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Paraplanner

We are recruiting for a Paraplanner to join our team. 

Role: To support the team of financial planners and deliver a research and report writing service to high net worth clients.


Key Skills and Knowledge

  • An understanding of the financial planning process.
  • Ability to work within defined business processes.
  • Prioritise and plan own workload to achieve agreed outcomes without supervision.
  • Detailed and accurate.
  • Articulate, analytical and numerate.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Good IT skills with competency in the use of the Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Word & Outlook) and financial research tools (e.g. O&M, Voyant, FE Analytics & Synaptic).
  • Using FE Analytics to research and analyse fund performance, volatility and risk.
  • Using Voyant to prepare cash flow plans for clients and incorporate system outputs into reports and assist with their presentation in client meetings.
  • Using O&M Pensions Profiler to analyse existing and recommended pension arrangements.
  • Experience of wrap platforms and main tax wrappers.
  • Advanced report writing skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Broad knowledge of financial services world.
  • High level of technical knowledge of financial products.

Accountabilities

Preparing and Maintaining Client File

  • Liaise with both the financial planner and administration team  to ensure all compliance paperwork is present.
  • Ensure that sufficient ‘know your client’ information is obtained to support the financial planning process.
  • Liaise with the financial planner to ensure the client’s objectives and risk profile are determined and recorded.
  • Assist the administration team to gather all the relevant information linked to the client’s existing financial products and arrangements.
  • Identify and obtain all relevant information as necessary to complete the suitability report and/or cash flow plan.
  • Ensuring the necessary research data and supporting documentation are saved onto the client file.

Preparing Recommendations

  • Identify outstanding financial planning requirements.
  • Analyse the client’s current financial position and arrangements.
  • Undertake research both independently and with the financial planner to identify suitable solutions to meet the client’s needs and objectives.
  • Prepare information/comparisons for analysis by the financial planner.
  • Liaise with the client’s legal and tax advisers (if applicable).
  • Prepare recommendations for appropriate investment strategies with regard to the client’s risk profile and available assets.
  • Input cashflow information into Voyant for presentation to clients.
  • Prepare illustrations and application forms for agreed recommendations.
  • Prepare draft suitability reports to be discussed with/signed off by the financial planner.
  • Maintain awareness of legislative changes and product developments by undertaking suitable CPD activities e.g. attending seminars/workshops.

Client Review Process

  • Assist with the maintenance of client relationships e.g. attend client meetings in conjunction with a financial planner if required.
  • Review investment portfolios, asset allocation, risk profiles etc.                


Qualifications

  • Certificate in Financial Planning
  • Diploma in Financial Planning (desirable)
  • Relevant qualifications in other technical areas such pensions, investments, trusts, long term care/equity release (desirable).