Senior Paraplanner

Job Description

Our client was established in 2009, with the aim to provide a unique and modern approach to financial planning for high net worth individuals and the employee benefit market. They currently manage over £350m of assets for clients and were awarded Chartered status from the Chartered Insurance Institute in 2013, showing their commitment to high levels of standards and professionalism.

They have exciting growth plans over the next 5 years and wants to expand its highly valued Paraplanning team to support its team of client facing advisers.

Job purpose:

In relation to more complex, technically challenging work undertaken by the firm, candidates must be able to analyse information and conduct appropriate research to produce articulate and personalised suitability reports. This must be done in such a way as to ensure that the firm’s client and service propositions are delivered in an efficient and robust way, whilst maintaining high levels of risk management and operational effectiveness.

As a senior employee the candidate will be expected to take a proactive and responsible approach to helping develop and manage junior members of the firm’s paraplanning team.  

Key responsibilities and accountabilities:

  • Receiving instructions during debriefings from advisers following client meetings.
  • Interpreting data obtained by advisers during client meetings.
  • Analysing data and using research tools to provide solutions to meet client needs and objectives.
  • Providing records to support research undertaken.
  • Consolidation of client needs and objectives, together with the recommendations and course of action in a written format via suitability reports, client specific illustrations and key features document.
  • Carrying out all tasks in a manner consistent with compliance procedures.
  • Assist in the delivery of our investment proposition.
  • Ensuring all client files are compliant on an ongoing basis.
  • Carrying out research and analysing products and services that is appropriate to each client’s financial circumstances.
  • Proposing and drafting financial solutions that meet each client’s goals, needs and objectives.
  • Assisting in the training and mentoring of our trainee and junior paraplanners.

    Relevant Skills and Experience

  • Preference for at least 3 years’ experience working in a Paraplanning role, for a financial planning organisation. Although consideration will be given to candidates with experience in connected financial services roles.
  • Clear understanding of the financial planning process.
  • The ability to produce professional and technical reports, to support the advice process.
  • Able to work within defined business processes.
  • Ability to achieve agreed outcomes without supervision.
  • Prioritise own work load, and the work load of the Paraplanning team.
  • Ability to multi task and prioritise effectively.
  • Good level of technical knowledge of investments and pensions advice.
  • Proficient in using MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and Intelligent office.

    Qualifications:

    • Minimum of Level 4 Diploma qualified in financial planning
    • Ideally working towards advanced exams

      Personality:

  • Self-driven, results-oriented with a positive outlook.
  • A natural forward planner who critically assesses own performance.
  • Good understanding of compliance issues.
  • Reliable, tolerant, and determined.
  • Keen for new experience, responsibility, and accountability.
  • Able to get on with others and be a team-player.

Salary/Benefits:

  • £35,000 - £46,000 salary, based on experience and qualifications.
  • 25 days holiday
  • 4 x Death in Service Benefit
  • Employer Pension Contributions
  • Flexible working hours
  • Business Park location including Free Parking
  • Financial support to encourage study for further advancement within the business