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Working for the IFoA

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) is a unique organisation to work for.

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries is the UK’s only chartered professional body dedicated to educating, developing and regulating actuaries. Our members are based both in the UK and internationally. We represent and regulate members and oversee education at all qualifying stages as well as providing continuous professional development throughout their careers.

Our employees operate in a range of hugely varied roles that involve everything from supporting students through their exams to helping produce and promote research in a variety of fascinating and critical topics, and regulating the profession and maintaining its ethics.

IFoA employees enjoy a competitive package and a great suite of benefits including a very generous pension scheme, agile working and we support personal and professional development with funded training and studying opportunities.

Current vacancies

Executive assistant to the Chief Executive Officer

We recruit people from a wide range of disciplines

We offer careers in a wide range of disciplines. If your job application is successful, you will be working in one of our six directorates:

  • Chief Executive's Office
  • Engagement and Learning
  • General Counsel
  • Markets Development
  • Operations
  • Public Affairs and Research

Rebecca Deegan, Manager - China and South East Asia,“The IFoA is a supportive employer that invests time and resource into training employees. I can attest to this progressing from the Team Coordinator, to the Head of Policy. The IFoA also gave me the opportunity to spend almost one year working overseas, gaining lots of new skills and knowledge. Our members are a constant source of inspiration and I am proud of the projects we deliver in partnership to try and make a genuine contribution to society.

Rebecca Deegan, Head of Policy

 

Diversity and inclusion

We are committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in all our policies, practices and procedures. This applies to all of the IFoA’s professional dealings with our employees, members, volunteers and third parties. The IFoA acknowledges that recognising and embracing the unique and diverse talents of its workforce, members and volunteers is fundamental to the success of the organisation.
 

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Recruiting the right people is essential to our success

We believe that recruiting the right people, who are the right cultural fit and will embrace our values, is essential to the success of the IFoA. We place a lot of emphasis on our values, and we put them at the heart of everything we do.

Our values are: Community, Integrity and Progress

  • Community – building relationships by being inclusive, accessible and collaborative
  • Integrity – doing the right thing for the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA), our members and the public interest, by being honest, accountable and professional
  • Progress – developing the future of the profession together by being relevant, supportive and purposeful

Cargill Sanderson“With the integrity of the public sector and the dynamism of the private sector, the IFoA is somewhere where you can make a meaningful contribution whilst working in a progressive, forward looking, and growing business with great opportunities for development.”

Cargill Sanderson, IFoA General Counsel Coordinator, General Counsel

 

Our compensation package and career development opportunities 

We offer competitive salaries and benefits. Some of our fantastic benefits include:

  • Pension scheme with generous employer contribution, and additional salary sacrifice option
  • Private medical insurance and health screenings
  • Life assurance plan
  • Competitive annual leave scheme with the option to purchase additional leave
  • Corporate bonus
  • Company sick pay
  • Employee Assistance Programme

Learning and development

We value learning and development and have a structured performance development process which captures key objectives and addresses individual development needs and aspirations, as well as short and long-term career development ambitions.

Supporting our employees at work

Agile Working Schemes

We recognise that agile working has many benefits, and will support agile working requests wherever we can.

Wellbeing

We recognise that the ability to achieve our objectives depends on the physical and mental wellbeing of our employees. We acknowledge that workplace wellbeing includes the physical and cultural environment of the organisation as well as policies, practices and procedures that guide our work.

We aim to provide a workplace environment that values and enhances the physical and mental health and wellbeing of employees. We achieve this through our Wellbeing Policy and related working practices, our network of Mental Health First Aiders, our annual Wellbeing Week to help maintain a focus on health and wellbeing and by working in partnership with our Occupational Health Providers.  

Mindful Employer

Gillian Ozer“Having had a wide experience of working for banks and insurance companies, I can sincerely say that my time employed at the IFoA has been the most rewarding. Every day presents me with new challenges, allowing me to learn additional skills and provide me with great job satisfaction. I have flourished in an environment which offers both opportunity and mental stimulation. Even after 13 years, I still enjoy the challenges and experiences that each day brings.” 

