I have always been interested in many fields of study so after having graduated from the University of Leuven with a Masters in Business Economics, I decided to study abroad for one year in order to obtain a Master in International Relations from King's College London. When I started job hunting, I was keen on being able to use this international experience and diverse background. Thanks to my work experience at the Transparency International headquarters in Berlin (an international organization working to fight against bribery and corruption), I also became passionate about the fields of fraud and corruption. I joined KPMG Advisory in September 2010 as a junior advisor mostly working on fraud investigations, fraud risk management and contract compliance projects. My current position allows me to extensively use the global KPMG network and put my analytical and personal skills into practice.
How is the 'fit' between your personal values and the culture of your company?
One of the most important KPMG values to me is open and honest communication. Already during the interviews for this position, I felt this was true. My colleagues made me feel welcome and were always ready with a helping hand where necessary. Problems are discussed within the team and dealt with adequately. Due to our commitment to the community, all KPMG employees also have the opportunity to carry out volunteer work for one day each year with non-profit organizations around the country. At the same time I also attach importance to individual development which is definitely met by the many (international) training sessions, social events (such as the Advisory Cafe), the yearly summer school and many feedback sessions with my coach.
Motivation to choose for this company?
The most obvious reason for joining KPMG is the very diverse job content: one day I could be called up immediately doing interviews for a fraud case in the public sector, the next day I could be writing reports or advising private sector clients on how fraud risks can be managed effectively. The international character of the job also attracted me to KPMG. Last but not least, the interviews with the HR department and our partner showed me that KPMG is very clearly committed to hiring the right people that fit the corporate culture, investing in their personal development while building teams and relationships.
Which opportunities do you have in order to enhance your personal development?
As a starter at KPMG you are assigned to a "buddy", a more experienced colleague within your department to guide you through the first month at KPMG. Together with a coach, you also get the opportunity to develop a yearly work plan emphasizing the skills you would like to work on that year. Additionally I have attended many training sessions abroad (e.g., Berlin, Amsterdam, London) already allowing me to get to know other forensic advisors and build a network within the firm. The European leadership of the Risk Consulting department (of which forensic is part) has also recently organized a three-day Summer School in the UK to learn more about innovation within the firm and the different service offerings to our clients. We could also attend several sessions on developing our personal persuasion and behavioral skills. Furthermore I am currently working on becoming a Certified Fraud Examiner which is strongly supported and appreciated by the firm.