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30 Jun 2014

  • Job Type: Graduate Job
  • Profession: Management Consultancy, Insurance
  • Start Date: Unspecified
  • Location: Woking
  • UCAS Points: 300
  • Degree Required: 2:1

Do you have strong analytical and communication skills? Do you enjoy solving complex numerical challenges and are you keen to work in a fast-paced team environment? Do you have what it takes to deliver solutions that have a real impact on the future of major organisations?

Then it’s time to join Mercer as a Graduate Trainee Consultant.

We are one of the world’s largest providers of talent, health, retirement and investment services. Our retirement team is made up of a mix of actuarial and non-actuarial consultants so we can offer a diverse range of skills and perspectives to our varied clients. If you are looking for a challenging, complex consulting environment requiring innovative solutions but aren’t looking for high levels of numerical content, then this is the role for you.

Mercer offers a rewarding career environment in every sense. We offer private medical cover, a pension scheme, 25 days holiday (with the option to buy or sell up to five days), a competitive salary, income protection and a range of other benefits. But even more importantly, we provide you with exceptional training and development opportunities.

Our graduate roles begin in September 2014 with an 18-month Graduate Development Programme, starting with a residential course. You will quickly acquire the knowledge and skills to move forward in your career while simultaneously studying for the Advanced Diploma in Retirement Provision through the Pensions Management Institute (PMI). What’s more, our comprehensive study package will give you the resources and time to succeed at every stage of your development.

Through our structured development programme and on the job training you will be supported, coached and developed into an actuarial retirement consultant with ultimately your own clients. As your progress at Mercer there will be a range of career paths available allowing you to focus on your strengths and interests.

Our Graduate Trainee Consultants work with a diverse range of clients, both corporate and trustee, advising on the design, funding, administration and communication of all types of retirement plans and helping our clients manage a variety of benefit plan related risks. You will be instrumental in driving forward the shape of future pension provisions and delivering innovative solutions to our clients, whether it be via “defined benefit” or “defined contribution” pension arrangements. This position will be based out of our new Woking office and specific duties will include:

• Collecting and interpreting data to develop solutions for both external and internal clients

• Developing and applying relevant legislation knowledge to client issues

• Communicating effectively to external and internal clients in a non-technical manner, through creating client reports, attending meetings and responding to queries.

• Developing understanding of client needs and mercer service offerings in order to be able to deliver high standards of client service

• Working in partnership and developing relationships with internal teams, across lines of business and with corporate and trustee clients

Skills Required:
•  A minimum of 300 UCAS points obtained in 3 subjects including a numerical A level at a minimum of grade B, with a 2:1 honours degree in a numerical or semi numerical degree (equivalent qualifications are accepted)
•  An interest in pensions and financial markets is essential
•  A strong customer service focus and desire to work with clients to help them achieve their objectives
•  Ability to work in a team with rapidly changing priorities and demands
•  Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills
•  Strong oral and written communication skills
•  Strong numerical, analytical and problem solving skills with the ability to assimilate data, review and solve client issues
•  An ability to work to tight deadlines
•  Ability to balance work, study and personal life effectively

Applications close 5pm, 30 June 2014

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