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Senior Manager - Transformation Services, Wealth & Asset Management

Date: May 26, 2021

Location: Watford, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK


The Team

In the UK, the Asset Management industry is growing strongly and is facing high levels of change. The professional services market is sizeable and will continue to grow, and the Asset Management and Private Equity practice is a successful and growing segment of FS and a Global Strategic Priority for the firm. Following approval from the Global Board for investment in the AM and PE sectors to grow substantially over the next 3-4 years, there are plans to grow the UK AM business to over £300m. Consulting is the highest growth capability in Asset Management and Private Equity with plans to grow the AM Consulting business to £40m over the next 3 years. In order to sustain success and support the growth ambition, investment in the Wealth and Asset Management Consulting team is required. By investing in new and existing talent, we will be better placed to go to market and identify and land opportunities to achieve this growth, gain market share and contribute higher revenues to the UK firm.
Business-wide transformation, specifically operations and technology driven change is a key growth area for KPMG. The Asset Management industry is a technology laggard and our clients will need to transform their businesses and operating models to remain relevant as the industry faces increasing levels of disruption, which creates opportunities for KPMG.

We are keen to recruit talented people who have the energy and drive to succeed in a dynamic and challenging environment and who have a passion for delivering excellent service and building strong relationships.

The team works in an agile and flexible manner, with plenty of opportunities to develop new skills and gain new knowledge. We are keen to support and develop our people to enable them to be the best they can be.

We believe we are market leaders in promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace and want to encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and cultures.

Take a look at our website with the link below to see “What Makes Us Different”
http://www.kpmg.com/UK/en/about/WhatMakesUsDifferent/Diversity/Pages/default.aspx

The Role

You will be a Senior Manager within our Wealth and Asset Management Consulting Business and will be helping both grow our business and ensure our teams deliver high quality advice to clients. You should expect to be involved in a wide range of challenging client engagements across the traditional Asset Management space working on projects related to strategy, process improvement, operating model design, RFP, vendor selection and in particular ESG, which is regarded as a key growth area for the business. As a Senior Manager you will be expected to lead the delivery of client projects, manage engagements and be the day to day KPMG contact for client and KPMG teams. It is also expected that you will lead and manage junior resources and KPMG teams as part of project delivery.
As a Senior Manager you will also be expected to support the Director and Partner Team with business development activities such as proposals, pitches and development of the consulting propositions such as ESG. As a Senior Manager you will be expected to lead on proposals and RFP responses with the support of other members of the team.
In addition to supporting the build out of the client proposition for ESG and other offerings, you will also be expected to support the development of the practice in a broader sense, such as through the development and nurturing of junior talent, training, internal communications and contribution to the positive culture and supportive working environment.
If you are able to help our clients seize the opportunities that exist in the Wealth & Asset Management Sector and are keen to contribute to an exciting, supportive and positive team with fantastic internal sponsorship and visibility, then this could be a perfect role for you!

Responsibilities

Management and delivery of challenging, complex client engagements to ensure quality and value to our clients by:
• Understanding the industry context, their business challenges, the opportunities and the threats our clients face
• Helping clients navigate the increasingly complex operations, technology and data landscape including vendors in the market
• Supporting with the definition of new operating models, business models and processes to optimise the business
• Coaching and developing team members through sharing of experience and knowledge, as well as managing the performance and development of other team members
• Building and managing multiple client relationships and often managing concurrent engagements and business development activity
• Project managing engagements to deliver high quality work in a timely manner to include scoping / financial management (budgeting) / engagement and risk management / production and review of deliverables.
• Fee generation through actively identifying and progressing business development opportunities, as well as managing sales activities such as proposal development and client presentations.
• Contributing to practice management, e.g. knowledge sharing, training, proposition development, and knowledge management.
• Contributing to the development of our thought-leadership content and associated Marketing Campaigns
• Upholding KPMG’s values by acting with integrity
The Person
We expect that you will have:
• Significant number of years of professional experience in either consulting or asset management
• Strong experience in project delivery, transformation and business change from within a fund manager, a fund administrator or another management consultancy
• Good understanding of the operational and technological challenges associated with asset management
• An interest in ESG is strongly preferable with direct experience in ESG within asset management advantageous
• A track record within the Wealth & Asset Management industry with a sound understanding of the industry trends, key themes and challenges
• Proven expertise in Project Management and delivery of projects on time, within scope and of high quality
• Proven ability to analyse problems, identify core issues and recommend appropriate solutions
• Proven ability to lead work at sustained levels of high intensity and inspire drive and confidence in others.
• Proven ability in taking appropriate action after monitoring/reviewing the progress and performance of others
• Excellent communication skills (both written and oral), negotiation and project management skills
• An ability to develop and manage excellent relationships both internally and with clients at a senior level
• A genuine interest and desire to work in the asset management sector and a strong desire to develop knowledge and skill sets in sustainable finance
• An ability to contribute to a positive, inclusive and supportive working environment which respects and recognises all members of the team

Qualifications
• Industry qualifications preferred (e.g. CFA, IMC, CAIA)


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