Gillian Ozer, Membership Manager - Subscriptions and Administration, Membership

Employee Forum

We give our employees a clear voice. For this purpose, the IFoA has an elected a employees Representative Body called “Employee Forum”, whose members meet on a regular basis with each other and other members of employees and directors to discuss matters of common interest to, and affecting members of employees, and to create transparency throughout the organisation.

 

Social life at the IFoA/Charity Committee

In addition to working together, our employees often also like to spend time with each other and socialise outside of the workplace, and there are social events in the evening or at lunch time such as the IFoA book club, or trips to the theatre or cinema. We also have a Charity Committee who organise activities across the IFoA to raise fund for charitable causes. 

Siân Aplin"At the IFoA there is a great sense of community amongst colleagues as you are working towards the same goal -  to create the best experience for our members."

Siân Aplin, Team Administrator, Engagement and Learning

 

 

Environmental Management System

The IFoA recognises that environmental issues are fundamental to a responsible business strategy. As a forward-looking, global organisation, we are committed to adopting sustainable business practices for the benefit of society and to secure the future of the planet.

Contact Details

HR Team

hrsupport@actuaries.org.uk

We aim to respond to all enquiries within three working days.

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Events calendar

  • Sessional Meeting - Operational Risk Dependencies

    Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh 9 Queen St Edinburgh EH2 1JQ
    20 January 2020

    Fully booked.

    The Operational Risk Working Party aims to assist actuaries and others in the modelling and management of operational risk. One of the key challenges in modelling operational risk is the modelling of dependencies between operational risks, and between operational and non-operational risks such as market, credit and insurance risk.

  • KSS event in Glasgow: Public Sector Pensions

    Hymans Robertson, Glasgow 20 Waterloo St, Glasgow
    30 January 2020

    Spaces available

    – the unappreciated key assumption, the resulting unsustainable promises, the unmanaged risk and the unrecognised debt? 

    Speaker: Allan Martin will present this talk on 30 January in Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh. If you wish to register for another location please return to the Events Calendar.

  • KSS event in Stirling: Public Sector Pensions

    M&G Prudential, Stirling Craigforth Campus, Stirling
    30 January 2020

    Spaces available

    – the unappreciated key assumption, the resulting unsustainable promises, the unmanaged risk and the unrecognised debt? 

    Speaker: Allan Martin will present this talk on 30 January in Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh. If you wish to register for another location please return to the Events Calendar.

  • KSS event in Edinburgh: Public Sector Pensions

    Hymans Robertson 1, Exchange Place, Semple St, Edinburgh
    30 January 2020

    Spaces available

    – the unappreciated key assumption, the resulting unsustainable promises, the unmanaged risk and the unrecognised debt? 

    Speaker: Allan Martin will present this talk on 30 January in Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh. If you wish to register for another location please return to the Events Calendar.

  • The Great Risk Transfer – Breakfast briefing and launch event

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn London WC1V 7QJ
    31 January 2020

    Fully booked.

     

    Launch of the IFoA’s 2020 thought leadership campaign The Great Risk Transfer. The campaign will examine the trend of the transfer of risk from institutions to individuals, and how people can be better equipped to manage the financial risks they now face. At this breakfast event the IFoA will launch a call for evidence on this topic.

  • Joint IFoA and SOAT Professional Skills Training event - Bangkok

    Thai Life Insurance PCL, 13th Floor, Meeting Room 13/2, 123 Ratchadaphisek Road, Din Daeng, Bangkok 10400, Thailand  
    7 February 2020

    Spaces available

    This session is jointly organised by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) and the Society of Actuaries of Thailand (SOAT).

    Video case studies will be selected from the IFoA’s 2019/2020 online content which covers a range of topics under an overarching theme of “A Trusted Profession”. This session is suitable for actuaries working in any area (i.e. it is not specifically aimed at Life, GI or any other technical discipline) and is interactive, so you should come along prepared to take part in the discussions.

     

  • Cyber Risk Event

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    10 February 2020

    Spaces available

    What do good cyber practices look like and, to what extent, can we as an industry implement these operationally and recognise these for underwriting?

  • KSS event: Where now for pensions?

    Royal London Group, 1 Thistle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DG
    18 February 2020

    Spaces available

    With a single party government at Westminster holding a comfortable majority, and with the first phase of Brexit complete, the potential for radical reforms of the pensions landscape is increased. 

