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Manager Pensions Centre of Excellence

Date: Aug 14, 2019

Location: Manchester, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK




At KPMG, our vision is to be the clear choice on the future of Audit. In today’s complex and ever-changing business world, we recognise that we need to be one step ahead for our clients - rather than reacting to emerging trends we need to anticipate them by harnessing technology. Our people are integral to this, bringing their natural curiosity, diversity of ideas and perspectives to help deliver client excellence.

As part of this vision KPMG's Pensions Centre of Excellence (PCoE) has been established to standardise the audits of defined benefit pension plans, driving a consistent approach and audit documentation to ensure delivery of high quality audits. Over the next year, the PCoE will assist selected pilot engagements with delivering the pensions audit. These engagements will vary in size to gain in-depth knowledge across a variety of industries which will aid the development of the work deliverables. Within the next two years, the scope will widen to include delivery of the pensions audits for all EU PIE audit clients in the UK.

We are now looking for talented Managers with audit experience to join us on either a full-time role or on a rotation programme (this will be split minimum 6 months audit and 6 months PCoE).
This will involve working closely with professionals in audit or pensions and other specialists based in all of KPMG’s UK offices, along with our offshore team (who assist with the delivery of the work). The role will consist of working to tight deadlines and deliver a seamless service to clients of all sizes from mid-market to FTSE listed groups and across a wide range of sectors.



You will be expected to lead the pensions audit process from planning through execution, completion, review and to conclusion across a portfolio of clients and will be responsible for interfacing with audit teams, internal specialists, external experts and audit clients pensions teams.
We are offering both full-time and part-time roles with flexible working arrangements. We would be happy to discuss your own requirements and our range of flexible working arrangements in more detail, should that be of interest.

Please note we are currently recruiting for this position across all of our UK offices.

Roles and Responsibilities






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Responsibility to manage a portfolio of clients and ensure timelines are met to deliver an excellent service to our clients.


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Maintain regular, open and honest communication whilst working together with the lead audit team.


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Understanding and challenging the risk assessment for each client, ensuring the extent of work is appropriately scoped.


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Lead by example, directing and overseeing the work of a PCoE team, providing coaching and guidance as part of delivery process.


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Develop the skills and experience of the PCoE team.


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Review the completed work and ensure the audit work is delivered to a high quality in accordance with KPMG Audit Methodology.


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Reporting to audit Partners and Directors on all salient points arising from the audit procedures performed.


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Visits to clients/ local offices as necessary.


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Seek the facts to provide insight and resolve technical issues, preparing technical analysis and involving specialists to prepare or review analysis.


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Develop and improve the standardised work programmes.


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Deliver training to wider department.


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Follow KPMG best values.





Qualifications and Skills






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Fully qualified ACA/ACCA or international equivalent.


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Hold at least three years’ experience in audit and one year as manager.


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Experienced in review and development of underlying working papers.


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Self-driven and resilient and able to thrive in a pressurised environment.


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Ability to identify and resolve technical issues, or escalate as appropriate.


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Well-developed team management and supervisory skills with the ability to motivate a team and lead by example.


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Ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals (internal of external) at different levels of seniority.


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Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal.


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The desire to work in a diverse environment and undertake new challenges.


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Strong project management techniques including decision-making ability, analytical skills, time management, prioritisation, organisation and evaluative skills.


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Strong IT literacy, including Excel, PowerPoint and Word.


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Monitors and upholds high quality of service to clients (internal and external).


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