I am a manager in KPMG in India's Forensic Services team, based in Mumbai. About 15percent of my time I'm at the office, and the rest either travelling or at client locations.
I am responsible overall for each project I am assigned to and I work in a team of 45, though for a typical project the team is no more than three members. We undertake fraud investigations, fraud risk management and assessment, corporate intelligence, anti-money laundering, intellectual property services, forensic technology services and employment screening.
Really, no two projects are the same and one needs to be creative. The advantage is that you get to work for various industries and different areas. One has to really understand every minute detail of each process to identify what led to the fraud/irregularity.
I had heard a lot about KPMG and how it was growing strongly — and I felt if I joined I could grow with it and move quickly to new heights. I didn’t know initially what areas of work would attract me, but if you take the attitude of learning as much as you can, you will soon find what you really enjoy.
The Advisory practice has been doing exceptionally well in the last 3-4 years, so you also get an opportunity to grow really fast. Training and coaching has really helped me understand the practical situations we come across while dealing with clients. For example, the importance of managing client expectations - if they’re not content, all your hard work can become futile.
I have a lot of friends at work, and while there is not much inter-departmental interaction on work projects, we make up for it by meeting socially — and this helps me to share knowledge and information and also build my network of colleagues. But trying to fit in social meetings around client deadlines is a further test of our management skills.