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Retirement Service Consultant

Ascensus

in Remote

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Position Purpose:           

This position is responsible for providing client service to our partners, intermediaries and plan sponsors. The Retirement Services Consultant will develop and maintain a detailed understanding of retirement plans and Ascensus products and services with the goal of helping our clients manage their retirement plans appropriately. The Retirement Service Consultant works with the Relationship Manager to deliver client satisfaction by providing retirement plan and operational expertise, proactively identifying, owning and resolving client issues and engaging clients with value added consulting.

We are hiring entry level through senior level associates so all experience levels are encouraged to apply.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for protecting, securing, and proper handling of all confidential data held by Ascensus to ensure against unauthorized access, improper transmission, and/or unapproved disclosure of information that could result in harm to Ascensus or our clients.
  • The I-Client philosophy and the Core Values of People Matter, Quality First and Integrity Always® should be visible in your actions on a day to day basis showing your support of our organizational culture.
  • Maintain and continue to grow detailed knowledge and understanding of retirement plan rules and Ascensus business and product offerings
  • Consistently provide a high level of consultative proactive client service in a professional manner.
  • Develop effective working relationships with team and internal departments in order to provide effective service for our clients.  Successfully identify record and monitor assigned items; includes determining required action for resolution of client issues.
  • Ensure inquires and issues are resolved and service levels are met.
  • Provide thorough, high quality research, problem solving and issue resolution
  • Provide clients and advisors clear and concise communication regarding services, execution and resolution throughout the service cycle.
  • Participates in creating a strategy with Relationship manger to ensure client retention.
  • Identify, document and address risks through superior client service. Communicate with team in order to keep all informed and support current client strategy.   
  • Assist in the management of vendor relationships on behalf of clients and partner.
  • Deliver client retention by anticipating client’s needs, recommending changes or actions, in conjunction with the Relationship manager.
  • Achieve individual and team goals for service levels, growth and retention for assigned book of business.
  • Identify and document systematically “opportunity plans” working with Relationship Manager on a strategy to mitigate risk.
  • Achieve individual and team goals, for service levels, growth and retention risks through servicing your clients.
  • Proactively communicate with the client and partners regarding all components of service delivery.  Solicit and share feedback with appropriate internal resources in order to improve the client experience.
  • Prioritize activities and manage time to effectively and efficiently provide quality client service to our partners and clients.
  • Ensure that our commitments to our clients are met by proactively reviewing the status of assigned plans’ periodic activity (compliance testing, 5500, quarterly statements, RMDs, etc.).
  • Assess client objectives, needs and behaviors to suggest plan, product or functionality changes to improve results for our clients.
  • Educate client regarding plan features, product capabilities or Ascensus functionality and process.
  • Develop ideas for improvement and provide feedback/solutions to plan sponsor and financial professional to minimize risk and improve process.
  • Act in the role as the subject matter expert on specific topics for initiatives with responsibility for training and assisting others across departments in area of expertise.
  • Provide training to members of team as opportunities arise.
  • Perform other duties and participate in or lead special projects as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
  • Direct client experience and Retirement Services industry experience or thorough knowledge preferred
  • Certification or working towards certification (ASPPA, CEBS, etc.) in industry-related studies program preferred.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. The ability to communicate effectively (clear, concise and professionally) with all levels within the Ascensus organization, as well as with our client base.
  • Excellent presentation skills, business etiquette, client service skills and time management.
  • Demonstrated professionalism in all aspects of the role.
  • Experience with financial services systems (i.e. recordkeeping, trust, trading); and experience with plan recordkeeping and trust reconciliation.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software applications, specifically Word and Excel required, Access and PowerPoint preferred.
  • Excellent analytical and problem resolution skills.
  • Knowledge of retirement plans, ERISA, DOL and IRS regulations, and plan documents (individually designed and prototype).
  • Ability to work in a team environment to ensure common goal of providing exceptional client service.
  • Ability to work well under pressure with multiple priorities and deadlines in a demanding environment.
  • Ability to make sound business judgments concerning issues which, if mishandled, have the potential to create substantial financial and client relations liabilities for the company.
  • Ability to work extended hours to meet business needs as required.
  • Quality focus with attention to detail.
  • Handle other essential tasks as assigned.

The national average salary range for this role is $40K-80K in base pay, exclusive of any bonuses and benefits. This base salary range represents the low and high end of the salary range for this position. Actual salary offered will vary and may be above or below the range based on various factors including but not limited to location, experience, performance, and internal pay alignment. We do not anticipate that candidates hired will begin at the top of the range however, from time to time, it may occur on a case-by-case basis. Other rewards and benefits may include: 401(k) match, Medical, Dental, Vision, Paid-Time-Off, etc. For more information, please visit careers.ascensus.com/#Benefits. 

Be aware of employment fraud. All email communications from Ascensus or its hiring managers originate from @ascensus.com or @futureplan.com email addresses. We will never ask you for payment or require you to purchase any equipment. If you are suspicious or unsure about validity of a job posting, we strongly encourage you to apply directly through our website.

For all virtual remote positions, in order to ensure associates can effectively perform their job duties with no distractions, we require an uninterrupted virtual work space and there is also an expectation of family care being in place during business hours. Additionally, there is an internet work speed requirement of 25 MBps or better for individual use. If more than one person is utilizing the same internet connection in the same household or building, then a stronger connection is required. If you are unsure of your internet speed, please check with your service provider. Note: For call center roles specifically, it is a requirement to either hardwire your equipment directly to the internet router or ensure your workstation is in close proximity to the router. Please ensure that you are able to meet these expectations before applying.


At Ascensus, we aspire to make a difference for others. We are a technology-enabled services company that helps people save for a better future through our network of institutional, financial advisor, and state partners. Our culture is guided by sound principles, is committed to high standards, operates with transparency, and welcomes diversity—housed within our Core Values: People Matter. Quality First. Integrity Always.®


Ascensus provides equal employment opportunities to all associates and applicants for employment without regard to ancestry, race, color, religion, sex, (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and/or related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), marital status, military or veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, criminal conviction record or any other protected category in accordance with applicable federal, state, or local laws (“Protected Status”).

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