Assistant Financial Advisor (Paraplanner)

14 Apr 2018
14 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Assistant Financial Advisor (Paraplanner)

Estimated Package Value circa £32k-36k PA

Reporting to the Paraplanner Manager

Polkadotfrog is proud to advertise this rewarding Assistant Financial Advisor position for a well-respected company based in central Cambridge.

Our Client is looking for a new addition to the team to support the team of Financial Planners and deliver a research and report writing service to high net worth clients, helping to maintain the specialist relationships & service that their clients have come to expect.

This role would be ideally suited to candidates who possess an FCA approved qualification as well as high levels of commercial awareness, strong verbal and written communication, people management, influencing and negotiating skills, and numerical aptitude.

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.


Preparing and Maintaining Client File

·Liaise with both the financial planner and administration team to ensure all compliance paperwork is present.

·Ensure that sufficient 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 cash flow 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.


·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).

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