Klaus-Peter Beyer

Director, Audit, Head of Public Sector, Energy and Healthcare, Region Hannover-Bielefeld

KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

"I'm getting more satisfied every year."

Klaus-Peter Beyer has been with KPMG for 30 years. After graduating, he could have started at the Frankfurt office, but his gut instinct decided in favour of Hanover. He tells us in an interview what he appreciates about the region and why he has found his professional passion in supporting non-profit organisations.   

 

Mr Beyer, what connects you to Hanover and Lower Saxony?

I was born in Lower Saxony in Nienburg on the Weser. I went to Paderborn to study, but then I liked coming back because I like the country and the people here. The people of Lower Saxony are often described as stubborn and earthy - I think that sums it up very well.

 

What do you like about the region? 

Lower Saxony has a lot to offer in terms of landscape: from the North Sea to the flat countryside to the mountains in the Harz. Hanover is always laughed at as being a bit provincial, but that's not true. Hannover is the city of the World's Fair, we have the world's largest exhibition centre and an interesting cultural and scientific scene. What I appreciate most about the people here is their reliability.

 

What makes the region interesting for you professionally?

In 1994, I was offered the position of responsible head of the Public Sector and Non-Profit Companies Division. This was a professional dream come true for me. The people I deal with motivate me to give my best every day. The range of institutions and organisations I work with is very wide - from universities to municipal utilities - and therefore the issues and topics I deal with are also very diverse. I have been with KPMG for 30 years and every year I get more satisfied.

 

Which target group do you address? 

My target group is public sector institutions and organisations such as universities, public utilities, fundraising organisations, chambers of trade and industry, aid organisations and foundations.

 

What specialist topic do you stand for and what relevance does this have for companies in the region?

My expertise lies in auditing and accounting-related consulting for non-profit organisations. I support these organisations in the further development of their internal and external accounting. I have developed accounting standards for many organisations in order to offer them pragmatic solutions. In addition, my services include the design and implementation of EU separation accounting for research institutions and use of funds audits such as USAID audits for humanitarian organisations.

 

What challenges do organisations face and how can KPMG support them?

Challenges exist in the public sector on a daily basis and as a result there is plenty of need for action. The public administration, for example, is facing increasing difficulties in recruiting suitable staff against the backdrop of demographic change. It needs to move towards budget management that is geared towards achieving goals and effectiveness - with the possibilities of digitalisation.

For the universities, the effort involved in applying for funding and accounting for it is immense. On the one hand, this must be limited to a reasonable scope, but at the same time it must satisfy funding law and scientific aspects.

We have a shift towards more collaborative projects: For example, a research institution cooperates with several universities. We can support this, for example, with the introduction of holistic contract management.

The business models of municipal utilities will also change. More and more competitors are entering the market and selling electricity - the municipal utilities have to reposition themselves. Here, too, digitalisation comes into play, and we are of course providing support.  

My colleagues from Consulting implement digitisation projects and I am the one who can translate between the two sides, because as an auditor I am close to the organisations and familiar with their specific issues.

 

Why is KPMG the clear choice for companies in your region?

We have people working for us who are enthusiastic about solving the tasks they are given and who find pragmatic solutions to complex challenges. We are reliable. The clients who know us know that and are loyal to us. And we want to win over those who don't know us yet.Klaus-Peter Beyer has been with KPMG for 30 years. After graduating, he could have started at the Frankfurt office, but his gut instinct decided in favour of Hanover. He tells us in an interview what he appreciates about the region and why he has found his professional passion in supporting non-profit organisations.

  • Audit
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  • Familienunternehmen und Mittelstand
  • Internationale Märkte
  • Nationale Märkte
  • Smart Start
  • Wachstumsmärkte
  • Diplom-Kaufmann

  • Tax consultant

  • Auditor

  • Member of the Examination Commission of the Chamber of Auditors

  • Lecturer at HSW Weserbergland University of Applied Sciences