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Actuarial Research Centre (ARC) Coordinator vacancy

Job Grade: 5

Closing date: 22 November 2019 

Directorate and Job title of line manager: Public Affairs and Research, Actuarial Research Centre Manager

Location: Edinburgh

Contract type: Permanent
 

How to apply

To apply for this role, please send your CV and a cover letter to: hrsupport@actuaries.org.uk.

Purpose of job

The Research and Knowledge team provides a focal point for research activities and information resources at the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA), which seeks to advance all matters relevant to actuarial science and raise awareness of the work of actuaries.  As a learned society, the IFoA has an extensive research programme, through its volunteer working parties and through commissioning third parties, particularly universities, to carry out a range of research on its behalf.  The commissioned research programme is run primarily through the IFoA’s Actuarial Research Centre (ARC), which is a virtual network of actuarial researchers from around the world.  A key feature of the ARC is that it seeks to deliver industry-relevant research in partnership with other sponsors. 

The ARC Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the day to day running of the ARC and providing administrative support to the IFoA’s commissioned research programme. This role also fulfils a number of governance related tasks, including committee secretariat and reporting.

Dimensions

There is no budgetary or people management responsibilities associated with this role.

Administration support provided to deliver:

  • Up to 20 research initiatives per year
  • Around 20 research events per year
  • Around 12 committee and steering group meetings per year

Principal accountabilities

  • Ensuring the activities under the ARC are coordinated, with support provided to the Research Project Managers and the ARC Manager.
  • Providing secretariat services to key research committees, steering groups and other research oversight groups to ensure effective operation of these groups and the volunteer time given to participate in them.
  • Providing administrative support to the ARC Director panel.
  • Working closely with communications and marketing functions to develop and deliver relevant marketing material.
  • Maintaining the website and other digital tools for disseminating ARC activities to maximise dissemination and communication of thought leadership.
  • Maintaining a database and forward planner of the research programme across the whole IFoA and monitoring progress to ensure that the IFoA can track all research activities to gain maximum value from them.
  • Coordinating research events and outreach activities.
  • Gathering and presenting management information for governance reporting, including Directors’ reports and committee dashboards.
  • Maintaining a database of research priorities for third parties to ensure that the IFoA has a view of the external actuarial research environment.
  • Supporting the administration of the ARC budget and financials.

Main contacts

Internal:

  • All roles in the Research and Knowledge team
  • Other parts of the Public Affairs and Research Directorate
  • Engagement and Learning (particularly Practice Executive, Volunteer Engagement and Education)
  • General Counsel
  • Operations (particularly Finance and Events)

External:

  • IFoA volunteers and the wider membership
  • Chair of the Research and Thought Leadership Board (RTLB)
  • ARC Director panel
  • Research teams at universities and other research providers

Decisions

  • Generally acts on decisions made by other members of the team.
  • Prioritises day to day tasks and able to adapt if priorities change.
  • Acts on initiative to manage workload and support other members of the team

Complexity

  • The role holder will be required to assimilate information from across the team and organisation.
  • Required to become familiar with the content of the full research programme and identify connections.
  • Identify and implement process improvements.
  • Be familiar with the governance frameworks within the IFoA.
  • The jobholder will be required to handle a variety of topics and tasks at any given time

Impact

  • Efficient operation of the ARC activities, with high quality research that is visible to a wide audience
  • Increased impact of IFoA research
  • Positive member experience at research related events
  • Impact on volunteer experience for members of committees and steering groups

Knowledge and experience

Required:

  • Experience of supporting projects involving a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent planning and organising skills and able to multi-task.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience of working to tight deadlines and strong time management skills.
  • Minute taking and secretariat experience.
  • Strong IT skills including the use of Microsoft Office packages and databases
  • Experience generating high quality, accurate management information reports
  • A proactive approach with a focus on improving processes and solving problems.
  • Experience working with budgets.
  • Ability to be flexible with tasks undertaken.

Desirable:

  • Experience of working in a research environment, perhaps within a university, other professional body, charity or think tank.
  • Experience of updating and maintaining web content
  • Knowledge of what actuaries do.

Values and behaviours

The job holder should be able to demonstrate all of the IFoA’s values:

Community

We are: Building relationships and communities by listening and giving people a clear voice. By being: Inclusive, Accessible and Collaborative.

Integrity

We are: Doing the right thing for the organisation, our members, the profession and the public interest. By being: Honest, Accountable and Professional.

Progress

We are: Developing the future of the profession together. By being: Relevant, Supportive and Purposeful.
 

Additional information

The role is based in Edinburgh.  Occasional travel to London and other locations may be required from time to time to support events or attend meetings.

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

  • Life Conference 2019

    The Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1
    20-22 November 2019
    Fully booked.

    The Life Conference is the premier event for professionals interested in life insurance.  Offering a wide range of workshops and plenary sessions it’s the perfect opportunity to discover what’s hot and current in life insurance ensuring you get up to date on the latest thinking and innovation whilst meeting and exchanging ideas with a broad range of professionals.

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    2 December 2019

    Spaces available

    Speaker: Pallavi Konwar

    Pallavi has a background in banking and asset management as well as within government. She started her career at Wall Street in New York, where she worked for Citigroup on mortgage securitisations and collateral analysis. Before joining PwC, she worked within the Infrastructure UK team at HM Treasury. where she was responsible for contributing to the National Infrastructure Plan and reporting on the performance and delivery of nationally significant infrastructure projects.

