I faced a steep learning curve as a Finance and Engagement Management administrator within the Central Finance function. I gained exposure to SAP and by extension, all things operational and all things finance.
In general the role is challenging and it has its rewards. The work is varied and I gained exposure (amongst many things) to the Client lifecycle. I was fascinated by the way SAP brought Client Engagement acceptance risk controls, billing, WIP accounting and and reporting together into one system.
The people are brilliant and I met some really bright, creative individuals who were very encouraging and very willing to recognise hard work. The Directors and Partners of the firm are quite approachable.
I have to say though that Central Finance is an isolated part of the firm - many of the cultural benefits given to the Client facing staff did not extend to those in Central Finance. Surprisingly, training is poor and my knowledge only grew because I had the tenacity to find things out for myself.
KPMG attracted me because they placed emphasis on continuous professional development. I saw this for our Client facing colleagues, but never in 4 years (and in spite of my repeated enquiries) was this extended to Central Finance.
Management in Central Finance have been longtime employees of the firm. I was aware of a clique and in general they were not receptive to change and viewed such suggestions as criticism. Life could then become quite difficult. Secondments that are common place out in the business, were deliberately stifled and did not take place for Central Finance.
In conclusion, KPMG is a great firm to work outside of the Central Finance function - which could and should do much better.
Benefits, Lunch allowance
Poor training, poor advancement