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Senior Associate - Operating strategy and cost

Date: Jul 25, 2019

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

Service Line Information

The role of the Global Strategy Group (GSG) is to work with C-level Executives to identify, structure and solve their most critical strategic issues across the economic and transaction cycles. As part of a fast-paced and dynamic group, our consultants offer strategic advice on financial, business and operating models to corporate, public sector and private equity clients. Our consultants also receive a superior level of training and coaching to enable them to meet the needs of our global client base.

It is an exciting time to join GSG as we are growing rapidly due to our unique propositions and the strength of our client relationships. As a team, we are a group of bright individuals who are passionate about having fun both inside and outside of work.


The Team

The cost & operating model team work as part of the Corporates Strategy team (serving clients across aerospace & defence, health & life sciences, energy & natural resources, consumer products and automotive) helping our clients design, identify and deliver significant changes to their operating model and cost base in line with their strategic objectives. The majority of our work is performing in cross-KPMG teams, bringing together the combination of skills required to address our client’s issues and we frequently work in joint client – KPMG teams.


The Role

• Work as part of a team to address complex market, strategic, operational and organisational issues, with a focus on delivering strategic cost and operating model projects
• Design and execute financial and operational analyses to support development of insights and identify potential efficiency / structural change opportunities for clients
• Support design of changes to the clients operating model to support delivery of their strategic and cost objectives
• Develop business cases and implementation plans to underpin successful delivery
• Lead work-stream and analysis on engagements and take responsibility for small teams when required
• Contribute to the delivery and presentation of client deliverables
• Work collaboratively with client staff and management, often working in joint teams in the development of and delivery of recommendations.
• Be involved in business development activity, showing initiative in building relationships with clients during engagements and while at client site
• Contribute to thought leadership and knowledge management to support practice development


The Person

To succeed in this demanding role you will need to demonstrate the following skills and experience:

• Experience in delivering cost and operating model projects as a consultant or as part of an internal team. Knowledge and experience in deploying zero based approaches to cost management of particular interest
• Intellectual curiosity and an ability to work independently; be comfortable developing answers and solutions often when the client requirement remains unclear, or changes
• Goal driven - focused on helping the client to understand issues and resolve key questions; ability to drive through to an outcome and to gain stakeholder support in circumstances of complexity and ambiguity
• Strong numerical and analytical skills combined with sound commercial acumen
• A pragmatic and logical approach to analysis and problem solving
• Personal drive to deliver results within tight deadlines
• A positive and collaborative attitude
• Ability to assess technical information, distil the key strategic insights and convey these clearly and confidently both orally and in written form
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Flexibility to adapt to a variety of different engagement types, working hours and work environments and locations
• Language skills would be a strong bonus


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