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Financial Strategy Analyst

Our pension risk experts, the Financial Strategy Group specialise in delivering strategic risk consulting advice to pension scheme trustees, sponsors, as well as non-pension scheme clients. As an analyst in our Financial Strategy Group, you will work with other analysts and consultants to help develop and deliver customised solutions and advice for clients to help them manage pension risk and help them achieve their own risk management objectives.

Our graduate roles begin in September with an 18-month Graduate Development Programme, starting with a residential course. You will quickly acquire the knowledge and skills to move forward in your career while simultaneously studying for the Investment Management Certificate. At that point, you have the choice of going on to study for either the Actuarial or the CFA exams. What’s more, our comprehensive study package will give you the resources and time to succeed at every stage of your development.

Key duties include:
•    Assists more senior analysts to produce numerical and qualitative analysis in relation to pension risk advice for specific client situations
•    Works with spreadsheets and various modelling tools to produce detailed numerical analysis of the client’s risk profile and the impact of risk on key financial metrics
•    Assists in adapting technical modelling tools for specific client situations and deals with technical queries on the modelling methods and tools used
•    Drafts client documents and presentations that communicate the analysis, key issues, conclusions and recommendations for specific client situations
•    Works with other Mercer business lines to deliver a streamlined service to clients
•    Ensures that all professionalism and compliance processes are understood and followed

Skills and Qualifications required:
•    A sound mathematical background is essential
•    A minimum of 300 UCAS points, A level Mathematics at grade B or above with a minimum 2:1 honours degree expected or obtained in a numerical or semi-numerical degree discipline.  Equivalent qualifications are accepted
•    Good analytical skills and ability to work through tasks in a logical manner
•    Ability to work as part of a team and build strong relationships with peers, colleagues and other Mercer businesses
•    Able to take ownership for work, ensuring standards and deadlines are met and keeping others informed and up-to-date
•    Able to work well under pressure, with the ability to prioritise and manage multiple tasks
•    Self motivated, with an eagerness to learn and to keep up-to-date with the market and developments in the pension and investment industry
•    Ability to balance work, study and personal life effectively
•    Excellent interpersonal skills; strong oral and written communication skills