost effective, timely completion and effective service delivery to the required standard on each engagement
- Nurture and seek worthwhile relationships with clients, business departments and staff, for the sharing of information and to identify and progress current and future Audit requirements
- Prepare and negotiate fee proposals for our existing client base, and assist in forming propositions for new business
- Contributes towards the creation, implementation and delivery of the Audit Business Plan and offer support in relation to issues identified as a result of organisational or client focus change
- Assist the Senior Managers, Directors and Partners in monitoring the effectiveness of Audit services delivered, providing feedback and reflection on the quality of service accordingly
- Preparation of reports to senior management and audit committees

The Person

- Leadership skills and ability to act as a role model
- Drive and resilience and ability to thrive in a pressured environment
- Knowledge and experience of auditing level 3 investments as well as substantive auditing and review of statutory accounts and disclosures
- Sound working knowledge of IFRS, UK GAAP (not essential) and US GAAP (not essential)
- Well-developed leadership and supervisory skills and the ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals both internally and externally at different seniority levels
- Strong project management techniques including decision-making ability, analytical skills, time management, prioritisation, organisation and evaluative skills.
- Exceptional communication and inter-personal skills, both verbal and written
- IT literacy with sound knowledge and experience of Excel/Word/PowerPoint
- Proven research skills e.g. information seeking and knowledge sharing, understanding and interpreting information/applying knowledge
- Able to demonstrate strong business development acumen
- Builds the reputation of KPMG through the quality of work, knowledge and experience
Qualifications and Skills
- Fully qualified ACA/ACCA or international equivalent is essential
- Significant and recent experience as an Audit Manager in an external audit capacity, working with private equity or similar fund clients
- Recent and extensive external audit experience within a ‘Big 4’ or top-tier firm is required

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.

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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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