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Associate - Portfolio Advisor

Reporting to: Portfolio, Planning and Resource Manager
Team: Corporate Services
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: From £30,158 per annum
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Sunday 18 October 2020

Job ref: 61404

TPR grade: 10

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 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.


We’re looking for a Portfolio Advisor to provide specialist hands on support for the Portfolio Management Office, Programmes and Projects and Change Directorate.

You will be responsible for producing accurate and timely management information to support and inform decision making at all levels, including Executive Directors and Board members. In addition, they will play a proactive role in promoting, coaching others and providing guidance on TPR programme and project management governance, methods, standards and templates.

You will also be responsible for communicating creating, maintaining and disseminating Portfolio communications for consumption by all stakeholders across TPR, including the Executive Committee and Board.


  • Produce accurate and timely monthly and quarterly reports for consumption by management team and Executive Directors to inform and support key decision making.
  • Create, maintain and disseminate regular and relevant Change Directorate and Portfolio communications for consumption by all levels across TPR.
  • Create, maintain and continuously improve the portfolio schedule to track project and programme milestones, change control, issues and dependencies.
  • Produce, update and implement guidelines, procedures and templates to collect and maintain consistent information improving the planning and delivery process of the Portfolio Management Office.
  • Ensure management information (MI) reports adhere to the Corporate Planning Cycle, meet the deadlines and standards, ensuring integrity of reports and statuses, identifying and reporting deviations and challenging quality of data.
  • Create and maintain a master schedule detailing all key events across the calendar year to inform others of deadlines for key papers to be effectively planned, prepared, reviewed and submitted up to board level.

Essential and desirable criteria


  • Experience of coaching and guiding programme and project managers through best practice, governance standards and governance templates.
  • Ability to influence others to follow best practice and governance standards.
  • Ability to extract, translate and present complex information into concise, easy to understand content and format for communication to all levels.
  • Experience in creating and delivering weekly, monthly and quarterly Portfolio reporting – extracting relevant information from multiple teams across the directorate and analysing data to determine the correct RAG status.
  • Ability to identify communication needs, frequency, content and best channels for Change Directorate, Portfolio and Project communications.


  • Good understanding of project management Waterfall and Agile methodologies.
  • Skilled in using Microsoft Project, and project artefacts to extract information for use in MI reporting and other portfolio communications.
  • Formal PMO and Project Management qualifications such as P3O and APM are desirable.

Person specification

  • Proactive and flexible.
  • Ability to prioritise and use initiative.
  • Communication skills at all levels.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Personable and a team player.

Salary and benefits

As well as a starting salary of £30,158, 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.

The Pensions Regulator 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 BME and 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 to along with a covering letter, quoting ref 61404 with details of how your experience and skills meet our essential criteria and details of your notice period.

Please be aware we are currently holding interviews through Skype due to COVID-19.

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