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Compliance and Enforcement Specialist - Automatic Enrolment

Reporting to: Principal
Team: Automatic Enrolment
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: Between £39,390 and £52,289 per annum dependent on skills and experience, with access to performance related pay, bonus and civil service pension scheme
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Friday 15 October 2021

Job ref: 90970

TPR grade: 8- R&O

About us

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is responsible for protecting workplace pensions in the UK. We work with employers and those running pensions to help people save safely for their retirement.

We have a fantastic office located in the heart of Brighton that is a short distance from the train station, shops and the sea.

We put our 700+ employees first by supporting flexible working and offering a diverse, lively and inclusive environment. This includes LGBT+ Network (PROUD), Women’s Network, BAME Network (ME) and a Disability Network, which offer supportive spaces to connect with like-minded individuals.

We are committed to making TPR a great place to work. We do all we can to support our people reach their full potential with training, secondment and development opportunities.

We are still working remotely and are transitioning to a hybrid working model by April 2022, subject to government guidelines. Please note our contractual working location is Brighton.


We're looking for a Specialist who will positively reinforce a pro-compliance culture with Automatic enrolment, including maintaining contributions, through comprehensive and timely case management.

Working independently and as part of a team, you will be responsible for undertaking and delivering effective investigations and regulatory outcomes across a range of enforcement options. These include education, relationship management, civil, criminal and regulatory pathways.

This will involve maintaining regular contact with regulated entities and third parties through supervision and relationship management within the full AE sphere.

You will be expected to demonstrate improvements in regulatory behaviour and reduction in identified risks, working collaboratively with other departments as required.

As part of the role you will be expected to visit employers and other stakeholders across the country which includes overnight stays.


You will:

  • provide professional, effective end to end case management on complex cases
  • use, with justification, extensive statutory powers including leading complex investigations, conducting external inspections, delivering criminal prosecutions, as well as managing routine regulatory or investigative matters, levying significant civil penalties etc.
  • personally and autonomously deliver positive investigation outcomes in line with policy and procedure, and the formal schedule of delegations, adhering to the decision making framework so as to meet all KPIs and assessed quality standards
  • operate independently and competently across three, differing legislative jurisdictions (England and Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland)
  • interact individually with the regulated industry, members of schemes, other regulators/law enforcement organisations or other parties to secure information in the correct manner, and personally analyse and present findings
  • personally represent TPR in civil and criminal courts and tribunals as ‘the officer in the case’
  • personally collate and safely handle evidence (including where obtained from third parties), meeting statutory criminal procedure requirements
  • have excellent systems and processes understanding with extensive experience working across a number of information technology platforms with abilities to cross reference across data

Essential and desirable criteria


  • a nationally recognised qualification or, accreditation as an investigator. Proven experience of successfully working in an investigatory (criminal or regulatory) environment with case management expertise
  • a degree or equivalent qualification and/or extensive experience in law enforcement or an investigative or regulatory environment
  • specialist ability in investigative techniques and conduct of investigations through to courts gained through formal training and practical experience including investigative interviewing, evidence gathering, disclosure, presenting evidence and application for/use of statutory powers (pre-planned and dynamic) in multiple court jurisdictions
  • authoritative grasp of risk awareness and impact in the context of the management and prioritising of complex and volume casework and practical application of legislative frameworks to the regulated sector
  • excellent written, verbal and non-verbal communication skills with an ability to tailor approach bespoke to the audience and circumstances, on a case by case basis, whilst delivering a clear, consistent and authoritative message – particularly to unwilling, adverse and/or hostile individuals
  • a full UK driving licence and willingness to drive and travel to conduct statutory inspections as required by the role across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. This will include some overnight stays


  • broad knowledge and understanding of Automatic enrolment and Pensions Act 2008, and relevant parts of Pensions Acts 1995 and 2004 and associated secondary legislation, including an understanding of founding legislative intent
  • strong understanding of the full UK employment sector, including related structural, contractual, financial, business and accounting information, coupled with awareness of wider financial/commercial considerations in this sector
  • working knowledge of the operation of pension schemes, particularly master trusts, and close understanding of systems and processes for the payment and receipt of contributions, and reporting requirements

Person specification

  • ability to prioritise and use initiative
  • problem solving and analytical skills
  • communication skills at all levels
  • attention to detail and accuracy
  • personable and a team player

Salary and benefits

As well as a salary between £39,390 and £52,289, 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