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Manager - Pensions Actuarial (Reading/Bristol)

Date: Jul 13, 2019

Location: Reading, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

AutoReq ID143716BR
Job TitleManager - Pensions Actuarial (Reading/Bristol)
CountryUnited Kingdom
Service LinePensions
Service Line InformationThe KPMG Pensions team has been growing significantly, positioning us as one of the largest specialist corporate pensions advisers. This incredible growth is expected to continue over the next year and beyond and we are looking to recruit outstanding individuals with a commercial edge.

There is a wide variety of work available - many of our projects are bespoke and unique and being an expanding business means that the opportunities are there for you to find your niche in the team.
The roles can offer unrivalled fast-track progression within the company through the manager grades including director and partner level. KPMG Pensions will offer you the opportunity to demonstrate your abilities where you want to use them and will tangibly recognise your efforts. This will be through competitive remuneration and promotion opportunities, as well as other recognition such as encore awards, celebratory team drinks and away days.

KPMG OverviewKPMG is part of a global network of firms that offers Audit, Tax & Pensions, Consulting, Deal Advisory and Technology services. Through the talent of over 16,000 colleagues, we bring our creativity and insight to our clients’ most critical challenges.

With offices across the UK, we work with everyone from small start-ups and individuals to major multinationals, in virtually every industry imaginable. Our work is often complex, yet our vision is simple: to be the clear choice for our clients, for our people and for the communities we work in.

Job DescriptionAt KPMG, our values define who we are and the way we do business. As a leading professional services firm, we know that our strength and capability come from our people – their different perspectives, experiences and backgrounds. From our inclusive leadership strategy to our diversity and inclusion targets – we’re making bold changes to who we are and what we do. Be part of it.

The Team

KPMG Pensions is a leading edge strategic pensions advisory, actuarial, administration and investment practice. We deliver advice to employers and trustees and their senior people on all aspects of their pension arrangements.

The Role

We are seeking to expand our management team as part of a wider growth plan, and wish to recruit an experienced professional pensions consultant to be based in our Reading or Bristol office.

Our Reading office is moving into a larger, brand new building (Forbury Place) in the centre of Reading later this year.

In the pensions team we deliver professional pensions consulting advice on a wide range pensions issues to both corporate and trustee clients.

The key work streams within the department include:

- Provision of scheme actuary services, including giving strategic advice on funding and long term strategies. �
- Undertaking actuarial analysis and modelling, for example for individual member calculations, actuarial valuations, PPF levies and producing accounting disclosures.
- Providing advice around pensions accounting and supporting the audit teams in understanding the actuarial aspects of financial statements.
- De-risking projects such as buy-outs and buy-ins, liability management exercises.
- Benefit design and implementation of new structures.
Your role will include having the following responsibilities:
- Being responsible for high quality and complex calculations and written deliverables on multiple clients.
- Building and managing relationships with trustee and company boards.
- Delivering professional pensions consulting advice on a wide range of trustee and corporate pension issues.
- Leading client service teams and taking account management responsibility.
- The potential to act as a Scheme Actuary to defined benefit pension schemes.
- An ability to understand a corporate client’s business and how the pensions issues relate to their corporate strategy.
- An ability to understand how a trustee board can meet their statutory and fiduciary objectives in the context of the scheme sponsor and the regulatory environment.

The Person

Qualifications and Skills

This role will be suitable for experienced pensions consultants who are FIA/FFA qualified, and who have experience of managing client relationships at Board and Trustee level. In addition to proven technical and client consulting experience (including examples of leading large projects), individuals are to have strong communication skills and be able to demonstrate that they can develop the people they work with in order to deliver quality work to clients and achieve their career goals.

Background and experience

Successful candidates will have the following attributes/experience:

- Significant experience working in the pensions industry.
- A proven track record in consulting with clients in a mainstream employee benefits firm.
- Excellent understanding of the UK pensions landscape and issues facing clients.
- Consistently able to work at high level of intensity whilst maintaining a professional and positive approach.
- Fully engaged and taking responsibility for own performance.
- Ability to lead and coach less experienced staff and work closely with colleagues in multi-disciplinary client service teams.
- Seeks opportunities to develop internal KPMG network and knowledge of other areas of the business.

We recognise that as individuals, we each have particular needs and that one size doesn’t fit all, when it comes to how, when and where you work. That’s why we’re proud to offer our colleagues agile working options. We believe in putting you at the centre of your career – KPMG will offer the training, development and stimulating work environment to help you get to where your career ambitions are. That’s why we introduced ‘Our Deal’ – it’s our way of saying ‘thank you’ for bringing your best to work. As part of ‘Our Deal’, you’ll benefit from a range of rewards from secondment opportunities and preferential banking services to a day off on your birthday and having open, honest conversations about your career development.

Our Deal

Flexible WorkingWhile some of our client-facing professionals can be required to travel regularly, and at times be based at client sites, we are supportive where possible of helping you to achieve a balance between your home and work demands.

We are happy to discuss individual requirements and our range of flexible working arrangements could be of interest. Furthermore, as part of the recruitment process, we can put you in touch with people who work flexibly so you can understand from them what our culture is like.

Applying with a DisabilityKPMG are proud to be an inclusive, equal opportunity employer and we seek to attract and retain the best people from the widest possible talent pool. As a member of the Business Disability Forum we're committed to ensuring that you are treated fairly throughout our Recruitment Process. Should you be successful after the initial application stage, please discuss any reasonable adjustments that you may require, with your recruitment contact.

KPMG's commitment to diversity

KPMG consistently features in the Sunday Times Best Big Companies to work for, which has been recognised with a special achievement award to mark our 10 years in the Top 25. We are proud of the value we place on individuality; we want you to bring your full self to work and truly maximise your potential. We believe that your individuality helps us to deliver the best results for our clients. Diversity of background, diversity of experience, diversity of perspective - that's the KPMG difference. But, don't take our word for it, find out more about diversity at KPMG.

Returning to work after a break

At KPMG, we appreciate that returning to work after an extended career break can be daunting. We understand that those with experience who have taken a career break have a wealth of experience and knowledge to offer our organisation, which helps us to achieve our business goals. We will support you to refresh your skills, develop your confidence and provide a supportive network across the firm to help you best integrate into the working environment. This role welcomes applications for individuals who have been out of work for 18 months or more and who have previous relevant experience.

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