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We are currently recruiting for a Business Leader for the Pensions Executive Team,  Trustee Directors and Pensions Executives. Please see the job specifications below.

Business Leader - Pensions Executive Team

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The opportunity (role objective)

We are looking for an experienced pensions professional to lead and drive the growth of the Pensions Executive Team at LawDeb. This business is complementary to our professional trustee business but distinct and separate. The range of services includes governance services, outsourced pensions management, trustee board secretarial services and delivering on a varied range of projects for both DB and DC arrangements.  In summary, to deliver a complete pensions executive function to clients on an out-sourced basis.

We are looking for a commercially minded leader who thrives in a busy, highly professional environment and who is well networked in the UK occupational pensions market, has a demonstrable record of successfully developing and taking to market, new propositions and opportunities involving complex and long term agreements, and who has proven client management credentials.  

Key accountabilities

1. Product evolution - working with clients and other members of the Pension Executive Team to evolve and document the services that we deliver for clients and the processes to do so. A key focus for this role is creating long term strategy for legacy DB pension arrangements for clients and pro-actively overseeing the delivery of this.

2. Generating and delivering on a sales pipeline to create new profitable client relationships.

3. Contract negotiation and closure.

4. Developing long term business plans and annual budgets and ensure these are delivered.

5. Team evolution - developing and managing the Pension Executive Team to ensure we are able to resource developing business and client requirements, to include potential TUPE of affected client employees.

Our requirements

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced pensions professional. The role would ideally suit a pensions professional with a solid background in co-ordinating funding and investment aspects of defined benefit arrangements on behalf of trustees. The successful candidate will have a clear understanding of actuarial and investment issues as well as experience working collaboratively with sponsors to help define and monitor long-term funding strategy and de-risking journey plans, gained in a consultancy and/or in-house environment. 

We are looking for:

  • a high-integrity collaborative player
  • a confident self-starter
  • flexible and enthusiastic
  • working experience of all types of occupational pension schemes; knowledge of pensions adviser and provider market with a well-developed network within the industry
  • ability to identify and develop new business opportunities
  • good communication/inter-personal skills at all levels
  • up-to-date with pensions technical and industry developments
  • Relevant professional qualification including but not limited to actuarial, investment, legal, APMI

Role dimensions

The role will report to the Pensions Department’s Managing Director.

The role will have two direct reports, but have ultimate responsibility for a growing team (currently 7 team members)

The role is office based, located in the London office and is in the heart of the City of London.

Salary and benefits

In return for these skills we offer a competitive starting salary, to reflect experience and knowledge and pay reviews based on contribution. We also operate a profit sharing scheme with appropriate weight given to the success of the business.

Our benefits include 30 days holiday, defined contribution pension scheme, life assurance of 6x salary, private health insurance, interest free season ticket loan and childcare vouchers.

We are also committed to providing an enjoyable working environment with good work life balance. Hours of work are 9:30 to 5:30 Monday to Friday with one hour for lunch each day, although flexibility is likely to be needed to cater for workloads.

About Law Debenture

From its origins in 1889, Law Debenture has diversified to become a group with a unique range of activities in the financial and professional services sectors. These services include corporate and pension trusts, agent for service of process, treasury management and agency solutions, corporate services including for special purpose vehicles, board effectiveness and corporate governance and whistle blowing services ("Safecall").

Law Debenture is a LSE listed investment trust, located in the city of London, whose services are available worldwide including London, New York, Hong Kong, Dublin and Jersey. Law Debenture has an established reputation for trustworthiness, high quality services and independence. The business has an impressive list of blue chip, high profile clients and including top FTSE companies and counterparts overseas. Law Debenture works closely with leading law firms and other professional advisers in the delivery of its services.

Apply today

Send your CV to michael.chatterton@lawdeb.com

 

Trustee Director

We are always on the lookout for outstanding candidates to join our trustee director team. We would love to hear from you if you are:

  • A professional individual with the experience and gravitas to win the trust of sponsors and trustee boards
  • Bringing extensive pensions knowledge (ideally gained at least in part as a trustee) 
  • Committed to being a trustee, having completed the Trustee Toolkit and preferably having begun or completed the Pensions Management Institute’s Award in Pension Trusteeship
  • Interested in committing to LawDeb’s City-based team earning a salary rather than franchise fees
  • Seeing the role as a phase in your career, not a way of easing into retirement, with an expected time horizon of at least six years

Our eighteen trustee directors have backgrounds in accountancy, actuarial work, banking, investment/fund management, multinational company finance roles, pensions administration and pensions law equipping the team with a wealth of technical knowledge and experience. We are currently particularly interested in candidates with insurance or investment backgrounds.

