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Lead Specialist - Supervision - Events

Reporting to: Principal - Supervision - Events
Team: Frontline Regulation
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: From £44,969 per annum
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Wednesday 4 March 2020

Job ref: 1790

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 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 Lead Specialist who will ensure the timely, efficient and effective regulation of a portfolio of regulatory interventions by developing strategies to achieve demonstrable improvements in behaviour and a reduction in identified risks.

You will be expected to effectively manage a portfolio work independently and as part of a team, and mentor and coach others. The role includes obtaining and assessing information to make decisions, commissioning professional advice when required and having day to day contact with regulated entities and third parties. Where appropriate improvements are not achieved, you will consider relevant legislation and work with enforcement to consider transfer.


  • Achieve improved regulatory outcomes using approaches appropriate to your area of engagement (Regulatory Initiatives and Applications). This may include:
    • executing medium and high intensity tools in line with the requirements of the regulatory approach and standards
    • applying business rules to move schemes from medium to high intensity invention
    • working with regulated entities and associated stakeholders to improve behaviours in line with assessment or action summaries within agreed timescales
    • engaging with trustees and other stakeholders to address issues of crystallising scheme or employer risk
  • Lead and / or support the design and delivery of end to end processes for regulatory initiatives should this be required.
  • Complete assessments, and case strategies that support clearer, quicker, tougher intervention and execute those plans efficiently to provide professional, effective, timely and appropriate interventions across a range of schemes.
  • Report findings of individual investigation, analyse data, identify themes and provide timely, accurate feedback into line management, intel and strategy loops.
  • Lead on interactions or relationships where more than one specialist is required.

Essential and desirable criteria


  • Analytical / problem solving: Evidenced ability to analyse complex information and data as well as accompanying context and translate into a clear and actionable strategy.
  • Negotiating / Influencing: 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.
  • Strong financial and commercial, awareness: Knowledge of the commercial landscape and of the pension market and knowledge of the underlying financial arrangements common in the market.


  • Process Development and Evaluation: Ability to consider end to end process development and consider opportunities for assessing effectiveness / benefits realisation.
  • Knowledge of pension regulation: Experience of pensions regulation and the pensions industry gained externally or within TPR to such a level as to be able quickly assess information and risk, be a SME for others, confidently and assuredly deal with trustee and other stakeholders at Board level. A baseline knowledge of the social, economic and political environment is needed to effectively execute regulatory approaches.

Person specification

  • Proactive and flexible.
  • Ability to prioritise and use initiative.
  • Communication skills at all levels.
  • Personable and a team player.
  • 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 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.