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Associate - Policy

Reporting to: Principal - Policy
Team: Regulatory Policy, Analysis and Advice Directorate
Contract type: Permanent x1 / fixed-term for 18 months x2
Salary: From £29,422 per annum
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Thursday 25 July 2019

Job ref: 1572

TPR grade: 10 - Associate

About us

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is responsible for protecting workplace pensions in the UK, working with employers and those running pensions to help people save safely for their retirement. We have an excellent office location in the heart of Brighton and have a diverse, lively and professional growing workforce.

We are committed to making TPR a great place to work and doing all we can to support our people to reach their full potential. Join our expanding team for the chance to be a part of the biggest change to pensions in a generation.

Role

We’re looking for policy professionals who can deliver high quality policy interventions. You will support senior decision makers in TPR and government to set regulatory strategy and government policy.

You will be responsible for specific policy tasks such as research, and for producing policy products including codes, guidance; impact assessments, evaluations to defined criteria. You will work in virtual teams of policy, operational, legal and other experts to help develop options which can be easily implemented. You will communicate our policy, representing TPR in discussions with the pensions industry, government and other stakeholders.

Responsibilities

  • Work as part of a team to deliver robust, coherent, evidence-based policy which will have a significant impact on elements of UK private pensions.
  • Play a leading role within a virtual team within TPR to formulate effective solutions to complex policy issues, drawing on a wide range of professional expertise and know-how from around the business and across the pensions industry where relevant.
  • Influence government partners, industry stakeholders and internal business units, in order to obtain agreement to proposals.
  • Carry out independent proactive research; actively identifying and gathering a sound evidence base to inform policy making, and provide high quality analysis, briefings and research on pensions, financial and regulatory issues.
  • Deliver policy interventions / products eg codes, guidance; impact assessments and evaluations ensuring they are delivered in line with best regulatory practice.

Essential and desirable criteria

Essential

  • Knowledge of policy development and implementation, including Better Regulation principles, policy development cycle, legislative development/ processes and open policy making techniques.
  • Proven research skills, able to assimilate and summarise large volumes of information, and then to analyse it in order to enable decision making on complex issues.
  • Proven ability to build robust relationships and influence stakeholders including external stakeholders (government, industry, etc).
  • Excellent communication skills - written and oral. Able to represent TPR policy positions in public fora.
  • Project management, time management and prioritisation skills; able to identify and escalate risks appropriately.

Desirable

  • Understanding of the current issues within the pensions industry, employer stakeholders, and across public/ government policy. Knowledge of relevant UK pensions law and regulatory framework including TPR codes and guidance.

Person specification

  • Proactive and flexible.
  • Ability to prioritise and use initiative.
  • Problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Personable and a team player.

Salary and benefits

As well as a starting salary of £29,422 we offer:

  • Civil Service Pension arrangements, which are recognised as some of the best in the pensions world
  • discretionary bonus arrangements
  • access to performance related pay progression
  • 25 days annual leave provision
  • flexible working arrangements
  • development opportunities
  • enhanced parental leave arrangements
  • a free employee assistance programme
  • an excellent office location in Brighton

How to apply

We provide an exciting, supportive and flexible working environment, and are committed to helping our people meet their full potential.

TPR is an inclusive employer and offers equal opportunities to all regardless of an individual’s age, disability, gender identity, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. TPR welcomes applications from the black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities who are currently under represented at TPR.

Candidates who declare that they have a disability and who meet the essential criteria for the job will be offered an interview.

Applications will be considered on a part time and job share basis.

Please send your CV and a covering letter, with details of how your experience and skills meet our essential criteria to recruitmentteam@tpr.gov.uk.

If you have any enquiries with regards to this role or if you have a disability and wish to request a reasonable adjustment at any stage of the recruitment process, please email recruitmentteam@tpr.gov.uk.