KPMG South Africa: Sustainability Graduate Programme 2025

Job Summary

KPMG South Africa is recruiting for the Sustainability Graduate Programme 2025.

Location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa 

Job Purpose

Description of the role and purpose of the job:

This opportunity involves a strong focus on Regulatory Compliance and Corporate Governance Services and the delivery of Compliance and Governance solutions to our clients.

Sustainability has become critical to the success of businesses across all sectors. KPMG’s Sustainability team helps to support our clients drive the Sustainability agenda focusing on topics such as Sustainability Assurance, Impact Reporting and Decarbonization, amongst others.

Our multidisciplinary team works with a range of established methodologies to identify strengths, weaknesses, and risks in organisations’ interactions with society, and uses this knowledge to strengthen impact.

Due to the heightened awareness around Sustainability and its increasing importance for all organisations, there has been an increase in Sustainability considerations and inclusions in proposals and potential client liaisons throughout the business. We are looking for dynamic, diverse graduates to join our Sustainability Services team.

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Careers at KPMG

KPMG is a global network of firms with three main disciplines, namely Audit, Tax and Advisory. Our national Internal Audit, Risk and Compliance Services practice provides strategic sourcing of Internal Audit; Enterprise Risk Management; Governance, Regulatory Compliance, Contract Compliance and Sustainability services.

So, are you a focused, ambitious, and creative individual with a passion for technology? Do you enjoy a vibrant and challenging environment? KPMG’s Industry Experience programme is the place for you!

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Executing Sustainability audit and assurance programmes, tests and procedures
  • Delivery of sustainability assurance and reporting engagements including preparation of adequate working papers to support Sustainability consulting outputs and conclusions
  • Identifying weak/problem areas and developing effective corrective action plans

  • Report writing and quality outputs
  • Client liaison and communication throughout various stages of a project
  • Undertaking site visits with the team
  • Strong technical analytical skills, methodical with strong emphasis on attention to detail

  • Well-developed investigative, evaluative and problem solving ability
  • Ability to multitask
  • Basic responsibilities in respect of supporting KPMG implementation of its ESG strategy including research and participation in development of Sustainability thought leadership/leading practice/proposals.
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Minimum requirements to apply for the role (including qualifications and experience):

  • Relevant honours degree (i.e.): Environmental, Economics, Environmental Management, Chemical Engineering or Social Science, Climate Change and Finance or similar
  • Fully Microsoft office competent, specifically Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Skills and Attributes

Skills and attributes required for the role:

  • Keen interest in ESG and Sustainability and appreciation of the United Nations sustainable development goals, Global Reporting Initiative Standards, other industry and technical developments, assurance and reporting framework would be advantageous
  • A high performing team player who can work independently and contribute to a positive and cohesive team environment

  • Strong attention to detail/methodical/analytical
  • Self-starter, presentable, professional and confident
  • Report writing, good communication and presentation skills
  • Target/results driven with a sense of urgency to get things done
  • Desire to improve the status quo. Persistent, persuasive and tenacious
  • Willing to travel

  • Ability to:
    • Be agile and adapt to changing environments, spot problems, and trace to root cause to recommend solutions
    • Develop innovative and creative solutions to problems/initiates smarter ways of working and improving processes
    • Work in a fast-paced, dynamic team and environment

Ability to develop innovative and creative solutions to problems/initiates smarter ways of working and improving processes.

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How to Apply


  • Itumeleng Tladi

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