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Head of IT - Design and Delivery

Reporting to: Director of IT
Team: Finance and Corporate Services
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: £76,656 to £101,758 per annum, dependent on skills and experience, with access to performance related pay, bonus and civil service pension scheme
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Friday 4 December 2020

Job ref: 58633

TPR grade: 4

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 an experienced Head of IT - Design and Delivery to lead our organisation through the early technology life-cycle stages of a significant digital transformation and to meet the needs of TPR’s future regulatory operating model.

Reporting to the Director of IT, you will be responsible for aligning all programmes and establishing an innovative place to work through DevOps and agile ways of working.


  • Develop the three-year architecture roadmap for Applications, Information and Technology; defining a consistent use of IT Architecture principles, processes and best practice across TPR.
  • Understand organisational needs to deliver high level designs for proposed IT solutions.
  • Implement the strategy, solutions and supporting processes to deliver the transformation initiatives and ensure technology readiness throughout the lifecycle.
  • Provide senior representation for the IT Directorate as required, reporting to the Board and ExCo and leading the IT Design, Architecture and Delivery Team.
  • Provide technical assurance to internal customers ensuring effective use of IT to provide quality services and partnering with the senior management team to overcome business challenges with the right use of technology.

Essential and desirable criteria


  • Proven experience of holding positions of authority in the areas of IT Design and Architecture and technical standards within an organisation, handling a diverse range of high risk, high value and complex projects.
  • Proven experience leading the architecture, design and delivery of Enterprise and Cloud technologies, preferably in a Microsoft technology stack, ie Azure, Sharepoint, Dynamics, .Net, Sitecore and SQL Server.
  • Proven leadership skills across IT innovation and change and ability to work with customers and key stakeholders at all levels and across different organisations both inside and outside TPR.
  • Excellent knowledge of delivery methodologies and IT processes (Agile, Waterfall, ITIL).
  • Excellent knowledge of Web, Cloud and Database architecture and design principles and patterns.
  • Educated to a degree level of equivalent with minimum of 10 years working in leadership roles across IT architecture and delivery.


  • Relevant industry qualifications: TOGAF, BCS Certificate in Enterprise and Solutions Architecture, MSP, PRINCE 2, SAFe.

Person specification

  • Strong communication skills and the ability to communicate with people at all levels of TPR.
  • Strong team and people skills, mentoring, recruitment, development, motivation and coaching.
  • Ability to influence and challenge constructively with people at all levels of TPR
  • Able to work under own initiative, with minimal supervision.
  • Rigorous attention to detail.

Salary and benefits

As well as a salary between £76,656 and £101,758, 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 58633 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