Associate Director - Major Projects Advisory - MPA
Bristol, GB
1d ago

About KPMG

KPMG UK is part of a global network of member firms who use their expertise and talents to build businesses and support growth.

We are 16,000 people with a shared ambition : to make a positive difference to society. It’s how we bring our values to life.

Our work spans four areas : we audit many of the UK's largest companies. And our people in Consulting, Deals, Tax & Law and Technology & Engineering work shoulder-to-shoulder with organisations around the world to help them solve their most complex problems.

To get the very best outcomes, we value different perspectives and diversity of thought. We believe that gender, race or background shouldn't limit anyone's career potential and we're working hard to recruit, and retain, people that mirror the world we work in.

We fully embrace flexible working and have some award-winning employee networks and initiatives, fostering a fully inclusive environment which maximises collaboration and empowers everyone at KPMG to bring their whole selves to work.

Above all, we look after each other, we give back to our communities and we care about the quality of our work. We use the power of our voice to spark debate, share ideas and bring about change.

About the MPA Team

Within Deals, the Major Projects Advisory (MPA) team is helping to crack some of the biggest challenges in infrastructure and public services, making an impact on things that affect the wellbeing and prosperity of everyone in the UK.

The work is varied and complex, and no one else does it quite like we do.

We’re passionate about :

  • Change and reform in the public sector
  • The future of transport and mobility
  • Decarbonisation and sustainability
  • We work with clients in :

  • Central Government
  • Transport (roads, rail and aviation)
  • Energy and Utilities (electricity, nuclear, water)
  • We focus on :

  • Capital projects and programmes
  • Complex portfolios
  • Major transformations
  • Progressive assurance
  • On the back of continuing growth and success in the market, we’re investing in our team and boosting our numbers which means you’ll be joining one of the fastest growing areas of the firm at a time of real significance.

    About the role

    The things we do are wide-ranging and require plenty of entrepreneurial ability and intellectual curiosity. As an Associate Director, you will play a pivotal role in leading both the delivery of work on the ground and the development of new opportunities for the Firm, maintaining insights and perspectives on how our markets are changing and how our capabilities align.

    You will own many critical relationships and operate as a trusted advisor to senior clients, helping to shape solutions, inform decisions and drive implementation.

    It is a highly accountable leadership role that requires you to wear many hats, but you’ll be well supported by the rest of us.

    After all, everything we do is a team sport.

    Specifically, your day-to-day involves :

  • Leading complex and multifaceted consulting engagements, keeping your arms around dispersed teams whilst remaining dialled into delivery
  • Being an inspirational leader; managing, coaching and motivating our people
  • Managing one or more key client accounts, engaging at a senior level; becoming a trusted advisor.
  • Collaborating with the MPA Leadership Team to develop and continually refine the long-term strategy for the team
  • Being a respected subject-matter expert and a team-shaper; able to positively influence the scope and direction of any engagement through cross-functional collaboration.
  • Developing a recognised profile in the external market; speaking at events, as well as building and sustaining great relationships
  • Being accountable for financial aspects of an engagement - ensuring we keep clients informed of costs and time incurred, in addition to raising invoices and recovering fees
  • Understanding the broader suite of services offered by KPMG and identifying opportunities to collaborate and design unique solutions for our clients
  • Coaching and mentoring your colleagues both up and down
  • Being a role model and living our values
  • About the sort people we’re looking for

    There is no one-size fits all in MPA; we’re as diverse as the world around us. We hand pick our people because they’re our most important asset and people pick us because we really mean that.

    For this opportunity, we’re looking for candidates with a strong consulting background of extensive experience primarily built around infrastructure-related projects and programmes.

    Your track record should evidence :

  • A proven history of operating as an effective leader of multi-disciplinary teams - either for another consultancy or in a client-side role in industry, Government or the wider public sector
  • Specialist project, programme and / or portfolio management expertise, with proven delivery and a passion for the future of the profession
  • Domain experience in Central Government, Transport, Energy or Utilities
  • Strong networks and successful business development
  • Significant commercial management experience
  • Deep experience of managing and influencing senior-level stakeholders, having built and sustained key relationships
  • Ownership and management of client accounts alongside contributions to significant bids and proposals
  • The passion, resilience and energy to make a difference, both internally and externally.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Relevant experience using different software / applications (e.g. Teams, PowerPoint, Excel, Project, Oracle P6, Slack, Clarizen)
  • Relevant professional certification e.g. APM PMQ / PPQ / ChPP; MoP; MSP; PRINCE2
  • Experience in one of the following areas would also help you stand out but it’s not essential :

  • Delivering targeted business process improvements in relation to capital investment portfolios and major projects / programmes
  • Delivering strategic advisory services such as organisational design and governance optimisation
  • Performance and efficiency improvement in large / complex organisations
  • Enhancing project and programme controls
  • Assurance and monitoring
  • Experience reviewing troubled projects and programmes with a view to turning them around
  • A final word from us

    Everybody likes to say they’re different... but we really think we are.

    We’re hugely proud of what we’ve managed to achieve so far, but we’re only just getting started. We’re looking for people to grow with us and are committed to helping everybody reach their destination, regardless of what that is.

    Should you choose to join us, you can expect an attractive benefits package, which typically includes :


  • A competitive salary
  • Pension options
  • Bonus scheme that reflects firm and individual performance
  • Rail and Oyster Card reimbursement
  • Staff discounts
  • Access to preferential banking
  • Lifestyle

  • 25 days holiday, with the option to buy up to an extra 10 days, plus an additional day of leave for your birthday
  • Competitive maternity and paternity leave
  • 6 days of work time each year for volunteering
  • Daily lunch allowance
  • Flextra a flexible benefits scheme that allows you to choose benefits for you and your family, such as, travel insurance, critical illness insurance, dental insurance and discounted gym memberships
  • Health and Wellbeing

  • Private medical insurance
  • Personal accident insurance
  • Life assurance of 4 x salary with the option to increase this via flexible benefits scheme
  • Access to private, remote GP appointments anytime and anywhere via a smartphone
  • Online health risk questionnaire
  • BeWell employee assistance programme for confidential information, advice, or counselling for life’s daily challenges
  • Group Income Protection
  • No matter what skills you bring to our team, you’ll be surrounded by spirited, naturally curious people. People who want to learn from you, and who’ll also teach you a thing or two along the way.

    It’s how we make a collective impact, greater than the sum of its parts.

    And if this isn’t the role for you but you like what you see, keep in touch. There will be other opportunities to join us.

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