Job Description

Core Business Graduate - Technical Analyst Graduate Programme Reigate

The Company
Willis Towers Watson is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. With roots dating to 1828, Willis Towers Watson has 40,000 employees serving more than 140 countries. We design and deliver solutions that manage risk, optimize benefits, cultivate talent, and expand the power of capital to protect and strengthen institutions and individuals. Our unique perspective allows us to see the critical intersections between talent, assets and ideas – the dynamic formula that drives business performance. Together, we unlock potential. Learn more at

The Business

The technical support team is part of the largest team within Retirement, Defined Benefit Consulting, which provides advice on running many of the largest UK Defined Benefit (or Final Salary) pension schemes.


The Role

*** Please note that we do not accept multiple applications and you should only select and apply to one programme per year***

Closing dates: 3 March 2017

Location: Reigate

Salary: Competitive

Before you apply, please refer to the ‘Selection Process’ area of our Graduate website at: for tips and advice around and how to be successful in your application with us.

The Technical Analyst is a non-client facing role where you will work as part of a team on a wide variety of complex projects serving as a key resource for the consulting teams. Duties will include:
  • Pension Scheme valuations
  • Calculating and valuing the benefits of individual members
  • Complex data manipulation
  • Pension Scheme accounting disclosures
  • Monthly client billing
  • Cross-departmental projects

Full training will be provided to develop the necessary technical and software skills required to succeed in the role. This involves on–the-job training, as well as twelve core training modules (usually three days each) over the first two years.


Career Path and Study Support

Over the first two years, you will learn the basics. The skills you learn on the job will be supplemented by an extensive two-year graduate training course. This involves about twelve core training modules (usually three days each) that will develop your technical knowledge as well as softer skills such as business writing and project management. Thereafter you will typically receive two training courses a year in the next four or five years together with an extensive range of continued professional development opportunities and training as required after this.

We currently offer a rotation scheme where all new Technical Analysts have the opportunity to spend time in two other areas of the business. These range from the Defined Contribution team to our in-house software or technical research team. This provides analysts with a great opportunity to gain hands on experience of other areas of the Retirement business, and to build connections in the wider team.

Graduate Technical Analysts have the option to study for the actuarial exams via the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. However, there is no requirement to take any exams, and associates can stop studying at any time. Some associates may choose to take only the first exam (CT1), while others may continue until they have achieved their diploma qualification or even qualify as an Actuary.

Job Requirements

The Requirements
  • Numerate Degree OR Non-numerate Degree with Mathematics “A” Level
  • Good Microsoft Office skills, particularly Excel
  • Ability to quickly learn and apply new bespoke IT skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Well organised, thorough and with a good eye for detail
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to ask the right questions and seek help where appropriate
  • Flexible, proactive, responsive with an inquisitive approach to work
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Able to adapt to a fast-paced, sometimes unpredictable, working environment
  • Strong sense of accountability


Candidates must be eligible to work in the EEA on a permanent basis without sponsorship

Start date for the UK Graduate Programme will be the end of August 2017.