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  • Job Type: Graduate Job
  • Profession: Actuaries, Management Consultancy
  • Location: Leeds
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Application Details: Please email a copy of your CV and covering letter, quoting the vacancy reference number and job title.

About the Company

Xafinity is one of the UK’s leading specialists in pensions and employee benefits. We are an ambitious, growing business employing over 400 people across our six offices. We listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange in February 2017.

We have over 500 clients who tell us that our people are outstanding, proactive, innovative, and relevant. This reputation is based on the personal relationships we form with our clients, underpinned by our outstanding advice.

We recognise how critical you are to us. We will accelerate your development through on-the-job training and support for your professional qualification. You will be involved in a wide range of client work from day one and will quickly take ownership of tasks and projects.

You can use your technical skills to develop innovative solutions. We will give you client exposure at an early stage so you can use your communication skills.

You’ll be expected to contribute to the ongoing debate we have about what we’re doing with our clients, thereby helping influence our future direction.

We will of course pay you an attractive salary alongside a broad range of other benefits which you can shape to reflect your circumstances.

About the Business Area/Department

Our mission is to help our clients effectively manage their risk. Communication is at the heart of what we do. We are proactive, strategic, knowledgeable and innovative.

The Investment Consulting practice is an area of rapid growth within Xafinity. We are very ambitious and want to continue growing strongly. Our clients are institutional investors, mostly pension schemes. We advise them on a wide range of investment-related areas, including:

  • We help our clients understand and agree their investment objectives. This combines journey planning (understanding the impact of targeting different levels of return) with asset liability modelling (understanding the risks associated with different investment strategies).
  • We help our clients determine a suitable asset allocation. We use our in-depth knowledge to help our clients understand strategic and tactical investment opportunities. Making Sense of Pensions
  • We help our clients with risk management. We produce analysis so our clients understand the risks to which they are exposed and we advise them how to hedge those risks where appropriate.
  • We help our clients with the implementation of their strategy. We undertake fund manager research to help our clients increase the chances of meeting their objectives. We also use our specialist asset transition knowledge to help our clients implement our advice efficiently.

(To be clear, we do not manage any money for our clients or undertake any trading.)

About the Role

We are looking for graduates that will excel in this advisory role. This requires excellent communication skills, a passion about investments together with drive and enthusiasm.

We want graduates who are unafraid to express a view and can express their view clearly, thereby contributing to the investment ideas we rely on to achieve our aims.

We want to help you reach your potential and be the best that you can be. By joining Xafinity you will be involved in a wide variety of work. You’ll be supported by on-the-job training, resulting in you developing your knowledge and abilities quickly.

In addition, you’ll be studying for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exams. We know that it’s a real challenge completing professional qualifications whilst progressing in a new job, so we’ll help you every step of the way – we’ll equip you with study materials and time to study.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Tasks will include (but are not limited to):
  • Working in client teams to produce strategic advice.
  • Setting up asset liability models to help our clients better understand risk.
  • Producing clear written advice to help our clients quickly identify and understand the key issues.
  • Preparing monitoring reports to help our clients understand what is driving performance.
  • Attending client meetings to help deliver advice and understand the importance of effective communication.
  • Researching investment ideas across the full range of asset classes.
  • Researching fund managers.
  • Supporting asset transitions across managers and funds.
  • Contributing to the continuous debate about how we do an even better job for our clients (e.g. new investment ideas or ways to communicate investment concepts).

Job Requirements

Essential

  • Passionate about investments and investing
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Strong desire to become a client facing consultant
  • Confidence to express a view
  • Hard working, dedicated individual
  • Desire to take responsibility for work Making Sense of Pensions
  • Effective organisation skills and ability to manage and prioritise workload
  • Proactive attitude & quick to learner
  • Care and keen attention to detail

Desirable

  • Experience of the investment issues faced by pension schemes
  • Experience of delivering advice to pension schemes
  • Experience of researching investment ideas or investment managers
  • Progress towards the CFA exams (or actuarial)

Additional Details

We offer an attractive reward package, typical benefits can include:

  • Competitive salary
  • Participation in Discretionary Bonus Scheme
  • Potential opportunity to participate in an employee Share Save scheme
  • 23 days holiday, rising to 25 days after two years’ service
  • Pension Plan
  • Flexible Benefits Scheme to support you in and out of work, helping you look after you and your family covering Security & Protection, Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle
  • Life Assurance cover
  • Xafinity Rewards (offers discounts and savings from retailers and services providers as well as offers available via phone)
  • Interest free season ticket loan

Xafinity is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages application from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief

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