Neurodiversity Hiring Initiative - Audit Associate

Toronto, ON, Canada
Full Time
Entry Level


  • Organization: KPMG
  • Job Title: Audit Associate
  • Location: Toronto, ON

Employment Terms:

  • This is a full-time, salaried role (37.5 hours per week)
  • This role is hybrid (2-3 days per week in-office required); The specific days that in-office work is required varies and will be agreed upon with team/manager
  • Hours: 7 hours per day (8 during busy season)
  • Salary range:  $43,000/year
  • Target Start Date: May 2024

Essential Tasks - In this job, you will:

  • Prepare audit working papers for specific areas such as cash, revenue, etc. using prior year files as a guide
  • Take client information and support and reconcile back to their financial statements/trial balances
  • Verify that the financial records are true and accurate and ensure the data reconciles back to the information. The candidate’s job would be to obtain transaction details for various areas, select samples, and obtain support from the client to verify and agree that it is correct (receipts, invoice all line up etc.)
  • Prepare and send third-party confirmations for various areas in the file (i.e. cash, receivables, etc.) to confirm the accuracy of the client’s records. Once the confirmations are obtained, the candidate’s job would be to tie out the numbers to financial statements/trial balances 
  • Organize and prepare the client data for analysis

General Skills and Abilities - In this job you will demonstrate:

  • Highly motivated with the ability to collaborate on the completion of projects
  • Strong oral and written communication skills with strong attention to detail and accuracy in a way that is open, honest, consistent, and clear
  • Being driven to continuously learn from experiences and a desire to seek out feedback and development opportunities
  • Working hard and effectively to meet demands at key times of pressure for the final deliverable to the client
  • A commitment to your continued professional development and learning to stay on top of ongoing internal training modules

Digital/Technical Skills - In this job you will demonstrate:

  • Between Basic and Intermediate data management skills (such as formatting data and using appropriate text, colors, etc., and using basic functions such as SUM and subtraction) using Microsoft Excel
  • Between Basic and Intermediate formatting skills using Microsoft Word

Education/Knowledge - In this job you need to have: 

  • A degree or diploma in Accounting or Business Administration or a degree or diploma in any field with relevant work experience in an Accounting role
  • An interest in pursuing a career in accounting (This position is not for future CPA candidates who are eligible to commence the CPA program in the next 24 months)
  • Knowledge or understanding of basic accounting principles, including journal entries and debits and credits, is nice to have but not required

Experience - In this job you need to have: 

  • Experience navigating emails and scheduling calendar events using Microsoft Outlook and Teams or similar tools

Social Interaction - The following types of communication and interaction are required to perform the job successfully: 

  • Oral communication: Daily
  • Email communication: Hourly
  • Instant messaging: Hourly
  • Telephone communication: Daily
  • Video communication: Daily
  • Interacting with supervisors: Daily
  • Interacting with peers: Daily
  • Interacting with customers: Daily

Job Stressors - Employees sometimes find the following stressful about this job:

  • Client interactions can be stressful for some candidates as every client is different
  • In our hybrid work setup, individuals can feel isolated
  • Effective time management is crucial, especially during peak workload periods and slower times.
  • Navigating the matrix structure at KPMG may present challenges, as tasks are overseen by multiple managers and supervisors.
  • Client site visits  involve close client interaction

Job Motivators - Employees tend to find the following motivating or rewarding:

  • The Energy & Natural Resources team has the opportunity to work with some of the biggest client names in the industry
  • Access to internal training resources, exposure to software audit systems and other tools, and being able to develop key skills to pursue a career in the field of auditing
  • The opportunity to specialize in Energy & Natural Resources and being able to focus on developing skills in this specific area of the business
  • Flexible medical and dental benefits, and the ability to pick what you need
  • Subsidized mental health benefit (Yearly reimbursement of $3,000)
  • Pension plan, including employer matching
  • Performance manager/coaching program
  • 3 weeks of vacation time and 50 hours of personal care time
  • Summer Splash days (additional days off in the summer reviewed annually)
  • Participating in social events

Candidate Assessment - To be considered for this role, compatible applicants: 

  • Will complete a Candidate Profile 
  • May complete a short work sample exercise
  • Will be invited to participate in a Structured Candidate Meeting with the hiring manager(s)

Workplace Support

  • Specialisterne and our employer partners are committed to providing inclusive onboarding experiences and supporting new employees as they learn on the job 
  • All new hires continue to liaise with a Specialisterne Workplace Support Specialist for their first twelve weeks on the job

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