Meet Our Graduates

Trainee Consultant

Mercer’s Retirement business, incorporates both actuarial and non actuarial consultants, ensuring we can offer a diverse range of skills and perspectives to our clients.  As a Trainee Consultant you will work as part of this team advising a diverse range of clients, both corporate and trustee, on the design, funding, administration and communication of all types of retirement plans and helping our clients manage a variety of benefit plan related risks.

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 Advanced Diploma in Retirement Provision through the Pensions Management Institute (PMI).  What’s more, our comprehensive study package will give you the resources and time to succeed at every stage of your development.

Through our structured development programme and on the job training you will be supported, coached and developed into an actuarial retirement consultant with ultimately your own clients. As your progress at Mercer there will be a range of career paths available allowing you to focus on your strengths and interests.  You will be instrumental in driving forward the shape of future pension provisions and delivering innovative solutions to our clients, whether it be via “defined benefit” or “defined contribution” pension arrangements.

Specific duties will include:
·    Collecting and interpreting data to develop solutions for both external and internal clients
·    Developing and applying relevant legislation knowledge to client issues
·    Communicating effectively to external and internal clients in a non technical manner, through creating client reports, attending meetings and responding to queries.
·    Developing understanding of client needs and mercer service offerings in order to be able to deliver high standards of client service
·    Working in partnership and developing relationships with internal teams, across lines of business and with corporate and trustee clients

Key skills and qualifications:
·    A minimum of 300 UCAS obtained in 3 subjects and a 2.1 honours degree in a semi numerical degree discipline (equivalent qualifications are accepted)
·    An interest in pensions and financial markets is essential
·    A strong customer service focus and desire to work with clients to help them achieve their objectives
·    Ability to work in a team with rapidly changing priorities and demands
·    Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills
·    Strong oral and written communication skills
·    Strong analytical and problem solving skills with the ability to assimilate data, review and solve client issues
·    An ability to work to tight deadlines
·    Ability to balance work, study and personal life effectively