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Ethics & Independence Manager

Date: Jan 24, 2019

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

AutoReq ID133579BR
Job TitleEthics & Independence Manager
CountryUnited Kingdom
FunctionKPMG Business Services
Service LineQRM
Service Line InformationQuality and Risk Management are the responsibility of each partner and employee. This responsibility includes the need to understand and adhere to member firm policies and associated procedures in carrying out their day-to-day activities. UK Quality & Risk Management teams help to set, implement and enforce policies and procedures designed to help to enable KPMG UK and its personnel to achieve the following key objectives: (i) oversee and monitor service quality, (ii) protect the brand and reputation of KPMG, (iii) comply with laws, (iv) regulations and professional standards, and (v) minimize the risk of financial claims against KPMG UK.

KPMG OverviewKPMG is part of a global network of firms that offers Audit, Tax & Pensions, Consulting, Deal Advisory and Technology services. Through the talent of over 16,000 colleagues, we bring our creativity and insight to our clients’ most critical challenges.

With offices across the UK, we work with everyone from small start-ups and individuals to major multinationals, in virtually every industry imaginable. 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.

Job Description
For any internal candidates, we can discuss role location based on the individual’s current office base.

The Ethics and Independence (“E&I”) team is part of KPMG UK’s Central Risk Management department. The E&I team is responsible for developing and deploying appropriate policy, procedure and guidance on Ethics and Independence (firm, personal and service-related) to ensure compliance with regulatory and KPMG International requirements, ensuring an adequate programme of communication and training in respect of those policies and procedures is in place and providing guidance and advice to partners and staff on E&I matters.

The Role

Following the implementation of the EU Audit Reform in the UK the relationships we have with a large number of our audit clients are now subject to more onerous and complex independence restrictions. It is critical for engagement teams to appropriately consider permissibility of proposed non-audit services and other relationships for our audit clients to ensure compliance with regulation. This is an area of increased regulatory focus and goes right to the heart of KPMG’s quality agenda.

In this interesting and challenging environment, the E&I team is looking to recruit a manager level individual to assist in the provision of high quality advice to engagement teams.

New matters and issues are always emerging, in particular in relation to interpretation of the Revised FRC Ethical Standard so the role will be varied but the role is likely to involve:

- Team consultations – assisting client facing partners and directors with non-audit services queries and formal ethics & independence consultations.
- Independence clearances – taking an SME role with respect to review and sign off of independence clearances for prospective listed (EU PIE) audit clients, supporting engagement teams through this challenging process and providing a valuable contribution to an important part of the audit tender process.
- Sentinel secondary approvals – together with others in the team the individual would take on some responsibility for secondary approvals (as a delegate to the E&I Partner) in Sentinel which will involve liaison at the highest levels with audit partners and engagement teams to understand services and ensure documentation is sufficient and threats and safeguards have been adequately documented.
- Projects- taking on the lead for various projects (as they arise) to respond to AQRT feedback and/or to enhance our processes and overall compliance- by using experience gained in the field, providing practical solutions, driving projects forward and maintaining momentum.
- Training/Communication – deciding how best to increase awareness and drafting communications and guidance and delivering training

Skills and Experience

Applicants should be able to demonstrate experience (ideally from a client-facing role within Audit or another capability or a Quality and Risk Management role) in the following key components of this role:

- Client-focused approach with a passion for delivering excellence
- Strong communication skills – able to question effectively, listen and apply judgement
- Excellent project management skills to deliver high quality work on time.
- Possess an eye for detail as well as an ability to work under pressure.
- Proven ability to build relationships and communicate with people at all levels
- Effective negotiation skills and able to deliver difficult messages
- Ability to take on a high level of responsibility at an early stage
- Ability to handle sensitive/confidential information appropriately
Support will be provided in reaching the required understanding of UK policy and guidance and the underlying regulations.

Our DealIf the chance to work with interesting clients and innovative technology wasn’t rewarding enough, we’ll motivate you in other ways too. At KPMG you can expect real responsibilities and opportunities to grow professionally.

‘Our Deal’ sets out all the different ways you’ll be rewarded at KPMG. Among other things you can benefit from honest conversations about your career as well as a range of other rewards. In all these ways and more, we have created an environment that can bring out the best in you.

Flexible WorkingWhile some of our client-facing professionals can be required to travel regularly, and at times be based at client sites, we are supportive where possible of helping you to achieve a balance between your home and work demands.

We are happy to discuss individual requirements and our range of flexible working arrangements could be of interest. Furthermore, as part of the recruitment process, we can put you in touch with people who work flexibly so you can understand from them what our culture is like.

Applying with a DisabilityKPMG are proud to be an inclusive, equal opportunity employer and we seek to attract and retain the best people from the widest possible talent pool. As a member of the Business Disability Forum we're committed to ensuring that you are treated fairly throughout our Recruitment Process. Should you be successful after the initial application stage, please discuss any reasonable adjustments that you may require, with your recruitment contact.

KPMG's commitment to diversity

KPMG consistently features in the Sunday Times Best Big Companies to work for, which has been recognised with a special achievement award to mark our 10 years in the Top 25. We are proud of the value we place on individuality; we want you to bring your full self to work and truly maximise your potential. We believe that your individuality helps us to deliver the best results for our clients. Diversity of background, diversity of experience, diversity of perspective - that's the KPMG difference. But, don't take our word for it, find out more about diversity at KPMG.

Returning to work after a break

At KPMG, we appreciate that returning to work after an extended career break can be daunting. We understand that those with experience who have taken a career break have a wealth of experience and knowledge to offer our organisation, which helps us to achieve our business goals. We will support you to refresh your skills, develop your confidence and provide a supportive network across the firm to help you best integrate into the working environment. This role welcomes applications for individuals who have been out of work for 18 months or more and who have previous relevant experience.

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