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Director of Change

Reporting to: Executive Director of Finance and Corporate Services
Team: Corporate Services
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: From £101,504 per annum
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Friday 27 March 2020

Job ref: 1831

TPR grade: 3

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 someone to direct and oversee the successful delivery of our complex portfolio of change, including all strategic, business and IT change programmes.

The successful applicant will have experience of leading and running a diverse team in line with TPR values, maintaining and adapting change governance and frameworks, stakeholder and supplier management, building senior relationships, arriving at pragmatic solutions and be experienced in project and programme management techniques.


  • Be accountable for the oversight and success of the overall portfolio of change, including all business and IT change projects, programmes and small change across TPR, including TPR’s strategic change programmes, specifically through relationships across the senior leadership team.
  • Be a subject matter expert, including the management and pragmatic resolution of priorities, tensions and interdependencies.
  • Foster a centre of excellence in project and programme delivery, aligned with best practice and government practice. Ensure all programmes / projects are structured and resourced appropriately, including ongoing and future assessment of skills and experience needed.
  • Support significant cultural and ways of working changes across TPR, through the development, maintenance and embedding of business change principles and governance.
  • Be accountable for maintaining and adapting appropriate change processes, capabilities and methodologies across the Change team, including continual maintenance and adaption of project, programme and portfolio governance to best practice and organisational need.
  • Support the Executive Committee and Board, bringing impartial advice on impact and options across the broad spectrum of business changes, including identifying the impact, risks and opportunities of large scale change across the business.

Essential criteria

  • Experience of leading a diverse team.
  • Experience of building strong and productive relationships across multiple stakeholders.
  • Experience of aligning varying types and sizes of strategic, business and IT changes with organisational strategy.
  • Experience of project and programme management frameworks and programme delivery at all stages of the delivery cycle; specific qualifications would be beneficial but not a requirement at this level (eg PRINCE2, Agile, MSP).
  • Experience of managing complex and interdependent portfolios.
  • Understanding of both waterfall and agile project management methodologies, including when to use which and ideally experience of introducing agile into a traditionally waterfall environment.
  • Experience of managing a budget and effective financial controls.
  • Previous experience of public sector procurement obligations, timelines and impact on change delivery would be beneficial but not a requirement.

Person specification

  • Works well with others, across boundaries.
  • Influencing skills.
  • Clear articulation of complex areas to non-technical audiences.
  • Calm under pressure.
  • Problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Collegiate, engaging and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Works well with ambiguity.
  • Able to drive operational and cultural change.

Salary and benefits

As well as a starting salary of £101,504 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

Please send your CV along with a covering statement of 100 words (maximum) to describing why you want to work for TPR in this position and why you would be suitable for the role, with details of how your experience and skills meet our essential criteria.

Applications without covering statements will not be considered.

Interviews will be taking place on Monday 20 April.

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.

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