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Senior Associate Strategy (Financial Services)

Date: Mar 8, 2019

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

AutoReq ID142844BR
Job TitleSenior Associate Strategy (Financial Services)
CountryUnited Kingdom
FunctionManagement Consulting
Service LineStrategy
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Job DescriptionIntroduction and context

KPMG’s Global Strategy Group (GSG) is looking at hiring a number of exceptional candidates, across grades, to join their London office. The team is looking to attract professional, talented individuals who have a passion for identifying and creating innovative solutions for clients.

The role of 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 coaching and support 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.

In this role, you will work within the Financial Services team. The Financial Services (FS) sector is undergoing unprecedented change in order to adapt and grow in a fast moving environment where demographic shifts, changing customer needs and expectations, technology advancements, geo-politics and regulatory change are increasing pressure on financial, business and operating models and driving disruption and sector convergence. We are looking for professional, talented individuals with a passion for identifying and creating innovative solutions f or our FS clients.

Roles and responsibilities

To be an effective Senior Associate / Senior Consultant within GSG, applicants will be expected to:
- Design and run small projects and / or large, complex workstreams with limited oversight
- Generate hypothesis and play a key role in storyboarding
- Liaise effectively with clients whilst working on engagements and act as an ‘ambassador’ for KPMG
- Produce client ready deliverables that exceed expectations and requires limited review
- Develop solutions to complex problems and challenge the thinking of more senior colleagues and clients
- Construct detailed financial / business models performing complex scenario and sensitivity analysis
- Support the identification of on-sell / cross-sell opportunities
- Develop rapport and solid working relationships with client counterparts and maintain them outside of engagements
- Be a strong and effective team player
- Provide timely feedback and coaching to other team members


The following are key characteristics required to be successful in GSG:
- Ambitious
- Analytical
- Creative and intellectually curious
- Commercial
- Confident
- Empathetic
- Engaging
- Entrepreneurial
- Impactful
- Leadership
- Pragmatic
- Team player


Work experience:

Applicants will need to display the following:
- 3-6 years’ experience of working for a strategy house, big 4 firm, public sector organisation or central strategy / corporate development team of a large company
- Ability to display involvement in business development activity e.g. building relationships with client counterparts during engagements
- Experience of contributing to thought leadership and knowledge management activities
- Lead workstreams and take responsibility for small teams

Technical skills:

To succeed in this demanding role an applicant will need to demonstrate the following:
- A first class or 2.1 degree from a leading institution
- Evidence of strong problem-solving and analytical capabilities
- Structured thinking skills combined with creativity
- Awareness of new technologies and their commercial impacts
- Ability to gather, review and assess large volumes of technical data and distil the key strategic insights
- Ability to evaluate complex challenges and deliver insightful recommendations that can be practically executed
- Strong numerical capabilities combined with sound commercial acumen
- Ability to build financial models that support our recommendations to clients
- Strong slide writing capabilities
- Excellent English written and oral communication skills
- Other language skills would be a strong bonus

Our Deal

Flexible Working

Our employees have many varied work schedules to suit their individual needs!

Our intelligent working options range from role sharing and flexible start and finish times, to home working and more informal arrangements agreed within teams.

Check out examples of KPMG employees enjoying different working patterns on our website and please do share your own individual requirements with us.

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