  • Autumn Lecture 2019, London - Dr Kay Swinburne

    Lincoln's Inn The Treasury Office, London WC2A 3TL
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    Spaces available

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  • SIAS Event: Discount Rates are Flawed

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    3 December 2019

    Spaces available

    This talk will be given by Jon Spain who, as far back as 1983, has been working independently, trying to bring “long-term” back to UK actuarial thinking. His current focus is on discount rates (see discrate.com).

  • A Holistic Study into Cash flow Driven Investment

    Staple Inn, 4 High Holborn, Holborn, London WC1V 6DR, UK
    4 December 2019

    Spaces available

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  • Your Actuarial Career: Managing Career Breaks

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    5 December 2019

    Spaces available

    Maternity or paternity leave, sabbaticals to study or travel, managing care responsibilities or escaping unemployment – Join Chika Aghadiuno and a panel of IFoA guests including Liz Dimmock, Founder & CEO of Women Ahead (International), and Lee Faulkner, Financial Wellbeing Actuary, First Actuarial, to explore the issues around career breaks from the perspective of an employee and an employer.

  • Sessional Meeting - Silent Cyber Assessment Framework

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    9 December 2019

    Spaces available

    The (re)insurance industry is faced with a growing risk related to the development of information technology (IT). This growth is creating an increasingly digitally interconnected world with more and more dependence being placed on IT systems to manage processes.

  • CPD Member Event in Shanghai, China

    Function Room, F39, S1 Fuson Group, the Bund Finance Centre, No.600 Zhongshang East 2nd Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai Chinese address:BFC外滩国际金融金融中心,S1复星集团,39层报告厅,上海中山东二路600号
    9 December 2019

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  • Professional Skills Training - London (10 December 2019)

    Staple Inn, High Holborn, London WC1V 7QJ  
    10 December 2019

    Spaces available

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    A 2 hour CPD event designed to meet the IFoA’s Stage 3 Professional Skills Training under the IFoA’s CPD Scheme 2019/2020.  The content and discussion at this session is particularly tailored to actuarial students and newly qualified actuaries working in any area and the format is interactive, so you should come along prepared to take part in the discussions with your peers.

  • IFoA Joint Member Event with the Sunshine Insurance Group, Beijing China

    Room TBC, Kuntai International Plaza, No.12, Chaowai Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing 地址:会议室待定,北京市朝阳区朝外大街乙12号1号楼昆泰国际大厦
    12 December 2019

    Spaces available

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  • SIAS Event: My Journey to Data Science, Big Data and AI

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

    Spaces available

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    For actuaries wanting to get more involved with the matching adjustment, this is the opportunity to get a detailed description of the mechanics involved. This includes cashflows derisking, PRA tests as well as hypothecation.

    The presentation is provided by James Sharpe who has worked on a number of matching adjustment calculations with several firms.

  • IFoA Volunteer Recognition Reception

    Staple Inn, 4 High Holborn, Holborn, London WC1V 6DR, UK
    15 January 2020

    Spaces available

    As a thank you to all our Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) volunteers, you are invited to join us at Staple Inn Hall, for an evening of drinks, canapes and networking, in London.

    IFoA President, John Taylor, will be attending and will make a speech

    If you support the IFoA as a volunteer (member or non-member), or in any other role, and you are going to be in London on 15 January, please book your place and join us at this reception.

     

  • Professional Skills Training - London (16 January 2020)

    Staple Inn, High Holborn, London WC1V 7QJ
    16 January 2020

    Spaces available

    A Trusted Profession

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  • Sessional Meeting - Operational Risk Dependencies

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    20 January 2020

    Spaces available

    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. Their paper seeks to assist in this regard, and help develop good practice in setting assumptions and modelling operational risk dependencies. 

  • Professional Skills Training - Edinburgh (23 January 2020)

    IFoA (Edinburgh), Level 2, Exchange Crescent 7 Conference Square Edinburgh EH3 8RA
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    Spaces available

    A Trusted Profession

    A 2 hour CPD event designed to meet the IFoA’s Stage 3 Professional Skills Training under the IFoA’s CPD Scheme 2019/2020This session is suitable for actuaries working in any area (i.e. it is not specifically aimed at Pensions, GI or any other technical discipline) and is interactive, so you should come along prepared to take part in the discussions.

  • ARC Sessional Research Event

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
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    Spaces available

    This sessional will be delivered by members of the research team working on the ARC “Big Health & Actuarial Data’ research programme, led by Professor Elena Kulinskaya (University of East Anglia).

  • Professional Skills Training - London (11 February 2020)

    Staple Inn, High Holborn, London WC1V 7QJ         
    11 February 2020

    Spaces available

    A Trusted Profession

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  • Sessional: Impact of E-cigarettes Working Party

    Royal College of Physicians, 9 Queen St, Edinburgh EH2 1JQ
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    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.

  • Professional Skills Training - Edinburgh (25 February 2020)

    IFoA (Edinburgh), Level 2, Exchange Crescent 7 Conference Square Edinburgh EH3 8RA
    25 February 2020

    Spaces available

    A Trusted Profession

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  • IFoA Asia Conference 2020, Kuala Lumpur

    CCEC Nexus, 7, Jalan Kerinchi, Bangsar South, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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    The sixth annual Asia Conference once again offers a prestigious line-up of home and international speakers discussing the insurance and financial industry’s innovation and change in Asia. This year's conference in Kuala Lumpur will be hosted by Tan Suee Chieh, IFoA’s first Asian President. He will also make his Presidential address at this conference and will expand on the important elements of IFoA’s new strategy. 

    Additionally, this landmark conference will showcase how the IFoA is reinventing itself to support its members to succeed and thrive in a digital age, within traditional businesses and beyond, as a global organisation. 

    No tot be missed by international industry players, opinion formers, academic and industry leaders, actuaries and non-actuaries.