Commonwealth Financial Network

  • Advanced Planning Consultant

    Job Locations US-MA-Waltham
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Advanced Planning
  • Overview

    Commonwealth Financial Network® is the largest privately held Registered Investment Adviser–independent broker/dealer in the U.S., 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 on the commuter rail near the intersection of I-95 and the Mass Pike, we’re accessible from anywhere—and away from the congestion of a downtown commute.


    Commonwealth recognizes that our people are our greatest asset by investing in training and professional development. As a result, Commonwealth has been recognized 40 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:


    • Generous bonus and stock option incentive plans
    • Use of our chairman’s vacation properties (Cape Cod, Lake Winnipesaukee, Sunday River, Key Biscayne, Las Vegas, Park City, the Bahamas, and the Dominican Republic) at no cost
    • Fully paid maternity leave (12 weeks) and spousal leave (3 weeks)
    • A more relaxed, “dress for your day” dress code
    • A free on-site fitness center
    • 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

    The Advanced Planning department provides educational and consultative financial planning strategies to our 1,800 independent financial advisors, who are dedicated to helping their clients achieve their wealth management goals. Our advisors lean on us to help them understand complex issues. Research plays a large part in the daily support we provide.
    We’re a small shop—just eight people on our bicoastal team—and given our consultative nature, we’re known for supporting one another—advisors and colleagues alike—to get our goals accomplished. We are looking for a self-assured, poised, and approachable person to join us in our commitment to delivering indispensable service. If, like us, your passion for consulting, research, and service runs deep, let’s talk.


    • Serving as a technical resource for wealth management strategies: estate, tax, and charitable planning; social security strategies; education savings; executive compensation; business succession; and retirement income planning
    • Reviewing clients’ planning objectives in order to help identify opportunities to meet their needs
    • Coaching advisors to quarterback the client relationship with clients’ other professionals (e.g., an attorney or CPA), helping advisors focus on the strategic big picture, and walking them through the planning issues
    • Reviewing and summarizing planning documents, as well as identifying potential issues on a variety of projects (e.g., helping advisors review a client’s estate planning objectives, executive compensation plans, stock options, or business succession planning)


    • JD or CFP® required; estate planning background preferred
    • The ability to research issues and confidently help advisors think through clients’ planning strategies
    • The aptitude to manage projects moving in different directions and to embrace a broad spectrum of disciplines throughout your day
    • Comfortable writing communication and strategy articles, developing client presentation pieces, and participating in public speaking activities


    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 do submit your application right away.


    Commonwealth Financial Network® is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to a diverse workforce.



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