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Technology Internal Controls and Corporate Governance Assistant

Date: Nov 25, 2021

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

In KPMG's Consulting practice, we don't limit ourselves to either strategy or implementation. Instead, we deliver both - equally well. It's this broad capability that's seen us accelerate to become a 1000-strong team. Since our creation, we've developed in-depth knowledge of an incredibly broad spread of sectors. Joining KPMG means joining a talented team of exceptional colleagues who bring innovative thoughts and a natural curiosity to the work they do each day.
KPMG's Technology Risk Consulting team is focused on providing consultancy, advice and assurance on our clients' technology risks and controls. The market is evolving at pace and innovating, whilst embracing the digital age. We deliver our work through consulting projects, focused on risk and control assurance, supporting teams across the 1st, 2nd and 3rd lines of defence. Through our Connected Consulting model, we work closely with other service lines to deliver end-to-end transformation programmes for our Clients.

The team
The role will sit within the [Corporates / FS / KPE] Technology Risk team and support the newly formed UK Corporate Governance Reform team which brings together several of our Consulting service lines to build a market leading Controls Framework offering for our Clients. The new offering will work with Clients to strengthen their internal governance and controls environment taking them beyond compliance and positioning internal controls at the centre of business transformation to drive operating efficiency and effectiveness.

The role
You will work within the UK Corporate Governance Reform team to achieve the following outcomes:
• Delivery of corporate governance and internal control transformation programmes for clients: working with engagement teams from across our consulting capability to deliver projects which change the way our Clients run their business
• Further development of corporate governance reform offering: support with the build of KPMG specific methodology and intellectual property to bring our Controls Framework proposition to the market
• Responding to RFPs and bids for client projects: working within a cross-functional bid team to respond to Client tenders, demonstrating how KPMG can support them in achieving their ambitions
Daily tasks are expected to include:
• Lead a workstream on a Client engagement, taking responsibility for drafting deliverables and supervising the work performed by associates and interns
• Serve as a liaison between client representatives and KPMG management to carry out activities in order to meet the Client’s project objectives
• Draft technology based controls on operating procedures to meet leading practice Internal Controls over Financial Reporting (ICOFR) principles
• Plan and execute the day-to-day activities to deliver testing as part of ICOFR assessments, lead tests of design and test of operating effectiveness of technology based controls.
• Identify and communicate findings arising from the testing results to senior management within the team and external stakeholders.
• Help identify performance improvement opportunities for assigned clients

Skills, qualifications, and experience
Successful candidates should be able to demonstrate:
• 3 years or more experience in internal or external audit of leading technology solutions, internal controls, risk assessment/management, regulatory compliance or governance with either a leading company or within a consulting environment
• Understanding of the typical systems landscape and process for constructing financial reports, and the associated controls needed under ICOFR
• Strong leadership and communication skills, technical knowledge, and the ability to write at a publication quality level in order to communicate findings and recommendations to the client's senior management team
• Track record of drafting and owning high quality deliverables such as test plans, operating process documentation, and audit reports
• Ability to identify observations and recommendations for business operations and control issues associated with key risk disciplines (including financial reporting, regulatory, and operational)
• Experience managing internal and external stakeholders, including management level colleagues
• Strong ability to organise and prioritise your own work and that of others to meet project requirements
• Experience with project management principles including progress reporting, activity tracking, and identifications of risks/dependencies
• Good communicator with the ability to build strong and lasting relationships
• Evidence of being an active listener, strong team player and willingness to develop new skills and capabilities
• Strong PowerPoint, Excel and Word skills
• An understanding of issues and challenges UK listed companies are facing in the Corporate Governance area and an awareness of the Government’s strategy is desirable but not essential

The person
• Recognises the importance of continuous self and team development and actively strives to achieve this.
• Evidence of being an active listener, strong team player and willingness to develop new skills and capabilities
• Helps others to understand how their work contributes to the overall success of an engagement and the wider firm
• Seeks to understand others motivations
• Supports others to make brave decisions

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