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Director of Finance - Corporate Services

Reporting to: Executive Director of Finance and Corporate Services
Team: Finance and Corporate Services
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: From £104,042 per annum
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Tuesday 6 October 2020

Job ref: 63117

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 an experienced Director of Finance to lead the Finance, Corporate Planning, Commercial and Facilities functions at TPR.

As a member of the Corporate Services Senior Management Team and of the wider TPR leadership team and Director group you will be accountable for the efficient and effective use our resources. You will lead on the financial, commercial, planning and reporting framework and direction, ensuring appropriate controls are in place and acting as custodian of value for public funding.


You will:

  • work closely with the Executive Director, Finance and Corporate Services and the Corporate Services Management Committee to ensure cohesive leadership and management of Corporate Services
  • work closely with the Executive Committee and Senior Leaders across TPR on financial and operational planning effectiveness and alignment. Lead funding and budget allocation discussions internally and with external parties
  • be accountable for an effective and value for money commercial framework and processes
  • be accountable for compliance with internal and external controls and governance, including continuous improvement to align with the organisation’s strategy
  • lead and take responsibility for the functional areas within the Directorate, assuring the effective recruitment, retention, development and management of staff at all levels
  • be accountable for external relationships with governance bodies, including the Department for Work and Pensions, National Audit Office and Cabinet Office

Essential criteria

  • Accountancy qualification and experience of its application in a business context.
  • Advanced knowledge of risk assurance frameworks and risk management and controls.
  • Commercial experience from end to end, procurement, contract management and exit.
  • Experience of successful delivery and embedding of an aligned financial and operational strategy and accompanying behaviours.
  • Informed understanding and demonstrable experience of how to maintain close control of value for money in a senior public role, whilst approaching the business challenges with innovation, positivity and resilience.
  • Experience in leading a cross organisation effort to operationally deliver on plans, bringing others with you and full assurance of the resulting plan and ongoing reporting.
  • Competence and confidence in leading on public sector audit, commercial and other governance requirements.
  • A commercially astute, articulate, technically strong, dynamic, insightful and influential leader with the ability to operate at both strategic and operational levels.

Person specification

  • Proactive and flexible. Willing to try new things. Resilient.
  • Ability to make decisions, prioritise and use initiative.
  • Open and transparent, with good negotiating skills.
  • Calm under pressure.
  • Highly analytical, attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Confident communicator at all levels.
  • Willingness to learn and develop, yourself and others.

Salary and benefits

As well as a starting salary of £104,042, 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 63117 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