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Senior Manager - Pension Actuarial (Bristol or Reading based)

Date: Jul 13, 2019

Location: Reading, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

AutoReq ID143715BR
Job TitleSenior Manager - Pension Actuarial (Bristol or Reading based)
CountryUnited Kingdom
Service LinePensions
Service Line InformationThe KPMG Pensions Team are always questioning conventional thinking, helping our clients’ businesses thrive by ensuring their pension schemes are as effective as possible. We have a breadth of roles across our dynamic sectors, each one offering the opportunity to get involved in exciting work and deliver bespoke solutions. You’ll be given the training and development you need to decipher complex concepts and the opportunity to demonstrate your abilities in your chosen sector.

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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 Senior 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, written deliverables and strategic advice on multiple clients.
- Running large scale projects end to end.
- Managing a team of reports on each project, giving regular on the job feedback to develop them.
- Building and leading excellent relationships with the trustee and company boards.
- Acting as a Scheme Actuary to a portfolio of defined benefit pension schemes.
- Being credible and confident delivering advice verbally to senior decision makers at our clients.
- Looking to expand the scope of work on a project where appropriate.
- Looking for new business opportunities through new or existing clients
- Sharing your specialist knowledge across the pensions team.
- Leading client service teams and taking account management responsibility.

The Person

Qualifications and skills

This role will be suitable for senior experienced pensions consultants who are FIA/FFA qualified, and who have extensive experience of developing and leading client relationships at Board and Trustee level. You will be given responsibility for existing client, including acting as a Scheme Actuary, and also to support the Partners and Directors in winning new business. 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:

- Extensive experience working in the pensions industry.
- A proven track record in delivering strategic advice to 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.

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