Be more than your job title
We recognise the importance of developing our future talent. Our Graduate and Student programmes give you the chance to work alongside and learn from some of our industry’s sharpest minds. From day one you'll be encouraged to think freely and challenge the way things are done whilst working collaboratively in a supportive, inclusive environment.
While we offer a range of structured early careers programmes, you’ll have a variety of career paths available to you. You'll be in control of how your career develops and will be supported to grow your skills and experience with exposure to an exciting variety of projects and a diverse range of clients.
In your penultimate year at university? Build your experience and grow your network by taking part in our Summer Internship Programme
This eight-week, competitively paid programme (running throughout July and August) is an excellent way to gain experience, build your confidence and enhance your understanding of what working within an Actuarial Role at Hymans Robertson is like.
During your time with us you’ll be aligned to one of our Business Units and will spend the summer working on real-life client projects. You’ll also carry out your own research project that you’ll present back to your team at the end of your internship. As well as a supportive team and people manager, you’ll be given lots of opportunities to get to know people across our business and your fellow interns.
For those who do particularly well during their internship, we are able to offer you a ring-fenced position on our Graduate Programme for when you have finished your studies. So, this programme is a fantastic way to not only earn as you learn over the summer months, but also to secure a Graduate position for the following year.
You’ll find a full description of the role in our advert, which you can access here once our programme intake opens.Earlier this year were proud to be rated third in the Rate My Placement Award category for Best Medium-Sized Internship Schemes! Take a look through some of our reviews to find out more about what our previous students enjoyed about their time with us!
Completing your final year at university, or recently graduated? Consider our Actuarial Consulting Graduate Programme
Making your first steps after university can be daunting. That’s why we’re committed to providing our graduates with an incredible selection of help and support as they begin their Hymans Career. Our structured graduate programme gives you the opportunity to join us as a Trainee Consultant within our Actuarial Private, Actuarial Public, Investment DB, Defined Contribution or Insurance & Financial Services Business Units.
Whatever your specialism you’ll join a supportive team where you’ll develop your analytical and numerical skills, along with your technical understanding of our modelling tools, and your stakeholder engagement skills, to become a fully qualified consultant.
In addition to supporting our consultants with client work and research, you’ll become a student member of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries or CFA Institute and will work through exams relevant to your chosen specialism. We’ll support you at every step of the way with a study support package, dedicated People Manager and Buddy.
You’ll find a full description of the role in our advert, which you can access here once our programme intake opens in October.
Interested in working with data and complex mathematical models? Consider an opportunity as a modelling analyst
If you enjoy communicating technical ideas in a clear way, are excited about working with programmes (such as R) and are looking for something a little different to one of our actuarial focused roles then our Modelling Analyst opportunities could be an exciting next step for you.
You’ll use your analytical skills to help our business and stakeholders to solve complex problems. Working closely with both our actuarial and investment client-facing teams as well as directly with clients and external advisors, our Modelling Analysts contribute to a wide range of analytics projects.
Some of the key activities they are involved in include:
We have opportunities to join our Scottish Teams as either a Penultimate Year Student Intern over the summer, or as a Graduate on a permanent basis in September 2024. Applications for both programmes open in the Autumn alongside our Actuarial Schemes.
Watch our short video to hear about two of our colleagues’ experiences on our Graduate Programme. Morven is currently a Trainee Actuary, and Calum is now one of our Equity Members having joined the same programme 20 years ago. They chat about their experiences so far and share their words of wisdom for anyone early on in their careers.
Why choose us?
We want to make working at Hymans Robertson the best job you'll ever have – that might sound ambitious but that’s our goal!
We offer hybrid working so you can enjoy the positive wellbeing of working from home as well as the benefits of meeting colleagues in our sociable, modern office environments. Our range of employee benefits are flexible, so you can choose the ones that best match your lifestyle and needs. Whether you’re interested in discounted gym memberships, healthcare benefits, carbon offsetting or our electric car buying scheme - we have something to suit everyone!
We live and breathe our values - of being friendly, partnering, straightforward and confident – and we genuinely care about our people, clients, communities, and the environment. During your time with us, we’ll encourage you to do three key things: ‘Be Your True Self,’ ‘Make a Difference’ and ‘Grow Your Career’.
From my first day I have felt like I can speak to anyone regardless of department or level...Everyone is genuinely interested in the work other people around the firm are doing, which really makes it feel like we are working under one purpose.
Isla Gamble - Actuarial Trainee Consultant
We celebrate and embrace difference
Our culture empowers everyone to be themselves so they can do their best work and thrive.
Diversity Equity and Inclusion is a key focus for us, and though we have set ourselves some challenging targets within these areas, we're proud to say making progress against each – including reducing our gender pay gap. We use contextualised recruitment tools to help widen our pool of Early Careers candidates and partner with key charities and organisations to help us engage with under-represented groups across our four pillars of Diversity and Inclusion.
