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Graduate Programme 2019 - Transport and PS Accounting Advisory - Intensive

Date: Dec 7, 2018

Location: London, UK

Company: KPMG UK

Programme: Graduate Programme 2019 - Transport and PS Accounting Advisory - Intensive
Job Function: Transport and PS Accounting Advisory - Intensive
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

Transport and Public Sector Accounting Advisory is a market leader in financial reporting and business planning advice to two high-profile sectors of critical importance to the UK: the land transport sector; and the public sector.

Our Transport Advisory team provides commercial and financial advice to both public and private sector clients in the land transport industry. We help clients grow; improve the financial performance of their operations, and bid for multi-billion pound government contracts – providing robust financial analysis to support them in taking key strategic decisions.

Our Public Sector Accounting team delivers a range of accounting, financial reporting and financial management services across the public sector, with a particular specialism in defence. Using our wealth of experience we work together with our clients to understand their financial challenges, provide advice and implement recommendations.

As an intensive graduate joining the team, you can expect to gain experience working in both of these areas.

Key skills required

Our Graduate Programme in Transport and Public Sector Accounting Advisory is designed to help you gain and refine business and accounting skills, as well as provide opportunities to advise clients on various aspects of their financial functions.

What are we looking for you to show us?

During the recruitment process, 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 www.kpmgcareers.co.uk/behaviouralcapabilities

What your job will involve

Joining Transport and Public Sector Accounting Advisory offers you the chance to experience a range of different projects across our two service lines. As a graduate you are also likely to be given the opportunity to travel around the UK as part of the role; sometimes for extended periods of time and sometimes this travel can be global.

In Transport Advisory, you will be involved in client projects as part of a team of transport specialists working on high profile projects. You will quickly gain exposure to the industry and clients (both within the UK and globally), developing sector expertise through producing financial forecasts, developing business cases and challenging financial and commercial assumptions.

You may be involved in undertaking research and analysis to support clients in assessing whether to enter new UK or geographical markets. 

In Public Sector Accounting, you will be involved in client projects as part of a team that is focused on providing accounting and financial reporting services to the Ministry of Defence and the wider public sector.

As part of the team you will be involved in providing technical accounting advice, undertaking assurance activities, budget and forecast analysis, accounts production and carve-out activities.

Your training and development

In Transport and Public Sector Accounting Advisory we currently study for the ACA through an intensive programme. The Intensive Programme is KPMGs front loaded classroom based ACA product, which focuses on upskilling trainees more quickly.

Meaning that for the first 12 months of your training contract you will solely focus on passing 14 out of 15 ACA exams and come into the business on two structured 6-8 week work experience placements. 

You will also gain the Graduate Diploma in Accounting and Finance which will be an additional qualification but is the way in which KPMG can help you achieve 14 of your ACA exams in your first year. It 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.

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, including technical background and/or experience, 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: 

- Minimum grade B GCSE* Maths 

- Minimum grade B GCSE* English Language 

- Minimum of 320 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 work with a wide range of clients 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 preferential banking to cash towards student loan payments and 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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