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Lead Associate – Regulatory Transactions Team Leader

Reporting to: Specialist - Regulatory Transactions Manager
Team: Frontline Regulation
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: From £32,001 per annum
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Thursday 20 June 2019

Ref: 1537

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’re looking for someone to lead a team of officers in the delivery of a wide portfolio of regulatory interventions, using legislative powers where required, to mitigate risk to TPR’s statutory objectives and ensure good outcomes for members. This Team Leader role sits within Regulatory Transactions as part of the Frontline Development directorate. We’re responsible for effectively delivering high volume regulation across a variety of basic compliance requirements and requests for TPR to exercise a power.


You will:

  • co-ordinate and prioritise the workload of the team to meet legislative timescales, published key performance indicators, internal service level agreements and quality assurance criteria ensuring desired outcomes are achieved
  • make regulatory decisions on the strategy and direction of the team’s interventions, deciding whether to deviate from defined processes to achieve desired outcomes
  • help identify potential new streams of work to bring into the team and work with the Regulatory Transactions Manager to implement these
  • exercise a delegated authority for approving the appointment of trustees to pension schemes
  • communicate with stakeholders verbally and in writing, to influence behaviours in order to ensure compliance

Essential criteria

  • Experience of effectively managing and organising a team covering a variety of areas of work, ensuring quality of output, continuous improvement culture and high levels of motivation in a team with frequent internal promotions and tackling poor performance.
  • Experience of working within a legislative framework or with clear processes and procedures.
  • Skilled in communicating verbally and in writing with internal and external stakeholders to liaise and influence behaviours.
  • Ability to use own judgement to be a focal point for issues and escalations, obtaining advice as necessary and taking the appropriate action in response to the advice received.
  • Capability to be a subject matter expert on areas covered by the team and a point of escalation and decision making.
  • Ability to develop technical pensions knowledge through training and experience in role.
  • Capability to identify risks based on information received and escalate to the appropriate business area or gain and review legal advice before concluding.
  • Analytical skills to decide when interventions require use of powers to resolve, and when a framework or process needs to be adapted to achieve desired outcomes.

Person Specification

  • Ability to prioritise and use initiative.
  • Problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Communication skills at all levels.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Leadership skills.

Salary and benefits

As well as a starting salary of £32,001, 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 black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BME) 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.