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Manager - Major Projects Advisory - Social Value - MPA

Date: Oct 11, 2021

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

KPMG UK is part of a global network of member firms who use their expertise and talents to build businesses and support growth. We are 16,000 people with a shared ambition: to make a positive difference to society. It’s how we bring our values to life.


Our work spans four areas: we audit many of the UK's largest companies. And our people in Consulting, Deals, Tax & Law and Technology & Engineering work shoulder-to-shoulder with organisations around the world to help them solve their most complex problems.


To get the very best outcomes, we value different perspectives and diversity of thought. We believe that gender, race or background shouldn't limit anyone's career potential and we're working hard to recruit, and retain, people that mirror the world we work in.


We fully embrace flexible working and have some award-winning employee networks and initiatives, fostering a fully inclusive environment which maximises collaboration and empowers everyone at KPMG to bring their whole selves to work.


Above all, we look after each other, we give back to our communities and we care about the quality of our work. We use the power of our voice to spark debate, share ideas and bring about change.


About the MPA Team

Within Deals, the Major Projects Advisory (MPA) team is helping to solve some of the biggest challenges in infrastructure and public services, making an impact on things that affect the wellbeing and prosperity of everyone in the UK. The work is varied and complex, and no one else does it quite like we do.


We’re passionate about:


Change and reform in the public sector


The future of transport and mobility


Decarbonisation and sustainability


Delivering and enabling social value


We work with clients in:


Central Government


Transport (roads, rail and aviation)


Energy and Utilities (electricity, nuclear, water)


We focus on:


Capital projects and programmes


Complex portfolios


Major transformations


Progressive assurance


On the back of continuing growth and success in the market, we’re investing in our team and boosting our numbers – which means you’ll be joining one of the fastest growing areas of the firm at a time of real significance.


About the role

As a team, we take on a wide range of assignments, requiring entrepreneurial spirit and intellectual curiosity.

Our Managers are at the forefront of making things happen for our clients, and candidates need a breadth of professional experience - ideally gained from infrastructure-related projects and programmes, but we’ll happily consider candidates with a track record in other relevant fields.

As one of the senior consultants on the ground, you’ll be applying your knowledge and skills every day, bringing solutions to life whilst managing important relationships.

Typically, your day-to-day involves:


Managing high-performing teams


Managing the delivery of client-facing work within the areas of social value, embedding a strong human / end user focus – which includes producing high-quality outputs with excellent attention to detail


Looking after financial aspects of an engagement - ensuring we keep clients informed of costs and time incurred, in addition to raising invoices and recovering fees


Supporting business development - identifying potential opportunities for new assignments and assisting with bids and proposals


Keeping up to date with developments affecting your work, identifying opportunities for thought leadership and assisting with the development of KPMG’s opinion in the areas of social value and wider ESG, and understanding your part in delivering our ESG Plan


Understanding the broader suite of services offered by KPMG and identifying opportunities to collaborate and design unique solutions for our clients


Coaching and mentoring your colleagues – both up and down


Being a role model and living our values


The sort of people we’re looking for

There is no one-size fits all in MPA; we’re as diverse as the world around us. We hand pick our people because they’re our most important asset – and people pick us because we really mean that.

For this opportunity, we’re looking for candidates with at least 6 years’ professional experience - primarily built around infrastructure-related projects and programmes.

Your track record should evidence:


Experience of working in an advisory or delivery capacity – either for another consultancy or in a client-side role in industry, Government or the wider public sector


In-depth experience of applying project, programme and/or portfolio management – and a passion for the discipline


Experience and an interest in at least one our core markets – Central Government, Transport, Energy or Utilities


Experience of working with supply chain or charity partnerships


Awareness of social value models, such as TOMs framework, Government Commercial Function and mapping schemes or programmes against the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.


Analytical and problem-solving skills – including working with numerical data


An ability to build and maintain great relationships


Confident communication and presentation skills


Relevant experience using different software / applications (e.g. Teams, PowerPoint, Excel, Project, Oracle P6, Slack, Clarizen)


Relevant professional certification – e.g. APM PMQ/PPQ/ChPP; MoP; MSP; PRINCE2. IEMA membership


Experience in one of the following areas would also help you stand out – but it’s not essential:


Delivering targeted business process improvements in relation to capital investment portfolios and major projects / programmes


Delivering strategic advisory services such as organisational design and governance optimisation


Performance and efficiency improvement in large/complex organisations


Enhancing project and programme controls


Assurance and monitoring


Experience reviewing troubled projects and programmes – with a view to turning them around



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