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Pensions, Senior Associate, PwC Edinburgh

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Who we are looking for

The candidate will be operating in a team based in Edinburgh who cover the whole of Scotland. There will be opportunities to visit our other offices (Aberdeen and Glasgow) and to visit client sites as work requires. There may also be opportunities to work with staff in our other offices around the country. The candidate will be part of our Actuarial Pensions Team which provides pensions advice to a wide range of clients - mainly corporates and largely on their defined benefit arrangements however we also advise trustees and cover defined contribution schemes (GPP and trust based).

The successful applicant will have a good grounding in the basics of pension liability calculations and will be keen to use this to develop their consulting skills on a range of different projects through additional training and on the job learning.

About the role

The successful candidate will work with client relationship teams on a wide portfolio of clients and will have day-to-day responsibility for managing these on-going relationships. For a number of our clients, this involves reporting directly to the Senior Manager, Director or Partner on the engagement.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

Proactively managing a portfolio of clients, reporting directly to Managers and above.
Establishing effective working relationships directly with clients and their other advisers.
Being proactively involved in the financial management of clients.
Contributing to the development of personal and team knowledge.
Building your own network of contacts through regular attendance at internal and external meetings.
Keeping up-to-date with local and national business and economic issues that might potentially impact on clients and /or their industry.
The Senior Associate will be part of client-service and project teams. As such, managing both junior and more senior members of the team will be essential

The successful candidate will work on a range of clients (listed, private, PE backed and inbounds) and will also have the opportunity to be involved on a variety of projects including benefit change; liability management; Scheme Funding advice transactions and restructuring involving pensions, investment advice and defined contribution scheme set up and governance.

Additional information

Amount of time office based: 90%
Amount of time at client sites: 10%
Need to travel/overnight stays away from home: Occasional, depending on client projects.
Opportunity for flexible working (hours)?: Yes
Opportunity for working from home?: Occasional, depending on client projects.
Opportunity for job sharing?: No

The requirements for the role are as follows:
Progressing through actuarial exams;
A commitment to continuing to enhance technical and other knowledge and skills;
Willingness to take on new and challenging work;
Risk awareness;
Excellent team playing skills including helping more junior members of staff to develop;
Good communication skills;
Self-motivation; and Good organisational and people skills.


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