Lead Associate - Project Manager | The Pensions Regulator Skip to main content

Your browser is out of date, and unable to use many of the features of this website

Please upgrade your browser.


This website requires cookies. Your browser currently has cookies disabled.

Lead Associate - Project Manager

Reporting to: Projects and Testing Manager
Team: Change
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: From £33,057 per annum
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Monday 22 July 2019

Job ref: 1567

TPR grade: 9 - Lead Associate

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 growing 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 are looking for a Project Manager to help deliver our exciting portfolio of change comprising technology, software (including COTS) and business process. This role will be responsible for delivery of small to medium-size projects (typically 2 to 12 months duration) and/or workstreams within larger programmes of work.

The ideal candidate will have demonstrable relevant experience, including:

  • Successful management and delivery of small to medium-size projects and / or programme workstreams within time / cost / quality tolerances.
  • Leading teams in a matrix managed environment with resources regularly working remotely.
  • Good interpersonal and communications skills across a broad set of stakeholders (up to Director level) including business customers, technology experts and third parties.
  • Applied change governance through full lifecycle from receipt of request through to implementation.
  • Accredited in an industry recognised project management methodology (eg Prince2, SAFe SM, PMP, APM or equivalent) or equivalent experience.


  • Deliver multiple small to medium-size projects and / or programme workstreams concurrently end to end in line with change governance standards, including methodology and documentation deliverables (from feasibility and business case through delivery to closure).
  • Identify, estimate, secure and manage resources required for delivery of small to medium-size projects and/or programme workstreams.
  • Identify, evaluate and proactively manage risks, assumptions, issues and dependencies to delivery of small to medium-size projects and / or programme workstreams.
  • Provide leadership to build effective and collaborative project delivery teams with a shared sense of direction in a matrix environment.
  • Gather and present information with options and recommendations to enable informed decision making by stakeholders up to Director level.

Essential and desirable criteria


  • Capable of successfully leading project teams to deliver multiple small to medium-scale changes concurrently, comprising technology, software (including COTS) and business process:
    • Duration 2 to 12 months
    • Budget up to £500k
    • Matrix project team size 5 to 15
    • Complexity – low to medium (from small contained / specialist projects up to medium transactional projects)
  • Accredited in an industry recognised project management methodology (eg Prince2, SAFe SM, PMP, APM or equivalent) or equivalent experience.
  • Skilled at stakeholder management and facilitation to be able to conclude discussions and reach consensus where multiple stakeholders may have multiple conflicting needs.
  • Skilled in planning, organising and coordinating small to medium-scale projects through the full lifecycle to ensure successful delivery, working across teams and through others within a change portfolio environment.
  • Experience of applying industry recognised project management methodology (eg Waterfall, Agile) to achieve successful delivery of small to medium-scale projects within agreed tolerances of time, cost and quality.


  • Experience of working in a regulatory environment.
  • Experience of selecting suppliers and subsequent contractual negotiations to support project delivery.

Person specification

  • Proactive and flexible
  • Ability to prioritise and use initiative
  • Problem solving and analytical skills
  • Communication skills at all levels
  • Leadership skills

Salary and benefits

As well as a starting salary of £33,057, 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.

TPR 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 black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (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 recruitmentteam@tpr.gov.uk.

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 recruitmentteam@tpr.gov.uk.