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Pensions CoE – Benefit Calculation Specialist – Assistant Manager

Date: Nov 18, 2021

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

Pensions Centre of Excellence – Benefit Calculation Specialist – Assistant Manager
12 month Fixed Term Contract, attractive salary and bonus scheme

Location is flexible, can be any UK based location. Role likely to involve a mixture of working at home/office/client sites.

The Role
Responsible for delivering high quality pension benefit calculation support to our Pensions Assurance audit practice in relation to DB pension schemes.
KPMG’s Pensions Assurance practice provides audit services to over 300 pension schemes in the UK, including over 30% of the top 100 UK schemes, and sits within KPMG’s Pensions Centre of Excellence, alongside our Actuarial Specialists and Audit Assist teams.

Description of the role
• Key contact with audit team, with responsibility for collating relevant information from our pension scheme audited entities and their administrators/actuaries, raising queries and reviewing responses
• Responsible for testing benefit calculations (including transfer values, retirement lump sums and death benefits) and process followed where amounts are material to the pension scheme report and accounts
• Assist in managing process from initial scoping to final delivery of audit reporting, including presenting audit findings to pensions trustees
• Expected to develop specialist technical knowledge and contribute to research and knowledge sharing in one of a number of key areas (including benefit calculations, technical pensions knowledge, audit tools and procedures)
• Develop a detailed understanding of KPMG audit procedures and ensuring procedures are followed accurately

Role dimensions

Leadership & Management
The successful candidate at assistant manager level will be expected to assist in running small teams to deliver audit cases, and to contribute to the overall success of the team. Assistant managers will carry out work and prepare reporting, with reporting being signed off at manager and senior manager level, and delivered in line with KPMG audit quality procedures. With the appropriate experience and exam progression, assistant managers can obtain the necessary accreditation to manage and have responsibility for their own portfolio.

Stakeholder Interaction & Challenges
Assistant managers will have the opportunity of client contact throughout, liaising with trustees, pensions managers, third party administrators and actuaries. You will liaise extensively with our audit colleagues in the Pensions Centre of Excellence, with responsibility for ensuring delivery to agreed timescales.

Impact, Risk, Accountability & Governance
The team delivers over 70 engagement each year, covering some of the UK’s largest private sector defined benefit schemes. A focus on quality and consistency is central to everything that we do.

The Person - Experience
The successful candidate will have a pensions background with experience in pensions administration and benefit calculation routines. The candidate should be working towards a recognised qualification (e.g. PMI). We provide exam and study support.

Expertise / Technical role requirements
• Good technical knowledge of DB pension schemes and individual benefit calculations
• Good knowledge of pensions administration requirements and relevant legislation

• Attention to detail, with a focus on quality and accuracy in calculations
• Good communicator and team player
• Consistently able to work at high level of intensity whilst maintaining a professional and positive approach
• Fully engaged and taking responsibility for own performance and development
• Developing delegation skills and proactive in helping junior team members to develop
• Strong Microsoft Excel and Word skills

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