KPMG Lower Gulf Limited

Associate Director - Financial Services: Governance, Risk and Compliance Services

United Arab Emirates; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Competitive salary
15 Apr 2024
18 Apr 2024
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Job Description

KPMG Lower Gulf’s Financial Services practice is currently undergoing exciting change. This role sits within our KPMG Lower Gulf Financial Services Governance, Risk and Compliance Services (GRCS) practice. The team is based in lower gulf and covers all elements of the Financial Services sector. The practice is rapidly growing, and we are expanding our team. By combining our deep commercial, sector and technical expertise we help our clients deliver real results. This role is a great opportunity to work in a fast-paced and growing area of KPMG Lower Gulf.

The successful candidate will play a key role in driving delivery on various Governance, Risk and Internal Audit engagement for clients across the Financial Services sector, with a particular focus on either Banking, Insurance or Investment Management, and correspondingly possess a good understanding of the applicable regulatory and Compliance Risks associated with this sector. You will need to be adaptable and be able to respond to the dynamic landscape we are currently operating in and respond to client needs, which leverage core capabilities, in areas such as Operational Resilience, Enterprise Risk Management, and broader Governance and Control Framework reviews.

You will be responsible for developing client relationships, leading business development initiatives and supporting the Partner Group in the delivery of a portfolio of Internal Audit, Governance, Risk and Control engagements, Internal controls framework design and controls testing and Quality Assurance Reviews of Internal Audit functions.

Typical Experience/Qualifications:

  • They need to demonstrate specialization in financial services sectors.
  • Achieved an Accountancy/Internal Audit qualification including but not limited to ACA, ACCA, IIA, MBA. We will also consider other suitable Internal Audit qualifications.
  • Significant Internal Audit, Governance, Risk and Control experience (10+ years of experience), including experience of coordinating teams delivering audits and management of annual planning processes.
  • Internal controls design, implementation and testing experience.
  • Industry and/or professional services experience within FS clients, especially Banking, Insurance or Investment Management.
  • Strong presentation skills and the ability to facilitate workshops both internally and externally.
  • Outstanding communication skills and experience of dealing with senior stakeholders
  • Proven ability to build strong, long lasting client relationships.
  • Strong project and people management skills.

Core Technical Skills:

  • Taking responsibility for leading Internal Audit, Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) & Corporate Governance services client engagements, including providing business process improvement services and performing Quality Assurance and SOX reviews.
  • Acting as key contact for the client and attending client meetings. You will be required to maintain client satisfaction and strong long-term client relationships.
  • Reviewing internal audit/ERM agreements, information memoranda, proposals, and reports prepared for client use. Ensuring report writing and data collation is undertaken by more junior members of the team to quality standards.
  • Managing multi-disciplinary teams, coordinating the work of junior staff and working with colleagues across IARCS and KPMG, with responsibility for delivery and the overall quality of advisory services.
  • Managing a portfolio of client engagements, ensuring rigorous engagement management practices are followed, including engagement budgeting and forecasting, due diligence and risk management, billing, quality review, people performance and review of engagement work papers.
  • Supporting other advisory teams running assignments, providing and coordinating programme management advisory support.
  • Managing members of the assurance engagement team, including appraisals, setting engagement objectives and carrying out performance reviews at the end of each engagement.
  • Conducting high level research to develop the business, maintaining broad sector knowledge and researching client engagements.
  • Effectively communicating technical internal/external issues to clients, with numerous insights and assists in benchmarking their existing business practices and providing them with practical recommendations to incorporate leading industry practices within their business operations.
  • Maintaining and developing broad cross functional network (within the firm Audit, Tax and Advisory and other member firms) in order to articulate in detail to clients all service offerings of the IARCS department and other areas of KPMG.
  • Actively contributes and participates in firm s agenda to enhance market visibility.
  • Would be responsible for development of the business plans of the department along with budgets and forecast.

Relevant advisory skills and behaviors

  • Detailed knowledge of and experience in providing advisory services such as Internal Audit, ERM and Corporate Governance for clients in specialized industry sectors such as Financial Services.
  • A working knowledge of the internal audit definition and corporate governance codes (both regional and global), and risk management, critically showing an ability to relate experience and knowledge to the wider business environment.
  • Ability to develop strong client relationships, (with the Board and Committee) establishing deep and sustainable business opportunities.
  • A strong team player but able to work on own initiative.
  • Ability to deliver work within tight timescales, to budget and to a high quality.
  • Ambitious, goal-oriented and business-minded with strong leadership and high ethical standards
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills (both written and oral) and first rate inter-personal skills.
  • Must be a quick learner and must pay attention to details.
  • Strong analytical bent of mind and structured problem solving approach.
  • Must be able to handle pressure, prioritize tasks and work under stringent deadline stress.
  • Should have good research skills and must be adept at data management.

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