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Advanced Planning Consultant The candidate will report directly to the Director, Advanced Planning and Tax Services and performs a critical role in providing retirement income planning guidance, creation, and support to field advisors, home office advisors, and home office principals. Develop and maintain knowledge of planning software, military and FEM benefits, and product solutions. Understand the complex relationship between retirement income planning and income taxation. Ensure quality control standards of financial plans to meet or exceed compliance with industry requirements. Provide support to field advisors related to the financial planning process, software, and financial plan analysis of information in the plan creation process. Consult directly with Advisors and Clients on strategies and concepts. Limited travel; 2-3 trips per year as business needs dictate. Primary subject matter expert (SME) for Retirement Income Planning strategies. Responsible for keeping material current, coordinating changes, identifying changes that must be incorporated and communicated to the field. Uses professional financial planning software to model various strategies and make initial recommendations to advisors. Models complex strategies for high-net-worth clients to help maximize long-term tax efficiency. Prepares preliminary forecasts and initial product solutions for advisor's review and use in client meetings as it relates to the financial plan. Consults either over the phone or in person with Advisors and Clients on plan strategies and recommendations. Assists in the development and expansion of the financial planning philosophy of First Command, as it relates to advanced retirement income planning concepts, strategies, and business practices. Assist field advisors build clear implementation plans to maximize the penetration into their local identified markets and create new channels of marketing for the company. Coordinates with the Director of Advanced Planning and Tax Services along with other Directorates, as assigned, in the continuation of retirement income planning concepts and business practices. Provides support to all Field Divisions and responds to questions from Field Advisors and their staff for information and guidance regarding advanced retirement case design. Works closely with Financial Planning Consultant team, Division Principals, and Tax Services to combine financial planning strategies and tax forecasts into a single comprehensive recommendation for clients. Prepares documents on financial planning topics for dissemination to the field as well as conduct live presentations on utilizing software tools to support these concepts. Live presentations may include on-line presentations, classroom presentations, or seminars at field training events. Reviews and provides input for Department publications. Utilizing existing, approved documents, and software applications, assists the advisor with understanding charts, graphs, tables and other visual aids to be used in various meetings with their clients. Develop product recommendations that will fit the client’s risk tolerance and time frame as well as develop appropriate product deliverables. Interprets data obtained from advisors during client meetings for the development of a financial plan. Coordinate with Product Management to perform portfolio analyses and prepare periodic investment performance reports. Assist in the implementation and continuation of First Command's financial planning philosophy and policies to include processes, procedures, work flow, and the financial planning techniques and documents. Assist the financial planning system application team in software testing/analysis to ensure the needs of the end user are fulfilled. Timely production and delivery of financial planning documents developed for advisors. Maintain a high level of expertise regarding planning software and military/FEM benefits.. Timely identification and compliance with all regulatory, legal, and supervisory requirements. High quality level of assistance provided to field advisors and home office staff. Complete all required continuing education requirements within established timeframes. Maintain positive and professional working relationships with advisors, field staff, and HO co-workers.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have Bachelor's degree in Financial Planning or similar field of concentration. Must hold advanced credential of Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Chartered Financial Consultant Certification, J.D., CPA or MBA. 5 years relevant financial services industry experience, preferred, Requires extensive knowledge of retirement income planning procedures and income taxation. Must possess/acquire detailed knowledge of the Written Supervisory Procedures (WSP), Compliance Manual (CM), and One Net. Must exhibit excellent verbal and written communication skills and problem solving skills. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office suite software (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).
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