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Our specialist Pensions departments work with all sizes of pensions schemes right up to the largest in the UK. We help clients understand and manage key business risks, improve business processes and operating efficiency and assure the validity of vital business information. The role is primarily pensions audit, but does include some corporate audits as well as additional assurance projects such as analytics, risk reviews and systems reviews.

What will my day be like in Pensions?

Right from the start, you’ll be building knowledge and expertise in the pensions industry and making a difference to our clients' businesses. In your first year, you’ll focus on obtaining a thorough grasp of our unique audit approach. From an early stage you'll be given responsibility for smaller scheme work so you can develop project management and client management skills. This will supplement your team role on larger more complex clients.

By delving into our clients’ work processes, we come to know their performance strengths and vulnerabilities. As a result, we help our clients see how they can improve their business – and often, how we can assist them. So it’s not surprising that many of our longest-standing and most complex business relationships are with our clients.

What training and development will I receive in my first few years?

A key stepping-stone in your first years with the firm is the Chartered Accountancy qualification. You'll work towards membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS). The exams are front-loaded to speed your career progression, so you’ll spend a significant amount of time studying for and sitting these exams during your first year.

As well as your professional training, you’ll also develop essential know-how through diverse activities. These will include web-based learning, shadowing senior colleagues and team members, secondments (internal, with clients, or overseas) and residential training courses with our in-house experts. You’ll be assigned a counsellor on day one who’ll work closely with you to identify your strengths and help you grow in your career.

What opportunities will Pensions open up?

Our expectations are high: we believe most graduates joining Pensions will progress through our organisation – we’re looking specifically for the business and market leaders of the future. We’re looking ahead, and we believe the work and training you do in your first few years is laying the groundwork for a career with us.

So we place particular emphasis on talent for leadership and strong commercial sense. To further these, we’ve created a structure that allows people here to realise their potential at the earliest stage in their career. A key requirement will be to demonstrate success in completing high-quality audits for our clients and winning new work for the firm. At first you’ll work on, then later lead, proposals to prospective new clients, showing a strong grasp of their business and potential in the market.

We’ll give you responsibility at the earliest possible moment – as soon as you’re ready for it. As you progress, your familiarity with – and comprehension of – clients will mean you work closely with them and other colleagues to design business solutions. You'll gain experience elsewhere in the financial sector, particularly in assest management. We’re looking for individuals willing to exceed our high expectations, and those of our clients. But you’ll be coached and counselled by more experienced staff at every stage of your career. And in due course, we’ll look to you to pass your knowledge on to less experienced members of your team.

What are my options when I apply?

You can start your Pensions career in Glasgow, Manchester, Reading or Southampton.

Entry requirements:

  • Grade B or above for GCSE Mathematics and English Language (or equivalent);
  • At least 300 (24) UCAS points (excluding General Studies and re-sits);
  • A 2.1 degree.

Please note: in exceptional circumstances we will accept applications from candidates who do not meet our academic requirements. If this is your case, you will need to provide strong justification for why we should consider your application. You will also need to provide documentary evidence of any mitigating circumstances.

 


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