I joined Premier in January 2008 in my first graduate role after completing a physical sciences degree. My work involves performing a wide variety of actuarial calculations, from those affecting individual pension scheme members' benefits to those influencing scheme-wide funding decisions. I am also involved in developing technical actuarial models, drafting reports and presentations, and checking other individuals' work. Outside the office I also spend a considerable amount of time studying for the actuarial exams, which I am about two thirds of the way through completing.
Having never previously worked in the pensions industry before joining Premier I had few expectations about what things would be like working here. I have, though, thoroughly enjoyed my time at Premier and the success of the business can be seen by the number of colleagues tripling in size during this period.
I particularly enjoy the diverse nature of the work that I am involved with along with the serious but fun working environment.
My hopes for the future are that the company will continue to flourish and that I will complete the actuarial qualification and finish studying within the next couple of years."
My current role is Team Leader for Premier Benefit Solutions and I joined on 5th January 2009.
I left college at 17 and worked for Equity & Law / AXA for 19 years in a variety of administration / sales support roles in 5 different locations (Swindon, Bristol, Holborn, London West End and Croydon).
The AXA Croydon office was closed and my role was moved to Basingstoke so I chose to take a redundancy package from AXA in 2008. Whilst on gardening leave a colleague advised me that a small local IFA was looking for someone to start up their back office. I sent in my CV and was invited to attend an interview at our old premises in Capital Business Centre. After my interview I knew I wanted the job. The people, company ethos and plans for the future were exactly what I was looking for. Luckily for me I was offered the role. When I joined everyone made me feel very welcome and after working for a big corporation it felt wonderful to be treated as an individual.
The company has lived up to everything it offered me at my initial interview, it encourages a good work / life balance and stays true to itself. I think we have grown quicker than expected but have continued to look for the right fit, also ensuring that we continue to provide a great level of service to our clients.
I love working here - the people, the atmosphere, location and our clients.
I wish to grow with the company and only want the best for us. We deserve to succeed.