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Contract Performance & Insights - Manager (Non Software)

Date: Jul 30, 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.
Our clients come from a diverse range of industries including Public Sector, Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare, Oil & Gas and Financial Services.
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

Client need:
Our client’s businesses are often underpinned by reliance on a broad network of strategic 3rd party relationships (suppliers, customers etc.), governed by contracts.
These contracts can represent a risk management ‘blind spot’ for many organisations where the relationship with a third party is based in part on trust. KPMG’s CP&I team undertake audits to confirm the third parties are managing clients’ contracts effectively and billing in line with the agreed terms.
Key benefits to our clients from the identification of contractual non-compliance include:
1) Cash recovery relating to historical commercial leakage
2) Recommendations to improve associated processes and/or controls targeted at future prevention
3) Demonstratable good corporate governance over 3rd party business relationships
4) Implementation of a bespoke contract management plan

The role will include:
• Delivery of contract compliance reviews, 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 Director
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 business partners 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 complex datasets received and quantification of any financial impact to our clients
o Leading onsite fieldwork at business partner/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 contract compliance audits ideally in a professional services firm or large corporate or more generally, experience of having worked within an audit, assurance, compliance, 3rd party risk, forensic or management accountancy capacity, where you have demonstrated the below skills:
o Experience of reviewing and summarising contractual pricing arrangements (ratecard, cost plus, rebates, royalties, open book etc.)
o Experience of designing audit procedures and work plans to address risk
o Have in depth data analysis skills (Microsoft Excel mandatory, with SQL seen as a bonus)
o Have experience 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
• Ability to work independently and to take initiative, whilst also working well within a project team
• Self-motivated to deliver a high-quality service
• 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
Required qualification:
• A professional qualification in Financial/ Management Accounting, Audit, Finance or Business required.

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