Igor’s profile 

Hi. I’m Igor, an audit partner in the Moscow office. I’m also the head of a newly established KPMG office in Novosibirsk – the 3rd largest city in Russia. My career in public practice started with the Russian firm’s St Petersburg office in 1997 when I was a fifth year student at St Petersburg University of Economics and Finance. Following a job on a Caribbean island after I qualified, I later re-joined KPMG in Moscow as an Audit manager.
Igor’s profile
"Qualified people are in demand, so the opportunities are endless and your career progression is rapid"


Service line: Audit
Role: Partner
Location: Moscow and Novosibirsk

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I quickly learned how to swap my windsurfer for a snowboard and was kept busy dealing with large clients that presented many more challenges than I had dealt with before. After one and a half years I applied for another international assignment with KPMG in the UK. Although the jobs I dealt with in London were new and exiting, I started to miss the degree of challenge and the sheer scale of large Russian audit clients, so I returned to KPMG in Russia in 2006. I also realized that I could build a more successful and challenging career in a country where audit and professional services are still emerging.

The working hours may be longer in Russia, but they are so rewarding – filled with serious issues and decisions and a level of responsibility that is only constrained by your own will. As a result, it’s a fantastic environment for growth. Qualified people are in demand, so the opportunities are endless and your career progression is rapid. And don’t worry – the need to speak Russian depends on your function so it isn’t always necessary.

I may go abroad to retire one day, but for me, my working life here is difficult to beat at the moment.

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