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Graduate Programme 2018 - Japan Practice in Tax

Graduate programme
Accounting, Tax & Audit, Financial Services, Consulting
26th January 2018

About the Programme

As more and more companies operate in global markets, the demand for tax professionals with an international outlook has increased too - and KPMG's global network is at the forefront of meeting this demand. 

With a team of specialists in this area, our Japan Practice in Tax focuses on assisting the UK firm's Japanese clients on the issues that could affect their European operations.

Combining hands-on client work and professional study, KPMG in the UK's Japan Practice in Tax programme is designed for ambitious graduates who are keen to gain the international experience they need to support their professional development. So, as well as a passion for business, Japanese language skills and an appreciation of Japanese business custom and mindset are essential.

Key Skills Required

  • Japanese language ability - JLPT Level N2 (or equivalent).
  • Interest in a career in personal tax.
  • International mindset.

What are we looking for you to show us?

During the recruitment process, you will need to demonstrate KPMG's Global Behavioural Capabilities, which will give us confidence you’ll be successful in the firm. By this, we mean the skills and behaviours that every person here at KPMG shares. To us, ‘behaviours’ are more than the way you act – they represent the set of values that underpin our business.

KPMG's Global Behavioural Capabilities are:

  • Career Motivation.
  • Delivers Quality.
  • Drives Collaboration and Inclusion.
  • Strives for Continual Improvement.
  • Exercises Professional Judgement.
  • Makes an Impact.
  • Seizes Business Opportunities.
  • Demonstrates Innovation and Curiosity.
  • Resilience.

Further information on these behaviours can be found at

What your job will involve?

You will assist in the day-to-day running of the Japan Practice client portfolio, managing your own workload and operating a compliance programme. This will include personal tax returns and tax advice services for international assignees. You will also be working with KPMG's Japan Practice team across all levels, and liaising with other departments and offices in KPMG's global network. Day-to-day work includes answering queries from clients by telephone and in writing, and developing strong relationships with client HR contacts and expatriates.

Your Training and Development

ICAS CA-ITP Intensive Programme (London)

This programme covers 12 courses and examinations over a 10 month intensive training period and is run from our London South Quay office. This programme will afford you with all of your technical knowledge and expertise in advance of joining the business. It’s a chance for you to focus on the training element of your qualification without interruption of work. It is supported by a wide range of mechanisms that will be applied by your tuition provider or KPMG when you require them. However, the intensity of the programme means it will be fast-paced and will demand dedication.

In the remaining two years of your training contract you can then concentrate on building up a fantastic range of work experience with only your case study courses and exam to complete. 

What do we look for?

Within our recruitment process, we look for more than just your academic results. This wider perspective helps us ensure that we are giving you the best opportunity to demonstrate your potential. We assess your application against KPMG’s Global Behavioural Capabilities and a number of other metrics to build our confidence in whether you will be a success at KPMG. 

As a general rule, you'll be expected to meet the following requirements:

  • Japanese language ability (JLPT Level N2, or equivalent).
  • Minimum grade B GCSE* Maths.
  • Minimum grade B GCSE* English Language.
  • Minimum of 300 UCAS Tariff points*
  • Minimum 2:1 degree in any discipline.

* or equivalent.

Please note that we only consider a candidate's 'top' 3 A-level grades and do not accept General Studies.

Additional details

  • Salary is competitive.

Your KPMG experience

At KPMG, your long-term future is every bit as important to us as it is to you. That’s why our aim is to give you experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime. Whether it’s great training and development, the chance to move around the business or volunteering opportunities – you’ll gain a wealth of experiences on which to build a rewarding career. We’re proud of our culture – it’s one that recognises hard work, encourages new ways of thinking and embraces diversity and inclusion. We also have an innovative spirit which inspires what we do and how we do it – striving to be better lies at the heart of who we are.

We’re at our best when you’re at your best – that’s why we’ve created ‘Our Deal’ and ‘The Academy’. They’re our way of recognising and rewarding our colleagues for giving their best at work. Through ‘The Academy’, you’ll have access to communities which will support and develop you so that you build your skills and career. From secondment programmes to preferential banking, and cash towards student loan payments to your birthday off, we’re making sure that our people have an amazing experience.

Applying with a Disability

KPMG are proud to be an inclusive, equal opportunity employer and we seek to attract and retain the best people from the widest possible talent pool. As a member of The Employers’ Forum on Disability we’re committed to ensuring that all candidates are treated fairly throughout the Recruitment Process. Should you be successful after the initial application stage, please discuss with your recruitment contact any reasonable adjustments to our Recruitment Process that you may require. 

KPMG’s commitment to diversity:

KPMG consistently features in the Sunday Times Best Big Companies to work for, which has been recognised with a special achievement award to mark our 10 years in the Top 25. We pride ourselves on being a place where your individuality is valued; you can be yourself and still achieve your potential. We believe that your individuality helps us to deliver the best results to our clients. Diversity of background, diversity of experience, diversity of perspective - that's the KPMG difference. But, don't take our word for it, find out more about diversity at KPMG here.