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Life@KPMG

KPMG is a firm with a rich history of doing great work and making a difference. Individually and as a firm, we inspire confidence and empower change in so many different ways. We truly believe that everyone is here for a purpose. Whether our purpose is to serve our clients directly or to help those who do, we all contribute to the bigger picture.

Life at KPMG is as rich and as varied as our people. Here you can find out more about the different aspects of Life@KPMG, such as information on our Rewards and Recognition, The Green Team, Kiwa, Career Stories, Wellbeing@KPMG, Corporate and Social Responsibility, Inclusion and Diversity and our Social Life.

Needless to say whatever stage of your career you are at you’ll:

  • Receive outstanding training and support
  • Have the opportunity to make a real difference in the community
  • Work with some amazing clients
  • Be encouraged to spread your wings
  • Receive a number of perks and benefits that you’d expect from a Big 4 firm

Corporate Social Responsibility

Our people’s involvement in community organisations is one example of how we can drive positive, permanent change. The New Zealand partnership commits to each KPMG person taking one paid day of community volunteer leave per year. This is to encourage and support our people to make an impact in the communities in which we all work and live and to support organisations and causes close to their hearts.

At KPMG, our engagement with communities across the country is locally-driven. The cornerstone of our local community involvement is our partnership with low decile schools in each of our office locations.

Some of the other ways you can engage in corporate social responsibility is through

  • Volunteering – Each year, every KPMG employee is given a paid volunteering day – they can use this to spend time helping an organisation of their choice. In addition, our people get involved in a range of different fundraising efforts (and we also love to support them in doing that). Examples include some of our Auckland Team volunteering at the Auckland Zoo, a number of teams volunteering at Eat My Lunch HQ to prepare nutritious lunches for children as well as a whole host of individuals supporting charities or causes close to their heart.
  • National Partnerships – KPMG has chosen to focus on Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education & Lifelong learning, as the foundation of our national community strategy. We have partnered with organisations that are doing great work to help unleash the potential of our youth. Included in this has been significant involvement with The Springboard Trust, Manaiakalani Education Trust, and Teach First NZ.
  •  Local Partnerships – Carrying on from the national focus on youth, KPMG offices have partnered with low-decile schools throughout the country to provide support, fundraising and advice. These partnerships include mentoring of students, Christmas present drops, scholarships, involvement in school trips and helping out in the classroom.

Reward and Recognition

We offer you all of the perks and benefits you’d expect from a Big 4 firm and a whole host of other things that you might not! We have options designed to help you make the best decisions for yourself, your family and your lifestyle.

Whilst we can’t outline all the benefits and options on offer, we can break them down into some key categories and will also be able to provide more detail on the ones that are important to you individually as you progress through a recruitment process with us.

  • Financial – We benchmark our salaries annually and use market data from the professional services sector as well as data from commerce and industry and the public sector to make sure they are competitive whatever your role. We also have a firm wide Short Term Incentive Plan which provides an annual incentive based upon the firms and your personal performance.
  • Health and Wellness – We have a comprehensive Wellbeing offering with an online platform providing numerous services, discounts and incentives on a wide range of things including private healthcare discounts, flu jabs, banking packages (including preferential home loan rates) and special offers.
  • Flexibility – There are many reasons people need flexibility. From compressed work weeks, the ability to work from home or the ability to study, purchasing additional leave or taking a career break, there are a range of options available.
  • Family@KPMG – We go above and beyond for families at KPMG. We offer paid parental leave for primary and secondary carers, where your annual leave is accrued at full value during Parental Leave and we offer return to work coaching as well as other gifts.
  • Global Opportunities
    • Every year more than 2,000 of our people embark on a unique career journey by working in another part of the world. Some seek out short-term assignments that may last a few months. Some look to test themselves with new clients or in new professional environments over a couple of years.
    • Others look to relocate to new parts of the world permanently. Whatever the length of their assignment, they all benefit from a rich professional development experience and, for many, an opportunity to accelerate their careers or experience roles they may not have previously imagined.
    • If you are an existing Global KPMG employee seeking opportunities in New Zealand, please apply via the KPMG New Zealand Careers site and discuss your application with your local Global Mobility professional.

Inclusion and Diversity

We are immensely proud of what we’ve achieved in I&D at KPMG in recent times but as is always the case when striving towards something important and worthwhile, we may never reach an ‘end goal’.

