Actuarial Placement Opportunities



Job Overview

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Spence & Partners Ltd (Spence) are recruiting for our 2018 intake of placement students. We recruit the best individuals with the potential to be the future influencers in our business. We are looking for individuals who are keen to learn from our team and develop within a busy and successful organisation. These individuals should be intelligent, innovative and motivated to make an impact in their placement year, which could lead to further opportunities in our award winning organisation.

You should enjoy solving complex problems and be interested in the financial services and pensions industry and the areas affecting it.  You will be well organised and proactive, calm under pressure and able to communicate well at all levels (both written and verbally).

You will enjoy working in a challenging environment in which you can develop both personally and professionally.  You should be able to demonstrate a conscientious approach to your work and exhibit exceptional attention to detail. You will be an individual who is great at working with people and knows how to interact in a professional environment and can deliver to the requirements of our high performing culture.

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About Us

Spence & Partners (Spence) was established in 2000 and is a privately owned UK firm of actuaries, pension consultants, pension scheme IT specialists and administrators. Spence has offices in, Belfast, Glasgow, Bristol, Manchester and London, and clients throughout the UK and Ireland.

We are part of an integrated group of companies that includes Dalriada Trustees Limited (Dalriada), a leading independent trustee, and Veratta Limited, a data management, information security, software development and IT support business also in the pensions and financial services industry.

The business is based on a culture which aims to provide all of our clients with a high-quality professional service through strong personal relationships.

Placement students are integral to our organisational structure and you will be inducted into specific projects within our company, working with experienced and respected industry professionals.

At Spence we believe that our Placement Programme will provide you support and assistance throughout your studies and a full experience of life in your chosen speciality. You will be appointed a mentor within your discipline who will guide you through your chosen career path, ensuring you gain the most from your placement with the Company.

We believe in empowerment, and expect our colleagues to thrive in an environment of ownership where they quickly excel and gain recognition.

About the role 

We can offer an Actuarial placement experience that is the first step in a high profile career, with many of our placement students wishing to return to continue working with us after Graduation.

Throughout your placement you will be exposed to the wide range of work we undertake. For example, you will work with the rest of the actuarial team in producing calculations for our Trustee and Corporate clients – valuing the benefits of individuals and pension schemes. You will also draft reports and other presentational material for issue to our clients.

As well as our team of actuarial trainees and senior support staff, you will work closely with our qualified actuaries and the Directors of our Business.

Essential Criteria 
•  On track for 2:1 or above in a relevant degree.
•  GCSE and A Level Maths Grade A or above
•  Proven technical and academic ability illustrated through grades and achievements.
•  Evidence of proactive extra curricular learning and engagement in chosen career path.
•  An obvious interest in the industry in which we operate.
•  Excellent knowledge of computerised systems e.g. Microsoft Office/Windows applications, in particular Excel.

Desirable Criteria

•  Relevant Work Experience.
•  Attending events, seminars, self study to promote knowledge in area of interest.

Behavioural competencies for the role

Inspiring Leadership, Strategic Thinking, Impacting & Influencing, Client Engagement, Collaborative Working, Problem Solving, Planned Approach, Professional Approach.

Further information is provided outlining the indicators for each behavioural competency.

CircumstancesLocation: Belfast

Placement Salary: £15,000.

There is a three month probationary period from commencement of employment.

As part of the pre-hire process the successful candidate will be subject to reference checking security vetting.

Closing Date for the role: Friday 13th October 2017, shortlisted candidates must be available for interview on Tuesday & Wednesday 17th / 18th October 2017 in Belfast.

Spence & Partners is an equal opportunities employer.

Due to the changing nature of our business the role profile will inevitably change. We therefore recognise that from time to time, you will be required to undertake other activities of a similar nature that fall within your capabilities, as directed by the Board.

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