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Head of Data Strategy, Design and Control

Reporting to:
Director of Digital Services
Digital, Data and Technology
Contract type:
Between £84,011 and £107,348 per annum dependent on skills and experience, plus excellent benefits package
Brighton/hybrid (8 days per month in the office)
Closing date:
Friday 14 June 2024

Job ref: 188629

TPR grade: TDD 4 - Head of

Interview dates: Between 25 June and 5 July 2024

About us

More than half the UK working population rely on The Pensions Regulator (TPR) to regulate their retirement savings. With a career at TPR, you’ll be joining an organisation that will impact on millions of lives for decades to come.

Everyone at TPR plays an important role in helping to keep more than £2trn of savings safe. We’re committed to bringing people into TPR who are ready to make a difference and put UK savers at the heart of what we do.

It is important to us that TPR remains a great place to work. We do all we can to help our people reach their full potential with learning, secondment, and development opportunities. We put our 900+ employees first, supporting flexible working and offer a diverse, lively, and inclusive environment. This includes our Disability Network, Family Network, LGBT+ Network (Proud), Minority Ethnic (ME) Network and Women’s Network, which offer spaces to connect.

Our new corporate strategy outlines a bold and challenging vision of how pensions regulation should evolve to keep pace with a change in the scale and nature of the industry. We are at the start of that journey. Join us to find out what part you can play.

We operate a hybrid working model, with regular attendance in our Brighton office to connect with colleagues across the business.


We have an exciting opportunity for the Head of Data Strategy, Design and Control to join our senior team in a critical leadership role. Our Data team is growing in size and capability. It includes 6 teams comprising of around 30 data specialists in domains across the full spectrum of data activity. As Head of Data Strategy, Design and Control, you will inform and develop capabilities to empower the transformation of TPR into a data enabled regulator.

Our Data, Digital and Technology vision is that we want to be a catalyst for pensions innovation and regulatory effectiveness. Using digital, data, and technology to revolutionise pension regulation, making it more efficient, secure, transparent, and customer-centred. Our Data Team has accountability for the data estate and is responsible for defining, developing and implementing the organisation’s approach to data. Driving TPR towards becoming more data enabled, by facilitating effective use and innovative exploitation of high-quality data and promoting data as a strategic business asset. We're data-enabled, not data-driven: we work with engineers, product managers, and other disciplines to understand how data can best support the needs of the organisation and ultimately savers.

We are on a fast-paced journey, and in recent years TPR has gone through significant technological and business change, including having fully migrated to Microsoft Azure. As part of these new systems, we have an enterprise-scale Azure data platform and engineering capability.

We have laid down the foundations of a modern data architecture within Microsoft Cloud (Azure) and need a skilled and enthusiastic person to join the senior leadership team in Data Services. You will have the ability to help the organisation see the strategic direction and deliver against our data strategy.

This is an exciting time to join our growing team and play a key role in our continuing journey of data-enabled design transformation, making data the key enabler in our mission to put the savers at the heart of everything we do.


In this role, you will be responsible for:

  • Strategic direction: Provide the strategic direction for data strategy, data architecture, quality and KIM (Knowledge and Information Management). Providing the framework for data to ensure we develop all necessary policies, best practice and manage risk. Lead the design and implementation and evolution of our data strategy in collaboration with the organisation over the next 1 to 3 years.
  • Leadership: Lead and develop Data Governance, Data Quality, Data Architecture, KIM teams, provide coaching/mentorship ensuring they have the skills and resource to work across platforms and provide expertise to the business. Championing data design, quality and control across TPR ensuring that our data is designed to meet user needs, that it complies with relevant legislation and best practice, standards, and it is measured.
  • Stakeholder management: Partnering with the business to ensure data is at the core of what we do. Develop and nurture relationships across public and private sectors to ensure that our data capabilities enable the flow of data in and out of our organisation.
  • Innovation: Leading the design and implementation of data including in the areas of Reference and Master Data, Data Modelling and Architecture, Data Quality, Metadata, Data Standardisation, Data Linking, Data Sharing and Knowledge and Information Management. Keeping yourself and your team up to date with evolving data and technology trends.
  • Operations and planning: Lead on short to medium term planning and oversee operational processes in your areas, implementing monitoring and alerting practices to ensure service reliability.

Essential and desirable criteria

  • Extensive specialist knowledge and ability to provide leadership on all aspects of the enterprise data management life cycle, and across disciplines such as Data Governance, Data Quality, Data Modelling and Design, Data Security, Reference and Master Data, Metadata, and KIM.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in improving the quality of data and enabling organisations and systems to interoperate via use of a common business glossary, technical meta data lineages and linkage, rules, registers through an established reference data architecture.
  • In-depth understanding of how to establish a full data life cycle for an organisation for data acquisitions and data collections for secondary use purposes.
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills required to collaborate with and engage with business data owners/stakeholders to continually drive use of data to deliver business objectives and outcomes and to provide strategic direction and support.
  • Proven ability to collaborate with others external to your organisation.
  • Demonstrable depth and breadth of specialist understanding regarding the overall data landscape, evolving requirements, emerging risks, technology and trends and the ability to pivot a Data and Information Strategy action plan.
  • Experience in setting and overseeing system-wide direction on data architecture standards, such as for information, reference data and interoperability.

Person specification

  • Excellent communication and listening skills across all levels of business.
  • People and performance management skills.
  • Believe in being a visible and accessible role model.
  • Committed to creating a positive, empowered and inclusive culture.
  • Problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Critical thinking.
  • Creative and innovative approach.

Salary and benefits

As well as a salary between £84,011 and £107,348, 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

To apply please email quoting role reference number 188629 along with:

  • a statement no longer than 300 words, describing why you would be a suitable candidate and how your experience and skills meet our essential criteria
  • a copy of your CV

First stage interviews will be taking place from 25 June 2024 with second stage interviews starting from 5 July 2024. When applying, ensure you are available during this time.

Current TPR employees in their first 12 months of employment who want to apply for this vacancy should first contact their line manager to discuss their application.

We are an inclusive employer and offer equal opportunities 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.

As a Disability Confident employer, we’re committed to the recruitment, employment, retention, and development of people with disabilities, and to improving their employment opportunities. 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.

In accordance with Home Office guidance, the successful candidate will be required to provide their right to work in the UK before they start employment. Unfortunately, TPR is not able to offer sponsorship at the time. TPR is a UK-based organisation with a working location in Brighton, candidates must live in the UK to be employed by us.

The Pensions Regulator is an arm’s length government body and part of the public service.

Any offer of employment will be subject to the receipt of satisfactory background screening checks and criminal record checks (BPSS).

If you have any queries about this role, or if you have a disability and wish to request a reasonable adjustment at any stage of the recruitment process, please email