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Lead Specialist - Senior Project Manager (Pensions Dashboard)

Reporting to: Projects and Testing Manager
Team: Change
Contract type: Fixed-term for 12 months
Salary: From £44,969 per annum
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Friday 2 August 2019

Job ref: 1581

TPR grade: 7 - Lead Specialist

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 Senior Project Manager to help deliver our exciting portfolio of change comprising technology, software (including COTS) and business process. This role will be responsible for initiating the TPR Pensions Dashboard project.

The ideal candidate will have demonstrable relevant experience, including:

  • Successful management and delivery of medium - large scale digital and data projects and/or programmes 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 Executive 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.


  • Define, establish and operate appropriate project approach and structure in line with change governance standards.
  • Provide leadership to build effective and collaborative project teams with a shared sense of direction in a matrix environment.
  • Identify, estimate, secure and manage resources and budget required for project delivery to inform resource assignment up to an organisational level.
  • Identify, evaluate and proactively manage risks, assumptions, issues and dependencies to project delivery to inform impacts to delivery up to an organisational level.
  • Gather and present information with options and recommendations to enable informed decision making by stakeholders up to Executive Director and Portfolio Oversight Board level.

Essential and desirable criteria


  • Capable of successfully leading project teams to deliver multiple medium to large scale projects concurrently, comprising technology, software (including COTS) and business operating model change:
    • duration 6 to 18 months
    • budget £500,000 up to £1.5 million
    • matrix project team size 10 to 50
    • complexity - medium to high (from medium transactional projects up to large transformational projects)
  • Highly skilled at stakeholder management and facilitation to be able to conclude discussions and reach consensus where multiple stakeholders may have multiple conflicting needs.
  • Extensive experience of applying industry recognised project management methodology (eg Waterfall, Agile) to achieve successful delivery of medium to large scale projects within agreed tolerances of time, cost and quality.
  • Accredited to Practitioner level in an industry recognised project management methodology (eg PRINCE2, SAFe SM, PMP, APM or equivalent) or equivalent experience.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and confidently to all stakeholders, both orally and in writing, to influence thinking and to indirectly manage the action of others eg stakeholders up to Executive Director and Portfolio Oversight Board level.
  • Experience of working in a regulatory environment.


  • Experience of selecting suppliers and subsequent contractual negotiations to support project delivery.

Person specification

  • Proactive and flexible.
  • Can do approach.
  • Problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Communication skills at all levels.
  • Leadership skills.

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.

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.