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Graduate Programme 2019 - Business Services Programme - HR

Date: May 17, 2019

Location: Watford, UK

Company: KPMG UK

Programme: Graduate Programme 2019 - Business Services Programme - HR
Job Function: Business Services Programme - HR
Location: Watford
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 

We not only want our HR services to be the best – we want our people to be the best they can be too. That’s why we look for graduates who share our passion and can develop imaginative strategies that encourage exceptional people to join and stay with us. By taking a dynamic approach to recruiting, retaining and rewarding our people, we equip them with the skills they need to excel. Our programme is designed to give you wide exposure across HR, and to support you to achieve
Professional Qualifications.

Key skills required 

- Willingness to learn and get ‘stuck in’

- Work well as part of a team

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

We’ve a number of centres of excellence and specialisms within HR which cover a range of services. This means you’ll enjoy the chance to rotate and start to get a picture of which direction you’d like your career to take, whilst developing your skills and experience in HR. For example, in one placement you could be dealing with complex queries and associated administration and in another you could be working with one of our specialists in Reward, Learning, or Systems in supporting a project or new initiative. You could even work in an HR advisory capacity providing guidance on policy and practice. This level of variety is one of the constants in the HR environment. For one thing, we serve a community of over 13,000 staff in the UK firm – many of whom may be working throughout the world at any given time. 

The ever-changing needs of the business also mean that there is always a full portfolio of interesting and demanding projects being undertaken. Another project you could be involved in is our electronic salary review process. This would involve working with a specific client base to manage their pay review allocation. As well as sense-checking the external comparative market salary data, you would moderate their proposals for geographic and functional consistency, and challenge their proposals for diversity and overall fairness. You will learn about our policies and procedures and how we manage and support the development of all our staff. 

Your training and development 

Potential study for a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) qualifications. 

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 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

- Minimum 2:1 degree in any discipline

* or equivalent

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

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 move around the business 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 secondment programmes and 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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