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Equity Reward - Assistant Manager

Date: Jan 6, 2019

Location: Reading, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

AutoReq ID136942BR
Job TitleEquity Reward - Assistant Manager
CountryUnited Kingdom
LocationReading
FunctionTax
Service LinePeople Services
Service Line InformationKPMG's People Services practice is a dynamic and successful area of our Tax, Pensions and Legal Services business. A constantly changing and increasingly high-profile field, People Services can offer a very broad range of quality career paths to ambitious people. Our People Services practice encompasses a wide range of areas across Global Mobility Services (GMS), Employer Reward Services (ERS) and Technology. Our GMS team assists organisations to manage their globally mobile workforce. For our clients we provide a single source of advisory and compliance experience covering all aspects of global mobility and international assignments. Services range from international tax compliance and consultancy, advising on international social security and pensions through to helping clients to design their global mobility policies or move into a new territory. Our ERS team brings a number of key elements under one umbrella, Reward, Employment Solutions and Employee Benefit Solutions all delivering a wide range of services. The scope is broad, covering payroll and HMRC compliance, employee reward and benefit strategy design including technology, executive strategic reward, valuation services, workforce management and advice on national minimum wage and gender pay gap. Our technology team provides cutting-edge solutions and tools to help clients in both the GMS and ERS space, helping them meet their compliance requirements, work more effeciently and minimise their risk.

KPMG OverviewKPMG is part of a global network of firms that offers Audit, Tax & Pensions, Consulting, Deal Advisory and Technology services. Through the talent of over 16,000 colleagues, we bring our creativity and insight to our clients’ most critical challenges.

With offices across the UK, we work with everyone from small start-ups and individuals to major multinationals, in virtually every industry imaginable. Our work is often complex, yet our vision is simple: to be the clear choice for our clients, for our people and for the communities we work in.

Job DescriptionThe Reward practice at KPMG is a dedicated national team that advise on the design, tax, market practice, corporate governance, regulatory and accounting aspects of management and broader employee incentive structures.

This role provides the opportunity to join the Reward team that sits within KPMG’s National Market’s business which services those clients based primarily in the UK. The National Markets client base ranges from technology start-ups to FTSE 250 companies, allowing for an exciting mix of work from a highly diverse client base. This provides an opportunity for consultants to work closely with other internal functions (Tax, Accounting, Legal and Advisory) to deliver joined-up and commercial solutions to clients.

Both the National Market business and the Reward team, particularly in the South have grown significantly in recent years, and this role offers candidates the opportunity to join a business area which has wider leadership support to build upon its success and continue to grow.

We are looking for talented, energetic new hires to bring the plan to life and who are excited by the opportunity to create something new in the marketplace. Personality fit is all – we want people who will enjoy and are not afraid by the journey. In turn, we can offer unparalleled opportunity to progress on an accelerated basis without barrier.

Roles and Responsibilities

- Conducting employment-related securities tax due diligence on a target companies for a potential sale or IPO.
- Assisting with the design of new tax-efficient employee incentives for private companies.
- Advising private equity investors or management teams on the structuring of new management incentive arrangement to be offered as part of a transaction.
- Drafting a ‘traditional’ share plan or cash bonus plan for a listed companies.
- Undertaking a global tax review of existing incentive arrangements for global businesses.
- Responding to ad hoc queries on the operation of various tax rules, including liaising with other functions or overseas colleagues where necessary.
- Assisting with undertaking a tax valuation of private company shares
- Assisting with tax technical research/product development
- Delivering technical training to junior team members or other peers in other areas.

The Person

- Team players who enjoy working with people from different backgrounds and disciplines
- Approachable people who are keen to develop personally and professionally and to assist with the development of junior team members
- Intellectually curious, open-minded and analytical people, with an eye for detail and pride in their work
- Proactive professionals who deliver a great service to their clients
- Relationship builders who can spot and develop new opportunities both within the KPMG network and externally
- Flexible people who are able to deal with a fluid, changing work environment

Qualifications Experience and Background

It is expected that the successful applicant will be a solicitor or CTA or ACA qualified with experience gained in the share plans team of a large accounting or law firm. We would also consider exceptional candidates with corporate or employee tax experience looking to move into an Equity Reward role.

Strong academic, technical and personal skills are a pre-requisite.

The applicant will ideally be a reward / share plans specialist with experience of listed and unlisted and UK and global share plans work, although they may be more experienced in one of these areas and looking to broaden their experience.

The applicant will have experience of advising on plan design, drafting plan documents and advising on the tax, legal aspects of share plans and other employee incentives arrangements, including experience of advising on the share plans aspects of M&A transactions. Ideally this would include experience of private equity arrangements.They may also have experience of share plan accounting.

Strong project management skills are a must – the applicant should have experience of coordinating the provision of advice from other advisors (such as overseas advisors, or other specialists such as corporate tax or legal advisors).

While consulting appropriately on difficult issues and exercising sound judgement on risk, the applicant must be able to demonstrate the ability to successfully manage projects with supervision, supervise and develop more junior members of the team and combine technical skills with commercial know-how.

The successful applicant will want to be involved in business development activities, including client proposals, internal and external presentations and writing articles and alerts on technical and other matters.

The role offers a clear route to progress – and we would want our successful applicant to be hungry for such progression.

Our DealIf the chance to work with interesting clients and innovative technology wasn’t rewarding enough, we’ll motivate you in other ways too. At KPMG you can expect real responsibilities and opportunities to grow professionally.


‘Our Deal’ sets out all the different ways you’ll be rewarded at KPMG. Among other things you can benefit from honest conversations about your career as well as a range of other rewards. In all these ways and more, we have created an environment that can bring out the best in you.

Flexible WorkingWhile some of our client-facing professionals can be required to travel regularly, and at times be based at client sites, we are supportive where possible of helping you to achieve a balance between your home and work demands.

We are happy to discuss individual requirements and our range of flexible working arrangements could be of interest. Furthermore, as part of the recruitment process, we can put you in touch with people who work flexibly so you can understand from them what our culture is like.

Applying with a DisabilityKPMG 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 Business Disability Forum we're committed to ensuring that you are treated fairly throughout our Recruitment Process. Should you be successful after the initial application stage, please discuss any reasonable adjustments that you may require, with your recruitment contact.

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 are proud of the value we place on individuality; we want you to bring your full self to work and truly maximise your potential. We believe that your individuality helps us to deliver the best results for 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.

Returning to work after a break

At KPMG, we appreciate that returning to work after an extended career break can be daunting. We understand that those with experience who have taken a career break have a wealth of experience and knowledge to offer our organisation, which helps us to achieve our business goals. We will support you to refresh your skills, develop your confidence and provide a supportive network across the firm to help you best integrate into the working environment. This role welcomes applications for individuals who have been out of work for 18 months or more and who have previous relevant experience.

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