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Director - Assurance - Sustainability/ESG

Date: Nov 18, 2021

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

With offices across the UK, we work with everyone from small start-ups and individuals to major multinationals, in virtually every industry imaginable, and many of these businesses are planning for growth through the launching of new products and services, executing transactions and acquisitions, raising the funding to achieve this via a public listing or raising of private finance. 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.

Global markets are thriving, with significant funding to invest in the right business, and the opportunity to support our clients has never been greater. In our Audit and Assurance business this includes Special Purpose Audits, Reporting Accountant roles, Technical Accounting assistance and many other bespoke Assurance projects. To support this growth we have a fantastic opportunity for Directors to join our team and assist in providing companies of a range of sizes across different sectors with the audit and assurance requirements of the UK and US initial public offering process, and with a wide variety of project based assurance and accounting topics. These topics include acquisitions and opening balance sheet audits, complex private equity transactions and structures, Sox implementation, and working with our established ESG/Sustainability assurance teams to support the growth of this high demand and increasingly regulated service. They will be responsible for managing these assurance engagements from within an exciting and newly formed Assurance hub and will also have the opportunity to provide advice to non-audit clients on preparedness for IPO, IFRS/US GAAP transition, and other transaction based topics. Training for US accreditation will be provided if not already attained.

We appreciate that everybody has their own unique circumstances and we will do our best to accommodate yours, creating a schedule that works for you. Transaction based work will have natural peaks and troughs, both demanding and giving flexibility to our teams to balance the needs of our clients with a work-life balance.

We are looking both for full time Directors, and for Directors who wish to gain a cycle of experience which will provide you with the opportunity to gain more insight into the capital markets and audit quality requirements of public companies in different regulatory regimes. This experience would be invaluable to an Audit career either within our CLR business (including our US Centres of Excellence), or with those private companies gearing up for future growth.

Our Intelligent Working scheme covers a variety of options which includes:
• Part-time working
• Glide time, which means starting work between 8:00am and 10:00am and finishing between 4:00pm and 6:00pm
• Working from home for one or more days every week
• Unpaid leave, in which you choose to take up to three months off work without pay

Many members of our team currently make use of our flexible working policy. Follow the link below to find out more about how this works for them, but also how you could benefit from it too:


• You will work with partners to deliver audits for IPO requirements (US and UK) and other one-off transactions, providing advice on IPO processes for clients and working on internal projects with other Assurance teams. Together with the Audit partner you will lead the end to end engagement process, including: developing the scope of work and deliverables, reviewing the testing and assurance fieldwork and draft reporting, directing and coaching the team, and ensuring compliance with the relevant independence and client acceptance approvals.
• Lead engagements in line with ISA, PCAOB, AICPA and ISRE, or equivalent.

• Complete the review of the documentation on the assurance file in line with KPMG’s quality standards and our internal KPMG Assurance Manual.

• Juggle multiple client requests when managing different Assurance/Audit engagements
• Responsible for engagement and client acceptance procedures, where clients are not existing Audit client, and for independence clearance on all engagements, liaising with KPMG central independence and specialist teams as needed.

• Resolving issues in delivering the overall assurance engagement.

• Reviewing final client reporting (e.g. Audit Committee reports)

• Coach and oversee Managers and Senior Managers in the delivery, project management, and engagement economics of the project

• Support in developing and improving the AQTP work programmes for specific industries or ownership structures

Building and leading relationships with the client staff and acting as an ambassador for the firm.

Qualifications and Skills:

The ideal candidate will meet the following criteria:

- Inquisitive mind with strong technical skills and a passion for quality

- Experience (minimum 9 years) in Audit, including experience of leading or supporting Audit Partners in the delivery of audit engagements for large clients (ideally FTSE 350 or equivalent) or under PCAOB standards

- An ability to effectively communicate (verbally and in writing) with a wide range of individuals both internally and externally

- Willingness to obtain the relevant accreditations and continue relevant training programmes

- Strong project management techniques including decision-making ability, analytical skills, time management, organisation and evaluative skills, and an ability to lead a team to deliver to a fixed deadline

- Experienced in review and development of audit/Assurance working papers.

- Ability to identify and resolve issues
- Drive and resilience and ability to thrive in a pressured environment

- Focus on delivering high quality work whilst maintaining excellent attention to detail

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