Sustainability Services Supervisor ( 2 posts ) – KPMG

Description of the role and purpose of the job:

The Sustainability Services team provides assurance and a wide range of advisory services. Our multidisciplinary team works with a range of established methodologies to identify strengths, weaknesses, and risks in organisations’ interactions with society, and uses this knowledge to strengthen impact.

Due to the heightened awareness around ESG and its increasing importance for all organisations, there has been an increase in ESG considerations and inclusions in proposals and potential client liaisons throughout the business. It is imperative that the Sustainability Services team works with teams across all business units to ensure that each of the relevant ESG pillars is being considered when offering services or delivering on work, which will ultimately result in increased value to the client. Furthermore, with the launch of KPMG Impact, it is critical that each of the ESG pillars have a dedicated resource to lead these elements to ensure quality delivery of the sustainability services which fall within the KPMG Impact model.

Sustainability Services requires a Supervisor to work with the current leadership team to deliver on the upcoming workload of assurance and advisory projects. The Supervisor will need to assist the Manager with the management of the assurance and reporting engagements and direct, guide and supervise the allocated team. Furthermore, there is a need for the Supervisor to support the leadership with building KPMG Impact solutions in Assurance and Reporting engagement and assist with the preparation and delivery of proposals.


Key responsibilities:

  • Support the leadership with the delivery of ESG/Sustainability assurance and reporting engagements
  • Client liaison
  • Oversee/ conduct site visits with the team
  • Quality review of client deliverables
  • Team planning and supervision including the review of work performed by junior team members
  • Report writing
  • Time management to ensure timely delivery of projects within allocated budgets
  • Team player, able to positively engage with the ESG team, broader KPMG stakeholders and clients

In terms of these two pillars (Assurance and Reporting):

  • Ongoing relationship building, ideas sharing and support of global pursuits with KPMG Southern African and other KPMG international offices
  • Ongoing personal and professional development to remain technically relevant and able to deploy applicable methodologies with confidence
  • Ongoing support provided to the ESG leaders in developing ESG proposals, scope of work etc

Skills and attributes required for the role:

  • Strong attention to detail/methodical/analytical.
  • Analytical thinker and problem-solving ability
  • Ability to multi-task and meet strict deadlines
  • Fully Microsoft office competent, specifically Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Report writing and communication skills
  • Good interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Presentable, professional and confident.
  • Ability to manage stress and work under pressure.
  • Ability to work in a team environment and support the management of the team proactively with a can-do attitude
  • Ability to work unsupervised and demonstrating accountability
  • Willing to travel.
  • Understanding of assurance standards applied (ISAE 3000 and ISAE 3410 at minimum). Familiarity with KPMG sustainability assurance methodology would be beneficial.

Minimum requirements to apply for the role (including qualifications and experience):

  • Undergraduate degree in either commerce, economics, environmental management, development economics, social science or equivalent.
  • Postgraduate diploma / degree is advantageous. 
  • 3- 4 years’ experience within Assurance and Reporting of non-financial/ ESG information
  • Knowledge and experience in performing external assurance and reporting engagements including understanding assurance standards and ESG reporting criteria.
  • Experience in advisory engagements would be advantageous
  • A good understanding of the broader services offered by KPMG in order to identify internal and external business opportunities across advisory, and the ability to work across teams / business units is essential.

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