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Sector Head, Wealth & Asset Management, Regulatory Insight Centre

Date: Oct 17, 2021

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

The Team:

KPMG’s EMA FS Regulatory Insight Centre (RIC) based in London supports clients, the business and the KPMG network in providing pragmatic insights on regulatory developments. The Centre was established in response to the financial crisis to support our clients deal with the unprecedented raft of regulation impacting the industry. More recently, as the industry adapts to the challenges presented by the pandemic and the post-Brexit landscape, we track the direction of FS regulation and highlight key developments.

The Role:

We are looking for a deep technical regulatory specialist who has the experience to assess the impact of upcoming political and regulatory initiatives on the FS landscape and our clients. The individual will be responsible for supporting the Wealth & Asset Management business in response to regulatory change and should have in depth knowledge of upcoming and current regulations including (but not limited to) CMU 2, MiFID II, AIFMD, UCITS, Sustainable investment and Delegation/third countries.

As a regulatory specialist within the RIC you will support and drive the RIC strategy in line with the wider firm’s overall financial services and wider customer-driven strategy. This will require close working with other member firms, in particular the UK, to ensure RIC work is consistent with the firm’s objectives for growth and profitability. The key objectives of this role are to drive brand enhancement and business connectivity, e.g.:

Brand enhancement: raise and broaden KPMG’s external profile via:
- Market-leading Thought Leadership of the regulatory horizon
- Analysis of key pronouncements and proposals
- Monitoring and seeking to Influence the main regulatory debates
- Regulatory and commercial Insights
- Taking a Regional and Global view

Business connectivity: inform and support colleagues in:
- Initiating discussions with clients
- Broadening the way our clients see us
- Joining the dots between issues, practices and functions
- Spotting and developing commercial opportunities
- Providing informed delivery that is intelligent of the wider regulatory context


As a sector head within the RIC, your responsibilities will include:

- Market-leading Thought Leadership: monitor and provide insights on the regulatory horizon, with a focus on regional and global developments, which is cognisant of geo-political impacts and market wide developments, and sensitive to different national and regional landscapes; via publications, articles, media and conferences.
- Analysis of pronouncements and proposals: that is technically credible, demonstrates regulatory intelligence, spots the “tricks”, provides a Point of View, is timely, and is clearly communicated both internally and externally.
- Policymaker relationship-building and influence: communicate and meet with policymakers and regulators, know who matters when, gather information, offer insights, seek to shape the debate, challenge perceptions.
- Client and industry-facing: provide added-value collateral and communications with clients; develop and exploit industry contacts; support Function heads, CLPs and CST/sales teams; work with trade bodies and industry think tanks; gather market intelligence.
- Internal knowledge transfer: provide briefing, portal content and face-to-face training on the emerging regulatory horizon and specific pronouncements; work across practices and functions as appropriate; develop/maintain relevant sectoral and cross-sectoral networks.
- Inform and support proposition development: identify potential commercial opportunities; work with relevant practices and functions on proposition development and handover for delivery; assist CLPs and Function heads in identifying pursuit targets and determining market awareness approach; assist with collateral development for client discussions; act as SME.
- Team player: provide input to RIC-wide activities and cross-sectoral issues; share information and debate views; plug gaps where needed; act as PML/coach and develop more junior and newer members of the team.

The Person

Qualifications & Skills:

- Excellent understanding of financial services regulation in the UK and Europe, specifically Wealth & Asset Management
- Good knowledge of a variety of different asset classes
- Deep knowledge of new regulatory developments impacting financial services firms and impacting their business
- Strong ability to exploit or build network of contacts with regulators and policymakers; as well as to build internal network, across KPMG practices and functions
- Excellent analytical skills and ability to produce written reports and regulatory content in the form of thought leadership (newsletters, articles, video, reports, etc.)
- Excellent oral / written communication, planning, project management, networking and influencing skills
- Flexibility and agility to contribute in a senior capacity to a broad range of engagements
- Flexibility to work across the UK (and internationally) where required

Experience & Knowledge:

- Risk management experience within an asset management organisation is advantageous
- Experience of regulation impacting asset managers
- Experience having worked at a regulator is a plus

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