Founded in 1989, Barnett Waddingham has grown to become a leading independent UK professional services consultancy at the forefront of risk, pensions, investment and insurance. From small beginnings with just 20 people, we are now a team of nearly 1,300 people in eight offices. 80 are partners, each delivering on our values and our promise, ensuring the highest levels of trust, integrity and quality.
We act as a trusted partner for a wide range of clients in both the private and public sectors – this includes almost 25% of FTSE 100 and over 15% of FTSE 350 companies.
The business is based on a culture which aims to provide all of our clients with an excellent professional service through strong personal relationships and tailored solutions whilst remaining competitive on fees. Our values can best be summarised as ‘Doing the Right Thing’ and we take a long-term view to all of our services and relationships.
Our partners understand the importance in looking after all employees, and see employee engagement as fundamental to continuing success. We have recently been listed among The Sunday Times’ 100 Best Companies to Work For and awarded a coveted two-star status. Published annually, the Best Companies to Work For are based on anonymous interviews with employees across the company, covering issues relating to staff engagement, including wellbeing, pay and benefits, personal growth and leadership.
How we work
From day one you will be an integral part of the business, working in our actuarial teams who advise various bodies and organisations including pension plan trustees, insurers and employers. The work you carry out could include anything from the broad spectrum of areas on which we advise – such as analysing longevity trends, providing strategic investment advice and advising on acquisitions.
As a new recruit you will have the opportunity to work closely with the partners and other experienced employees offering you excellent development opportunities and a unique learning process. We are keen for our employees to gain wider business knowledge and experience of our other business areas where this is possible. You will be encouraged to show initiative and develop areas of responsibility that are not directly related to client work, raising both your own and your team’s profile, whilst gaining good experience.
Your professional and personal development is important to us and we are strongly committed to developing our employees.
As a Trainee Consultant, you will work towards qualification and we will give you every support to achieve this, including offering a generous study package.
As well as supporting your studying, your mentor will review your work-based experience and help you identify the development opportunities available, with the aim of enabling you to reach your full potential. In addition, we will help you to develop your technical and consulting skills with regular performance development reviews, internal courses and most importantly, experience.
The social side
Social activity and social responsibility is taken seriously across the firm; from inter-office sporting events to the annual Christmas party. Sporting events include bowls, cricket, croquet, football, golf, poker, netball, pool and table tennis. The non-sporting side is equally active and includes walking weekends, excursions to UK and European cities, wine and beer tasting, charity events, book club and picnics. As a firm, we recognise that we have an impact that goes beyond our core activities supporting a wide range of initiatives ensuring our impact is a positive one. There is something for everyone to choose from, but suggestions for further social events are always welcome!
Who we look for
You will have a minimum of a 2:1 degree and an A grade in A-level Maths or equivalent qualifications. Excellent communication skills are essential, together with a positive and enthusiastic attitude.