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Graduate Programme 2019 - Audit - Information Risk Management

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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 

Technology underpins many of the most influential organisations in the world.  It enables the biggest business decisions and connects people around the globe.  The opportunities that technology brings are matched only by its potential threats and risks – and this is where we come in.

We provide independent, jargon-free advice and technical expertise to help our clients control their technology risks through specialist IT audit support, and enable them to make the best use of their data.  

Our three year graduate programme is designed to offer the client exposure and the support you need to secure a successful career in Information Risk Management (IRM) and Technology Risk. We will help you to develop your technology, audit and consulting skills, commercial acumen and a flair for business to enable you to deliver real value to our clients. With the ever-changing technological landscape, audit is evolving. Through the use of our advanced technology and data analytics, advanced technology and data analytics KPMG Clara, we are able to significantly enhance the quality of our work, getting under the skin of our clients’ business to provide them with not just an audit opinion, but added value through deeper and more robust client insights.

Key skills required 

People who excel within IRM are passionate about continually adapting their skills and knowledge to find solutions that meet our clients' needs, whilst having a keen eye for detail to identify and assess IT control risks for our clients and take accountability for delivering high quality, accurate work

We also ask for a keen interest in technology and business issues, as well as good communication skills and the desire to take on early responsibility. 

Whilst you don’t necessarily need to be a technical guru (our current graduates have degrees in a variety of subjects) we are looking for individuals who have a desire to get involved in a variety of projects. Most importantly, you’ll have an appetite to learn about technology and IT systems and how we can best support our clients in assessing their IT control environments. 

We encourage applicants who are interested in a career in technology and display a willingness to learn new technical roles.

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 the confidence that 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 

As an IRM Graduate, you’ll work across an exceptionally broad range of domains - including financial accounting, audit and assurance, risk management, data and analytics, and governance and compliance. 

As an IT Auditor, you will work as part of a highly-skilled, cross-functional team to provide assurance over our clients’ key financial systems and infrastructure. These engagements offer unparalleled access to the core systems and processes of some of the world’s biggest brands and will furnish you with a comprehensive understanding of how technology drives modern business processes; and of how IT and finance professionals manage their technology risks. You will also hone your project management, technical and soft skills - rapidly developing a sophisticated, multifaceted and highly-adaptable core skillset that you can adapt and apply to a variety of projects.

As you learn, grow and progress through the programme, you will gain exposure to a broader range of engagements, potentially including Internal Audit, 3rd Party Assurance and Advisory work through working with our Tech Risk team in Consulting. The exact nature of this work will vary, but could be as diverse as assisting a client during a major software transformation project; conducting advanced data analysis; assessing a client’s data privacy procedures; or advising clients on the design and implementation of their IT controls. 

Your training and development

As an IRM Graduate, your training and development will follow the Graduate Learning Pathway. This is a well-rounded training and development plan, and comprises technical training, personal development, and career development courses to help you make the most of your programme.

When you join the team, your initial training will be geared towards equipping you with the requisite skills and knowledge to support our teams of IT Audit specialists.  You can expect to gain an in-depth understanding of IT systems; financial processes and controls; and of the audit and assurance process.  You will study for the ICAEW Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (CFAB).  

We offer on-the-job coaching and access to wide-ranging online training resources that will help you to manage your time, influence stakeholders, manage finances and lead others.

During your programme you will also have the power to shape your own development by augmenting the Learning Pathway with courses from the KPMG Business School and a variety of online platforms as well as studying towards 

Professional Qualifications such as:

-ITIL Foundation;

-COBiT Foundation;

-ISACA Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) 

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 including technical background and/or experience, and how you perform in our recruitment process 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 or above 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 work with a wide range of clients 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 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.


To succeed in an ever-changing, and increasingly digital business world, today’s graduates need resilience, curiosity and the motivation for continuous improvement and a focus on quality. At KPMG, trainees are rewarded for their contributions with development opportunities and a host of great benefits, including access to preferential banking and cash towards student loan payments.
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