“This is an opportunity to take your first step into the pensions industry.”
The Pensions Shared Service is looking for individuals with drive and precision. As a Pensions Assistant, you will provide accurate calculations. You will also engage with scheme members and employers in person, by telephone, email and letter. Your contribution to our team will help to ensure a positive experience for scheme members and other users of the Service.
No previous experience of pensions administration is needed – if you meet the essential criteria in the job profile including English language and mathematics skills – we will invite you for an online assessment test to see whether you are suited to the role. If you are selected for an interview you will be asked questions relating to the ‘Brief Guide to the Local Government Pension Scheme’ which is included in the application pack.
We will support you in your development by providing you with relevant training on an ongoing basis. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to study towards obtaining the Advanced Diploma in Retirement Provision - a nationally recognised qualification for retirement benefit professionals administered by the Pensions Management Institute (PMI).
We are based in Wandsworth and deliver the administration of the Local Government Pension Scheme for five London boroughs: Camden, Merton, Richmond, Waltham Forest and Wandsworth. The Service is delivered by two teams: Benefits and Data Management/Communications. You will be assigned to one of the teams but will be expected to work flexibly between teams.
We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life so we do everything we can (dependant on the needs of the service) to accommodate flexible working including, working from home, compressed and other arrangements. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you’d like to explore. We also offer a generous holiday allowance of 39 paid days (pro rata) including bank holidays and a wide range of learning and development opportunities.
In addition, we offer a comprehensive range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts with many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments.
Indicative Recruitment Timeline:
Closing Date: Sunday 17th January 2021
Shortlisting Date: W/C Monday 18th January 2021
Interview Date: W/C Monday 25th January 2021
Test Date: Tests will be on 21st/22nd January 2021 via Microsoft Teams. Please view the attached Brief Guide to Local Government Pension Scheme.
The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. We strongly advise you to complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Please note that the advertised dates for interviews may change due to the current Covid-19 situation. If they do, we will let you know as soon as possible.
Your health and wellbeing is our top priority. Should you become unwell due to Covid-19 during the recruitment process we would very much appreciate receiving an update from you as soon as possible.
Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.
Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
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