Role:                       Trainee Consultant, Pensions Division
Location:                   7/8 Philpot Lane, London EC3M 8AA
Salary:                     £20,000 - £22,000pa + Commission
Reporting to:                     Sarah Bergin-McCarthy, Director of Pensions
Supervising:                n/a
Purpose:                    To contribute towards the expansion and overall success of
                            the Pensions Division.

Company Background:

Established in 1957, Josephine Sammons Limited, trading as The Sammons Group and
Sammons Associates, is an independent SME recruitment consultancy with approximately 50
staff operating across a variety of markets from our offices in London, Hastings and

The Sammons Group an employment business for the purposes of temporary recruitment
solutions and an employment agency for the purposes of permanent and contract recruitment

The company’s core values are: Honesty, Integrity and Professionalism. We seek to
recruit talented individuals who espouse these values and operate at all times in accordance
with them.

Our approach is very much one of teamwork; by working together in a spirit of helpfulness and
co-operation in a united team, our clients and candidates can be assured of an excellent
quality of services.

In both our external recruitment services and our own internal recruitment, we recruit solely
on the basis of merit, and welcome diversity in the workplace. Every individual is treated with
respect and valued for their unique contribution.

Pensions Division:

You will be joining the Number One Pensions Recruitment Consultancy in the UK, having won
the coveted title of Professional Pensions Recruitment Consultancy of the Year 2004, 2005,
2006 and 2007 – four years in a row! The market covered by the Pensions Division is
Occupational Pensions (both in-house and consultancy), which means our client portfolio is
nationwide, and includes every kind of company from huge global corporations to smaller
companies across a wide variety of industries.


    To be an effective Pensions Recruitment Consultant
    To ensure at all times that you are acting in the best interests of clients, candidates and
    To build a successful ‘desk’, demonstrating a proactive and forward-thinking approach in
     your drive for continuous improvement
    To generate an agreed level of revenue for the Company, whilst maintaining a quality
     service built on honesty, integrity and professionalism
Main Duties:

   To undertake a comprehensive programme of training covering all areas of the
    recruitment process and the pensions industry under the guidance of Sarah Gordon
    (trainer) and Sarah Bergin-McCarthy (Director)
   To take ownership of your desk and grow your division
   To be proactive in business development
   To meet and where possible exceed agreed activity level targets (in terms of calls, client
    meetings, mandates taken, candidate interviews, submissions, send outs, placements,
   To comply at all times with legislative, best practice and company policy requirements in
    accordance with your training
   To act at all times in accordance with Sammons policy (e.g. a commitment to diversity,
    health & safety, and other industry best practice requirements)
   To be proactive in remaining abreast of trends and developments within your chosen
    niche market area
   To contribute to the Pensions team through day-to-day involvement and ad hoc project
   Other ad hoc duties as required

Key Skills and Competencies:


   Physical Make up – a smart, business-like appearance is required for client-facing roles,
    and in order to set a good example for candidates to follow when attending for interviews
   Attainments – A-C grade English and Maths GCSE or equivalent proof of literacy and
    numeracy skills by way of qualification
   General Intelligence – able to learn quickly; able to multi-task and prioritise; pays
    attention to detail; is able to construct persuasive arguments
   Special Aptitudes – PC literate – to include MS Office, email and internet; keyboard
    skills c.45wpm (accurate); good standard of Business English and a facility with words
   Interests – Demonstrating teamwork skills, influencing skills, (either in or out of the
   Disposition – confident; professional; articulate; team player; resilient; calm under
    pressure; self motivating; service orientated; thorough; ambitious and driven
   Circumstances – able to work in the City; flexible on hours; seeking a career, not just a


   Physical Make-up – strong health/attendance record is preferred as although this is an
    office-based role, we recognise it is a demanding one
   Attainments – A levels or equivalent/degree demonstrating ability to apply oneself and
    complete written work to an advanced standard; experience within the pensions industry
   General Intelligence – Common sense; strong analytical skills
   Special Aptitudes – able to think creatively and seize marketing opportunities
    Interests – Enjoys socialising outside work, encouraging team spirit and camaraderie
    Disposition – Motivated not only by money but also quality of work
    Circumstances – Able to attend on very occasional Saturdays (e.g. Christmas party,
     workshops for qualifications, etc.)

Working Conditions:

All roles are subject to a 6 month probationary period, during which time notice period is one

Office hours are generally 8.45am to 5.30pm for support positions, and 8.30am to 6.00pm for
consultants. However, it should be noted that additional hours are often required. For
example, the team will often stay late or come in early in order to service urgent

This is an environment where you are given a large degree of autonomy.

The role is based on the first floor of Candlewick Houses, 7/8 Philpot Lane, London EC3M 8AA
in the heart of the City of London. Stations within easy walking distance include: Bank,
Monument, Fenchurch Street, Cannon Street, London Bridge, Liverpool Street. Our offices are
in a prime location with plenty of shops, bars and restaurants nearby for lunch hours and after
work socialising.

Facilities at the London site include:
     Snooker table and wine cellar in the basement (which has ‘listed’ status, and is said to
      pre-date the Fire of London in 1666!)
     Board Room with TV/DVD facilities for training
     Kitchen facilities – including oven, microwaves, kettles, toaster, fridge, freezer
     Water coolers

All our offices are non-smoking offices.     Smokers may smoke outside to the rear of the
building in their rest breaks.

Salary & Benefits:

£20,000 to £22,000 – depending on the skills and expertise brought to the role. Upon
satisfactory completion of training, the commission structure will apply. This is uncapped, and
directly related to the level of revenue generated by the individual, but the opportunity is there
to earn a significant amount in addition to the basic salary.

   20 days’ holiday plus bank holidays (increasing with length of service to a maximum of
    30 days)
   Interest Free Season Ticket Loan (subject to successful completion of probation period
    and value of ticket)
   Stakeholder Pension Scheme
   Private Healthcare
   Travel Insurance
   Subsidised Gym Membership
   Tea and Coffee provided

A programme of training will be delivered throughout your career by a mixture of training
methods (including ‘classroom style’ training, DVD training, on-the-job training, mentoring and
coaching). You will have a formal appraisal programme that enables development needs to be
identified, discussed and addressed so that you receive the support you need to enable you to
perform to the best of your ability.

Other Information:

Candidates may be encouraged to take professional REC qualifications later in their career
which will require out of hours study and occasional weekend workshops (optional).

In the meantime, information on the company may be obtained from the current site at:

In our own recruitment, as in our recruitment for our clients, we do not discriminate on the
basis of:

       age                          colour                     creed
       disability                   ethnic origin              gender reassignment
       gender               nationality                 race                         religion
                            religious belief            sexual orientation           spent
convictions*         trade union activity

       *(unless an ‘excepted profession’)