We also have several staff-led community groups across Hymans (LBGTQ+, Neurodiversity, Race, Faith, Disability and Gender) that meet regularly to discuss topical issues and develop ideas for improving our approaches.
Together, building better futures
Whether you're involved in helping our clients and customers build more secure financial futures or using your three annual volunteering days, we believe that each of our employees can make a positive difference and contribute towards achieving our purpose – together, building better futures.
We also care about the world around us. In addition to offering our employees matched personal carbon offsetting as part of our flexible benefits package, we're constantly investing in our Corporate Social Responsibility to support our communities and the environment. Our skills also mean we are uniquely placed to help address financial education and social inclusion via the Hymans Robertson Foundation, which 2% of our profits are invested into every year.
We think in generations, not quarters
We invest heavily in our people, ideas and technology, enabling you to have a long and fulfilling career with us. In addition to a generous study support package, we also offer more informal methods of professional and personal development. Our award-winning online learning platform, Aspire, makes learning more accessible – meaning you can develop how and when you want to.
While a significant number of our senior colleagues started their early career journeys with us, we celebrate the variety of career opportunities available to you within Hymans and believe that there isn't always a linear path to success. Many of our staff have benefitted from our flexible approach, having had the opportunity to gain exposure to different teams across the firm and follow their passions into new and exciting opportunities.
We also offer annual salary reviews and a profit-share scheme, so when the business does well, we all benefit.
Work Experience & Insight Days
The world of pensions can sometimes appear shrouded in mystery. We want to change that! We have several different ‘Doors Open’ opportunities that secondary school and early years’ university students can get involved in!
If you’re curious about us and would like to learn more about the different types of opportunities available, consider taking part in one of our insight programmes.
Our work experience programmes run in each of our offices once a year and offer the opportunity for those in their final two years of secondary school to visit our offices and gain an insight into what we do. Spaces are dependent on availability within your chosen office location, but we will always try to accommodate requests where possible! If this is something you are interested in get in touch with us via firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a new addition to our early careers offering for those at university who are interested in finding out more about the different student internship and graduate opportunities available across our firm. You’ll spend two days in the Spring in our Glasgow Office meeting our different teams and hearing more about what they do. We’ll shortly open applications for this (don’t worry – this just involves submitting a short statement about why you want to take part and a copy of your CV!), but if you can submit a note of interest for this scheme ahead of this by emailing email@example.com
We've shared some of our most frequently asked questions and answers below.
If you are considering applying for one of our Early Career Programmes, we'd suggest doing a little bit of research first into our field – this is a great way to build your knowledge about the profession and stand out throughout our application. A good place to start is the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries webpage, the online and print resources from Inside Careers and the online publication ‘The Actuary.
Our actuarial intake covers a number of our different Consulting Business Units including Actuarial Public, Actuarial Private, Defined Contribution Consulting, Investment DB and Insurance & Financial Services.
Actuarial Public: Our Actuarial Public team are the largest and most experienced LGPS-specific actuarial Practice in the marketplace. Based in Glasgow, they help public sector pension funds to effectively manage risks while also meeting their long-term funding an investment objectives. You can find out more about the huge variety of work they do on their section of our website. Those that join this team will have the opportunity to be supported through their IFoA qualification, while gaining experience from a range of exciting projects across the Business Unit and developing their career in a way that suits them.
Actuarial Private: The largest of our Business Units, which comprises of both technical and client facing teams. Graduates and interns joining the Actuarial Private Business Unit will be given an opportunity to spend time working across both specialisms as they build their skills in both mathematical modelling and client consulting, to help them decide on which direction they would like their career to progress in. In both you’ll have the opportunity to work on exciting projects to support private sector employers and scheme trustees to predict the financial risks affecting their defined benefit pensions, and you’ll work towards completing your IFoA Qualification.
Defined Contribution Consulting: This is an exciting and growing area of our business, with DC now being the predominant main source of future pension contributions. Our team offers strategic, investment, governance, at-retirement and communications advice to a wide range of trustee and corporate clients. Similarly, the work you’ll be involved in as a graduate and intern is equally wide ranging, and we’d particularly encourage applications from people who are enthused by the stakeholder engagement element that this programme offers. Within this Business Unit, you’ll have the opportunity to study either for either the IFoA of CFA exams, depending on how you’d like your career to progress. You can find out more about this team on their section of our website.