When it comes to supporting our people – and unleashing their full potential – there will always be more to achieve and to aim for. This means continuously challenging our existing practices and assumptions – and building inclusion and diversity into everything we do. You can read more about I&D at KPMG New Zealand here. Some key highlights for us recently include:

  • I&D Strategy – In 2016 our then newly formed I&D Council wrote the I&D strategy which outlined our goals leading up to 2020.
  • Pride@KPMG – We’ve formed Pride@KPMG, which is a network for our LBGT+people and their allies. The group has been really active with a number of activities held across the year in addition to us being the first professional services firm in NZ to gain Rainbow Tick certification.
  • Unconscious Bias Training – We have implemented a training programme to raise awareness around unconscious bias, starting with our leadership group.
  • Cultural Awareness Training – We’ve been investing in our focus in the Māori cultural space. All of our Partners have now completed cultural awareness training; while all of our new graduates now begin their KPMG career with a marae-based induction programme. From our most senior leadership to our youngest recruits – what better way to celebrate our shared purpose?
  • Awards – We’ve also been lucky enough to win an ATEED Young at Heart Award for our Māori and Pacifika Diversity Recruitment Strategy as well as receiving a White Camelia Award which recognises the progress we have made with Pay equity reviews and also recognise our Family@KPMG policy and our Flex@KPMG policy which encourages flexible working wherever possible.

Social

Working for a firm with 1200+ employees has some great social and workplace environment benefits too.

We are committed to creating work environments that reflect the evolving needs of our firm and our people, enabling greater collaboration.

Our Workplace of the Future is not just about changing physical spaces; it supports our high-performance culture by helping us work together more efficiently through improvements to our technology, workspaces and processes.

We also have plenty of social activities to get involved in. As well as the annual KPMG Ball, Christmas Party and Ski Trip, we also have a range of other social activities including sports teams, meet up groups, regular team functions and events as well as KPMG Social Clubs, which arrange a number of events throughout the year

Learning and Development

At KPMG NZ you will be supported throughout your development journey.

Our Learning Goal – Our purpose is to provide engaging and relevant learning experiences that empower and enable KPMG to succeed in their role and fuel the prosperity of New Zealand. We develop confident, capable, and resilient people who drive KPMG to be the Clear Choice for clients.

  • 70%:20%:10% Learning Culture – Work and learning are indispensable to each other and at KPMG NZ we have a 70:20:10 learning culture where learning outcomes are driven by the learner.
  • Developing Technical and “soft skills”– The learning and development offering at KPMG is designed to ensure that you have the opportunity to learn both the technical component of your role as well as the leadership development opportunities to succeed within the Professional Services industry.
  • Further Study and Qualifications – You may also have the opportunity to do further study where it is relevant to your role and the career pathway you have set. This could mean becoming a chartered accountant, chartered financial analyst or any number of relevant accreditations or qualifications.
  • A Growing Offering – Like our people, our Learning and Development offering is constantly growing and our team is here to support you every step of the way. We are driven by the needs of our learners and are striving to constantly update the content available so that our employees have access to relevant, quality learning material as and when they need it in the style that best fits their learning preferences.

The Green Team

KPMG’s Green Team is passionate about reducing our footprint, actively sharing knowledge, championing change and encouraging participation by hosting fun and informative events aligning with international movements such as Plastic Free July. We are committed to working with Toitū Envirocare, annually measuring and monitoring our progress against our goals concerning the environmental impact of our operations across our offices in New Zealand.

The Green Team aims to educate, engage and empower our people and firm to make better personal and business decisions that reduce our environmental footprint on our journey to be net carbon zero by 2030.

Some of our top goals include:

    • Volunteer Green Increase participation by 15%
    • Embrace minimalism Reduce stationery spend by 50% & limit average linear storage pp to 700mm
    • Reduce land transport Taxis/Ubers etc, mileage claims & rental cars by 30% per FTE
    • Reduce air travel Domestic/short haul by 30% per FTE International long haul by 50% per FTE

Kiwa

Kiwa is our Māori and Pasifika community here at KPMG.

This passionate group champions a range of initiatives targeted at growing our Māori and Pacific cultural capability and competency, sharing knowledge and celebrating diversity within Te Moana-nui-a-kiwa. These include running the Kiwa Mentoring Programme, implementing our Māori strategy and running internal Māori and Pacific Island events.

The KPMG Kiwa Mentoring Programme is an initiative aimed at building the confidence of Māori and Pacific Island tertiary students through a tuakana teina approach. Kiwa is open to students who identify as Māori or Pacific Islander and are currently studying at a tertiary level. Applications for the Kiwa Mentoring Programme open in June each year.