Business Assurance Adviser / Senior Business Assurance Adviser

  • 25/05/2023
  • Full Time & Permanent

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Full Time & Permanent
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Job Description

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Employment Type: Permanent /Full Time

Location: Bristol / hybrid

We are looking to recruit a Business Assurance Adviser or Senior Business Assurance Adviser, level and grade to be determined based on experience and qualifications.

The main purpose of this role is to compliance check a range of business submitted by the Partnership, providing feedback to the Field Management Team, Business Risk Team and Partners on changes required to cases. To also provide technical support to the Partnership in relation to the correct documentation for all case types.

Additionally, candidates successful in securing a Senior BAA role will be required to act as a Technical Consultant as part of the wider division, predominantly to provide support to the Business Assurance Advisers (BAA) peer group and the Management Team.

Approximately 10% of the checking team are Senior BAA’s and are required to demonstrate their increased technical knowledge by achieving Chartered status as a minimum, over that of the team of BAA’s who require Diploma status.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Compliance checking a range of business submitted by the Partnership. For Senior BAA’s this will include the most complex Investment, Pension (including DB transfers) and IHT cases.
  • Advising Business Risk and Field Management of any issues raised from file checking to enable feedback to the Partner.
  • Delivering projects as required, e.g. Partner investigations.
  • Attending regular meetings where necessary to ensure a consistent approach on all areas of Support reviewing and discuss areas where improvements/changes can be made.
  • Ensuring that acceptable and consistent level of service standards are maintained.

Additionally, a Senior Business Assurance Adviser will be required to:

  • Deal with query resolution, training, quality checking of trainees’ cases and project work within BA, also representing the department in projects and corporate development.
  • Provide expert feedback to the Partnership and Field Management team on case content to protect the clients from any mis-selling and the Partners and SJP from any financial, regulatory or reputational damage.
  • Provide training and mentoring for new members of BA where necessary and in conjunction with the training team, including QA.
  • Deliver and/or be party to projects as required, including but not limited to such items as Strategy Implementation, Aptus development, and where necessary, Partner investigations.
  • Deputize for management when required, including handling BA concessions, acting as a point of contact for Grade Appeals and escalations, providing support for work allocation and to operate within a highly technical niche area to provide technical expertise to the team and BA managers

Who we’re looking for:

  • An individual with CII Level 4 Diploma (or equivalent) as a minimum.
  • PC literate, including MS Excel, Word, Outlook, Teams etc.

Additionally, candidates applying for Senior BAA must hold Level 6 Chartered Financial planner status in regulated Financial Planning as a minimum, along with:

  • A full understanding of how the BA role fits in with the Field Management Team and the Partnership, the end-to-end advice model, wider financial services environment, the compliance framework and steps necessary to avoid mis-selling.
  • Ability to undertake complex calculations when assessing cases related to Income Tax, Capital Gains Tax, Inheritance Tax, annual lifetime pensions allowances and the analysis of ceding scheme information etc.
  • Ability to make suggestions for improvements to processes to contribute to continuous improvement within the BA function. There is a requirement to be able to adapt to changes in process/practice and those changes driven by Regulation.
  • Strong communication and relationship building skills, ability to articulate complex feedback in a way that is understood and accepted.
  • Resilience to setbacks and challenges from the field and ability to manage expectations accordingly.

Special Requirements

There may also be the need to be CF30 registered, and SM & CR certified with the Regulator and the requirement for occasional travel to other sites for the purposes of training/team meetings.

Flexible Working

We know that everyone works best in different ways, at different times and in different environments. We value all of our employees and appreciate that everyone is different, and at different stages within their career. Recognising this, we have introduced a hybrid working policy to provide greater flexibility for part-time work, job-sharing, remote working, and flexibility on hours. Our people are encouraged to work in a flexible way that suits their lifestyle, so please ask the question and start a conversation!

Research tells us that applicants (especially those from underrepresented groups) can be put off from applying for a role if they do not meet all the criteria or have been on an extended career-break. If you think you would be a good match for this role and can demonstrate some transferable experience please apply, regardless of whether you tick every box.

Why work for us?


Our Rewards

In addition to an attractive salary and eligibility to participate in the discretionary annual bonus opportunities, you will also receive an excellent benefit package including:

Non-Contributory Pension – 10% (increasing with length of service) with further pension matching 

  • *Meaningful protection benefits with real value, such as 10X life cover, PHI, and critical illness.
  •   Best in class terms and conditions including 6 months paid maternity and paternity leave.
  •   Private Medical and Dental Insurance
  •  28 days holiday entitlement plus bank holidays (based on full-time equivalent) with the option to buy and additional up to 5 days
  •  Discretionary bonus scheme dependent on company and personal performance, varied by level

*Not applicable to fixed term contracts (standard uplift applies in lieu of the protection benefits)

Our Culture

Our culture is the glue that binds us together - It’s one of our biggest assets and one of the biggest reasons for our success. It’s underpinned by core values of doing the right thing, being the best version of ourselves and investing in long term relationships.

We want to embrace diverse backgrounds and experiences to connect with clients, solve problems and innovate. We raise our voice on the things that matter to us and drive change from the front. Contributing to our inclusive culture is vital, ensuring a space for everyone to be their authentic self, no compromises.

In all we do, we consider how our work affects the communities in which we belong. Over 96% of our group employees are involved in supporting our communities through financial education, charitable giving and volunteering. Over 80% of all our employees and Partners donate each month to our Charitable Foundation, which is now the 3rd largest corporate charity in UK.

SJP are delighted to have signed The Armed Forces Covenant, and we are active members of LGBT Great, 30% club, The Diversity Project, Disability Confident and more! Find out more:

Our Awards:

We understand it’s important to be proud of the company you work for, that’s why we’re proud to share with you some of our recent awards:

  • Wealth Manager of the Year – Growth Investor Awards 2021
  • Best Wealth Manager – Shares Awards 2021
  • Championing LGBTQ Inclusion - Financial Adviser Diversity in Finance Awards 2020
  • Top 75 Employer - Social Mobility Foundation Employer Index 2021

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