Coast Specialist Recruitment
London, South East England
08 Jul 2017
07 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Paraplanner - Job Description & Key Tasks

Scope & Application

Job description for: Paraplanner

Reporting to: Operations Manager

Relevant Skills, Experience and Qualifications


  • Qualified to Diploma Level with AF3 exam

  • The ability to work with advisers to extract the information required to prepare financial plans and recommendations

  • General knowledge of the products available in the wider market and how to assess the suitability of these products

  • The ability to research protection, pension & investment products and an understanding of the key information required that may affect a recommendation

  • The ability to undertake detailed research on legacy products, identifying where more in depth analysis and questioning of providers is required

  • An understanding of investment risk, capacity for loss and loss tolerance and the ability to construct recommendations consistent with a clients agreed risk appetite.

  • Excellent report writing skills. The ability to present recommendations in a clear and logical format using language which can be easily understood by clients

  • The skills and knowledge needed to create and adapt a cash flow plan appropriate to the client’s circumstances

  • A good understanding of compliance issues and how these affect the advice and suitability process.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interact directly with clients and colleagues in a professional manner

  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as on your own initiative

  • Ability to critically evaluate information, probe and challenge the facts

  • A flexible and adaptable attitude towards work

  • Ability to work accurately and in accordance with procedures

  • Excellent time management, ability to meet deadlines

  • Experience of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and provider platforms


  • At least 3 years experience in a paraplanning role within an IFA firm

  • Previous use of Swift back office system

  • Previous use of Voyant software

  • Previous use of FE Analytics

  • Knowledge of Corporate Pension Administration

  • Progression towards Advanced Diploma


To provide paraplanning support to one or more advisers which includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • To help provide solutions to clients needs and give them a service which surpasses their expectations

  • Dealing with day to day client and provider enquiries

  • Preparing for client meetings including checking that all compliance paperwork is present.

  • Attending client meetings and taking minutes

  • Analysing and interpreting data obtained during client meetings

  • Our client Partners Limited

  • Analysing client’s existing products to determine whether they meet the client’s current objectives

  • Undertaking fund performance comparisons

  • Preparing product comparisons and analysing comparison illustrations

  • Completing the FCA pension switching and replacement product templates

  • Preparing cashflow plans using Voyant Software

  • Preparing draft recommendation reports in line with the Company’s compliance procedures

  • Analysing client’s asset allocations and providing recommendations for rebalancing where necessary

  • Delegating administrative tasks and ensuring work is correctly completed

  • Maintaining client files in line with Company standards

  • Liaising with the Compliance department to ensure all compliance procedures have been followed

  • Creating and maintaining accurate records of all verbal and non-verbal communications and carrying out tasks in a manner that is consistent with compliance procedures

  • Building and maintaining client relationships through face to face and written/telephone communication

Continuous Professional Development

To develop skills and keep up to date with all relevant legislative and technical changes as required for the role

Staff Management Responsibilities

Direct reporting: None

Indirect reporting: None

Authorities & Limitations

Financial: Not authorised to make binding contracts on behalf of the Company

Compliance: Not authorised to give FCA regulated advice

Pay and Benefits

  • Salary £37,000 to £47,000 depending on experience

  • Discretionary annual bonus

  • Contributory pension scheme

  • Private Medical Insurance

  • 4 x Death in Service Life cover

  • Permanent Health Insurance

  • Interest free season ticket loan

About Our client

Our client, takes a modern approach that prioritises quality, service and simplicity above all else.

We are one of the UK’s largest and most successful, independently owned, corporate solutions and wealth management consultancies. Our corporate solutions division and our wealth management division, and offers financial advice for high net worth individuals.

Since first consolidating a number of specialist firms into one larger group in 1999, our client has grown quickly, but steadily and now plays a significant role in the future of financial services and employer solutions. As leading advisers, we are committed to forging a new and radically client-focused approach that puts the client back at the centre of the process.

Our client is based in the heart of the City of London and we also have offices in other parts of the country. Our client has grown steadily and is now a top 100 UK IFA. Our success has been recognised.

One reason for our success is that our business is wholly owned by advisers and staff and no individual holds a large controlling share in the business.

This client is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority