Assistant Manager - ESG/Sustainability

Auckland /
Audit – Impact Assurance /
Permanent Full-Time
/ Hybrid
KPMG is one of the most trusted and respected global professional services firms. Through depth of expertise, clarity of insight and strength of purpose we help our clients solve complex challenges, steer change, strengthen, transition and grow. We are looking for talented people who share our purpose of inspiring confidence and empowering change for our clients, our people and our communities.

KPMG IMPACT helps governments, businesses, and investors develop new ways of working that fulfil their purpose and contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) so that all of New Zealand’s diverse communities can thrive and prosper.

The opportunity:

    • Help solve today’s extraordinary environmental and social challenges while preparing for tomorrow’s uncertainties!
    • We're looking for auditors who have experience in Sustainability, Greenhouse Gas, ESG or Carbon accounting to support our clients.
    • You'll join a team of passionate subject matter experts as well as the support of our global whānau, which includes more than 800 experts sharing solutions across 60 countries.

Day to day you will:

    • Depending upon the client, this role may have complete management responsibility reporting directly to the partner, or you will assist more senior managers in the performance of audit assignments as an in-charge.  The work may involve complex technical issues e.g., statutory audits, internal audits, investigation and acquisition reports of an audit nature, limited reviews, proposals and special reports, and other accounting services.
    • This role will also:
    • Assist in the planning, execution and finalisation of all areas of the audit assignment for Manager or Partner review
    • Produce work for the Manager or Partner review clearly highlighting issues and providing potential solutions to issues identified
    • Support the execution of external ESG engagements of various clients, in accordance with relevant regulatory and professional auditing and assurance standards
    • Identify and communicate potential issues and opportunities for ESG efficiencies and process improvement to Managers and Partners
    • Management of client deliverables, including attendance at meetings
    • Undertake strategic analysis
    • Identify business and audit risks
    • Assess effectiveness of client processes and controls
    • Perform higher risk and non-routine audit functions
    • Management of junior team members

What you'll bring to our team:

    • Relevant external audit experience in a professional services environment (mid tier or Big 4) is preferred
    • Tertiary qualifications including CA or CPA qualification (partial or full completion)
    • The ability to establish and maintain excellent relationships with clients
    • Technically proficient across audit and audit related services
    • Experience in the supervision of more junior staff
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills
    • A collaborative and inclusive team approach

Life at KPMG

KPMG values diversity in the workforce and we encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply for roles, including individuals with a disability, additional mental health needs, chronic health conditions or who identify as neurodivergent. 

If you encounter accessibility barriers or if you have access needs and require support to participate equitably in the recruitment process, please phone Georgia Davies on 04 816 4598 or email

We offer rewarding careers to talented individuals and a range of benefits to help provide holistic support for your work life, whatever your circumstance. As a KPMG employee, we will offer you:
- Flexible leave options, including the ability to purchase additional annual leave
- Access to ‘Whanau@KPMG’ – 18 weeks’ paid flexible leave for all new parents - primary and secondary carers
- Unlimited access to LinkedIn Learning, with bespoke learning pathways for all employees.
- Discounts on a range of lifestyle goods and services.
- Opportunity to join any of our Inclusion, Diversity and Equity networks as a participant and ally.
- Opportunity to join our Social club and enjoy activities such as cooking classes, painting, quiz nights and more.

We believe diversity of thought, background and experience strengthens relationships and delivers meaningful benefits to our people, our clients and communities. We strive to be recognised as an employer of choice for all, irrespective of gender, ethnicity, generation, flexible work status, family circumstances, sexual orientation or disability and our inclusive culture promotes the development of our people nationwide.

We are a 2023 Circle Back Initiative Employer – we commit to respond to every applicant.