KPMG Ford, Rhodes, Thornton & Co
Name: Suren Rajakarier
Job title: Partner, head of audit and learning and development in Sri Lanka and financial services business co-ordinator for the Middle East and South Asia region
Sector/business area: Professional services
Size in country: Multinational
Organisation details: KPMG Ford, Rhodes, Thornton & Co was established in 1897. It currently has over 700 professionals and associates, five branch offices in Sri Lanka and an overseas branch in the Republic of Maldives. The firm provides audit, tax and advisory services to a vast clientele including over 100 Colombo Stock Exchange listed companies.
Suren Rajakarier, partner and head of audit and learning and development, is clear about what KPMG look for when recruiting finance professionals. 'At KPMG we know that our future success depends on how we nurture great individual talent and help people to flourish. We always look for exceptional people who have a positive attitude, technical competency and are committed to upholding our values,' he states.
So who are these exceptional people? 'We have seen a significant increase in the number of ACCA trainees and members who have joined KPMG in Sri Lanka and are also seeing many of our existing team members enrolling for ACCA qualifications,' says Rajakarier. 'They contribute insight and commerciality in addition to leveraging on their technical skills when advising clients on a spectrum of service areas.'
KPMG Sri Lanka has a history of recognising and investing in people development. ACCA trainees and members at KPMG benefit from the opportunity to leverage their knowledge and skills in a practical corporate business environment, enabling them to grow both as individuals and as professionals in the field.
In addition, KPMG provides their employees with the opportunity to expand their horizons through international trainings and secondments with member firms situated across 146 countries. 'We also recognise achievement and many of the ACCA trainees and members have been rewarded for their outstanding contribution in professional education and the workplace. We are also proud to be a platinum ACCA Approved Employer for both trainee and professional development,' adds Rajakarier.
But what's different about ACCA as far as KPMG are concerned? 'ACCA has always been proactive in identifying and responding to industry demands,' answers Rajakarier. 'We believe that ACCA spends much time and effort in understanding the requirements of modern-day industry and strives to develop professionals who are well equipped to operate in intensely competitive and dynamic environments.'
ACCA and KPMG Sri Lanka have a long-standing professional relationship that extends beyond qualifications and continuing professional development, as Rajakarier explains: 'In addition to providing our firm with talented aspiring professionals, ACCA has worked with us on a number of professional and industry initiatives ranging from promoting concepts such as good governance and corporate social responsibility to topical awareness sessions such as accounting transformations.' And it's not all hard work either - ACCA was recently a key sponsor of KPMG Alumni's charity fundraising.
For a global organisation like KPMG, there is a synergy to working with the global body for professional accountants. 'We recognise ACCA as a professional body with an exceptional reputation and commitment towards strengthening the accounting profession globally,' says Rajakarier. 'In Sri Lanka, we hope to continue to work with ACCA, collaborating on industry and professional knowledge sharing initiatives. In line with our strategy to be an Employer of Choice, we look forward to more ACCA members and trainees choosing KPMG as a preferred employer when commencing and building on their professional careers.'