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The Business

With roots dating to 1828, Willis Towers Watson has 40,000 employees serving more than 140 countries.

Willis Towers Watson is the leading provider of retirement consulting and actuarial services to today's global organisations, providing actuarial services to more of the world's top 300 pension funds than any other company. In the UK and Europe, we are the undisputed leader, advising 75 of the FTSE 100 companies. We also advise small and mid-sized schemes, with the range of clients providing our colleagues with a broad range of opportunities. Our enviable client list covers a very wide range of companies including household names, financial institutions and charities.

We partner with clients around the globe to determine the best approaches to pension scheme design, funding, governance, administration and communication.

The Team


The Retirement team works with trustees and sponsors of occupational pension schemes. We advise on both defined contribution (“DC”) and defined benefit (“DB”) schemes: our graduate vacancies are within the defined benefit team. The DB team helps our clients with all aspects of managing a pension scheme, from regular triennial valuation work, to cutting edge risk-reduction and scheme design projects. We often work closely with our colleagues in other teams, such as DC, investment, communications and administration, to provide joined-up advice to our clients. We work in partnership with our clients to help them to manage the potentially substantial risks involved with retirement benefit provision and to ensure that their benefits meet the needs of all stakeholders.

The Retirement team is the largest recruiter of graduates in Willis Towers Watson's Human Capital and Benefits Line of Business.

The Role


*** Please note that we do not accept multiple applications and you should only select and apply to one programme per year***

Opening Date: 3 September 2019

Closing Date: 31 January 2020

Locations: Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, London & Reigate

Salary: Competitive


As a Retirement graduate, you'll need good numerical and communication skills, the ability to plan work effectively and a strong desire to solve challenging, technical problems. You'll develop consulting skills so that you can help clients understand and manage their pension risks.

Graduates at Willis Towers Watson benefit from all the resources and opportunities that a large company can provide, but this doesn't come at the cost of individuality. You will have the opportunity to work alongside some of the leading figures in the pensions industry and also to be recognised for your personal contribution.

Regardless of which of our offices you join, you'll be part of the bigger Willis Towers Watson community, and will be able to contribute to our fundraising and community activities, as well as our sporting and social groups. We are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment, enriched by our people, our clients, and the communities in which we work and live.

Career path and Study Support

Our development programme will equip you with the skills you need to progress in your career. During the first few years, the focus will be on technical and consulting skills, and you will follow a structured development programme of blended learning consisting of a mix of classroom sessions, eLearning, webinars, recorded videos, self-study and reading. You will also benefit from access to our career pathing materials, enabling you to take control of your career from an early stage.

Graduates in Retirement study to become Fellows of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. Willis Towers Watson will support you through the actuarial exams with a study mentor as well as a complete and flexible study support package that includes:
  • Membership fees of the
    Institute and Faculty of Actuaries
  • Study materials for each
    exam such as course notes, sample questions, past paper questions, mock
    exams and revision notes
  • Ttutorials for each
    exam
  • Exam entry fees and a re-sit
    attempt if required
  • Study leave roughly equal to
    one day per week

You will also have the support of a large body of students and qualified actuaries, who can share their experiences of studying for the exams.

Graduates receive salary increases for each exam passed in addition to increases that are awarded as part of their annual salary review.

The Requirements

  • 2:1 degree in a numerate discipline OR
  • 2:1 degree in a non-numerate discipline plus A-Level Maths at grade A/B (or equivalent qualifications)


The Application Process




Stage 1: Online application,
including CV
Stage 2:
Online testing
Stage 3:
Video interview - in partnership with the Bright Network,
we have created an academy module on 'How to Ace your Video Interview'. Click here to sign up and watch
it!
Stage 4:
Assessment centre
Stage 5:
Offer and on-boarding

Equal Opportunity Employer

Start date for the UK Graduate Programme will be the end of August / early September 2020.

Learn more about Willis Towers Watson

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