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Business Lead - Business Analyst

Reporting to: Head of Business Analysis
Team: Regulatory Policy, Analysis and Advice
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: From £84,769 per annum
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Friday 24 July 2020

Job ref: 1855

TPR grade: 5

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 Lead Business Analyst to:

  • lead, line manage and develop members of the Business Analysis (BA) team in the delivery of specialist advice in relation to defined benefit (DB) pension schemes and master trusts and also policy related work
  • be a visible role model within the BA team who provides support to the Head of BA on management, high risk cases and operational matters
  • ensure effective communications and knowledge sharing between respective internal peer groups


You will:

  • be a visible and accessible role model embodying TPR values
  • lead and line manage members of the BA team (case) and take responsibility for their engagement, performance, learning and development
  • manage team resources, effective work prioritisation and team working
  • be the main point of contact for case BA workload issues; escalate matters when identified for further discussion and decision-making with Head of BA
  • allocate calibrations to BA team members and ensure timely completion to a sufficient standard
  • work on the development of future calibration models with actuarial colleagues
  • work with the Head of BA to ensure that thought sharing takes place across the wider BA team and that professional requirements are met and are continually reviewed to remain fit for purpose
  • support the Head of BA with regard to the budgeting process and objective setting
  • provide financial expertise to ensure the successful outcome of cases in line with our statutory and corporate objectives
  • support supervisors in all aspects of relationship supervision
  • develop and influence appropriate scheme funding plans for high-risk schemes
  • lead on providing training and education to supervisors, policy team and non financial advisors on broader pension issues with effective delegation to BA team members
  • contribute to project and authorisation and supervision case teams with specific, technical analysis and recommendations to assist decision making
  • feedback successful and useful interventions and approaches to the broader business analysis team
  • assist the Head of BA in providing/overseeing strategic and operational advice to the CM&I case teams, Policy and other operational areas
  • represent the team at all relevant management meetings and panels when Head of BA is unable to attend
  • mentor business analysis in their team and provide oversight of significant authorisation and supervision advice in conjunction with the Head of BA
  • share knowledge of case issues, best practice and successful interventions with Head of BA

Provide support and insight to the Head of BA in relation to:

  • strategic and complex business issues and risks that will impact on TPR's abilities to meet all of its regulatory objectives now and in the future
  • strategic solutions to these issues
  • being a credible representative for TPR at external events

Essential and desirable criteria

  • Qualified accountant, bank restructuring professional or qualified by experience.
  • Pensions environment strategic trends and issues, especially in relation to authorisation and supervision of master trusts.
  • Extensive knowledge of TPR’s clearance process and an understanding of how these may apply in DB consolidation.
  • Experienced in financial analysis and investigative techniques especially in relation to issues arising from possible material detriment which arises when schemes and employers are separated.
  • Industry sectors knowledge and experience / commercial awareness.
  • International markets.
  • Project / programme management principles and techniques.
  • Experience of leading a team.
  • Experience of setting team and individual objectives and developing and motivating high performance teams.
  • People management.

Person specification

  • Ability to prioritise and use initiative.
  • Negotiating skills.
  • Calm under pressure.
  • Problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Communication skills at all levels.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Personable and a team player.
  • Leadership skills.

Salary and benefits

As well as a starting salary of £84,769, 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 1855 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