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Finance Analyst

Date: Dec 5, 2018

Location: Watford, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

AutoReq ID139300BR
Job TitleFinance Analyst
CountryUnited Kingdom
LocationWatford
FunctionKPMG Business Services
Service LineFinance
Service Line InformationWith a turnover in excess of £1.5 billion and a payroll of close to 16,000 partners and staff across UK offices, our Finance team covers a huge spectrum of work. It spans everything from being closely involved in supporting the organisation's business strategy to tightly managing critical business functions like employee payroll, expenses, accounts payable and billing.

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 DescriptionBackground

Reporting to the Senior Finance Manager, the Analyst’s role is to provide financial support and analysis across KBS to ensure that there is adequate management information to support decision making, and ensure strong financial management/control and thereby drive and enhance business performance. The Analyst will also take a leading role in providing executive and decision support to the leadership team of a business areas within KBS.

Overview of the Position / Key Responsibilities

- Provide concise and relevant management information to KBS leadership and key stakeholders to supplement the management information provided centrally to them or available to them from the online systems.
- Financial management of the (relevant) business area and related cost centres. Monitor performance against budget and key KPIs, highlighting any issues and trends. Provide the leadership with insightful interpretation of data, including supporting commentaries and add value to the activities of the unit.
- Develop and enhance reporting and analysis to better understand the impact of changes in the cost base and other external/market factors. Support the Finance Leadership in monitoring and challenging the KBS leadership and the Business.
- Manage month end processes, including the preparation of accruals and other journals and recharges. Oversee processing of invoices and payments to ensure accurate accounting of costs within the UK firm. Calculate and raise invoices for the recharge of costs to other KPMG firms or external parties.
- Manage the consolidation process and modelling of periodic forecasts, budgets, business plans and related projects. Steer reporting to support the drivers necessary to deliver the budget/current forecast.
- Provide analysis on non-financial related data as required (contracts, projects, people related etc.) liaising with HR teams and key stakeholders to interpret headcount and cost information as appropriate.
- Provide a communication link between Finance and the KBS business area, resolving any issues as they arise.
- Become a technical expert in all relevant financial systems as they are implemented or adapted. Contribute to the technical training and coaching of the wider KBS Finance staff through group sessions, one-to-ones and ad hoc support. Support Central Services Finance colleagues in accessing all reporting and training available to them.
- Champion best practice and knowledge sharing across the Finance team; work with the KBS Finance team to ensure policies and controls are operating effectively.
- Assist the Senior Finance Manager in working to standardise the way the financial processes are undertaken across the function and communicate these to other Finance departments and the Business as appropriate.
- Manage the distribution of financial reporting across the business area in line with the current reporting matrix as required and eliminate any redundant reporting.
- Assist with projects across Finance as required by line management.

The Person

The successful candidate is likely to have/be able to demonstrate:-
- Excellent analytical skills and a proactive approach to problem solving;
- Drive and resilience with the desire to make a difference;
- Flexibility and commitment with a focus on quality and delivery;
- Ability to work without direction/minimal guidance and take responsibility for own work and that of others;
- Ability to work and meet deadlines under pressure;
- Take on additional responsibility where needed;
- Initiate action to improve the service to the business;
- Actively share experience and knowledge with others;
- Look for development opportunities;
- Quickly assess information and finds solutions;
- Confidence to present finance issues to senior management and partners;
- Ability to manage workload to match changing priorities;
- Good communication skills both written and verbal;
- Advanced Excel and PowerPoint skills and a high level working knowledge of the firm’s SAP financial systems

Qualifications and Experience

- Degree qualified (or equivalent)
- Preferably a part-qualified member of a recognised accounting institute (eg. CIMA, ACCA, ACA etc.) or with equivalent experience.
- demonstrable experience in finance or equivalent commercial roles.
- Relevant industry experience; Professional Services, Financial Services etc.

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.

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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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