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Pension Advisory Assistant Manager

Employer
Grant Thornton
Location
London, Manchester
Salary
£Competitive + Benefits
Closing date
17 Feb 2023
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More than you expected

Grant Thornton UK LLP is part of a global network of independent audit, tax and advisory firms, made up of some 58,000 people in over 135 countries. We're a team of independent thinkers who put quality, inclusion and integrity first. All around the world we bring a different experience to our clients. A better experience. One that delivers the expertise they need in a way that goes beyond. Personal, proactive, and agile. That's Grant Thornton.

 

Job Description:

We are recruiting across London, Birmingham, Leeds or Manchester!

 

NEW GROUND WON’T BREAK ITSELF.

Every day our teams help people in businesses and communities to do what is right and achieve their goals.

Grant Thornton is a leading Advisory firm working with a large range of clients across the UK.  We are a leading business adviser that helps dynamic organisations unlock their potential for growth.

We have created our own unique culture, one that allows you to have the autonomy to make your own decisions within a flexible structure, in an atmosphere where quality, inclusivity, integrity and teamwork are essential in developing our team of independent thinkers.

Our clients are proud to work with us and we are proud of our position in our global, regional and local markets and the reputation we have developed not just for the excellence of our client work but, as importantly, for the culture of our team.

Personal, proactive, and agile. That's Grant Thornton.

 

Why Pensions Advisory?

We have participated in over 500 covenant review and transaction-based assignments since 2005, working closely with trustees and sponsoring employers to ensure the benefits due to members of defined benefit pension schemes are met. 

A typical covenant assignment, either for the Trustees or sponsoring employer, involves the preparation of a detailed report highlighting the current financial position and expected forecasts for the businesses, focusing on its expected longevity, business risks (including ESG) and the implication this has for the profit and cash generation arising.   We frequently support our clients in their valuation discussions, highlighting different funding structures and contingent asset availability, that could be used to provide the funding support for the pension scheme.

We have acted as lead advisers on ground-breaking pension-centric corporate restructurings where we instigated innovative solutions to complex problems and are focused on addressing the key issues facing pension schemes in the current climate; principally sponsor longevity, ESG risks and opportunities and the planning and implementation of end game funding strategies.

 

In addition to our pension advisory assignments, we work closely with colleagues in our Actuarial Team to deliver scheme de-risking, scheme restructurings, pension scheme transaction advisory, PPF Levy management, scheme funding advisory and pensions assurance advice to our clients. We also work closely with the Pensions Regulator and the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), where an on-going secondment program provides us with continued insight into how relevant regulation and guidance is developed and implemented, thereby enhancing the advice we can provide to our clients.  

 

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who want to move into an Advisory role.  We can offer excellent training in pensions, as well as personal development opportunities with potential secondments available to the Pensions Regulator or the Pension Protection Fund.

 

We’re happy to talk flexible working and consider reduced hours and job shares, we’ll support you to balance your work and life.

 

A look into the role


As a Pension Assistant Manager within our team, you will:

  • Be involved in all aspects of client work and business development, from report writing to the preparation and delivery of proposals; we won’t limit you.  We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who want to build a career within Pensions Advisory.
  • Embracing uniqueness, the culture at Grant Thornton thrives on the contributions of all our people, we never settle for what is easy, we look beyond to deliver the right thing, for everyone.  Building an inclusive culture, we value difference and respect our colleagues helps our people to perform at the best of their ability and realise their potential.
  • Our open and accessible culture means you’ll interact with leaders who are interested in you and everything you bring to our firm. The things that set you apart, we value them. That’s why we give you the freedom to bring your whole self to work and pursue your passions inside and outside of work.

 

Knowing you’re right for us

Joining us as a Pensions Assistant Manager, the minimum criteria you’ll need is a professional qualification (ACA, ICAS, CA, ACCA or CIPFA) with post qualification experience, and to be confident managing a large portfolio of audit clients.

 

It would be great if you had some of the following skills, but don’t worry if you don’t tick every box, we’ll help you develop along the way.

 

  • You will need to have good communication, report writing and analytical skills to be confident managing a large portfolio of clients. It would be great if you had some of the following skills, but don’t worry if you don’t tick every box, we’ll help you develop along the way.
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong inter-personal skills
  • Good data analytical and report writing skills
  • Commercial awareness

 

However, life is more than work. The things you do, and the people you’re with outside of work matter, that’s why we’re happy to look at flexible working options for all our roles, and we’ll always do our best to keep your work and life in balance. The impact you can make here will go far beyond your day job. From secondments, to fundraising for local charities, or investing in entrepreneurs in the developing world, you’ll be giving back to society. It’s that drive to do the right thing that runs through our every move, grounded in our CLEARR values – Collaboration, Leadership, Excellence, Agility, Respect and Responsibility.

 

We’re looking for people who are energetic, ambitious to learn and develop, team players who want to contribute, spark fresh ideas and go beyond expectations. People who want to be able to proudly do what’s right, for the firm, our clients, our people and themselves. It’s how it should be.

 

Knowing we’re right for you

 

Embracing uniqueness, the culture at Grant Thornton thrives on the contributions of all our people, we never settle for what is easy, we look beyond to deliver the right thing, for everyone.  Building an inclusive culture, where we value difference and respect our colleagues helps our people to perform at the best of their ability and realise their potential.

Our open and accessible culture means you’ll interact with leaders who are interested in you and everything you bring to our firm. The things that set you apart, we value them. That’s why we give you the freedom to bring your whole self to work and pursue your passions inside and outside of work.

 

Beyond the job 

Life is more than work. The things you do, and the people you’re with outside of work matter, that’s why we’re happy to look at flexible working options for all our roles, and we’ll always do our best to keep your work and life in balance.

The impact you can make here will go far beyond your day job. From secondments, to fundraising for local charities, or investing in entrepreneurs in the developing world, you’ll be giving back to society. It’s that drive to do the right thing that runs through our every move, grounded in our CLEARR values – Collaboration, Leadership, Excellence, Agility, Respect and Responsibility.

We’re looking for people who want to contribute, spark fresh ideas and go beyond expectations. People who want to be able to proudly do what’s right, for the firm, our clients, our people and themselves. It’s how it should be.

If you are interested in developing a career, reviewing businesses of substance then please apply!

Company

We’re business advisers that help organisations navigate today’s volatile markets.

We believe we’re best positioned to make a meaningful impact on the economy. Every day, we provide a diverse range of organisations with the kind of business and financial advice it takes to do this. Our ideas and insight empower our clients to make big decisions about the future. Through our fresh thinking and agile working, we help businesses, communities and our people to succeed.

In the UK we’re led by 190 partners and over 4,500 people. We can also call on a global network of some 50,000 people in over 130 countries. And because of our shared enterprise model in the UK, every one of us gives their all towards your future success.

We work with the public sector to build thriving communities. We help businesses to achieve their objectives. And we work with regulators and financial institutions to build trust and integrity in markets

Our commitment to creating an inclusive working environment means differences are not only understood and respected but valued too. And our collaborative culture means we share ideas as well as the responsibility for making them happen. It's also important for us to understand how we can support you in your role, including exploring any reasonable and flexible working adjustments. This flexibility will enable you to bring your full self to work and be at your best.

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