About the Company
XPS Pensions Group is the largest pure pensions consultancy in the UK, specialising in pensions actuarial, investment consulting and administration, with revenues of over £110 million. We are the only UK pensions specialist listed on the FTSE. With over 900 staff in 15 UK locations, our business combines expertise, insight and technology to address the needs of both pension trustees and sponsoring companies for over 1,200 pension schemes and undertakes pensions administration for over 600,000 scheme members.
About the Business Area/Department
Our actuaries work closely with trustees and plan sponsors to devise a funding plan suited to each scheme – within the constraints of legislation. The Belfast office provides actuarial and consultancy advice to a range of trustee and corporate clients and is part of a larger actuarial community across our other UK office locations. We use plain English believing that clarity is as important as accuracy in the delivery of actuarial advice.
About the Role
Our placement students are exposed to a variety of real client issues and from the start you will become a valuable member of a motivated, supportive and sociable team. Our students are exposed to all aspects of the work of our actuarial team, for example carrying out valuations of benefits for pension schemes and individual members. We believe that the experience we offer our placement students allows them to develop invaluable skills that will help them greatly with their future studies and career.
“…At the beginning of my placement I was quite shy but as my placement progressed I found myself discussing technical issues amongst senior personnel, responding to client queries and working on key projects with a range of people. A large part of this was due to working within a team of highly motivated, friendly individuals who instilled me with confidence to take on additional responsibilities…”
Previous XPS Pensions Group Placement Student (Belfast)
Who are we looking for?
Successful candidates will have excellent communication and organisation skills as well as the ability to “think outside the box” to deliver solutions for our clients. It is also really important that the candidate works well with others as part of a team. Working together is something we pride ourselves on at XPS Pensions Group; the office has an atmosphere where everyone is willing to help and offer their advice and support.
In terms of academic success we are looking for candidates that have strong numerical and analytical skills who ideally are working towards achieving an upper second class (2:1) or higher in a relevant degree. Competency is Microsoft Office, particularly Excel, and a general interest in our industry, are desirable.
If you have already graduated and are keen for experience in an actuarial environment please also feel free to apply for this role.
XPS Pensions Group is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages application from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief.