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Vacation Programme 2019 - Technology - Software Engineering

Date: Apr 19, 2019

Location: London, UK

Company: KPMG UK

Programme: Vacation Programme 2019 - Technology - Software Engineering
Job Function: Technology - Software Engineering
Location: London
Country: UK
Intake Year: 2019

Our people are at the heart of our continued success. Being part of KPMG is being part of a community of talented and innovative people, working together to have a positive, lasting impact on clients. No one type of person succeeds at KPMG; a diverse business requires diverse personalities, characters and perspectives. Whoever you are, there is a place for you here.

About the programme

Technology underpins many of the most influential organisations in the world.  It enables the biggest business decisions and connects people around the globe.  The opportunities that technology brings are matched only by its potential threats.

Our vision is to deliver and support innovative, flexible technology-enabled solutions which solve our clients’ complex business problems, excite our people and deliver significant incremental value to the firm.

Students joining the Technology Software Engineering Vacation Programme will have the opportunity to work in a specific technology business area whilst gaining an insight into a leading business advisory firm.

KPMG's Technology Software Engineering Vacation Programme is designed to offer the client exposure and support you need to secure a successful career in software engineering.  You will develop technical skills, commercial acumen, core consulting and a flair for business.

Key skills required

People who excel within the Software Engineering vacation programme are passionate about continually adapting their skills and knowledge to find solutions that meet our clients' needs. We also ask for a keen interest in technology and business issues, as well as good communication skills and the desire to take on early responsibility.

Whilst you don’t necessarily need to be a technical guru we are looking for individuals who have a keen interest in technology, a desire to learn a range of development languages in order to support a variety of projects at a granular technical level. This application development work will build technical skills through a combination of on the job and formal training.

You’ll have a logical and pragmatic outlook and have a keen interest in learning how things work. Most importantly, you’ll have an appetite to learn about technology and how we can best support our clients.

What are we looking for you to show us?

During the recruitment process, you will need to demonstrate KPMG's Global Behavioural Capabilities which will give us confidence you’ll be successful in the firm. By this, we mean the skills and behaviours that every person here at KPMG shares. To us, ‘behaviours’ are more than the way you act – they represent the set of values that underpin our business.

KPMG's Global Behavioural Capabilities are:

- Career Motivation

- Delivers Quality 

- Drives Collaboration and Inclusion 

- Strives for Continual Improvement 

- Exercises Professional Judgement 

- Makes an Impact

- Seizes Business Opportunities 

- Demonstrates Innovation and Curiosity 

- Resilience 

Further information on these behaviours can be found at

What your job will involve

During your time on the vacation programme you will experience how we work with a range of clients and technologies. Highly diverse, this work will span the delivery lifecycle, from initially shaping a project through its design to technical delivery.


Developing technology solutions for a broad range of clients, Software Engineering is a dynamic, fast-paced place to be. Combining expertise from across our Risk Consulting and Management Consulting Technology teams, we deliver tailor-made solutions to all of our clients.

Working in agile delivery teams our software engineer’s work alongside technical architects, business analysts, quality assurance and delivery managers to ensure that a high quality product is delivered. Typically our teams work in two week sprints and all team members actively participate in the stand up, sprint review and retrospective sessions.

What do we look for?

Within our recruitment process, we look for more than just your academic results. This wider perspective helps us ensure that we are giving you the best opportunity to demonstrate your potential. We assess your application against KPMG’s Global Behavioural Capabilities and a number of other metrics, including technical background and/or experience, to build our confidence in whether you will be a success at KPMG. 

As a general rule, you'll be expected to meet the following requirements: 

- Minimum grade B GCSE* Maths 

- Minimum grade B GCSE* English Language 

- Minimum of 300 UCAS Tariff points*

- On track to achieve a 2:1 degree in any discipline and currently in your penultimate year at university

Please note that we only consider a candidate's top 3 A-level grades and do not accept General Studies.

* or equivalent

Additional details

Salary is competitive 

Your KPMG experience

At KPMG, your long-term future is every bit as important to us as it is to you. That’s why our aim is to give you experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime. Whether it’s great training and development, the chance to work with a wide range of clients or volunteering opportunities - you’ll gain a wealth of experiences on which to build a rewarding career. We’re proud of our culture – it’s one that recognises hard work, encourages new ways of thinking and embraces diversity and inclusion. We also have an innovative spirit which inspires what we do and how we do it – striving to be better lies at the heart of who we are.

We’re at our best when you’re at your best – that’s why we’ve created ‘Our Deal’ and ‘The Academy’. They’re our way of recognising and rewarding our colleagues for giving their best at work. Through ‘The Academy’, you’ll have access to communities which will support and develop you so that you build your skills and career. From preferential banking to cash towards student loan payments and your birthday off, we’re making sure that our people have an amazing experience

Applying with a Disability

KPMG are proud to be an inclusive, equal opportunity employer and we seek to attract and retain the best people from the widest possible talent pool. As a member of The Employers’ Forum on Disability we’re committed to ensuring that all candidates are treated fairly throughout the Recruitment Process. Should you be successful after the initial application stage, please discuss with your recruitment contact any reasonable adjustments to our Recruitment Process that you may require.

KPMG’s commitment to diversity:

KPMG consistently features in the Sunday Times Best Big Companies to work for, which has been recognised with a special achievement award to mark our 10 years in the Top 25. We pride ourselves on being a place where your individuality is valued; you can be yourself and still achieve your potential. We believe that your individuality helps us to deliver the best results to our clients. Diversity of background, diversity of experience, diversity of perspective - that's the KPMG difference. But, don't take our word for it, find out more about diversity at KPMG here.

Policy for Agencies
KPMG has a commitment to sourcing candidates directly and as such we do not accept speculative CV’s from agencies. Please check here to see our policy on agencies: Policy

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