Associate Director - Risk

To take full ownership of many complex allocated assignments, with minimal director or partner involvement, in a way that meets and exceeds the clients expectations whilst taking responsibility for managing and developing employees and growing the business

~~Markets
• Keeps abreast of relevant industry and professional developments and contributes to thought leadership
• Builds a personal network from which to generate leads
• Develops new business from own contacts and collaborative working with Financial Services Group colleagues or others in the wider firm
• Contributes effectively to developing, launching and exploiting new initiatives and service lines to diversify the business.
• Takes an active part in networking events and introduces contacts to colleagues
• Leads or speaks at industry, professional and client recognised external events
• Acts as an ambassador for the firm in seeking out opportunities to raise the profile of the Financial Services Group and Grant Thornton in the market place
• Demonstrates an understanding of the full range of the firm's products, services and capabilities and takes an active role in cross selling
• Participates in business development activities and contributes effectively to sales pitches and drafting proposals

Clients
• Ensures client take-on is completed in accordance with Grant Thornton risk management procedures
• Takes day to day management responsibility for delivery of a portfolio of client assignments
• Takes responsibility for managing selected client accounts
• Effectively manages client expectations regarding fees, delivery and deadlines
• Projects a confident and professional image

People
• Acts as a role model for colleagues and demonstrates leadership
• Is an approachable and respected member of the team who takes a proactive interest in the team's performance and wellbeing
• Takes responsibility and ownership for wider team issues
• Leads, manages, motivates and coaches team members, contributing to positive morale
• Ensures employees are working collaboratively across all areas within Financial Services Group to maximise our contribution to the firm and to clients
• Provides constructive upward feedback to more senior colleagues
• Develops others, providing appropriate learning and development opportunities and interventions
• Completes a timely appraisal and personal development plan for self and others, as appropriate
• Works in line with the firm's CLEARR values, of collaboration, leadership, excellence, agility, respect and responsibility
• Proactively manages own career, seeking out regular feedback and opportunities to work on a variety of assignment to build on existing experience
• Attends training to develop technical and personal skills; takes proactive steps to develop self awareness and performance
• Assists with recruitment as necessary
• Meets CPE requirements and completes return on time
• Meets all relevant requirements of Actuarial Profession

Operations and results
• Prepares fee estimates and budgets for client assignments and manages client expectations about changes and overruns
• Ensures assignments are delivered profitably and (unless otherwise agreed prior to commencement of the assignment) with full recovery (above 75%) of billable, chargeable time, with WIP write-outs kept to a minimum
• Contributes to ensuring maximum utilisation of staff and identifies and implements opportunities to work more efficiently
• Ensures bills are raised accurately and promptly, fees are collected in a timely manner and debtors are kept to a minimum
• Ensures compliance with, and adherence to, the firm's risk management policies and procedures
• Keeps partners informed of progress, draws issues to their attention and implements agreed actions
• Participates in the presentation of conclusions and recommendations to the client and discusses the implications and action points
• Designs and undertakes high quality analytical work requiring minimal input from directors and partners
• Writes high quality, professionally presented reports, requiring minimal input from directors and partners
• Deputises effectively for partners and directors when they are unavailable
• Ensures all files are closed down on completed projects in accordance with Grant Thornton policy