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Contract Perfomance & Insights - Royalty Audit Manager (Non Software)

Date: Sep 2, 2021

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

The Team

KPMG’s Contract Performance & Insights (CP&I) team sits within the wider Consulting practice and consists of qualified accountants/ audit professionals who specialise in providing contract assurance services. The team uses a mix of forensic auditing techniques and technology, to deliver for clients globally, either as part of a programme of activity or in relation to individual strategic contracts.
CP&I’s royalty audit service offering works with Intellectual Property and content owning clients who wish to ensure that they are being paid in line with contractual obligations by third parties who use our client’s content. Our clients include many different types of IP owners from music labels and publishers through to technology companies and fashion brands. Increasingly the royalty audit process includes the ingestion, enrichment and analysis of large data sets.
The team is based out of Canary Wharf, London. Flexible working/ working from home welcome.

Some domestic (and potentially international) travel to client and other 3rd party sites is required (typically 20 - 30% of your time).

The Role

• Delivery of royalty audits, including:

o Project managing multiple engagements and/or programmes concurrently, with teams of 1-3 per engagement (team members will be UK based and/or overseas), reporting into a Senior Manager or Partner
o Allocating work and managing its delivery based on resource availability and skillset
o Overseeing contract reviews, with a view to identifying risk areas and designing appropriate testing procedures
o Engaging with and building relationships with our client and their licensees to provide an overview of the contract compliance audit process
o Leading process walkthroughs of relevant business processes, issuing requests for data, and taking the lead when responding to queries and/or concerns
o Analysis of big data received and quantification of any financial impact to our clients
o Leading onsite fieldwork at licensee and/or client locations (typically UK based but can be international)
o QA of working papers produced by the team
o Ensuring engagements are running on time and to budget
o Preparation and delivery of updates to a variety of stakeholders, including senior colleagues and clients
o Supervising the preparation of fact-based written reporting and other client deliverables, including first line QA
o Presentation of overall results to our clients

• Managing all aspects of the ‘Engagement Manager’ role including, project onboarding, risk, including conflicts of interest, contracting, confidentiality arrangements and in-flight finances etc
• Performance management over junior colleagues to help them fulfil their potential
• Business development (developing sales leads, growing internal network, responding to client proposals)
• Contribution to wider Firm initiatives (e.g. Diversity & Inclusion networks, Environmental Social Governance initiatives or Business Sector specific groups)

The Person

Key skills:
• 5 years+ experience of delivering royalty audits, ideally in a professional services firm or large corporate, to include:
o Demonstratable track record of using big data solutions such as SQL (or others)
o Excellent data analysis skills in Microsoft Excel (SQL mandatory)
o Have proficiency in Microsoft PowerPoint
o Experience of reviewing and summarising royalty agreements
o Experience of designing audit procedures and work plans to address identified risks
o Demonstratable track record of managing and developing team members
o Very strong communication skills - both spoken and written English. Additional languages a bonus.
o Very strong project management skills; including experience of managing multiple priorities, all with competing deadlines
o Have experience in generating leads and new opportunities with existing clients and with building cross-Firm internal networks.
Personal attributes:
• Excellent attention to detail
• Keen problem solver
• Highly numerate and logical
• Fast learner
• Pro-active, confident, and professionally sceptical
• Thrives whilst working under pressure
• Ability to work independently and to take initiative, whilst also working well within a project team
• Self-motivated to deliver high quality
• Strong drive and resilience to overcome challenges or setbacks to achieve team/project/client goals
• High level of personal integrity and ability to quickly build trust amongst colleagues and clients
• Demonstrate persistence and tenacity
• Be commercially aware and have the confidence to solve problems and to fill gaps in technical knowledge by questioning, collaborating with others and researching technical and contractual documentation
• Demonstrate a willingness and enthusiasm for business development

Required qualification:
• A professional qualification in Financial/ Management Accounting, Audit, Finance or Business required.


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