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Data Analytics Assistant Manager (Financial Services Audit)

Date: Aug 27, 2021

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

The Team:
The capabilities within the Clara Analytics Team are vast as they are unique: from Innovations – spearheading the creation of audit applications such as the Inventory Count Tool, and Confirmations Tool, to the performance of D&A procedures by the ERP, General Ledger and Bespoke capabilities. At the face of the team, the Business Relationship Group bridge the gap between audit teams and D&A specialists – providing one point of contact for D&A interpretation, queries and support.
Whether it involves providing workshops to audit teams, presenting proof of concept solutions to leadership, or engaging in in-depth analysis using our market leading technology capabilities, the Clara Analytics Team leverages a wide variety of skillsets. There are technical specialists performing D&A procedures, and there are those with in-depth audit experience; some of us enjoy giving presentations, for others, their strengths lie in analysing complex datasets. One thing that we all share in common, is a commitment to continuous improvement and innovation – both in our work, and our approach to solving problems.
We’re flexible, too. The Clara Analytics team straddles different KPMG office locations – with large hubs in London, Leeds, Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh – all leveraging technology to communicate remotely where needed. Having now approached a Hybrid working model, we are providing colleagues with additional flexibility in where and how they work.
If you’re looking for a challenging, yet rewarding role putting you at the centre of a rapidly-changing audit practice, the Clara Analytics Team could be the place for you.

The Role:
Analytics projects involve extracting, analysing and visualising data to support audit, and at times advisory engagements.
An assistant manager with a focus on analytics would typically be responsible for ensuring the quality, value and timely delivery of a significant number of engagements. This will include supporting delivery of the high demand for data and analytics for some of our largest and most complex audits. An ideal candidate would be looking to step up to perform technical reviews within the first few months on the job.
There is also an opportunity to get involved in product development and innovation activities, to ensure that KPMG’s analytics capability remains market leading on a global scale, as well as the development of our analytics specialists within the team.
• Critically assessing structured and semi-structured data, identifying issues and inconsistencies that need to be solved before running the analysis
• Performing D&A audit procedures using appropriate tools – primarily, Alteryx Designer
• Presenting the analysis results using MS PowerBi visualisation technology and MS Excel
• Preparing documentation of D&A work and deliverables for use by audit teams
• An ideal candidate would be looking to become a Reviewer within the first 6 months, including but not limited to:
• reviewing the work performed by analysts in the team to ensure the quality of the output is appropriate;
• overseeing work of junior analysts; and
• monitoring budgets and delivery timelines
• Stakeholder management, including but not limited to:
• regular dialogue with audit teams and management to manage expectations on deliverables;
• interpret D&A output to audit teams to enable them to fully understand the reports; and
• as a Reviewer, act as an escalation point for analysts
• Developing and implementing best practice to ensure that ‘quality’ is embedded within all activities performed by the team
• Acting as a coach & mentor to more junior members in the team
• Building and managing excellent relationships across a range of engagements
• Developing internal networks and maintaining excellent relationships with colleagues across KPMG
• Working closely with audit methodology teams to ensure proposed solutions and delivered outputs are consistent with our regulator’s demands and the firm’s quality standards
• During the quieter season, designing and testing new audit tools for next season’s deployment

The Person:
• Experience of designing, building and delivery of data analytics related capabilities
• Preferably Intermediate to advanced skills in Alteryx Designer
• Supporting skills in one or more related technologies (e.g. Python, PowerBI, SQL, IDEA, ACL).
• Strong IT literacy, including Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word
• Experience in delivering data analytics solutions in Financial Services industries (banking, insurance, asset management)
• Understanding of business operations in financial services organisations and how data analytics can provide valuable business insights
• Excellent oral and written communication skills and confidence to promote and present value of solutions
• Excellent organisational and project management skills, ability to work independently
• Ability to function effectively in challenging situations/circumstances
• Ability to work as part of a wider national team spread across the global network
• Experience of working within a fast paced environment with conflicting priorities and deadlines
• Ability and willingness to network both internally and externally with key decision makers
• Experienced in training and developing junior analyst skills, beneficial
• Logical mind set and curiosity for exploring data to understand content and how it can be used within audit
• Beneficial to have experience in working on audit engagements and/or delivering audit analytics
• ACA / ACCA / ICAS qualification (or international equivalent) beneficial, but not essential

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