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Pensions - Lead Supervisor

Reporting to: Principal - Supervision
Team: Frontline regulation
Contract type: Permanent and fixed-term for 12 months
Salary: From £46,093 per annum
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Monday 16 November 2020

Job ref: 57414

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 offer opportunities to work flexibly. have an excellent office location in the heart of Brighton. We are following government guidelines and are working remotely, if successful you will be provided with IT equipment to carry out your duties remotely.

We 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.


This is an exciting opportunity to join the Supervision Directorate at TPR with permanent roles available. We are looking for a Lead Pensions 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, building professional stakeholder relationships and supporting the delivery of relevant projects. Where appropriate improvements are not achieved, you will review strategy and consider the options available to reduce risk(s) including enforcement options.


  • Achieve improved regulatory outcomes using approaches appropriate to your area of engagement.
  • Manage a portfolio of relationships with key entities and interact with schemes and third parties in the most complex, strategically important, novel or emerging situations.
  • Engage with trustees and other stakeholders to address issues of crystallising scheme or employer risk.
  • Achieve improvements in regulatory behaviour and identifiable risk reduction in regulated entities, and escalate appropriately when required.
  • Engage internally with subject matter experts, policy and professional advisers to support your analysis and recommendations.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of policy, continuous improvement, guidance and training materials.
  • Report findings of individual investigation, analyse data, identify themes and provide timely, accurate feedback into line management, intel and strategy loops.
  • Lead and/or support the design and delivery of end to end processes as 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.
  • 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.


  • Process development and evaluation: Ability to consider end to end process development and consider opportunities for assessing effectiveness/benefits realisation.
  • Be a subject matter expert for others: Confidently and assuredly deal with trustees, pensions managers and other stakeholders at board level.

Person specification

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

Salary and benefits

As well as a starting salary of £46,093, 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 57414 with details of how your experience and skills meet our essential criteria and details of your notice period.

While sending your application, please make sure to specify the type of contract (permanent/fixed-term) you wish 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