Now more than ever people need help with their financial affairs.  People are living longer, meaning they will have to plan to make their retirement funds last over a longer period of time. Increased life spans require that consumers plan for long-term needs.

The variety and sophistication of financial products means that consumers need more advice to gather and protect wealth. Those who enter the industry and grow their businesses over the next several years will be in an ideal position to make an incredible difference to society and to build a very bright future for themselves.

Why Grow A Financial Services Business?

Financial advising is a profession and requires a professional level of commitment. This is a journey only for those who are truly committed, but for those few, the rewards are high. You will experience the three I’s of this role:

Impact: Financial Advising is not about selling. It’s about helping others – helping them prepare for the risks we all face – and being there when they need it most. In this career, you will literally change the course of people’s lives.

Independence: You will have control over your business. You will decide who your clients are and how you spend your time. Becoming an Acorn Life Financial Adviser is like going into business for yourself, but without the capital investment normally required in starting a business and with extensive support from Acorn Life.

Income: Financial Advisers invest a great deal of time and effort in the early years. But for those who stay the course, the rewards are high.

Now more than ever people need help with their financial affairs. Business and economic trends are very promising for a career in financial services where demand for professionals in the industry has never been greater. People are living longer, meaning they will have to plan to make their retirement funds last over a longer period of time. Increased life spans require that consumers plan for long-term needs. The variety and sophistication of fi nancial products means that consumers need more advice to gather and protect wealth.

This means that people entering the workforce, people leaving the workforce, people in the midst of their careers and all of the people who are, in turn, dependent on them are in need of a knowledgeable, ethical and committed financial professional.

Those who enter the industry and grow their businesses over the next several years will be in an ideal position to make an incredible difference to society and to build a very bright future for themselves.

Your Business Role

This opportunity allows you to be in business for yourself but not by yourself. By helping to build financial freedom for others, you build an exciting and rewarding career for yourself. Whether you have had a successful career in sales or another field, you’ll be provided with the training and skills you need to understand the financial services industry and make the most of this opportunity. All you need is the attitude and drive to succeed and the motivation to work hard to get there

This is an exciting and demanding role where results will be achieved through good lead generation and referral skills, the development of long term business relationships with individual clients and the ability to deliver professional and trusted advice to them over the long term.

The success of Acorn Life depends on successful people - that is why we have created an environment which recognises and rewards both individual and team initiative, effort and success. Through this stable environment comes a career that also offers professional and personal satisfaction. You have the opportunity to be in business for yourself but not by yourself.

Who We Are Looking For?

We are looking for people who want to be in business for themselves but not by themselves. If you are a self starter with the will to win and the determination to create your own success story, then you will benefit from the guidance and opportunities offered by Acorn Life to achieve the training, skills, experience, expertise and independence of the true professional.

If you possess the following skills and characteristics, then we may have the perfect career for you:

  • Ability to listen and to build strong personal relationships
  • Self confident and receptive to coaching with a high standard of personal integrity
  • Hard working, goal oriented and the ability to persevere
  • Possession of a suitable natural market and interested in meeting and working with people
  • Successful track record in current/previous field of employment

To perform in this key role you will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a full clean driving licence.

Ongoing Training and Development

Here at Acorn Life we understand the importance of continuous professional development. We have developed a support structure in conjunction with the Sales Management Team that supports you in every phase of your career.

The Acorn Life Mentoring Programme

When you become an Acorn Life Tied Agent you will be assigned a mentor to help you achive your business plan. This person will guide you through the 1st year of your career assisting and supporting you when required.

The mentoring programme will not only give you access to a wealth of knowledge through a recognised professional in your branch but also provides a vital support when you require direction and guidance. Mentoring is an industry recognised system which has been proven to be hugely beneficial to all participants.

Training School

Once part of the team, you will attend a comprehensive training programme. This programme has been designed to support candidates who may have little or no experience of the financial industry. You will learn about:

  • Our company
  • Products and services
  • Business development skills

The initial intensive training course is split between in-house instruction and on-the-job preparation.

Ongoing Training

Throughout your career, your success will depend upon the sales process you use and the product solutions you develop for your clients. Acorn Life is committed to providing you with the essential skills and competencies to not only get you started, but to help you grow into a top sales producer.

