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Ethics & Independence Officer

Date: May 8, 2019

Location: Watford, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

AutoReq ID144406BR
Job TitleEthics & Independence Officer
CountryUnited Kingdom
FunctionKPMG Business Services
Service LineQRM
Service Line InformationQuality and Risk Management are the responsibility of each partner and employee. This responsibility includes the need to understand and adhere to member firm policies and associated procedures in carrying out their day-to-day activities. UK Quality & Risk Management teams help to set, implement and enforce policies and procedures designed to help to enable KPMG UK and its personnel to achieve the following key objectives: (i) oversee and monitor service quality, (ii) protect the brand and reputation of KPMG, (iii) comply with laws, (iv) regulations and professional standards, and (v) minimize the risk of financial claims against KPMG UK.

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 Description
Role: Ethics & Independence Officer
Job Type: Perm
Function: Risk Operations Group, Quality and Risk Management, Central Services
Grade: E
Working Hours: 09:30 - 17:30
Location: UK, Watford


The Ethics and Independence (E&I) team are part of the Quality and Risk Management Risk Operations Group (ROG) which is responsible for monitoring the firm’s and its individuals’ compliance with the firm’s professional risk management and quality control policies, procedures and guidance.

Furthermore, the Group work with the wider Quality and Risk community and across the KPMG network to exchange knowledge, develop and improve processes and procedures in response to emerging regulatory, business and other requirements.

The Personal E&I team are responsible for a number of processes and procedures in order to demonstrate oversight of compliance in accordance with firm/regulatory policy such as clearance of the firm’s personnel and third party resource for on-boarding and issuing mandatory E&I training in line with global requirements. They provide guidance and advice to partners, firm’s personnel and third party resource on personal independence
matters and are the first point of contact for personal E&I related requests, completing the necessary research in order to escalate/ respond in accordance with firm/regulatory policy.

The Role

This role will involve you providing support to firm’s personnel on personal E&I matters, including compliance with mandatory training and personal declaration requirements.

Initially, tasks will be completed under supervision until you develop a working knowledge of relevant policies and processes, after which you will be expected to administer processes allocated to you.

Key Responsibilities
The key responsibilities are as follows:

- Assigning relevant E&I tasks to firm’s personnel and third-party resource and monitoring completion using firms internal training, compliance and HR systems and Microsoft Office
- Developing a comprehensive understanding of applicable personal independence rules.
- Responding to queries and clearing E&I exceptions based on personal independence requirements
- Liaising with the onboarding teams to clear new joiners/third party resource from an E&I perspective to commence employment with the firm
- Monitoring mailboxes, answering calls directed to the E&I helpline
- Generating management reports and analytics
- Assisting other E&I team members with wider compliance programmes, where required
- Assisting the E&I manager with E&I related projects such as new training and E&I questionnaire releases

The Person – Skills, Qualifications and Behaviours

- Sound organisational and analytical skills with the ability to prioritise effectively
- The ability and willingness to take personal responsibility and accountability for own work
- Strong, supportive team-player
- Client-focused approach with a passion for delivering excellence
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- The ability to interpret information and identify issues
- The ability to work well under pressure
- Extremely high level of attention to detail is essential
- The ability to handle sensitive/confidential information appropriately
- The confidence to challenge the status-quo and provide fresh ideas
- Confident user of Microsoft Office applications
- Prior working experience in personal compliance is desired but not essential

Our Deal

Flexible Working

Our employees have many varied work schedules to suit their individual needs!

Our intelligent working options range from role sharing and flexible start and finish times, to home working and more informal arrangements agreed within teams.

Check out examples of KPMG employees enjoying different working patterns on our website and please do share your own individual requirements with us.

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