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Head of IT Design, Architecture and Delivery

Reporting to: Director of IT
Team: Finance & Corporate Services
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: From £76,656 per annum
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Tuesday 8 September 2020

Job ref: 58635

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, Architecture and Delivery to lead, design and align technologies, architectures and solutions throughout the early technology life-cycle stages.

Reporting to the Director of IT and responsible for a team of five-plus you will be responsible for early stage IT design, architecture alignment, engagement and solutions across all programmes and projects, promoting TPR’s 'cloud-first' chosen technologies with responsibility to establishing best practice design and architecture foundations so that IT supports new ways of working.


You will:

  • understand the business needs and requirements of internal and external TPR customers and stakeholders, optimising the design, architecture and IT solutions to maximise TPR's ability to engage with and support key stakeholder groups
  • deliver high-level designs for all new solutions proposed by the IT function and in collaboration with the 'Heads of' for new TPR solutions
  • be responsible for defining and designing the strategy, solutions and supporting processes to deliver the IT enablement of major programmes
  • define the 'technology readiness' workstream in the major programmes and projects to achieve the strategic business goal in refreshing IT solutions while meeting the needs of TPR’s future regulatory operating model
  • ensure IT architecture alignment across all programmes and projects, promoting TPR’s cloud-first chosen technology stack, ie Azure, Dynamics 365, SharePoint and Data Platform, with responsibility to build the design and architecture foundations so that IT supports new ways of working
  • work with TPR delivery partners to provide guidance, advice and shape to the IT, integration and business-as-usual decisions and principles, eg configuration over customisation, migration and service transition
  • proactively enhance IT’s reputation by influencing internal stakeholders on IT innovation and future direction and in working with TPR 'heads of' in proposing IT solutions to business problems

Essential criteria

  • Previous experience as a Head of IT Design, Architecture and Delivery in an IT department with experience of early stage design, architecture and solutions practices in complex environments.
  • Proven experience of leading IT in the areas of IT design and architecture and technical standards, handling a diverse range of high value and complex projects.
  • Deep understanding of IT delivery, programme and project execution, handling a diverse range of complex IT changes.
  • IT qualified (BSc desirable or equivalent experience) and demonstrable success in applying IT design and architecture disciplines.
  • Take the lead in setting and driving the strategic direction of an IT department in a similar environment to TPR.
  • Strong understanding of architecture, design and delivery of enterprise and cloud technologies, preferably in a Microsoft technology stack, ie Azure, SharePoint, Dynamics, .Net, Sitecore and SQL Server.
  • Experience of leading an architecture and design function in a medium-scale and complex regulator, understanding how to successfully navigate and comply with the governance arrangements across the business and/or programmes of work.
  • The ability to build, maintain and influence relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders, including IT suppliers and delivery partners.
  • A track record of successfully leading complex IT designs and delivery work and a proven ability to set the direction and translate strategic priorities into clear outcome-focused objectives for managers and teams in a demanding leadership role.

Person specification

  • Ability to prioritise and use initiative.
  • Negotiating skills – ability to influence and challenge constructively with people at all levels of TPR.
  • Problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Strong communication skills at all levels.
  • Rigorous attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Leadership skills.

Salary and benefits

As well as a starting salary of £76,656 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 58635 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