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Assurance Specialist

Reporting to: Risk Manager
Team: Strategy and Risk
Contract type: Fixed-term for 6 months
Salary: From £29,422 per annum
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Monday 16 March 2020

Job ref: 1802

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 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.


We’re looking for experienced assurance specialists who will deliver second line assurance and objective opinions on the quality of controls, processes and decision making across TPR and provide recommendations that support risk mitigation and continuous improvement.


Provide assurance expertise and advice to all levels of the organisation.

  • Write reports and deliver assurance views to senior managers.
  • Identify weaknesses or risks in operational policies and procedures and recommend effective mitigations using solid problem solving skills.
  • Develop and promote strong relationships with other functions and staff.
  • Draft reports and present to the Executive Committee (ExCo), Board and Audit and Risk Assurance Committee.
  • Take an active role in developing and co-ordinating training and awareness on assurance issues across TPR.

Essential and desirable criteria

  • Established technical knowledge and understanding of pension and / or financial regulation.
  • Advanced investigation skills and ability to plan and manage an investigation from end to end.
  • Comprehensive understanding of principles behind effective processes and controls and the ability to test controls against those principles.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver advice and challenge at all levels.
  • Effective stakeholder management and proven project planning experience.

Person specification

  • Proven ability to take account of relevant qualitative and qualitative factors in order to form a judgment on effectiveness of controls and processes.
  • Ability to measure and test controls against applicable policies, processes and procedures.
  • Ability to consider weaknesses and risks in processes and controls in order to develop effective and realistic recommendations to support continuous improvement or risk mitigation.
  • Experience working under pressure and managing stakeholders professionally and appropriately.
  • Experience interrogating processes and controls and identifying appropriate recommendations to address areas of risk.

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.

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 and a covering letter, with details of how your experience and skills meet our essential criteria to

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