Investment DB: The Investment DB Business Unit advises a diverse range of clients from large pension schemes and endowments funds to charities, other businesses and insurance companies. They work closely with them to design and monitor strategies that meet their objectives and liabilities whilst balancing their risk and return requirements – and are constantly thinking of new ideas to improve their portfolios. In this role you will be involved in a breadth of projects that involve completing detailed technical analysis using our in-house models and providing tailored strategic consulting advice. You’ll also work towards either your IFoA or CFA qualification, and will have the opportunity to work closely with colleagues across the business, including our specialist investment research and responsible investment teams.
IFS: A relatively new addition to Hymans, our IFS team support insurers and reinsurers to find intelligent solutions to tricky problems, ensuring better futures for their customers and shareholders. You’ll work towards your IFoA qualification as you get involved with a variety of projects – supporting our experts consultants across areas such as Investment & ALM, Property & Casualty, Longevity Consulting, Risk & Capital and Product Dev.
Our application windows open in autumn, and you can apply on our website using the links in the sections above.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are important to our hiring practices and overall firm culture. Therefore, we are proud to recruit for our graduate and summer internship opportunities on the basis of your potential rather than your academic grades.
We don’t have any set minimum requirements in terms of academic achievement other than a confirmed ‘pass’ at Undergraduate level for your Academic Degree. We also recognise that a degree from any University (and within any subject grouping) gives you an opportunity to gain valuable transferable skills that will be of great use to any employer – so we actively encourage applications from students from out with the traditional actuarial or mathematics fields often seen in our industry, and from students who have attended non-Russel group universities.
You may notice that part of our application asks you to share if you identify as coming from a lower socioeconomic background (if you are comfortable doing so). The information you provide within this section cannot put you at a disadvantage, but it may provide a positive uplift on your recorded academic achievements and application form to give us a fairer indication of your future potential.
We aim to keep the recruitment process for each of our programmes as straightforward and enjoyable as possible. We won't just spend time assessing you as a candidate - each stage of our process is designed to help you to better your understanding of us as a business, our company culture and what you can expect throughout your time with us. For our graduate and internship programmes you'll complete a short application form, psychometric tests and a two-stage interview – firstly with a member of our Humans Resources team and then with the relevant business area.
We'd always suggest doing a bit of preparation ahead of each stage of our process to give you the best possible chance of progressing through and to help build your confidence in this area. We'd recommend the following resources:
Application Forms: Ahead of submitting your application, it's worth taking some time to think about what key information we are looking for from you at this stage and how you can structure your answers to show this. We'll be assessing that you have the relevant skills and experience to carry out the job, that you are enthusiastic about both the job and us as an employer and that you have potential to contribute to the organisation. Take a look at this short guide to filling out an application form on Prospects for more info.
Psychometric Tests: We use SHL as a provider for our psychometric assessments. They are not an indicator of intelligence however they assess your reasoning and cognitive abilities to help us determine whether you have the skills required to do the job on offer. Though these can often seem daunting the great news is that you can increase your confidence with a bit of practice.
Our numerical reasoning tests let us see how you deal with numbers. The test itself will offer you a few practice questions but you can also find some examples of these on sites such as Assessment Day. Our Job Focused Assessment is similar to a Situational Judgement Test, where you'll be given a list of work-related scenarios and asked to pick how you would progress from a list of options as well as answering a few questions on your personal drivers. Again, sites such as Assessment Day can give you a good indicator of what types of questions to expect.
Interviews: Our interviews include a mixture of motivations, strengths, and competency-based questions. Our interviewers will always do their best to put you at ease, however the best way to ensure you do well on the day is to take a good look at our website and advert and think about the types of questions you may be asked in line with this. You can find out more about the different types of interview from sites such as Prospects. Our interviews are currently being carried out via MS Teams.
We have offices in London, Birmingham, Glasgow, and Edinburgh. When filling out your application form you'll be asked to let us know which of our office locations and Business Units you are interested in. While we can't always guarantee a space for you in each of them, we'll do our best throughout the process to keep you informed about what business area and office location we are considering you against and will always consider the preferences you've selected.
We have a flexible working approach to working that includes flexible hours and hybrid-working, often with at least two days spent in your office location each week.
At Hymans we celebrate life long learning, and aim to give you every opportunity possible to develop within your career. We will encourage and support you to gain relevant professional qualifications, with appropriate time off to study and financial support for course fees and awards for passing some exams, where applicable. As a Hymans graduate, you will become a student member of either the institute and Faculty or Actuaries or the CFA Institute. Please reach out to our recruitment team if you have any questions about these exams or the support available to you.
Diversity and inclusion are important to our hiring practices and overall firm culture. You’ll have the opportunity in your application form to let us know if you identify as having a physical or neurological condition. We’ll also ask at each stage of the process whether we can support you further with any reasonable adjustments to our recruitment process.
If you’d like to discuss this confidentially beforehand, then please do reach out to us via firstname.lastname@example.org and member of the recruitment team will be in touch.