Professional Development

Acorn Life is committed to helping new candidates towards qualification as a Qualified Financial Adviser. The QFA designation is established and recognised inside and outside the financial services industry. QFA has become a registered trademark, and, much more importantly, consumers are becoming more and more aware of the designation thanks to the national print and radio campaign run by the QFA Board. In-house training and QFA subscriptions are provided free of charge by Acorn Life.

The Rewards

Acorn Life’s remuneration structure is consistent with our philosophy of “pay for performance”. As a financial adviser your potential is as unlimited as your energy, commitment, and drive. Your hard work determines your rewards. By establishing enduring relationships with clients, you develop your skills in fact finding and referral prospecting. These skills are at the forefront of helping your clients achieve their goals and your mission.

We help our financial advisers set standards for their careers by establishing minimum earning levels that all advisers are encouraged to achieve. Your local branch manager will discuss these standards with you; help you project your financial needs and your potential income at start-up and over the long term. Together, you will set strategic business goals.

There is much about Acorn Life that is unique - its genesis; its Galway based Head Office; the efficiency of its administration and the performance of its unit linked managed funds. In a very real sense everybody is a team player and an environment is created where the client benefits most of all.

Acorn Life offers an excellent benefits package for our team of financial advisers, which is linked to performance,  including:

  • Professional Training
  • Comprehensive Education
  • Ongoing mentoring and support
  • Working from home
  • Career development prospects

Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT)

The Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), The Premier Association of Financial Professionals, is an international, independent association of more than 36,000 members (or less than 1 percent) of the world’s most successful life insurance and financial services professionals from 430 companies in 78 nations and territories. MDRT members demonstrate exceptional professional knowledge, strict ethical conduct and outstanding client service. MDRT membership is recognized internationally as the standard of sales excellence in the life insurance and financial services business.

Each year, Acorn Life financial advisers consistently qualify for our industry’s highest international award - an invitation to the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table annual conference. This is proof positive of how successful our sales force is. This is all the more remarkable when you consider the majority of our 200 strong sales force come from a varied background and many were never involved in any type of selling before joining Acorn Life.

The MDRT Annual Meeting has been described as a one-of-a-kind event, unrivalled in the world of business. Every year, more than 4,000 of the world’s top producers gather in a spirit of camaraderie for one of the greatest gatherings of financial services professionals in the world. Acorn Life rewards you with free MDRT Membership and Convention fees together with flight and accommodation costs provided that production targets are met.

For more information see www.mdrt.com

Next Steps / Current Vacancies

Fundamental Questions

By now you should have a good idea of the challenges and the rewards of building your business with Acorn Life. You may be excited about moving forward or apprehensive about the sacrifices required. Both feelings are good. They help you move toward making the decision that is right for you. As you refl ect on all that you have learned about this profession, consider your answer to these four important questions:

Why do you want to become a financial adviser? This position requires sacrifice. Keeping your focus on which of the three I’s drive you – Impact, Independence or Income – will help you through the early years. With clear goals and strong purpose, you can succeed.

Are you ready to be a business owner? While you will have help from Acorn Life, the success of your business will ultimately depend on you. Are you ready to make the commitment required to build a successful business?

How will you build a client bank? And the answer to this question is critical to your initial business plan. To build up a client bank of 100 clients usually means meeting with at least 300 people. Meeting with 300 people can require talking with 1,000 or more prospective clients. Are you willing to network and ask for referrals?

Do you believe in what financial advisers do? As a financial adviser, you are assisting your clients in reaching their life’s goals. You are the protector of their hopes and dreams for the future. As you proceed in each step in the selection process, ask yourself, “Is this something I am passionate about and truly believe in?” Knowing the answer to that question will make your decision clear.

Currently have openings in branches nationwide. If you are interested in applying for a position, please email your CV to recruit@acornlife.ie

All of our current roles are advertised on Sales Jobs. Click here to see the list of roles available.

Or you may post your CV to us at the following address, stating the position you are interested in:

Recruitment,
Acorn Life,
St Augustine Street,
Galway.

Please note that all positions are located in the Republic of Ireland and that all applicants must have the necessary permits to work in the Republic of Ireland with immediate effect.