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Willis Towers Watson

Retirement Consultant – Qualified Actuary

You will contribute to achieving the exciting growth strategy of the GB Retirement practice by working on a wide variety of complex projects, while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

Colleagues at Willis Towers Watson benefit from all the resources and opportunities that a large company can provide, but this doesn’t come at the cost of individuality.  You will have the opportunity to work alongside a variety of colleagues, including some of the leading figures in the pensions industry, and also to be recognised for your personal contribution.

Depending on your preferences and strengths you will be able to work with your manager to develop yourself further and choose from a variety of different career paths.  

The Role

  • You will serve as a key resource for the senior consultants in charge of each of your engagements and will be able to hit the ground running reviewing many aspects of the client work.  You will be responsible for managing a team of more junior consultants on large, complex clients and projects. 
  • We work with a wide range of clients and your work may cover both trustee and corporate assignments.  You will be able to utilize your prior experience as a qualified actuary to provide advice on regular valuations, accounting, PPF levies, individual calculations and factor reviews, and will also have developmental opportunities to work alongside our clients on innovative, market-leading projects.  You will have opportunities to contribute to varied and interesting projects such as:
    • Integrated risk management
    • Liability management
    • GMP equalisation
    • Plan design strategy 
    • Asset/liability modelling and journey planning strategy
    • Mergers and acquisitions
  • You will work as part of a team, building relationships and liaising effectively with colleagues.  You will take an active interest in the development of more junior staff, delegating effectively and providing development opportunities through mentoring.
  • You should also be able to work independently, managing your own workload and ensuring that deadlines and budgets are met.  You should ensure that colleagues and the client are kept informed and that clients’ expectations are met or exceeded.  This may include serving as the project manager and looking for ways to increase efficiency within client teams by identifying ways to improve processes.
  • You would be expected to increase your contact with clients and their other professional advisors, working in partnership to understand and meet the clients’ needs and assist in presenting our advice to clients. 

Due to strong growth we are looking to recruit a number of candidates into different roles and the successful candidate for this role will be able to select any of the listed GB locations as their office base. You will be part of that local team but will benefit from the opportunity to work on client teams and with colleagues from other offices as part of our national resourcing approach.  All our offices are currently closed with colleagues working from home.  When our offices reopen, Willis Towers Watson will continue to offer flexible working opportunities, such as regular working from home and part-time working.

The Requirements

  • Experience working as a qualified actuary on core UK defined benefit actuarial work.
  • FIA qualified (or equivalent).
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong client-service orientation.
  • Well organised with the ability to prioritise your own tasks and project manage large teams and projects.  
  • Ability to ask the right questions and seek help where appropriate.
  • Proven delegation skills and a desire to coach and mentor junior associates.
  • Ability to work both independently and on client teams in a fast-paced environment.
  • Sense of accountability: owning your work and taking pride in it.
  • Self-starter: interest in continually challenging yourself and willingness to step outside of your comfort zone.
  • Ability to think beyond the task at hand and understand how work fits into the broader landscape.
  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills, particularly in Excel.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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