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Senior Manager – Finance Transformation

Date: Mar 31, 2021

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

The Team

KPMG is acknowledged as a leading advisor and professional services provider to UK Local Government.

Our Local Government Team is an integral part of KPMG’s Infrastructure, Government and Healthcare Practice. Joining our industry leading practice will expose you to work on a range of high profile assignments helping local government address their most challenging issues and achieve their biggest opportunities. You will benefit from working with and alongside specialists from a number of disciplines and experts from our Global Centres of Excellence.

You will be joining a successful and growing team, who are looking to consolidate recent year on year growth and deliver a step change in the size and reach of our practice. This is an exciting opportunity for talented individuals who are looking to grow their skills and abilities within a well regarded and rapidly expanding team, offering clear progression opportunities.

We are keen to recruit talented people who have the energy and drive to succeed in a dynamic and challenging environment and who have a passion for delivering excellent service and building strong relationships in local government.

The team works in an agile and flexible manner, with plenty of opportunities to develop new skills and gain new knowledge. We are keen to support and develop our people to enable them to be the best they can be.

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

This role is to join our Local Government practice as a Senior Manager focused on the growth of our revenue, team, offers and market presence in the capability area of Finance Transformation (‘FT’).

In FT, we improve the effectiveness and efficiency of finance functions and generate real insights to help deliver value to our clients through Corporate Services Transformation. The role provides an excellent opportunity to work in a growing team where you will be supporting Partners and Directors in driving the sales pipeline and building relationships with clients to develop further opportunities.


It is critical that candidates are able to drive a sales pipeline, pursue opportunities, develop innovative offerings and thought leadership that challenge our clients’ thinking. You also need to build a team and capability to deliver high quality engagements. As part of this team, you will be working with clients from the initial diagnosis stage, strategy formulation and analysis, through to implementation, including:

Business development: leading the development of and sustaining relationships both internally and with client management; leading business development and pursuits activity (including developing, contributing to and writing and presenting winning proposals and bids for future work)

Engagement delivery: responsibility for leading programmes and projects of large size and complexity, with respect to planning, managing and executing the delivery of engagements, including overseeing the writing of client reports and the review and quality assurance of work products

Client relationships:

building and managing multiple client relationships

Risk management: identifying and managing risks, engagement assurance and commercial risk management and ensuring the Firm's frameworks are implemented appropriately and effectively

People development: leading large teams, identifying team member development needs and accelerating development with particular emphasis on managing and mentoring engagement team members, coaching and skills transfer

Practice development: leading the development of processes and initiatives that are key to scaling the business

Thought leadership: taking a lead role in the design and development of thought leadership papers and the development of new methodologies


Upholding KPMG’s values by acting with integrity

The Person

We expect that you will have:

Proven track record
of both selling and delivering financial advisory services in the local government market

Knowledge and understanding of:

Local government accounting/CIPFA, local government policy, structures, standards and day to day financial management

Transforming corporate services; either in a client consulting or senior finance line management capacity

System implementation and cloud based technology enabled transformation

Issues and challenges facing the Finance Function, Finance business partnering and trends in Finance

Experience of:

Selling/delivering Finance Transformation programmes of change to clients, with revenue of £500k+ per annum

A variety of Finance Transformation capabilities including Financial Strategy & Planning, Target Operating model, Enterprise Performance Management, Financial Analysis, Management Information and Global Business Services/Shared Services

Driving out cost savings of c30% in Finance and Corporate Services to support corporate efficiency programmes

Working within local government and delivering Consultancy projects for local government

Able to demonstrate advanced project management with a proven track record in delivering high quality project or workstream outputs

Experience of proposal writing and presenting to clients or equivalent

Experience delivering clear, concise, focussed messages at the C-suite level, senior finance team members and colleagues/team members


– the role will help to continue to grow a diverse Finance Transformation team focused on the local government market. The successful candidate will need to be an e

xcellent communicator with the personal skills to build strong and lasting internal and client relationships, while also being a strong people manager, experienced at leading teams of c8-10 FTE to deliver to tight project and programme deadlines, and passionate about the development of talent, coaching and mentoring team members.

Subject Matter Expert (SME)

– Their technical competence must be in

a variety of Finance Transformation capabilities including Financial Strategy & Planning, Target Operating Model, Enterprise Performance Management, Financial Analysis, Management Information and Global Business Services/Shared Services.

Credibility in the market

– The successful candidate must be able to credibly represent KPMG’s local government offer to client executives in order to scope and win profitable work in the market themselves. They will ideally have greater than 5 years’ experience within local government and a good understanding of local government accounting/CIPFA.


– The individual appointed will have proven relationships with the c-suite level across the UK health system.


Accountancy qualification (ACA, CIMA, ACCA, CIPFA) with at least 7 years post qualification experience

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