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Lead Specialist - Lead Supervisor (Supervision)

Reporting to: Principal - Supervision
Team: Frontline Regulation
Contract type: Permanent and fixed-term contract up to 12 months
Salary: From £44,969 per annum
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Monday 29 June 2020

Job ref: 1875

TPR grade: 7

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.


This is an exciting opportunity to join the Supervision team at TPR, with both permanent and fixed-term roles available. We’re looking for a proactive and personable Lead Supervisors to ensure the timely, efficient and effective regulation of occupational pensions. We're looking for people who can build effective working relationships and who have excellent negotiation and analytical skills.

You will be expected to develop strategies, in line with our legislative and regulatory framework and work closely with regulated entities to achieve demonstrable improvements in behaviours in line with your assessment within agreed timescales.


  • Manage relationships with key entities and interact with schemes and third parties in the most complex, strategically important, novel or emerging situations.
  • Achieve improvements in regulatory behaviour and a reduction in identified risks in the regulated entities, or to escalate appropriately.
  • Engage internally with subject matter experts, policy and professional advisers to to support your analysis and recommendations.
  • Build strong relationships with key business areas internally and externally, and represent TPR in forums, events and meetings.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of policy, continuous improvement, guidance and training materials.
  • Apply your technical knowledge and experience to ensure you manage and deliver all communications, escalations and other interventions to the highest quality.
  • Escalate material issues, including proposing appropriate, outcome-focused solutions, where improvements are not achieved, working effectively with Enforcement to transfer responsibility for formal use of powers.

Essential criteria

  • Proven track record of building effective relationships to achieve outcomes in complex or contentious situations.
  • Experience of working in a financial / banking / regulatory / legal pensions environment.
  • Knowledge of the commercial landscape and of the pension market and knowledge of the underlying financial arrangements common in the market.
  • Evidence of communicating and reporting findings to senior stakeholders and giving clear and robust recommendations for further action.
  • Experience of pensions regulation and the pensions industry to such a level as to be able quickly to assess information and risk.
  • Be a subject matter expert for others, confidently and assuredly deal with trustees, pensions managers and other stakeholders at board level.
  • Must be able to strongly challenge / interrogate information provided, complete tools required and determine an action plan. Negotiate implementing these actions with trustees, employers and others, as well as follow through on their execution.

Person specification

  • Proactive and flexible.
  • Builds effective relationships.
  • Negotiating skills.
  • Problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Communication skills at all levels.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.

Salary and benefits

As well as a starting salary of £44,969, 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 to along with a covering letter, quoting ref 1875 with details of how your experience and skills meet our essential criteria and details of your notice period.

While submitting your application, please specify the type of contract (permanent or fixed-term) you would be interested to apply.

Please be aware we are currently holding interviews through Skype due to COVID-19.

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