Defined Contributions Pensions Senior Associate Reading

24 Sep 2018
24 Oct 2018
Job role
Full time
Who we are looking forPwC has recently been recognised by ALM Intelligence as a global leader for retirement benefits consulting and we are continuing to invest in our Workplace Savings & Benefits team in the UK, with a particular focus on growing our market share in the South East.

This is an exciting opportunity to join our rapidly growing pensions team as a Workplace Savings & Benefits specialist.

As a Senior Associate, you will be working within the project teams to deliver a range of defined contribution pensions and wider employee benefits projects across the South region. You will be based in our Reading office but should be flexible to work out of London (Embankment Place), Uxbridge or Bristol as the need arises.

The ideal candidate will have a good understanding of UK pension and auto-enrolment legislation and first-hand knowledge of defined contribution pension, healthcare and risk providers. You should possess good client/provider administration skills, and have experience of working on relevant projects.

You may also possess relevant qualifications, either CII or Pensions Management Institute (PMI) qualifications, or are working towards these qualifications.

About the role PwC is at the forefront of innovation, developing and using new technology (such as our Savings Lab and Enhance platforms) is central to the role. No two client projects are the same and you will need to be able to take your existing knowledge and apply it to new client situations. Recent client projects have included:
    Harmonising employee benefits and pension arrangements (including provider selection, broking and asset transition)

    Using data analytics and visualisation to identify themes in employees financial wellbeing and retirement planning

    Auto-enrolment implementation and compliance

    Designing and delivering financial education to employees

    Assisting companies with responding to the changes in pension tax (Lifetime and Annual Allowances)

Our pension team will provide you with an opportunity to broaden your experience in all the areas of work mentioned and others which are yet to be developed. Your responsibilities will include the following:

    Dealing with client activity, preparation of reports, communications, provider contracting terms, etc.

    Delegating work and coaching within the P&O team and providing relevant training, guidance and support.

    Being a point of contact with clients and providers, maintaining good relationships and monitoring activity.

    Using the technical skills you have built to date with commercial knowledge and project experience within a challenging environment.

    Maintaining regular contact with internal colleagues and external clients, including active account management.

    Advising businesses as part of a multi-disciplinary team, including other professionals such as Tax, Accounting, HR, wider employee reward and Corporate Finance.

    Working with a diverse team environment in terms of the projects you work on, the clients with whom you develop relationships with and the people you work alongside both internally and externally.

    Undertaking internal risk management activity to support new projects, working with the Client Administrators to ensure all risks are addressed and fees/invoices a raised on time.

    Business development support, helping drive client campaigns and proactively driving opportunities.

Being involved in bringing innovative projects and solutions to the market ahead of our competitors.
Proactively taking control of your career and your development to take advantage of all of the opportunities PwC offers.

Role Requirements
    Good knowledge and technical awareness of Employee Benefits – DC Pension, Healthcare and Risk, Auto-enrolment (minimum 2 years)

    Working towards (or attained) a relevant qualification - CII or Pensions Management Institute

    Experience in dealing with providers

    Proactive approach

    Keen to learn and develop

    Good Project Management skills

    Good communication skills

    Good relationship builder

    Team player


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