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Lead Data Governance - Data Team

Reporting to: Head of Data
Team: Strategy and Risk
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: From £52,465 per annum
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Friday 20 March 2020

Job ref: 1801

TPR grade: 6

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.


This is an exciting role to embed data and information governance into lines of business through the implementation of new technology and to build and deliver a programme to enhance data quality. You will:

  • Design, deliver and manage enterprise wide data and information governance and data quality; embedding it in the day-to-day work of operational areas.
  • Lead, build and deliver the governance processes and systems to execute and deploy the enterprise data strategy.
  • Provide leadership and direction across TPR's portfolio of change initiatives / programmes and business as usual activities; managing budget and resource to ensure delivery.
  • Delivery of an enterprise wide Data Governance Programme aligned to technical, legislative and regulatory requirements that align with the IT strategy, change programmes, corporate priorities and management of corporate risks.
  • Design and deliver a programme to define, master, and enhance data to ensure it meets the needs of the business.
  • Lead and participate in industry and relevant data alliances and networks – promoting excellence in data governance across industry and Government.
  • Lead the culture change required to ensure that the application of data governance is recognised as a key enabler to the successful delivery of TPR’s corporate strategy.


  • Setting the operational standards for enterprise wide data / information governance and data quality.
  • Enterprise wide compliance with legislation, regulatory standards and policies.
  • Enterprise wide data / information governance education and awareness program.
  • Monitor organisational performance against standards and policies; maximising value, and mitigating risks.
  • Accountable for the management of pivotal data governance roles, programme of work and budget.
  • Providing assurance to the Head of Corporate Governance (DPO) and executive committees of data governance, legislative and regulatory alignment with the evolving IT strategy, change programmes, corporate priorities and management of corporate risks.

Essential and desirable criteria


  • Expert knowledge of data / information governance principles and approaches.
  • Significant experience of their application in a regulatory or operational environment.
  • Experience of managing and leading in a highly technical environment with the corresponding level of technical knowledge and experience.
  • Provide the functional and technical expertise to deliver enterprise wide data management.
  • Procure or adapt the technical tools and product infrastructure to ensure data management is cost effective and value added.


  • Build and deliver an enterprise wide skills capability for delivering data governance.
  • Assure that technical infrastructure (on premise, PaaS, SaaS) aligns with regulatory and legal data governance requirements.
  • Experience of leading and developing data quality initiatives.

Person specification

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

Salary and benefits

As well as a starting salary of £52,465, 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 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.