Pension Consultancy Administration – Placement Opportunity



Job Overview

About You

Spence & Partners Ltd (Spence) are recruiting for our 2018 intake of placements.  We recruit the best, and are looking for the future influencers of our industry.  We are looking for individuals who are keen to learn from our team and develop and grow within a busy and successful organisation.  We are looking for intelligent, innovative and driven individuals who wish to make an impact in their placement year, which could lead to further opportunity in an award winning organisation.

We are looking for candidates who are intelligent, ambitious and great at working with people. You should enjoy solving complex problems and be interested in the financial services industry and areas affecting it.  You will be well organised and proactive, calm under pressure and can communicate well at all levels (written and verbal).

You will enjoy working in a challenging environment in which you can develop both personally and professionally in an award winning company.  You will be a conscientious individual with exceptional attention to detail. You will be an individual who knows how to interact in a professional environment and deliver to the requirements of our high performing culture.

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About Us

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 support your studies within 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.

Spence & Partners (Spence) was established in 2000 and is a privately owned UK firm of actuaries, pension consultants, pension scheme IT specialists and administrators.  We are part of an integrated group of companies that includes Dalriada Trustees Limited (Dalriada) a leading independent trustee, with offices in, Belfast, Glasgow, Manchester, Bristol and London, and Veratta Limited, a data management, information security, software development and IT support business also in the pensions and financial services industry with clients throughout the UK and Ireland.

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 a placement experience in Pensions Administration 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.

After full training, you will be exposed to various issues arising in the world of pension administration. Our team carries out all types of exercises from winding up schemes and calculating members’ pension benefits to carrying out forensic research, all the while providing an excellent service to the members of our Schemes.  This variation makes Spence an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in a career in pensions.

You will become a key contact to pension members answering queries over the phone and via written communication.  You will become effective at providing clear and accurate information to members and beneficiaries.

Essential Criteria 

• On track for 2:1 or above in a relevant degree.

• A Level Maths Grade B or above.

• GCSE Maths and English at 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 Packages, 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.


Working hours, Monday to Friday, 37.5 hours per week.

Location: 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: 5 January 2018, shortlisted candidates must be available for interview w/c 8 January 2018.

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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