Corina Wipfler

  • Company: KPMG AG
  • Position: Director
  • Remit/main activity: Bank auditor
  • Highest educational qualification: state-certified auditor
  • Years of professional experience: 12
  • Place of work: Zurich
  • No. of employees at place of work: Approx. 1'500



What makes my work exciting?

  • The constantly changing, dynamic environment (since I started at KPMG during the financial crisis to now) 
  • Constant new challenges and issues 
  • Working with clients  
  • Aim of providing top-quality service to clients 
  • Analysing my clients’ requirements and risks 
  • Being able to think analytically 
  • Working with so many talented individuals and interdisciplinary teams 
  • Using innovative tools and technologies 
  • Developing technical expertise and industry knowledge 
  • You never stop learning and continuously develop 
  • Relationships with Member Firms abroad 
  • International contacts 

Why did I enter the profession?

  • The varied work: alongside figures, data and analyses, there is constant client contact 
  • Risk assessment, interest in banking/finance/accounting, as well as how companies have implemented their processes and controls 
  • Working together in teams and with experts in diverse technical areas 
  • Steep learning curve 
  • Developing technical expertise and industry knowledge 
  • Leadership / team work is important 
  • Opportunity to be seconded abroad 

What challenges does my work present?

  • Dynamic environment (need to keep up to date on everything relating to your clients’ environment) 
  • Complex questions from clients 
  • Discussing conclusions can require good communication skills 

How does my work benefit the economy? 

  • Transparency for investors, lenders, supervisory bodies, clients and suppliers, internal stakeholders and the general public 
  • Protecting the capital market 

What is important to me in my client relationships? 

  • Building trust 
  • Open, honest and constructive dialogue  
  • Early involvement in issues 
  • Regular contact 
  • Adding value for the client 

What is currently important for my clients in our cooperation (keyword: coronavirus)? 

  • Being there for any questions and discussing experiences of, and the risks brought about by, this situation 
  • Open communication regarding the challenges that have arisen 
  • Regular contact 

How has the industry changed? What are the challenges of the future? 

  • Increasing digitalisation of auditing and data analytics 
  • Auditors’ tasks will change – analysing and drawing conclusions from the results of D&A is becoming increasingly important 
  • The industry must be able to react to clients’ changing needs / environment