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09 Oct 2023

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We’re hiring! *March 2024, August 2024 & March 2025 start dates*


29th December 2023 (for March 2024 roles)

29th February 2024 (for August 2024 and March 2025 roles)

We’re hiring!

Join Aon’s Investment Consulting graduate programme, and step into life as a valued member of our elite team of experts. Our consultants have been advising employers and governments on their pension schemes and other assets — totalling around $4 trillion — for over 60 years.

Aon graduates join several specialist teams focused on helping our clients on everything from setting investment strategies and selection of investment managers, to supporting our consultants on all aspects of environmental, social and governance; or working with pension scheme trustees to implement their long-term strategies efficiently and target better outcomes.

Whichever team your join, this is your opportunity to immerse yourself in our fast-paced, inclusive culture and learn from the best.

We recognise the learning, development, and social value for our Early Career colleagues of being in the office environment from the start of their programme. All our graduates will spend most of their time in the office and occasional time working from home or a client site.

Aon is in the business of better decisions

At Aon, we shape decisions for the better to protect and enrich the lives of people around the world.

As an organisation, we are united through trust as one inclusive, diverse team, and we are passionate about helping our colleagues and clients succeed.

Within our Investment Consulting Graduate programme, we recruit graduates into the following specialist teams:

Investment Consultants – Client Group

Join us as an investment consulting graduate in either our Defined Benefit (DB) Client Group or Defined Contribution (DC) Client Group, helping to advise our clients on everything from setting investment strategies and selection of investment managers to corporate transactions and asset transfers.

  • You’ll be a key member of our dedicated teams, playing a vital, hands-on role in giving our global clients the support they need. This involves providing investment servicing and advice covering markets and strategic considerations, such as managing assets (for both the DB and DC Client Groups) and liabilities (for the DB Client Group only). You’ll gain early experience of dealing with a wide range of investments, adapting them around economic conditions and outlooks.
  • In the DB Client Group, you’ll also learn how and why pension scheme liabilities change because of economic assumptions – such as inflation, interest rates and the effect that market movements have on invested assets. Whilst in the DC Client Group, you’ll learn about the DC pension vehicles, applicable regulatory and legislative rules and main asset classes and investment theory relating specifically to a DC pension scheme.

Responsible Investment

Graduates may have the opportunity to spend time with this specialist team supporting our investment consultants on all aspects of environmental, social and governance (‘ESG’).

  • Supporting our consultants to provide our global clients the support and advice they need with regards to RI. This involves an increasingly wide range of work including but not limited to providing and delivering RI client presentations and training materials through to assisting with the development of clients’ climate change management strategies. You’ll also have the opportunity to be involved in developing new areas and materials to take to our clients.

Delegated Consulting Services

We have been delivering delegated consulting services to pensions schemes globally since 2009, and currently manage around £160bn of assets. We work with pension scheme trustees to implement their long-term strategies efficiently and target better outcomes.

  • You’ll be a key member of Delegated Consulting Services (also known as fiduciary management), which is a part of the business where we focus on managing pension scheme assets on the behalf of pension trustees. Each team within DCS carries out a specialised role:
  • Portfolio Risk – The team helps to manage the risks that a pension scheme faces. You would be joining a technical team, managing liability driven investments and calculating the performance of pension schemes. Whilst the team is not client facing, we have strong relationships with consulting teams and investment managers.
  • Portfolio Specialist – You would work alongside the portfolio managers as technical experts on Aon’s fund solutions and fully delegated solutions. Your role would include explaining the performance and positioning of these solutions to investors, prospects, third party evaluators, internal consultants, and other internal teams. You’d also have the opportunity to help shape the evolution of these solutions to meet changing client needs.
  • New Business Support – You would be directly supporting the growth of the business. Your role would be to understand all the technical solutions that the advisory and asset management businesses offer and explain them in a compelling way to clients and prospects. You’d be working with very senior stakeholders from day one and because proposals can include questions on any area of the business it is a great way to learn about the industry and create internal networks.
  • Portfolio Managers – Our team manages institutional clients’ assets across the broadest spectrum of investments, equities, bonds, alternative strategies, and private markets. Our clients delegate to us decisions such as investment strategy, risk hedging and the selection of specialist investment managers, all to help them to achieve their investment objectives. The team follows financial markets closely, analysing macroeconomic and technical drivers. Whilst not a specific client-facing role, senior Portfolio Managers often speak with clients about how we manage their investments.

Your Development

As an Aon Graduate, you will be enrolled onto our Launch Programme when you join. This development programme is built around 3 core elements:

  1. Business learning – on the job learning and experiences giving you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding of the team and solution line you have joined
  2. Centralised learning – UK graduates complete in an Aon Induction, monthly webinars, business skills training and workshops; all designed to help you develop your knowledge of Aon, build your confidence and your network across our business
  3. Professional Qualifications – we want you to be as successful as possible, so we’ll fully support your study towards firstly the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) then you can then choose whether you’d prefer to take the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), or Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) professional qualification. To support you as you study for your exams, you’ll receive paid study leave, plus an extensive range of study and tuition materials.

Your career beyond your Graduate programme

Once you’ve completed the formal graduate programme, you’ll continue to receive lots of support at Aon. As well as continued technical and business skills training, you’ll receive support for your Actuarial or CFA qualifications. To aid your professional development you’ll receive regular performance feedback, and work with your line manager towards promotions, which are considered twice a year, enabling you to progress from a graduate Analyst, to Associate Consultant, then Consultant and beyond.

There’s also the opportunity to join and develop a role in one of Aon’s specialist teams, like those listed above. Whichever route you choose, we’ll provide support and training at every step, giving you the tools you need to build an exciting career at Aon. As well as the interactive development programme we’ve mentioned above, you’ll have the chance to explore different career paths.

Throughout the programme and beyond, we’ll also work with you on softer skills training, to make sure you have everything you need to succeed in your role. Plus, we’re here to offer guidance on dividing your time between your qualification studies, client work and life outside the office — we know that finding a healthy balance makes all the difference.

Next Steps

If you are interested in this graduate programme and would like to apply, here are some things to help you:

Entry Requirements:

You will need to have or be on track to achieve a 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in any subject area

What are we looking for?

  • Motivation and ambition – you will need to be able to articulate why you want to join the Investment consulting programme
  • Passion and inquisitiveness – we are looking for candidates who want to understand what we do and are eager to learn more and develop your own views and ideas on economic and investment markets
  • Commercial awareness – this helps us to provide support and advice to our clients with clarity and confidence


Here are the locations where we have graduate opportunities this year:

Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds

Start date: August 2024

  • Job Type: Graduate Job
  • Field of Work: , , ,
  • Degree Result Required: 2:1
  • Location: Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds
  • Salary: Competitive
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