Location: Reigate or London

Programme: 6-month returnship, part of the Diversity Project: Cross Company Returner Programme

Start date: 4 May 2021

Willis Towers Watson is delighted to partner with Women Returners on this cross company returner programme for a second year. In the 2020 programme, they welcomed two returners into their investment business and you can find out more about Laverne’s return to work story on the 2020 programme here.

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 45,000 employees serving more than 140 countries. They design and deliver solutions that manage risk, optimise benefits, cultivate talent and expand the power of capital to protect and strengthen institutions and individuals. Their unique perspectives allow them to see the critical intersections between talent assets and ideas – the dynamic formula that drives business performance. Their goal is to unlock potential.

The Returner Programme

The programme offers a professionally paid placement for 6 months, from May until November 2021. Positions are at mid to senior level, located in Reigate or London.

You will receive internal mentoring, together with coaching support from Women Returners to help you to transition successfully back into the workplace. As part of the cross-company programme you will benefit from a ready-made peer support group.

Flexible working options may be available during and after the programme depending on the role. Willis Towers Watson promotes agile working practices.

Who are they looking for?

The programme is targeted at individuals with relevant professional backgrounds who have taken a career break for 18 months or more (as at May 2021). You may have been working on a small-scale basis to fit around your other commitments or have not done any paid work for a number of years. The opportunities with Willis Towers Watson are:

Investment Research

As a Senior Associate in the Investment Manager Research team, you will conduct research to identify best-in-class managers and ideas. The team is responsible for facilitating better outcomes for their clients through a combination of great ideas, continual innovation and ensuring that the best ideas get into many of their client portfolios, working in collaboration with Portfolio Managers, Retirement and Investment Consultants.

Skills & experience:

  • Investment experience (fund of funds, consulting, portfolio management or security analysis) or wider experience and a genuine interest in investment
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Well organised and detail-orientated

Investment Consultant (London)

The investments business exists to deliver better outcomes for savers, and to achieve this over the long term, their objective is to deliver sustainable results for their clients and other stakeholders.  As an Investment Consultant, you will be responsible for developing long term trusted relationships with your clients and leverage Willis Towers Watsons best in class strategies and solutions to achieve your clients investment objectives.  You will be part of a collaborative team, including specialist teams and a global manager research function.

Skills & experience:

  • Actuarial, investment and/or distribution experience
  • Proven track record in managing client relationships opportunities within Defined Benefit Investment industry
  • Proven track record of building strong relationships internally and collaborating effectively on cross-functional teams.

Working at Willis Towers Watson

Willis Towers Watson believes that building diverse teams that leverage all their best thinking and efforts will help them make better decisions, be more creative and improve their ability to help clients solve complex problems. It’s key to sustaining their competitive advantage, today and in the future.

Willis Towers Watson values are client focus, teamwork, integrity, respect and excellence. These shared values drive their everyday success and frame their approach and ways of working, embedded in the behaviours that drive performance.

How to apply

To apply for Investment Research, please click here.

To apply for the Investment Consultant opportunity, please click here.

The closing date for applications is 31 January 2021 (extended)

With any questions relating to the opportunities with Willis Towers Watson, please email Candidate.Helpdesk@WillisTowersWatson.com.

If you have any questions regarding the overall programme, contact hazel@womenreturners.com