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Graduate Programme 2019 - Japan Practice in Tax

Date: Feb 14, 2019

Location: London, UK

Company: KPMG UK

Programme: Graduate Programme 2019 - Japan Practice in Tax
Job Function: Japan Practice in Tax
Location: London
Country: UK
Intake Year: 2019

Our people are at the heart of our continued success. Being part of KPMG is being part of a community of talented and innovative people, working together to have a positive, lasting impact on clients. No one type of person succeeds at KPMG; a diverse business requires diverse personalities, characters and perspectives. Whoever you are, there is a place for you here.

About the programme 

As more and more companies operate in global markets, the demand for tax professionals with an international outlook has increased too - and KPMG's global network is at the forefront of meeting this demand. 

With a team of specialists in this area, our Japan Practice in Tax focuses on assisting the UK firm's Japanese clients on the issues that could affect their European operations.

Combining hands-on client work and professional study, KPMG UK's Japan Practice in Tax programme is designed for ambitious graduates who are keen to gain the international experience they need to support their professional development. So, as well as a passion for business, Japanese language skills, appreciation of Japanese business culture and mindset are essential.

Key skills required 

- Japanese language ability - JLPT Level N1 (or equivalent)

- International mindset

What are we looking for you to show us? 

During the recruitment process, we want to see that you have an interest in a career in personal tax and a passion to work with and support Japanese businesses. You will need to demonstrate KPMG's Global Behavioural Capabilities, which will give us confidence you’ll be successful in the firm. By this, we mean the skills and behaviours that every person here at KPMG shares. To us, ‘behaviours’ are more than the way you act – they represent the set of values that underpin our business.

KPMG's Global Behavioural Capabilities are:

- Career Motivation

- Delivers Quality 

- Drives Collaboration and Inclusion 

- Strives for Continual Improvement 

- Exercises Professional Judgement 

- Makes an Impact

- Seizes Business Opportunities 

- Demonstrates Innovation and Curiosity 

- Resilience 

Further information on these behaviours can be found at

What your job will involve

You will assist in the day-to-day running of the Japan Practice’s client portfolio, managing your own workload and operating a compliance programme. This will include personal tax returns and tax advice services for international assignees. You will also be working with KPMG UK's Japan Practice team across all levels, and liaising with other departments and offices in KPMG's global network. Day-to-day work includes answering queries from clients by telephone and in writing, and developing strong relationships with client HR contacts and expatriates.

Your training and development

All our new tax graduate entrants study for  a dual tax and accountancy qualification. 

The  Intensive  Programme  is  KPMG’s  front-loaded, classroom-based  ACA-CTA product  which  focuses  on upskilling trainees more quickly. This means that for the first 12 months of your training contract you will solely focus on passing 13/17 of the ACA and CTA examinations, and    come    into    the    business    on    two    work experience placements. One is a structured, six to eight week work experience placement in the busy season of your programme, and the second comes after you have completed your 13 exams.

The entire programme is supported by a wide range of  mechanisms  that  will  be  applied  by  your  tuition provider or KPMG when you require them, but due to the intense pace of the programme you will need to be really dedicated in your approach to learning.

This  product  allows  you  to  focus  purely  on  your professional  qualification  in  your  first  year.  In  the remaining  two  years  of  your  training  contract  you can concentrate on building up a fantastic range of work   experience (with   only   one   exam   left   to complete) and will have the technical knowledge to apply within the workplace

What do we look for? 

Within our recruitment process, we look for more than just your academic results. This wider perspective helps us ensure that we are giving you the best opportunity to demonstrate your potential. We assess your application against KPMG’s Global Behavioural Capabilities and a number of other metrics to build our confidence in whether you will be a success at KPMG. 

As a general rule, you'll be expected to meet the following requirements: 

- Japanese language ability (JLPT Level N1, or equivalent)

- Minimum grade B GCSE* Maths 

- Minimum grade B GCSE* English Language 

- Minimum of 300 UCAS Tariff points*

- Minimum 2:1 degree in any discipline.

* or equivalent

Please note that we only consider a candidate's 'top' 3 A-level grades and do not accept General Studies.

Additional details

- Salary is competitive 

Your KPMG experience 

At KPMG, your long-term future is every bit as important to us as it is to you. That’s why our aim is to give you experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime. Whether it’s great training and development, the chance to move around the business or volunteering opportunities – you’ll gain a wealth of experiences on which to build a rewarding career. We’re proud of our culture – it’s one that recognises hard work, encourages new ways of thinking and embraces diversity and inclusion. We also have an innovative spirit which inspires what we do and how we do it – striving to be better lies at the heart of who we are.


We’re at our best when you’re at your best – that’s why we’ve created ‘Our Deal’ and ‘The Academy’. They’re our way of recognising and rewarding our colleagues for giving their best at work. Through ‘The Academy’, you’ll have access to communities which will support and develop you so that you build your skills and career. From secondment programmes to preferential banking, and cash towards student loan payments to your birthday off, we’re making sure that our people have an amazing experience.

Applying with a Disability

KPMG 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 Employers’ Forum on Disability we’re committed to ensuring that all candidates are treated fairly throughout the Recruitment Process. Should you be successful after the initial application stage, please discuss with your recruitment contact any reasonable adjustments to our Recruitment Process that you may require.

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 pride ourselves on being a place where your individuality is valued; you can be yourself and still achieve your potential. We believe that your individuality helps us to deliver the best results to 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 here.

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