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Marsh & McLennan DC Investment Consultant in Dublin, Ireland

Job overview An exciting client consultant opportunity has arisen within Mercer’s Aspire team. Mercer is a global leader in investment consulting and fiduciary management and provides investment services to a wide range of clients including pension funds, insurers and private banks. Mercer Aspire is Mercer Ireland’s next-generation Defined Contribution (DC) pension and saving solution. Launched at the beginning of 2013, the objective of Mercer Aspire is to deliver “better outcomes” for employers, trustees and members. Using Mercer’s delegated investment management capabilities and leading-edge communications, Mercer Aspire helps employers help their employees to save for a better retirement. The role will involve developing client management relationships and providing advice to trustees on the operation of DC pension plans. This Associate level role will offer a wide variety of exposure and career development opportunities. First and foremost, managing your own client portfolio and providing investment consulting advice to a broad range of clients. Secondly, helping senior consultants manage the relationship with our larger and most sophisticated clients and taking part in large and complex advisory projects. Thirdly, influencing and further developing Mercer’s overall service delivery to our Mercer Aspire client base. Team Size: Circa 10 members Role: In this role, the successful candidate will: Gain an intricate knowledge of Mercer’s best ideas and investment research capabilities; Develop their investment consulting expertise and investment market knowledge; Form part of a dynamic team delivering market leading investment advice and solutions. Responsibilities: Managing a portfolio of clients on a day to day basis, providing proactive advice and recommendations on a range of investment related issues. Developing in-depth knowledge of Mercer’s Aspire solution in order to provide best advice and communicate effectively to clients. Working with clients across a spectrum of Mercer’s services including Mercer Master Trust Meeting clients to review current investment arrangements, discuss market /industry developments and potential strategy or fund changes to consider / implement. Overseeing implementation of changes to investment strategy / fund range Assisting in the production of ad-hoc and regular investment performance report. Ensuring clients are kept informed of major developments in the industry and advised on developments that may impact their investment choices. Liaising with colleagues across business lines to achieve successful retirement outcomes for our clients. Responsible for training and development of junior colleagues. Manage client projects including new installations Experience: Proven track record of building strong working relationships with clients and colleagues. Comfortable presenting to a group of Trustees and dealing with senior people. Client centric in everything they do and ability to deliver under tight deadlines. Excellent interpersonal, negotiation and influencing skills coupled with an ability to communicate across all levels and functions Excellent presentation and listening skills Ability to anticipate the changing needs of clients Understanding of pensions, investment markets and asset classes Interest in DC pension schemes Possess an understanding of the financial services business; keeping up to date with new innovations and legislative and regulatory changes Experience of working with peers across business lines to develop coordinated strategies Highly motivated and enthusiastic with proactive attitudes and willingness to innovate and adopt new ideas and practices Qualification: Third level qualification with a strong academic track record. Would suit candidates who are working towards, or planning to work towards, the CFA. Qualified Financial Advisor (QFA) or working towards QFA a distinct advantage I.T./Technical Skills : Possess strong IT skills. (in particular a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint) The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed, as an exhausted list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. Mercer is an equal opportunities employer R078585-en R078585