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Willis Towers Watson

Actuarial Graduate Programme - Retirement, Bristol

The Business
Human Capital & Benefits (HCB) consultants combine deep analytics, sage advice, astute broking, intuitive software, proven administration, and relevant solutions to help all kinds of organisations (from small to mega) address their talent and benefit issues.

Willis Towers Watson is the leading provider of retirement consulting and actuarial services to today"EURTMs global organisations, providing actuarial services to more of the world"EURTMs top 300 pension funds than any other company. In the UK and Europe, we are the undisputed leader, advising 75 of the FTSE 100 companies.

We partner with clients around the globe to determine the best approaches to design, funding, governance, administration and communication around retirement programs.
The Team

The Retirement team works with trustees and sponsors of occupational pension schemes. We advise on both defined contribution ("EURoeDC"EUR ) and defined benefit ("EURoeDB"EUR ) schemes: our graduate vacancies are within the defined benefit team. The DB team helps our clients with all aspects of managing a pension scheme, from regular triennial valuation work, to cutting edge risk-reduction and scheme design projects. We often work closely with our colleagues in other teams, such as DC, investment, communications and administration, to provide joined-up advice to our clients. We work in partnership with our clients to help them to manage the potentially substantial risks involved with retirement benefit provision and to ensure that their benefits meet the needs of all stakeholders.

The Retirement team is the largest recruiter of graduates in Willis Towers Watson"EURTMs Human Capital and Benefits Line of Business. Willis Towers Watson is the leading provider of retirement consulting and actuarial services to today"EURTMs global organisations, providing actuarial services to more of the world"EURTMs top 300 pension funds than any other company. In the UK and Europe, we are the undisputed leader, advising 75 of the FTSE 100 companies. We also advise small and mid-sized schemes, with the range of clients providing our colleagues with a broad range of opportunities. Our enviable client list covers a very wide range of companies including household names, financial institutions and charities.

The Role 
*** Please note that we do not accept multiple applications and you should only select and apply to one programme per year***

Opening Date: 14 September 2018

Closing Date: 1 February 2019

Locations: Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester, London & Reigate

Salary: Competitive

Graduates at Willis Towers Watson benefit from all the resources and opportunities that a large company can provide, but this doesn"EURTMt come at the cost of individuality. You will also be recognised for your personal contribution!

As a Retirement graduate, you"EURTMll need good communication skills, the ability to plan work effectively and a strong desire to solve challenging problems. You"EURTMll develop consulting skills so that you can use these techniques to help clients understand and manage their risks.

Regardless of which of our offices you join, you"EURTMll be part of the bigger Willis Towers Watson community, and will be able to contribute to our fundraising and community activities, as well as our sporting and social groups. We are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment, enriched by our people, our clients, and the communities in which we work and live.

Career path and Study Support
Our development programme will equip you with the skills you need to progress in your career. During the first few years, the focus will be on technical and consulting skills, and you will be guided through a comprehensive programme that blends classroom training with structured on-the-job experiences and access to supporting learning resources. You will also benefit from access to our career pathing materials, enabling you to take control of your career from an early stage!

Graduates in Retirement study to become Fellows of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. Willis Towers Watson will support you through the actuarial exams with a study mentor as well as a complete and flexible study support package that includes:
  • Membership fees of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries
  • Providing study materials for each exam such as course notes, sample questions, past paper questions, mock exams and revision notes 
  • Paying for tutorials for each exam 
  • Cost of sitting each exam and a re-sit attempt if required study leave "EUR" roughly one day per week 
And you"EURTMll have the support of a large body of students and qualified actuaries, who can share their experiences of studying for the exams!
Graduates receive salary increases for each exam passed in addition to increases that may be awarded as part of their annual salary review.

The Requirements 
  • Minimum 2:1 degree in a numerate discipline OR 
  • 2:1 degree including A-Level Maths grade A/B or equivalent qualifications
The Company

Willis Towers Watson is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. With roots dating to 1828, Willis Towers Watson has 40,000 employees serving more than 140 countries. We design and deliver solutions that manage risk, optimize benefits, cultivate talent, and expand the power of capital to protect and strengthen institutions and individuals. Our unique perspective allows us to see the critical intersections between talent, assets and ideas "EUR" the dynamic formula that drives business performance. Together, we unlock potential. Learn more at
Willis Towers Watson is an equal opportunity employer

Willis Towers Watson believes that effectively managing a diverse workforce is vital to our business strategy. We have an obligation to our organization, ourselves and our clients to hire and develop the best people we can find. We will continually review our policies and practices to ensure that all areas of the employment process (including recruiting, hiring, work assignments, compensation, benefits, promotions, transfers, company-sponsored development programs and overall workplace experience) are free from discriminatory practices. We are committed to equal employment opportunities at Willis Towers Watson.
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Start date for the UK Graduate Programme will be the end of August / early September 2019.

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