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UK Corporate Governance Reform Director, Finance Transformation

Date: Nov 17, 2021

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

The Role and the Team

This is a fascinating time for our clients and our firm. While there are significant challenges, the opportunities to lead and reshape what leading companies look like in the future have never been greater. Clients are placing a premium on the services provided by the advisors they trust. As a global leading professional services firm with over 17,000 staff in the UK alone and a track-record of delivering market-leading solutions, we work collaboratively with our clients to develop strong relationships and become their advisors of choice.

In KPMG's Management Consulting practice, we don't limit ourselves to either strategy or implementation. Instead, we deliver both - equally well. Indeed, it's this broad capability that's seen us accelerate to become a 1,500+ strong team.

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. No one type of person succeeds at KPMG; a diverse business requires diverse personalities, characters and perspectives. There really is a place for you here.

In the Finance Transformation (FT) team we improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the finance function and generate real insights to help deliver value to the business. We are a team of problem solvers with extensive consulting and industry experience, working closely with controls and technology focussed professionals to deliver sustainable, transformative solutions for our clients.

Our FT practice is a priority area for significant and strategic growth. The team works with leading corporate clients, focusing on understanding the core issues and opportunities to deliver value-adding change across their Finance functions. The key drivers of change for our clients are: changing regulation, technology implementations, and a desire to progress along the maturity curve.

Our mission is to be the leading FT practice in the UK market, to be number one in our focus markets, and to be recognised as innovators in finance technology.

Roles & Responsibilities

A client facing Director role to support the growth of our FT and UK SOx practice.

You will be focussed on supporting our newly formed UK Corporate Governance Reform team which brings together several of our Consulting service lines to build a market leading UK SOx offering for our clients. We work with our clients to look beyond compliance positioning internal controls at the centre of business transformation to drive operating efficiency and effectiveness.

Successful candidates should have prior experience in a leading consulting practice, as well as in-depth knowledge of finance processes, finance technology, internal controls and change management.

Your responsibilities as a director will include:

Engagement delivery

Leading cross-functional programmes and projects of a large size and complexity, including planning, managing and executing the delivery of engagements, overseeing the writing of client reports and the review and quality assurance of work products

Risk management

Identifying and managing risks, taking accountability for managing engagement assurance, engagement commercials, and ensuring the Firm’s risk management frameworks are implemented appropriately and effectively

People development

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

Taking on performance management responsibilities, contributing to annual talent reviews and supporting career progression

Acting as a mentor to colleagues within the team and in the wider firm, taking responsibility for cultural improvement and living the KPMG values

Business Development

Leading the establishment and development of relationships both internally and with clients, as well as leading business development activity (including for future work)

Originating opportunities for the firm through relationships, and developing, contributing to and presenting proposals. Expanding existing engagements to address client challenges or business areas beyond the initial scope

Developing market leading materials, leading KPMG’s presence at events, and creating publications for our website on areas of specific expertise

Practice Development

Leading the design and creation of KPMG specific propositions, assets and intellectual property to bring our UK SOx proposition to the market

Supporting partners with internal operational responsibilities for the team such as revenue planning, resourcing, recruitment, and wider team development

Skills, Experience & Qualifications

Our UK SOx proposition looks beyond compliance, using regulatory transformation as the springboard for change to improve all layers the operating model of finance functions

Successful candidates must:

Have previous consulting experience in the finance transformation or internal audit / internal controls practice of a leading professional services firm

Be an excellent people manager who can lead large teams and develop/coach others, including peers

Have a proven ability to and track record of winning and leading end-to-end multi-functional transformation programmes rooted in finance including a focus on internal financial controls, and the ability to work with a variety of stakeholders to achieve transformation and business outcomes

Have experience managing teams to deliver to deadlines and required quality standards including experience developing, coaching and mentoring team members

Be able to demonstrate a deep understanding of the finance operating model including systems, data, processes, but with a specific knowledge and experience in controls and governance

Successful candidates should:

Hold an accountancy qualification (or equivalent experience)

Have an ability to articulate trends in finance and the challenges facing finance functions including those in relation to controls and the recent corporate governance reform government white paper

Have a deep knowledge and understanding of the record to report, procure to pay, order to cash and projects processes and interdependencies with other processes

Be an excellent communicator with the personal skills to build strong and lasting internal and client relationships; and the ability to deliver clear, concise, focused messages to senior finance team members or clients

Own relationships with a diverse stakeholder group, including C-suite level executives and board members of large, global, listed entities

Be an active listener and a strong team player

Have extensive experience of negotiating fee and programme scope with clients

Have flexibility to travel

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