Compliance Specialist (Perm PT)

  • 91-92 High St, Thame OX9 3EH, UK
  • Part-time

Company Description

Established for well over 25 years, the award-winning Wills & Trusts Group believes in treating clients as people, not just as a number. This “family” philosophy makes the company one of the most highly respected amongst financial advisers. As one of the few firms of Chartered Financial Planners, Wills & Trusts IFA has the technical know-how to deal with any situation but focuses on the growth of clients’ assets and the protection of those assets so that they pass to the right person at the right time.

Trust DFM, a part of the W&T Group provide solutions to Independent Financial Advisers (IFAs) who want to offer their clients an independent, compliant and robust investment service, but struggle to find a provider who supports and adds to the value of the IFA-Client relationship; we were built by IFAs for IFAs. We provide a model portfolio service, but unlike a traditional outsourced investment provider, our models are constructed around the investment objectives of the client. This approach is also fully supported to the IFA in a variety of ways, from regular portfolio and market updates which are customisable, to regular business support workshops. We’re here to act as the client’s own investments specialists, leaving IFA’s to focus their energy where it is best used; with their clients.

Job Description

Wills & Trusts Chartered Financial Planners Ltd is a top 100 Independent Financial Advisory firm based in Thame, Oxfordshire. In line with our strategic growth plans we are currently recruiting for a Compliance Specialist with extensive knowledge and experience of compliance within Financial Services.

Having recently reviewed all our current procedures we are looking for a Compliance Specialist capable of implementing recommendations, strengthening the procedures we have in place, and develop robust quality controls to ensure we have operational excellence across the organisation.

Within the role you will play a key part in implementing the Wills & Trusts Compliance plan to ensure the company activities meet FCA regulatory requirements. Typical activities will include:

  • Provide advice and guidance on all aspects of compliance for our IFA practice and Discretionary Fund Manager (Trust DFM) including, file reviews, annual compliance audits, TCF gap analysis and implementation, financial promotion approval, recruitment guidance and implementation of T&C and SMCR schemes. 
  • Devise a competency framework to assess Advisers of all levels, including the sign-off of individuals once deemed competent.
  • Develop and maintain policies, processes, registers and MI reports to ensure the necessary aspects of regulatory compliance are adhered to and reported
  • Design and deliver regulatory training to all team members including, MLV, Data protection etc
  • Take ownership for ensuring the business is aware of any regulatory compliance updates
  • Interpret regulatory requirements and implement practical, compliant solutions
  • Assist with due diligence and on-going compliance
  • On occasion you may be required to visit hub sites across the UK to conduct compliance checks and training


Our ideal applicant will have extensive compliance experience within the Financial Services sector with in-depth knowledge of Investments, Pensions and other financial products. An understanding of FCA Handbooks, especially, TCF, DPA, financial crime, consumer credit and complaints will be required. You should also have practical experience in the application of FCA rules and regulations. Experience of MIDIF II would also be advantageous. You should feel comfortable managing projects and implementing changes whilst also playing a hands-on role quality checking processes.

Whilst building an understanding of our current compliance procedures we are ideally looking for someone to work 3 to 4 days per week but anticipate this reducing to 1-2 days per week on a longer-term basis. We are also happy to consider other flexible arrangements if necessary.

This is a great opportunity for an experienced Compliance Consultant to join a successful, growing IFA and play an instrumental role in developing our core compliance structures whilst offering a fantastic work/life balance.

Additional Information

Why work for Wills & Trusts?

The real reason people love working here is the culture of the company, we'd be more than happy to tell you more about this when we meet you, but in the meantime here's just a few of the reasons you might want to apply...

  • Industry recognised – Award Winning Financial Planners (In the past couple of months alone we have been awarded Best Financial Advisor to work for and Top 100 Financial Advisor)
  • Above market rate pay
  • Free lunch
  • Charitable fundraising events
  • A dedicated Well-Being Team that organise regular events from massages, night-outs, theatre trips and a variety of other fun activities.