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Pension Fund Manager

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€25 - 55
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Pension fund managers establish and manage pension schemes for employees.


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People who want to have a pension in retirement (as well as the one provided by the State) regularly pay sums of money, known as contributions, into a pension fund or scheme. Employers may make additional contributions. The total amount is invested, and the profits made eventually provide the money to pay out the pension. Pension fund managers establish and manage such pension schemes for private and public sector employees. Managing a fund involves investing the contributions in the best way possible to ensure that when employees retire, the money required to provide pension payments is available.  
 
The overall responsibility for the fund is the pension fund manager's, but an investment manager usually deals with the actual mechanics of investment. The managers can either be part of the same organisation or be hired as consultants. Pension fund managers are responsible for maintaining close liaison with these specialists.  
 
Pension fund managers oversee portfolios of investments and are responsible for deciding the combination of shares, government stock and property to be bought. Since such large sums are involved, fund managers' decisions can have implications for the economy.  
 
Managing a pension fund involves making sure that legal and taxation requirements are met. Pension fund managers should also ensure employers and employees know about the benefits and obligations of the scheme. They also see that the collection of contributions and payment of benefits operates smoothly.  
 
Pension fund managers have an important policy-making role in helping to set up a company pension fund and the employee benefit package. They spend much of their time liaising with stockbrokers, analysts, tax inspectors, personnel managers, trade union representatives, lawyers and government officials.


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As a pensions professional, you'll need to be able to:

  • Analyse complex information and explain it in a way that non-specialists can understand.
  • Manage a team of administrative and clerical staff.
  • Make confident decisions.
  • Pay close attention to detail.
  • Prioritise and plan tasks.

You should have:

  • Numerical and analytical skills.
  • A thorough understanding of employment law, taxation, accounts and statistics.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Sound judgement.
  • IT skills; in particular, you should be able to use spreadsheets.
  • Teamwork, interpersonal and supervisory skills.


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Organisation: Irish Association of Pension Funds
Address: Suite 2, Slane House, 25 Lower Mount St., Dublin 2.
Tel: (01) 6612427
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Organisation: Irish Institute of Pensions Managers
Address: Insurance House, 39 Molesworth St, Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 6772582
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