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Lead Associate - Information Security and Compliance Business Partner

Reporting to: Information Security and Compliance Manager
Team: Corporate Services
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: Between £33,883 and £44,979 per annum dependent on skills and experience, with access to performance related pay, bonus and civil service pension scheme
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Sunday 26 September 2021

Job ref: 103772

TPR grade: 9

About us

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is responsible for protecting workplace pensions in the UK. We work with employers and those running pensions to help people save safely for their retirement.

We have a fantastic office located in the heart of Brighton that is a short distance from the train station, shops and the sea.

We put our 800+ employees first by supporting flexible working and offering a diverse, lively and inclusive environment. This includes LGBT+ Network (PROUD), Women’s Network, BAME Network (ME), and a Disability Network, which offer supportive spaces to connect.

We are committed to making TPR a great place to work. We do all we can to support our people reach their full potential with training, secondment and development opportunities.


We’re looking for someone who can join our team of Information Security and Compliance (ISC) business partners. They are a point of contact for the organisation on all matters relating to information governance/security and data protection and provide information, guidance and advice required to support TPR in delivery of its statutory functions and corporate objectives.

ISC Business Partners advise stakeholders at all levels on implications and management of change, identifying and delivering those changes necessary to deliver our information security standards and controls.

They work across the organisation to prioritise, coordinate and implement the information security framework/privacy by design as well as developing or utilising new or existing assurance tools to demonstrate compliance.


  • Identify and advise on the risks that TPR faces in maintaining BSI ISO27001 standards and our statutory obligations Data Protection Act (DPA) / General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
  • Provide advice and support on all data protection related matters, incidents and risk to staff and managers.
  • Provide support and enables customers, staff and members of the public to exercise their statutory rights about their information as held across TPR.
  • Handle requests/queries in relation to disclose freedom of information and data subject access rights balancing the requirements of Data Protection Act 2018 and the Pensions Act.
  • Support and enable TPR's change priorities ensuring privacy by design is considered, minimum standards are met and risks are mitigated or managed.

Essential and desirable criteria


  • Recognised specialist qualification in information governance - eg freedom of information, data protection, or records management or minimum two years' equivalent experience or substantial demonstrable experience working in a complex information governance, records management and risk management environment. Preferred regulatory bodies, public sector.
  • Experience of requests under the Freedom of Information Act and subject access request (SAR) and individuals’ rights requests under the Data Protection Act 2018.


  • Experience of working with BSI ISO27001 standards.
  • Experience of stakeholder management best practice and techniques.
  • Ability to understand the legal obligations from statute (including Pensions Acts, regulation principles and best practice).
  • Experience of providing subject matter advice independently but in line with policies, procedures and protocols and own knowledge / area of expertise.

Person specification

  • Ability to prioritise and use initiative.
  • Negotiating skills.
  • Problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Communication skills at all levels.
  • Personable and a team player.

Salary and benefits

As well as a salary between £33,883 and £44,979, 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

Please send your CV to along with a covering letter, quoting ref 103772 with details of how your experience and skills meet our essential criteria and details of your notice period.

We are an inclusive employer and offer 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.

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 be aware we are currently holding interviews through Microsoft Teams due to COVID-19.

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