Pensions Manager

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We help our clients stay ahead of changes that impact their businesses, navigating complexity and risk. We deliver deep tax technical, people and legal expertise, while providing the critical context to make informed and compliant decisions. With clients ranging from multinational organisations and public sector bodies to entrepreneurs and family businesses, the work we do is diverse.

Hear from Ed Stacey, Tax People Leader about what a career in Tax could mean for you - from development, to our culture, to what we value in our people when building our team.


A career in our Retirement and Pensions practice, within People and Organisation Consulting services, will provide you with the opportunity to help our clients reset their talent strategies and deliver extraordinary business results through their people. We focus on evaluating and managing their unique challenges so our clients can maximise their return on the overall investment in human capital. You’ll gain a tremendous depth of expertise in all aspects of human capital, including creating sustainable value through people culture and change, designing compensation and retirement strategies, and improving human capital operations.Our actuarial team helps our clients develop and implement retirement and pension services suited to their organisational strategy and objectives. You’ll be assisting the team with retirement and pension strategy, plan design transformation, merger and acquisition integration, implementation and financial reporting.

To really stand out and make us fit for the future in a constantly changing world, each and every one of us at PwC needs to be a purpose-led and values-driven leader at every level. To help us achieve this we have the PwC Professional; our global leadership development framework. It gives us a single set of expectations across our lines, geographies and career paths, and provides transparency on the skills we need as individuals to be successful and progress in our careers, now and in the future.

As a Manager, you'll work as part of a team of problem solvers, helping to solve complex business issues from strategy to execution. PwC Professional skills and responsibilities for this management level include but are not limited to:

  • Develop new skills outside of comfort zone.
  • Act to resolve issues which prevent the team working effectively.
  • Coach others, recognise their strengths, and encourage them to take ownership of their personal development.
  • Analyse complex ideas or proposals and build a range of meaningful recommendations.
  • Use multiple sources of information including broader stakeholder views to develop solutions and recommendations.
  • Address sub-standard work or work that does not meet firm's/client's expectations.
  • Use data and insights to inform conclusions and support decision-making.
  • Develop a point of view on key global trends, and how they impact clients.
  • Manage a variety of viewpoints to build consensus and create positive outcomes for all parties.
  • Simplify complex messages, highlighting and summarising key points.
  • Uphold the firm's code of ethics and business conduct.

We are seeking a qualified pensions actuary to join the team in Scotland.

The pensions team works as part of a multi-disciplinary team providing specialist advice predominantly to sponsoring employers of occupational pension schemes covering all aspects of advice relating to occupational pensions for both defined benefit and defined contribution structures.

The work is varied and project based ranging helping companies set their long-term pensions strategy, risk transfer projects, liability management exercises, assistance with scheme funding negotiations, reviews and preparation of accounting disclosures, asset backed contribution strategies and pensions corporate transaction support. The ideal candidate will have experience of some of these exercises and of mentoring junior colleagues. 

The team are based in Edinburgh but support clients throughout the country/Network. There is a possibility of some travel if attending client meetings.

Our pensions team will provide you with an opportunity to broaden your experience in all the areas of work mentioned as well as help your development into the manager role in projects.


The role

You will:

  • Use your pensions knowledge within a commercial context 

  • Use the technical skills you have and build on them with commercial knowledge and project experience within a challenging environment

  • Use and develop technology to enhance our client offerings

  • Be actively involved in Business Development activities to help identify and research opportunities

  • Take on a wide-ranging portfolio of work while developing client exposure and business skills

  • Train, coach and supervise staff

  • Contribute to the development of your own and team’s technical acumen

  •  Work with senior staff to develop client deliverables

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

  • Work with senior staff to develop new client services in the areas of pension scheme funding and liability management

  • Be flexible and have the ability to multitask effectively

Essential skills and experience

  • Be a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries

  • Strong technical skills

  • Understanding of the pension framework in the UK and the issues facing employers

  • Background in pensions consulting and ideally some exposure to corporate consulting

  • An interest in developing their skills as a more rounded corporate consultant with a commercial approach

  • Able to converse easily with colleagues and clients and keen to develop their client facing consulting skills

  • Appreciation of employee benefit / HR issues wider than pensions

  • Motivation to develop themselves and help the development of others

Not the role for you?

Did you know PwC offer flexible contract arrangements as well as contingent work ( ie temporary or day rate contracting)?

The skills we look for in future employees

All our people need to demonstrate the skills and behaviours that support us in delivering our business strategy. This is important to the work we do for our business, and our clients. These skills and behaviours make up our global leadership framework, ‘The PwC Professional’ and are made up of five core attributes; whole leadership, technical capabilities, business acumen, global acumen and relationships.

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Valuing Difference. Driving Inclusion.

We work in a changing world which offers great opportunities for people with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We seek to attract and employ the best people from the widest talent pool because creating value through diversity is what makes us strong as a business, enabling us to solve important problems and deliver value to our clients. We encourage an inclusive culture where people can be themselves, are valued for their strengths and are empowered to be the best they can be. As an organisation with an increasingly agile workforce, we also support different ways of working offering flexible working arrangements. Learn more here about our work to support an inclusive culture.