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Lead Specialist – Strategic HR Business Partner

Reporting to: Director – HR
Team: Human Resources
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: From £44,969 per annum
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Monday 1 July 2019

Ref: 1560

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’re looking for an experienced HR business partner, ideally with successful line management experience, to lead our HR Business Partner (BP) team. You will be responsible for setting the vision and direction for the BP service, aligned to the People Strategy and for the development and quality assurance of high quality, timely and consistent HR support to our directorates.

The successful applicant will have evidence of pro-active delivery of a BP service, with strong relationship management skills. You will work closely across HR senior colleagues to identify, develop and maintain a high quality, business focused suite of HR solutions, and will be a pro-active member of the HR Management Committee, with a key voice in the development of the People Strategy.

TPR currently has 700 staff, with around 25 in the HR team. This role will lead two Business Partners and an Employee Relations specialist, and have support from three Associate HR Business Partners, plus the wider HR team.


You will:

  • understand and develop the link between business and HR strategy, while providing pragmatic and effective HR advice and solutions, consistently applied by the HRBP team
  • analyse risks, trends and challenges in Business Partner and Employee Relations activity and report them to the HR Management Committee
  • be decisive and strategic in selecting appropriate processes and procedures for complex HR situations, and assess when they can be varied with clear sight of the strategic impact
  • ensure a high level of sensitivity in personal situations, and be highly aware of confidentiality, Freedom of Information and General Data Protection Regulation requirements
  • work with and manage the expectations of multiple stakeholders at director and senior manager level and prioritise work to ensure effective delivery of HR solutions in line with business needs
  • identify new or revised HR organisational development requirements from the business and work effectively with appropriate HR colleagues to develop and deliver these, including training and development in their effective use

Essential and desirable criteria


  • CIPD or equivalent.
  • Evidence of providing current employment advice aligned to employment law and practice.
  • Substantial evidence of successful experience as an HRBP/Manager in a complex organisation.
  • Evidence of successful strategic level organisational change.
  • Evidence of ability to engage with and influence staff at all levels, up to and including the Executive Team.


  • Ability to prepare and deliver high quality formal committee papers.
  • Line management experience.

Person specification

  • Calm under pressure.
  • Problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Communication skills at all levels.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Excellent customer service.
  • 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.

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.