The Willis Towers Watson Risk Solutions team works across multiple disciplines, various lines of business and with third parties to deliver a variety of projects, the majority being large and complex de-risking initiatives for the UK's largest pension schemes.
The highlights of the role include:
Working across a range of subjects/solutions across trust-based defined benefits schemes - such as member options exercises (retirement transfer options, enhanced transfer values, pension increase exchanges), plan design change and plan closure, buy-ins, wind ups, mergers, systems implementations, longevity hedges, GMP rectifications, and asset transitions
Working with a range of different people across different lines of business and external organisations
Having a defined career path and wide opportunities at this large global employer.
The successful candidate will be pensions trained and have previous experience of a project support role. If you have any trustee secretarial or scheme management experience, you might also be interested in this role.
The role requires the following skills:
Strong planning and organising skills
Effective communication skills (both written and verbal), and ability to identify and efficiently resolve issues
It will be an advantage to have experience in co-ordinating pensions de-risking projects (such as plan design changes, pension increase exchanges, retirement transfer options, buy-in, buy-out and longevity transactions).
Provide day-to-day project support to a Project Manager or Senior Project Manager, delivering pensions projects of various sizes and varying degrees of complexity - actions logs, decisions logs, production of agendas, risks and issues logs
Assist with set-up/building and monitoring project plans, progress and highlight reports
Draft and support the creation of project management materials as necessary
Assisting with project tracking to ensure that delivery deadlines are achieved within scope, budget and Willis Towers Watson's internal protocols
Setting up meetings, co-ordinating diaries, client billing and producing efficient, fast and accurate minutes of meetings
Support ideas for continuous improvement , improving operational efficiency and effectiveness
Ensure standard templates and project materials, such as template client reports, project highlight reports, risk logs, action plans, project plans are used consistently to drive efficient and high quality project delivery, help with saving good examples to our library of materials
Assist with ensuring each deliverable is produced efficiently and adds value to the project
Assist with scheduling project reviews and tranche reviews, to enable these to be carried out at appropriate project milestones.
Experience in project management delivery coupled with meaningful experience within the pensions industry and/or financial services
Experience of managing several projects simultaneously
A clear, concise and confident communicator of project issues - covering both verbal and written communication skills
Practical experience in managing and controlling project budgets, the billing process and pricing and scoping new work
Experience in working with clients, third parties, or in supplier and customer relationships
A firm commitment to delivering high quality service
Other highly desirable skills/experience are:
Prince 2 qualified (or willing to work towards) ideally with Microsoft Project skills
Pensions industry qualifications would be an advantage such as the Pensions Management Institute Diplomas or Associateship
Experience in presenting at multi-discipline meetings
Experience in preparing (or reviewing) project reports, reporting from third parties involved in your projects and other outputs for client delivery
Experience of managing and/or mentoring individual team members
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