    Former Pensions Minister Steve Webb discusses what changes we can expect to see in pensions including in state pensions, pension tax relief, automatic enrolment and the workplace pension landscape.

  • Sessional: Impact of E-cigarettes Working Party

    Royal College of Physicians, 9 Queen St, Edinburgh EH2 1JQ
    24 February 2020

    Spaces available

    This sessional meeting will be of direct interest to actuaries and others working in the in the Health and Care, Life or Pensions sectors or indeed actuaries with an interest in morbidity or mortality. Note: Registration is from 17.30 in time for the sessional to begin at 18.00.

  • KSS event: How is Scotland’s population changing and what are the implications?

    New Register House, 3 West Register Street, Edinburgh
    5 March 2020

    Spaces available

    The National Records of Scotland (NRS) collects, preserves and produces information about Scotland's people and history to inform current and future generations - work that underpins the fabric of Scottish society and tells the story of our nation. This KSS talk will explore the following and other areas impacting Scotland’s changing population, and assess the potential implications of the changes:

  • Board agenda: Why Responsible Investing, ESG, and Climate Change matters to Pension Funds, Companies

    Staple Inn, 4 High Holborn, Holborn, London. WC1V 6DR, UK
    19 March 2020

    Spaces available

    Recent years have seen ESG, Climate Change, and Responsible Investing thrust onto the corporate agenda in every boardroom. The same also be said for pension funds. Expectations of how companies should respond are high and NEDs on Boards are expected to adapt and adjust their guidance to companies accordingly. What does this mean for Actuaries serving as NEDs and Trustees?

  • KSS event: A Cashless Society- Benefits, Risks, Issues and Developments

    Deloitte, 4th Floor, Saltire Court, 20 Castle Terrace
    19 March 2020

    Spaces available

    Speaker: Iain Collier, Chair of the CSWP

    The talk will look to cover the following: Progression towards a Cashless Society • Developments home and overseas • Benefits, Risks and Issues • Crypto Currencies and Central Bank Digital Currencies.

    There will be an extended Q&A session at the end of the event.

  • Spring Lecture 2020, Edinburgh - Vicky Pryce

    Assembly Rooms, 54 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2LR
    25 March 2020

    Spaces available

    What next in Economic Policy? Please join us for our annual Spring Lecture presented by Vicky Pryce in Edinburgh. Vicky is Chief Economic Adviser and a board member at the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR).

  • Spring Lecture 2020: Live Streaming

    Webinar
    25 March 2020

    Spaces available

    What next in Economic Policy? Please join us on 25 March 2020 for the live stream of our annual Spring Lecture presented by Vicky Pryce in Edinburgh. Vicky is Chief Economic Adviser and a board member at the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR).

  • SIAS Event: CMI Update

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    1 April 2020

    Spaces available

    Following the release of the updated CMI Mortality Projection Model, CMI_2019, the CMI Mortality Projections Committee will lead a discussion on future mortality improvements.

  • IFoA Asia Conference 2020, Kuala Lumpur

    CCEC Nexus, 7, Jalan Kerinchi, Bangsar South, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    24-25 June 2020
    Spaces available

    Join us at the IFoA Asia Conference 2020 at CCEC Nexus, Kuala Lumpur where intellectual thought leaders, senior industry players, opinion formers, academics, actuaries and non-actuaries from across Asia and beyond are expected to attend. This year's landmark conference promises to an exciting one as our first Asian President-elect, Tan Suee Chieh will, as newly appointed president of the IFoA, use his presidential address to highlight the two key pillars of the IFoA’s emerging strategy:

    • the reinvention of the profession in terms of its skillsets and mind-sets so that we can thrive in an increasing range of domains in a digital age;
    • the widening application of actuarial science in achieving social impact and sustainability goals.

    We are also delighted to announce that the Honourable Mr. Lim Guan Eng, Minister of Finance, Malaysia, will be the guest of honour at this year's conference.

    Should you be interested in presenting and sharing your expertise with international industry players, opinion formers, peers, and academics, please submit your proposal by 20 January.

    Early bird registration is now open until 1 March.  10% group discounts are offered to a minimum of six IFoA members booking in a single transaction.  Limited spaces are available, so please sign-up early to avoid disappointment.