Senior Manager Forensic – Melanie talks about her work in KPMG’s Forensic team.
Melanie talks about her work in KPMG’s Forensic team.
You are a Manager in KPMG’s Forensic department. What does it take to be successful in your position?
I used to work in Audit before I transferred to the Forensic department, and in both services, we need to be flexible as we work for different clients from different industries. How I spend my day depends on the type of project I’m working on – I often work on different projects in the same day. Besides that, being a team player is very important. I hardly ever work alone. In our work there’s not only a lot of interaction with the team, but also with the client. We have to understand our clients’ needs so that we can propose the best-suited service for the case on hand. Furthermore, you need to be able to work under pressure and deal with tight deadlines. Our business is always urgent, so it’s important to be organized.
How does KPMG help you acquire new know-how?
Technologies, clients and therefore our jobs are always evolving. Sometimes you need to acquire new expertise or develop new skills in order to provide better service to your client. KPMG is excellent at supporting us to keep up with the fast pace. It does this with internal but also external courses. There are different certifications and KPMG supports us in passing these exams, too.
"Technologies, clients and therefore our jobs are always evolving. KPMG is supporting us to keep up with the fast pace."
And how do you pass on your knowledge?
Knowledge is a give and take at KPMG. The attitude is that there are no stupid questions and people should feel free to ask. This means having to create an environment where there’s room for questions and time to answer them. I believe that this is the best way to teach and to learn on a day-to-day basis and during an engagement. In the end, it is often the most difficult projects that are usually the most rewarding.
How would you describe KPMG’s corporate culture?
We share the same values. We are attentive to our clients’ needs and provide high quality services. As team players, we walk this road together. We provide feedback and do our best to communicate openly and honestly. Then there is the learning aspect I just mentioned before. There are many experts here, willing to share their knowledge. In the Forensic department, we organize sessions where someone from the team with a specific skillset will teach the others. It’s a great way to broaden your horizon. I think that pretty much sums it up.
"We share the same values. As team players, we walk this road together. We provide feedback and do our best to communicate openly and honestly."
What advice would you give some who wants to start working in consulting?
KPMG is a great place to start your career or to take your next step in your career. You will quickly expand your skills – not only your technical skills, but also your soft skills. At KPMG, you’ll meet a vast array of different people with many different nationalities and backgrounds, coming from many different companies and industries. This gives you a great overview of what kinds of work and industries are out there, not to mention constant opportunities that even include transferring from one department to another and sometimes working abroad.