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Head of – SSRA Programme Director

Reporting to: Director of Change
Team: Change (Corporate Services)
Contract type: Fixed term - 18 months (until 31 December 2021)
Salary: From £72,397 per annum
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Friday 12 June 2020

Job ref: 1874

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 a Programme Director to shape and deliver the outcomes of TPR's high-profile programme to implement technology and data solutions that will support TPR organisational change to become a more effective regulator (clearer, quicker, tougher). This includes the delivery of the technology, software (including COTS), business operating model and cultural change.


Programme delivery

  • Deliver the agreed programme of work to time, budget and appropriate quality standard in line with the agreed roadmap and using the agile approach as appropriate.
  • Responsibility for the overall management and delivery of technical quality (outputs), performance and ongoing client satisfaction.
  • Lead programme internal and external events including conferences, major planning events, team away days and broader organisation-wide meetings.
  • Engage procurement and legal teams to procure supplier contracts and influence terms and conditions to ensure contracts are fit-for-purpose.
  • Lead programme approvals internally and externally.
  • Monitor and maintain the integrity of the Systems Supporting Regulatory Activity (SSRA) programme design for the operating model.
  • Monitor all aspects of project and programme governance and management, eg planning, budget and risk.
  • Lead SSRA's programme management office function and project management team.
  • Identification and resolution of key issues or conflicts/clashes relating to any aspect of the programme through identification of options, decisions and/or escalation as necessary.

Stakeholder management

  • The provision of oversight and leadership to multi-disciplinary teams, with ability to anticipate and co-ordinate responses to business needs.
  • Lead relationship and contract management of external suppliers.
  • Manage internal and external stakeholders ensuring that all who are involved understand what is being delivered and how and then deliver in line with commitment.
  • Lead workshops with senior stakeholders, including TPR's Board, on issues concerning the operating model and other aspects of the programme.
  • Keep the sponsor, ExCo and TPR Board fully updated on key developments.

Wider strategic and corporate alignment

  • Lead and assure consistency across SSRA and existing TPR projects and work streams.
  • Ensure the development of clear plans for transition from the 'as is' model to the desired future state, including for the seamless continuation of existing work.

Person specification

  • Leadership skills.
  • Negotiating skills.
  • Calm and resilient.
  • Problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Communication skills at all levels.
  • Organised.

Salary and benefits

As well as a starting salary of £72,397, 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 and a covering letter, with details of how your experience and skills meet our essential criteria to

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

All interviews will be conducted by Skype due to COVID-19 government guidelines.