Commonwealth Financial Network

Transition Operations Specialist

US-CA-San Diego
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Field Development & Transition


Commonwealth Financial Network® is the largest privately held independent broker/dealer–RIA in the United States, with offices in Waltham, Massachusetts, and San Diego, California. Since 1979, we’ve been helping our field force of independent financial professionals help investors pursue their financial goals. We do that by providing them with the technology, research, resources, and support that allow them to keep their focus on what’s most important: investors and their financial objectives.


With that said, we are not your typical financial services firm. For starters, we’re a fast-growing company, and we think and have fun like a start-up. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown San Diego at the intersection of First and A streets, our office is a short walk to the COASTER, a few blocks from the entrance to both the 5 and the 163, and close to the 94.


Commonwealth recognizes that our people are our greatest asset by investing in training and professional development. As a result, Commonwealth has been recognized 36 times (and counting) as one of the Best Places to Work by top publications in the region (Boston Globe, Boston Business Journal, San Diego Business Journal, San Diego Union-Tribune), as well as in the IT industry (Computerworld). With high marks in areas such as work environment, work/life balance, job satisfaction, and opportunities for advancement, Commonwealth is a place where you can thrive.


Discover what it’s like to be psyched to come to work every day! We offer you:

  • A generous bonus plan
  • Stock options and use of vacation properties (Las Vegas, Key Biscayne, New England, the Bahamas, and the Dominican Republic)
  • A more relaxed, “dress for your day” dress code
  • Discounted athletic and swim club memberships
  • Ample opportunity to volunteer with and support local charities
  • A VTO (volunteer time off) day to use toward a cause that’s important to you
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Free breakfast on Fridays
  • A competitive benefits package—and much more

About the Opportunity

When a financial advisor decides to change broker/dealers and move to Commonwealth, the Transition team is responsible for ensuring that the entire process runs smoothly. As the face of Commonwealth, we are in the business of making great first impressions—and great lasting impressions. Relationship building is key.
To accomplish this goal, we put a dedicated Transition team—a coordinator, operations specialist, and assistant—together to work with the new advisor’s office throughout the transition period. Together, the Transition team provides all the support and training an advisor needs to move his or her book of business to Commonwealth. They’ll answer any questions and act as a liaison between the advisor’s office and Commonwealth’s other departments.
We pride ourselves on providing indispensable customer service to all of our offices and do whatever it takes to answer questions, resolve problems, and build lasting relationships. One thing you will often hear us say is, “If we don’t know the answer to your question, we will get you to the right person who does.”
To help us uphold this legacy of great first impressions and indispensable service, we are looking for someone who is outgoing, positive, detailed, self-motivated, and fun to join us. Think you have what it takes? Then let’s talk.


  • Serving as the primary contact for new advisors regarding all operations-related questions or issues
  • Providing comprehensive phone and face-to-face education to offices on Commonwealth systems, including best practices, processes, and procedures
  • Working closely with teammates and other departments to facilitate the smooth and successful transition of an advisor’s book of business
  • Promptly and accurately responding to inquiries from advisors, staff, and coworkers
  • Prioritizing and completing a variety of tasks each day 
  • Co-conducting presentations on the transition process to prospective advisors during home office visits
  • Traveling to new offices to assist in creating office efficiencies and providing hands-on training during the first three to five months of transition
  • Managing and leading departmental projects, as needed


  • One to two years of experience in the securities or insurance industry

  • Exemplary customer service and phone skills

  • Strong technical skills in Excel, Word, and database tools

  • Strong team player

  • First-rate problem-solving ability

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • Self-motivation, with the ability to seamlessly move from one task to another

  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written

  • Presentation experience

  • Flexible and patient demeanor

  • Comfort in a fast-paced, dynamic environment

  • FINRA Series 7 securities registration preferred

  • Willingness to travel up to up to 30 percent of time


Have we piqued your curiosity? Can you see yourself thriving in this career opportunity, as well as our Anything but Common® workplace culture? If so—and if your background and experience align with our needs—please submit your application right away.


Commonwealth Financial Network® is an equal opportunity employer.


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