Senior Paraplanner/Head of Technical

Blakemore Recruitment
London (Central)
10 Jan 2018
11 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

PURPOSE OF JOB: To support Financial Planners in provision of high quality technical advice and financial strategy to clients and to ensure smooth delivery of excellent client services as per the business process. To efficiently manage and organise technical tasks and workflows.


  • Preparation of draft financial plans for prospective and existing clients, and draft recommendations to meet client needs
  • Preparation of documentation needed pre and post on-going client review meetings as per the business process
  • Servicing of existing clients as per the business process
  • Continuous development of financial and technical expertise
  • Supporting other team members in specialist knowledge areas
  • Ensuring business and compliance processes are followed to required timescales
  • Keeping up-to-date with current developments in financial services, financial markets and economic trends
  • Drafting of advice within a strict ethical and compliance framework, ensuring that all operations are carried out in accordance with the regulator
  • New business processing oversight
  • Organisation of the Investment Committee meetings and preparation and collation of relevant documentation and research



Preparation and maintenance of client files:

  • Check all compliance paperwork is present
  • Confirm risk profile is determined and up-to-dated
  • Discuss client objectives with Financial Planners
  • Identify and obtain information necessary to compile clients recommendation / financial cashflow forecast
  • Compile draft net worth statements; income and expenditure statements and financial cashflow forecast and discuss with planner

Preparation of recommendations:

  • Identify areas for planning
  • Undertake research both independent and with the Financial Planner to identify suitable solutions to meet the client’s needs
  • Prepare information / comparisons for analysis
  • Liaise with client’s legal & tax advisers (where applicable)
  • Consider current & future allocation of assets for investment strategy with regard to client risk profile
  • Prepare cashflow forecasts as per client’s goals & objectives
  • Prepare draft recommendations to be discussed / signed off by Financial Planner
  • Prepare carry forward, lifetime allowance, and other technical calculations
  • Liaising with product providers and other relevant third parties
  • Assist with client implementation meetings if required
  • Oversight of new business processing (with help of a Technical Assistant)


  • Act as main point of contact and deal effectively with queries from clients and other parties through effective communication
  • Establish and build strong relationships with clients and attend client meetings with Financial Planner if required; be prepared to provide clients with 'live’ financial modelling during the meeting
  • Organise future planning meetings with client if required
  • Assist with preparation of Annual Review Reports and other pre and post annual review meeting documentation


  • Oversee the provision of administration functions to meet regulatory requirements
  • Assist with technical development of junior team members
  • Provide specialist technical support
  • Ensuring business and compliance processes are followed to required timescales
  • Undertake ongoing research to keeping up-to-date with current developments in financial services, financial markets and economic trends
  • Help with the development and improvement of internal procedures
  • Liaise with the Investment Committee if required
  • Organise Investment Committee meetings and prepare & collate relevant documentation and research
  • Preform fund filtering process annually
  • Perform annual due diligence on best-in-class funds
  • Perform other functions related to the Investment Process upon request



  • Certified or Chartered Financial Planning qualification (or near to)
  • Level 4 Qualifications
  • Level 6 Qualifications (desirable)
  • Pension transfer specialist
  • Degree in Economics, Mathematics, Physics, Business or a related discipline
  • High level of technical knowledge
  • Excellent understanding of the Financial Planning process
  • Excellent cashflow planning/modelling abilities
  • Excellent numeracy skills
  • Excellent ability to multi-task and prioritise effectively
  • Excellent attention to detail and accuracy
  • Excellent communication skills (both written & verbal)
  • Excellent report writing skills
  • Ability to assimilate technical information into an understandable format for clients
  • Good IT skills/ proficient with Microsoft
  • Knowledge of Voyant (desirable)
  • Proven broad knowledge of financial services industry
  • Proven ability to work within a defined business process
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team