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Senior Manager, EMA Corporate Affairs

Date: Feb 16, 2021

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

KPMGI Group Context and Backgound

The world is facing significant social, economic and technological change. As businesses increasingly embrace the concept of stakeholder capitalism, KPMG recognizes that our success is not solely defined in financial terms. Our purpose, to inspire confidence and empower change, defines a broader societal contribution that encompasses not just our commitment to our own people and our current and future clients but also recognizes the contribution we make to wider society, the future of the accounting profession and those issues, such as ESG, that businesses need to address.


Global Corporate Affairs is at the heart of this work. Bringing together communications, public affairs and ESG professionals, we understand the external and internal environment and provide fact-based insights to help the business take the right actions and engage proactively with the right people.


This role presents an exciting opportunity to work as part of KPMG’s international organization, building relationships with senior stakeholders throughout Europe, Middle East, and Africa (the EMA Region). EMA is the largest and most complex of the regions in KPMG, comprising approximately 100 countries with FY19 revenues of $13 billion and 110,000 people.



Role Summary
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- Support the build, and execute on, an EMA wide Corporate Affairs plan, which leverages from our Global Corporate Affairs strategy, thereby helping to shape, promote and protect the reputation of KPMG.
- Work with Global and EMA Leadership to build capability, capacity and reach in Corporate Affairs across the region, with particular emphasis on Public Affairs, Communications and our Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) agenda.
- Build an early warning system for issues related activity in the EMA region and, with our Global Issues and Media Relations Lead, and provide counsel and support if those issues materialise, particularly in those situations where there are cross-border implications or where member firms do not have the expertise to respond on their own.
- Lead and execute leadership communications for the EMA Chairman and EMA COO.
- Manage a Corporate Affairs network across the EMA region, working closely with Country Senior Partners and Country Heads of Corporate Affairs, Communications, ESG and Public Affairs.
- Work with the Clients and Markets team to drive impactful go-to-market campaigns, including 360-degree regional launch activity for flagship Global Communication programs.
- Help elevate regional success stories to global attention, bringing our Global Strategy to life through powerful and creative storytelling.
- Measure the impact of Corporate Affairs in the EMA region, benchmarking performance against Global KPIs.

Key Accountabilities
- 25% - Building capacity, capability and reach in Corporate Affairs across the EMA region.
- 25% - Working with member firms.
- 50% - Delivery of the EMA Corporate Affairs Plan.

“Everyone a Leader” Competencies
- Champion inclusion: creates an environment in which all people feel like they belong.
- Drive quality: delivers high-quality products and exceptional service that provide value and exceed client expectations.
- Advance an ethical environment: takes personal responsibility for the ethical environment of the firm and encourages others to do the same.
- Apply a strategic perspective: uses diverse sets of inputs to develop a broad perspective on business and people issues.
- Make sound decisions: exercises sound ethical and business judgment when making decisions.
- Foster innovation: embraces a culture of innovation and experimentation to create value.
- Demonstrate self-awareness: focuses on self-development and continuous learning, using insight to build capability and confidence.
- Build collaborative relationships: connects with individuals, teams and organizations to build lasting, collaborative relationships that enable global, firm-wide growth.
- Develop and motivate others: engages teams, instills confidence, and coaches people to find meaning in their work and achieve exceptional results.

Technical Skills & Qualifications
- Exceptional communication, influencing and presentation skills.
- Strong commercial awareness, resilience, cultural respect and diplomacy.
- Knowledge and experience of Change Management.
- A solid grasp of data analysis and performance metrics / KPIs.
- Advanced skills in PowerPoint, Word and Excel.

Description of level of Qualifications
- Commensurate with expectations of a KPMG Senior Manager.

Experience & Knowledge
- Proven track record in Corporate Affairs, with direct experience of Issues Management, Public Affairs and ESG.
- Strong and proven relationship building skills, comfortable working with senior stakeholders
- Experience of working in a complex international or diverse cross-cultural environment.
- Have an eye for the detail, whilst maintaining an ability to understand the bigger strategic picture.
- Strong influencing skills, with an ability to articulate clear, compelling ideas and to persuade others to take action.
- Ability to be creative and to work independently, drawing on other regional and global teams for input and counsel.
- Forward thinking, with an ability to anticipate a diverse range of scenarios.
- Sound judgement applied to decisions objectively, often in complex and ambiguous situations.
- Globally minded with constant awareness of cultural sensitivity.
- Role model of KPMG’s Purpose and Values.
- Willingness to travel internationally, if and when required.









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