Course Trainer

Nationwide Operations Dependent on location and experience Full time (part time also considered for the right candidate)

We are looking for an experienced finance professional to help us take The Art of Finance to the next stage of its journey. Despite being just over a year old, we’re already developing a fantastic reputation across financial services, with incredible success rates and positive reactions to our style of training and so we’re looking for someone who’s just as ‘colourful’ as us in energy and enthusiasm for CII exams and sharing technical experience. A positive attitude and being unafraid of hard work are the other two essential qualities for a career with us! If that’s you, then keep reading…

Vital Stats

  • Location: Nationwide
  • Company: The Art of Finance
  • Department: Operations
  • Salary: Dependent on location and experience
  • Basis: Full time (part time also considered for the right candidate)

About the Role

Despite being less than a year old as a company, we’re growing at pace as the demand for a different and creative solution to training in financial services grows too. We recently launched our online training courses which focus on the practical skills that are needed to train an individual with little or no experience of financial services and use to succeed in their role.

Previously (pre-lockdown), our courses were split into two streams – the practical skills training and secondly, the qualification support for the role (typically CII Level 4 Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning) and were designed for classroom delivery. Since Covid-19, we’ve introduced our online courses meaning that students can continue to invest in their own development during lockdown. They’ve proved to be incredibly popular and with many more ideas for new courses up our sleeves, we’re looking for a knowledgeable financial professional to bring those ideas to life!

So, we’re looking for someone who has been in those same shoes – who knows financial services, has their own personal experience of sitting the CII R0 exams (they’re probably wearing an I heart Calculators slogan tee) and also has the energy and charisma to make learning the world of finance interactive, fun and relevant.

Our head office is located in Co Durham but our current (classroom-based) candidates are located all around the country so we’re to open to applicants from all over the UK. That said, we’d hope as a minimum that they can attend the northern office twice a month and must be prepared to travel to wherever the courses are taking place.

Key duties and responsibilities include:

  • Creation of informative course content – both practical skills modules and exam study sessions (CII R0 exams) – with the ability to turn financial jargon into something that’s engaging and relatable.
  • Personable course delivery – both via Zoom and physically in the classroom (post-lockdown)
  • The ability to transfer their knowledge and experience into a series of study resources and useful take-away material.
  • Regularly sit all R0 exams to get a deep understanding of themes and trends as well as keeping knowledge relevant and up to date.
  • Answer course candidates technical related queries.
  • Attend events for CPD purposes.

About You

Ideally, you’d have at least three years’ experience in financial services and hold the CII Diploma in Regulated Planning – any higher qualifications would certainly be an advantage!

In addition, our perfect candidate would…

  • Have forensic depth of knowledge of financial services and knowledge of CII exam structure.
  • Have bags of charisma and energy which is infectious among candidates!
  • Have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, and the passion to support others in their study.
  • Be able to bring initiative and fresh ideas to the role and the company.
  • Be a skilled and confident learning and development facilitator who has a natural astuteness to read a room of diverse candidate, understand different learning styles and the ability to manage a classroom. That said, we believe we can train those skills in the right candidate so will train those who need it.
  • Strong brand awareness, and fully embody the company values.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to their own ongoing learning and development.

We also work alongside colleges / higher education institutes to engage students in understanding their career options and consider The Art of Finance as a professional alternative to university so someone who’d be willing to share their experience with the next generation will be a huge draw!

Above all else, we love someone with a positive attitude, who likes a challenge and isn’t afraid to roll their sleeves up and get on with the job – it’s part of the fun of being a start-up right?!

About Us

The Art of Finance provides training to those looking to get into, or further develop, their career in financial services. It’s for people who want something a bit different and are keen to take a fresh approach to finance. The financial services profession is changing, and we believe the training should be ever-evolving too.

We are a small, young and fun team who are part of a modern and ambitious group of companies – The Verve Group. The company is constantly growing, as is the wider group, and we are looking for someone wanting to build a career and come on this journey with us.

We approach financial services with a fun and positive outlook, and offer a range of benefits to permanent employees to ensure our staff feel welcome. We reward loyalty and offer enhanced benefits to those, but as standard these include…

Standard benefits
  • 26 days holiday (including days off at Christmas) PLUS bank holidays AND your birthday off (if it falls on a weekday)
  • Personalised salary structure to reflect your own effort and contribution
  • Death in Service cover
  • Personal Development budget (for exams, training, anything to help you excel!)
  • Company Pension Scheme
What makes us different benefits
  • Casual dress code
  • Health & Wellbeing programme, including hoodie, drinks bottle and fitness tracker
  • Office snacks and refreshments
  • Open-plan ‘living office’ environment – including rocking (or sometimes dubious) playlists, beer/wine fridge, breakout lounge and breakfast club
  • 2 official annual company parties, plus adhoc team nights out.
  • Office dogs – we’re not a place for people scared of dogs!
  • Did we mention there’s no lock on the beer/wine fridge?!

How to Apply

Quite simply, get in touch. It’s as easy as that (the button to do so is below).

A little insider tip for you… Half-arsed applications (and by that we mean incomplete or generic, no copy and paste job is enough here) get immediate red pen treatment. As wonderful and extensive as your CV may be, what we really want to know is why you’re ‘the one’ for us – so don’t be shy, cut to the chase and sell yourself like you’ve never sold yourself before – it will go in your favour!

Lastly, you have permission to be as creative as you wish, so break the mould and make yourself stand out. That’s what makes us smile.

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