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Manager - Transformation Services, Wealth & Asset Management

Date: Oct 13, 2021

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

The Growth Story

In response to the continued evolution in the Asset Management industry – M&A activity to build new capabilities, acceleration of technology and digital transformation, spotlight on ESG and complexity of the regulatory landscape, the KPMG Global Board has approved investment in the Asset Management sector to grow substantially over the next 3 to 4 years. Of this, the Consulting business is expected to see the most significant growth, given the demand we are seeing in the industry, and the UK practice is investing to further expand its existing capabilities.
The Asset Management industry is facing high levels of change and our clients are embarking on enterprise transformation initiatives to meet regulatory pressures, optimise costs, increase client centricity, revolutionise client experience and capture more assets and market share. With managers at varying stages of their transformation journey our clients are looking for trusted advisers, experienced delivery partners and innovative thinkers to support and work with them.

The Team

KPMG means joining a talented team of exceptional colleagues who bring innovative thoughts and a natural curiosity to the work they do each day. No one type of person succeeds at KPMG; a diverse business requires diverse personalities, characters and perspectives. There really is a place for you here.
We are keen to recruit talented people with sector and technical expertise, who have the energy and drive to succeed in a dynamic environment and who have a passion for delivering excellent service and building strong relationships.
The team works in an agile and flexible manner, with plenty of opportunities to contribute to the growth of the practice, develop new skillsets and progress your career.
We believe we are market leaders in promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace and want to encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and cultures.
Take a look at our website with the link below to see “What Makes Us Different”

The Role

You will be a Manager within our Wealth & Asset Management Consulting Practice and will be helping both grow our business and ensure our teams deliver high quality advice to clients. You should expect to be involved in a wide range of challenging client engagements across the traditional Asset Management space working on projects related to strategy, process improvement, operating model design, RFP, vendor selection and in particular ESG, which is regarded as a key growth area for the business. As a Manager you will be expected to be a self-starter and be able to manage your day to day activities and client work with only limited oversight. As a Manager you will likely be expected to lead on the delivery of key client work items such as leading workstreams or being responsible for key deliverables and outputs.
It is also expected that you will lead and manage more junior member of the KPMG team as part of project delivery. You will be an example to more junior members of staff who will look to you for advice, guidance and development support.
As a Manager it is likely that you will also be required to support Senior Managers, Directors and Partners with business development activity such as helping with proposition development, proposals, RFP responses and pipeline management.
In addition to supporting the build out of the client proposition such as ESG, you will also be expected to support the development of the practice in a broader sense, such as through the development and nurturing of junior talent, training, internal communications and contribution to the positive culture and supportive working environment.
If you are able to help our clients seize the opportunities that exist in the Wealth & Asset Management Sector and are keen to contribute to an exciting, supportive and positive team with fantastic internal sponsorship and visibility, then this could be a perfect role for you!
The successful candidate is expected to have the following responsibilities:
Engagement delivery:
• Understanding the industry context, their business challenges, the opportunities and the threats our clients face
• Helping clients navigate the increasingly complex technology and data landscape including vendors in the market
• Leading on key client deliverables or workstreams such as operating model definition, project management, vendor selection or implementation activities
• Working closely with client stakeholders and project teams often integrating into their existing business and project structures
• Managing and coordinating projects and client activities to ensure delivery of quality, on time and within scope
• Supporting with engagement management such as financial management (budgeting) / engagement and risk management / production and review of deliverables
Business Development:
• Contribution to and support of business development opportunities, as well as managing sales activities such as proposal development and client presentations
Practice Development:
• Contributing to practice management, e.g. knowledge sharing, training, proposition development, and knowledge management.
• Contributing to the development of our thought-leadership content and associated Marketing Campaigns
Engagement & Risk management:
• Identifying and managing delivery and financial risks across projects, engagement assurance and commercial risk management and ensuring the Firm's frameworks are implemented appropriately and effectively

We expect that you will have:
• Significant professional experience in either consulting, financial services and / or asset management
• Good understanding of the asset management industry – either from within a fund manager, a fund administrator or another management consultancy
• Good understanding of the operational and technological challenges associated with asset management
• A track record within the Wealth & Asset Management industry with a sound understanding of the industry trends, key themes and challenges
• Proven expertise in Project Management and delivery of projects on time, within scope and of high quality
• Proven ability to analyse problems, identify core issues and recommend appropriate solutions
• Proven ability to lead work at sustained levels of high intensity and inspire drive and confidence in others.
• Excellent communication skills (both written and oral), negotiation and project management skills
• An ability to develop excellent relationships both internally and with clients
• A genuine interest and desire to work in the asset management sector and a strong desire to develop knowledge and skill sets in ESG and sustainable finance
• An ability to contribute to a positive, inclusive and supportive working environment which respects and recognises all members of the team
• Degree level from top university
• Industry qualifications preferred (e.g. CFA, IMC, CAIA)
The base location is London although flexible and agile working is supported and encouraged.

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