At LawDeb we see pension trusteeship as a career and are committed to training our people. We do not expect you to bring clients with you but would expect you, over time, to support the development of our business. Our structure means we are able to support your development as a trustee through working with our existing clients alongside experienced trustee directors.

We also have a specialist pensions management team who support the work of our trustee directors.

If you are interested in finding out more about working at LawDeb as trustee director please email Mike Jaffe

 

Pensions Executive

The Opportunity
An opportunity has arisen for an experienced pensions professional within the Pensions Executive Team at LawDeb, working alongside our team of 18 trustee directors providing trustee board secretarial services, pensions management duties and supporting, or in some cases leading, on a varied range of projects.

We are looking for an individual who thrives in a busy, highly professional environment and is able to manage their work in achieving tight, sometimes competing, deadlines.

This job will be office based, located in the London office and is in the heart of the City of London.

Job Profile

The job holder will report to one of the Senior Pensions Executives and ultimately to the Pensions Department’s Managing Director. Duties will include:-

  1. Scheme secretarial services:
  • planning/organisation – liaising with chair/trustees/in-house pensions manager
  • meetings - preparation/attendance/minutes/follow-up
  • member communication - trustee newsletters/SFS
  • annual report and accounts – co-ordination to sign off
  • liaising with providers and advisers on behalf of the trustee board
  • routine governance support - including budgeting, maintaining business plans/risk registers, annual returns etc
  1. Pensions management and projects:
  • communication with members and specific member enquiries/assisting with determination of individual discretionary benefit decisions/IDRP cases
  • governance projects e.g. trustee effectiveness, provider service reviews and procurement projects
  • liaising with regulatory bodies / online filings
  • projects – varying levels of involvement, as required – from specific input to project management role (e.g. implementing investment strategy, scheme de-risking and wind-up projects)
  1. Other:
  • Networking, maintaining and developing external relationships to support business growth
  • Assistance with development of marketing content – service brochures, case studies, blog content
  • Assistance with invoicing and other aspects of the client commercial relationship (e.g. client agreements)Developing processes and internal controls for the team and Law Debenture clients

Our Requirements

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced pension professional. We are looking for:

  • high-integrity collaborative player
  • confident self-starter
  • flexible
  • working experience of all types of occupational pension schemes/knowledge of pensions market (gained from a minimum 10-15 years of working in pensions arena)
  • attention to detail (an essential part of the role is preparing good-quality, concise, minutes for timely sign-off)
  • good communication/inter-personal skills at all levels
  • up-to-date with pensions technical and industry developments
  • APMI or equivalent professional qualification

Salary and Benefits

In return for these skills we offer a competitive starting salary, to reflect experience and knowledge and pay reviews based on contribution. We also operate a profit sharing scheme.

Our benefits include 25 days holiday (increasing to 30 days with service), defined contribution pension scheme, life assurance of 6x salary, private health insurance, interest free season ticket loan and childcare vouchers.

We are also committed to providing an enjoyable working environment with good work life balance. Hours of work are 9:30 to 5:30 Monday to Friday with one hour for lunch each day, although flexibility is likely to be needed to cater for workloads.

About Law Debenture

From its origins in 1889, Law Debenture has diversified to become a group with a unique range of activities in the financial and professional services sectors. These services include corporate and pension trusts, agent for service of process, treasury management and agency solutions, corporate services including for special purpose vehicles, board effectiveness and corporate governance and whistle blowing services ("Safecall").

Law Debenture is a LSE listed investment trust, located in the city of London, whose services are available worldwide including London, New York, Hong Kong, Dublin and Jersey. Law Debenture has an established reputation for trustworthiness, high quality services and independence. The business has an impressive list of blue chip, high profile clients and including top FTSE companies and counterparts overseas. Law Debenture works closely with leading law firms and other professional advisers in the delivery of its services.

Apply today

Send your CV to kathy.turpin@lawdeb.com

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