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ESG Specialist Senior Manager

Date: Jul 17, 2021

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

KPMG’s Financial Services practice is supported by the EMA FS Regulatory Insight Centre (RIC), which aims to lead the market in providing pragmatic and insightful intelligence on risk and regulatory developments to enable clients, policy influencers and colleagues to anticipate, respond to and manage the effects of regulation globally.

The RIC focuses on developments across the EMA region, and where relevant globally, working closely with KPMG’s Brussels Office, with the KPMG ECB Office in Frankfurt for banking, and with colleagues in the US and Asia.

The RIC was established in response to the financial crisis to support our clients deal with the unprecedented raft of regulation impacting the industry. In response to the increased regulatory focus on ESG, specifically FS climate risk, we are looking to expand the team to increase coverage on this important topic.

The Role:

We are looking for a deep technical regulatory specialist in the area of ESG who has experience assessing the impact of upcoming political and regulatory initiatives on the wider financial services landscape and our clients. The individual will have experience in ESG topics and sector experience in Banking and/or Market Infrastructure.

As a regulatory specialist (SME) within the RIC you will support and drive the RIC strategy in line with the wider firm’s banking and customer-driven strategy. This will require close working with other member firms, in particular with the UK, to ensure the RIC’s work is consistent with the firm’s objectives for growth and profitability. The key objectives of this role are to drive brand enhancement and business connectivity, e.g.:

Brand enhancement: raise and broaden KPMG’s external profile via:

• Market-leading Thought Leadership of the regulatory horizon
• Analysis of key pronouncements and proposals
• Monitoring and seeking to Influence the main regulatory debates
• Regulatory and commercial Insights
• Taking a Regional and Global view

Business connectivity: inform and support colleagues in:

• Initiating discussions with clients
• Broadening the way our clients see us
• Joining the dots between issues, practices and functions
• Spotting and developing commercial opportunities
• Providing informed delivery that is intelligent of the wider regulatory context

As a SME within the RIC, your responsibilities will include:

• Market-leading Thought Leadership: monitor and provide insights on the regulatory horizon, with a focus on regional and global developments, which is cognisant of geo-political impacts and market wide developments, and sensitive to different national and regional landscapes; via publications, articles, media and conferences.
• Analysis of pronouncements and proposals: that is technically credible, demonstrates regulatory intelligence, spots the “tricks”, provides a Point of View, is timely, and is clearly communicated both internally and externally.
• Policymaker relationship-building and influence: communicate and meet with policymakers and regulators, know who matters when, gather information, offer insights, seek to shape the debate, challenge perceptions.
• Client and industry-facing: provide added-value collateral and communications with clients; develop and exploit industry contacts; support Function heads, CLPs and CST/sales teams; work with trade bodies and industry think tanks; gather market intelligence.
• Internal knowledge transfer: provide briefings, PowerPoint slides and face-to-face training on the emerging regulatory horizon and specific pronouncements; work across practices and functions as appropriate; develop/maintain relevant sectoral and cross-sectoral networks.
• Inform and support proposition development: identify potential commercial opportunities; work with relevant practices and functions on proposition development and handover for delivery; assist CLPs and Function heads in identifying pursuit targets and determining market awareness approach; assist with collateral development for client discussions; act as SME.
• Team player: provide input to RIC-wide activities and cross-sectoral issues; share information and debate views; plug gaps where needed; act as PML/coach and develop more junior and newer members of the team.

The Person
Qualifications & Skills:

• Excellent understanding of strategic ESG issues, FS regulatory developments, banking regulation in the UK and Europe
• Strong understanding of financial products
• Deep knowledge of new regulatory developments impacting banks and their business
• Strong ability to exploit or build network of contacts with regulators and policymakers; as well as to build internal network across KPMG practices and functions
• Excellent analytical skills and ability to produce written reports and regulatory content in the form of thought leadership (newsletters, articles, video, reports, etc.)
• Excellent oral / written communication, planning, project management, networking and influencing skills.
• Flexibility and agility to contribute in a senior capacity to a broad range of engagements.
• Flexibility to work across the UK (and internationally) where required.

Experience & Knowledge:

• Risk management experience within a banking market infrastructure is advantageous
• Experience of regulation impacting banks
• Experience having worked at a regulator is a plus

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