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Career Path - Direct-to-Audit 

KPMG Audit professionals serve many of Canada’s largest and most prestigious organizations, as well as a broad range of high-growth, entrepreneurial companies from every major industry. As auditors, we perform high quality work that contributes to upholding the public’s trust in the organizations we audit. We are keenly interested in our clients’ business and the information needs of their stakeholders. We provide valuable insight through uncompromising professionalism.

At KPMG we are dedicated to helping you plan a career path suited to you. A career in audit offers challenging work and various opportunities to develop your skills and grow to your full potential. There are various roles available to you within the Audit practice. To give you a sense of the responsibilities associated with each, we have provided an overview below.

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Peter Doyle, Partner, Audit

 

"Starting my career at KPMG was absolutely the right decision. From day one I was working with and learning from talented and dedicated people. The relationships I’ve built, both internal and external to the firm, the professional growth and learning opportunities, and the diversity of the work have kept me here and happy throughout my career. I believe our profession is vital, and the service we provide to our clients is invaluable."

1. Staff Accountant (Years 1 - 2)

 

As a staff accountant, your learning and development forms the foundation for your career progression. You will work closely with the client and audit teams to deliver timely and quality service.

 

Professional Growth Opportunities:
  • National Audit Fundamentals training program
  • Local office training and development programs
  • Industry and technical knowledge development
  • Network with partners and managers on engagements and at office functions

 

    Marketable Skills:
  • Project management and time management skills
  • Detailed understanding of auditing, accounting and industry technical knowledge including proficient analysis of financial data
  • Research, problem solving, and analytical skills

 

          Reporting Relationships:
        • Report to the Audit Senior Accountant in-charge, Manager or Senior Manager

         

        2. Senior Accountant (Years 3 - 4)

         

        As a senior accountant, you will be actively involved with the overall execution and completion of one or more audit engagements, while building relationships with team members and clients. You will review the work of staff accountants and provide on-the-job training and feedback to your engagement team members.

         

          Professional Growth Opportunities:
          • Senior In-Charge Auditor training
          • Advanced Industry and technical knowledge development
          • Participate in team and/or client presentations
          • Mentoring staff accountants

         

            Marketable Skills:
          • Interaction with mid-level management and exposure to senior client management
          • Interpretation of complex financial data
          • Supervisory experience and project team management
          • Leadership, critical thinking and analytical skills

         

          Reporting Relationships:
          • Report to Audit Manager and/or Senior Manager

         

          3. Manager (Years 5 - 7)

           

          As manager, you will be expected to manage multiple audit client engagements as well as assume responsibility for your client relationships. You will review engagement files, and provide on-the-job training and direction to your engagement staff to ensure quality standards are achieved. In addition, you will also work closely with partners, providing you with mentoring opportunities.

           

          Professional Growth Opportunities:
          • National New Manager training program
          • Partner/Manager specialized training and development programs and opportunities
          • Participate in proposal development
          • Opportunity to instruct national/local training
          • Client and future client relationship building
          • Performance management as a mentor, performance counselor, and/or training instructor

         

          Marketable Skills:
          • C-level management exposure, including interaction with the Audit Committee
          • Client relationship management
          • Proposal development
          • Advance project and team management

         

          Reporting Relationships:
          • Report to Senior Managers and/or Audit Partner

         

            4. Senior Manager (Years 8 - 11)

             

            As a senior manager, you will be expected to manage multiple audit client engagements and have a high level of client relationship responsibility. You will review engagement files, provide advanced technical input, and provide on-the-job training and direction to your engagement team. You will work closely with Managers and Senior Accountants to coordinate engagement management and participate in office practice decisions, and you will work closely with partners to further refine and enhance your skill set and build your portfolio.

             

            Professional Growth Opportunities:
            • Partner/Manager specialized training and development programs and opportunities
            • Lead a team in proposal development
            • Opportunity to instruct national/local training
            • Performance management as a mentor, performance counselor, and/or training
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            • Lead key office initiatives or community activities

         

            Marketable Skills:
            • C-level management interaction, including Audit Committee
            • Advanced industry and technical knowledge
            • Project and team leadership skills

         

            Reporting Relationships:
            • Report to Audit Partner

         

            5. Audit Partner (After 11+ Years)

             

            The time it takes to make Partner will depend as much on your performance and accomplishments as it does the business case for promoting new Partners, and could take between 10–13 years.

             

            A Partner’s performance is measured against established criteria reflecting the firm’s values and priorities. A Partner is responsible for quality, technical and client service leadership, as well as people and business management. An Audit Partner typically has between 10 and 13 years of experience within Audit, including five or more years as a Senior Manager, and must be an exceptional performer in many areas.

             

            Partners are expected to:
        • Successfully lead large and/or complex engagements while ensuring high quality and superior client service objectives are achieved
        • Possess effective communication skills, strong technical skills and industry specific knowledge in their areas of responsibilities
        • Cultivate an engaging work environment that promotes a shared commitment to excellence for achieving the firm's quality, client service, people, and financial objectives
        • Coach counselees to understand their career opportunities at KPMG and guide them towards achieving their career and development goals
        • Drive the financial effectiveness of each engagement by selecting quality clients, effectively negotiating fees, optimizing staff/work allocations, and employing strong project management processes

         

        The majority of incoming CA candidates will participate in our Direct-to-Audit program, which develops highly-competent professionals with a focus on the audit function. To learn more about this program please visit our CA Practical Experience Requirements page.