Pension Fund Accountant

Salary Description:
Competitive
Location Description:
Bristol, Cheltenham, Leeds & Liverpool
Job Role:
Pensions Accountant / Financial Officer, Investment Consultant, Other
Employment Type:
Full-time
Contract Type:
Permanent
Application Deadline:
Unspecified
Posted:
3rd November 2021
Recruiter:
Barnett Waddingham
Job Ref:

Overview

We are proud to be a leading independent UK consultancy at the forefront of risk, pensions, investment and insurance. Each individual delivers on our shared values and our commitment to ensuring the highest levels of trust, integrity and quality. We aim to continue our growth by recruiting talented and committed individuals that have the desire to learn and develop. We strive to employ staff who share our values and can bring special skills - enhancing the service that we provide to our clients.

Due to significant business growth we are expanding our pension funds accounting team and are seeking to recruit an experienced Pension Fund Accountant (Level 2 - D) and a Senior Pension Fund Accountant.

This is a full-time permanent position and it will be worked on a hybrid basis where you will share your time between the office and home.  This role can be based from the following of our offices:  Bristol, Birmingham, Cheltenham, Glasgow, Liverpool, Leeds, Amersham, London or Guildford - please state your preference on your application.

Responsibilities

Our core business is the provision of services to trustees of UK occupational pension schemes DB, DC, CARE, cash balance – and we will do this as a stand-alone “admin-only” appointment or in conjunction with services provided by other Barnett Waddingham Practice Areas. 

Each team is managed by a team leader and work is carried out in accordance with the Pension Administration Department’s control environment procedures which are in place to ensure accuracy and timeliness of the services for clients.

 Pension Fund Accountant duties:

  • Maintenance and reconciliation of accounting records
  • Reconciliation of investments and AVC funds, including some complex and segregated investments
  • Preparation of year end accounts for a portfolio of clients, including Hybrid and sectionalised schemes, with minimal supervision
  • Provision of financial management information for clients
  • Reporting and provision of advice as required for Pension Administration teams and clients
  • Deal with auditors through the audit process, liaison with clients and third parties as required
  • Maintain effective client relationships with trustees and auditors
  • Check work of other team members, ensuring accuracy and compliance with procedures and legislation including the Statement of Recommended Practice, as agreed
  • Organise and attend audit planning and completion meetings, as and when required
  • Participate in Pension Accounts Group discussions and share ideas with others in the group
  • Encourage the team to look for efficiency gains
  • Project based or committee work, as agreed from time to time
  • Assist in training and development of accounts team and admin team on accounts issues
  • Carry out and ensure tasks are completed  in line with agreed service levels and legislative timescales
  • Actively demonstrate an ability to solve problems in a rationale manner, identifying potential problems and seeking to resolve these before they develop further
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding that procedures, practices and systems are maintained and developed to support the accounts services and comply with Barnett Waddingham’s AAF requirements and Business Management System
  • Ensure that client and auditor concerns or complaints are raised with the reporting Partner and dealt with immediately
  • Develop a clear understanding of the SORP and how to use this
  • Support effective team working, be willing to ask others for support and share knowledge to assist with the development of colleagues through coaching and training
  • Support, Implement and Maintain Information Security procedures and activities in accordance to Barnett Waddingham’s Information Security Policy
  • Any other reasonable task as advised from time-to-time

The above is intended to describe the general nature and responsibilities of the role and is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties or responsibilities of employees in this role

Qualifications

  • GCSE Grade 5 / C in Maths and English 
  • Strong technical knowledge 
  • AAT qualification or working towards/willingness to work towards 
  • Previous experience working within accounting or financial services 
  • Membership to The Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, Pensions Research Accountants Group (PRAG) or the Pensions Management Institute (PMI) is an advantage but not required / not essential
  • A willingness to make progress towards further professional qualifications would be a benefit; however, proven experience in the role is more desirable than academic achievement

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