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Policy Delivery Lead - Principal

Reporting to: Policy Business Lead
Team: Regulatory Policy, Analysis and Advice
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: Between £53,777 and £71,387 per annum dependent on skills and experience, with access to performance related pay, bonus and civil service pension scheme
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Sunday 24 October 2021

Job ref: 110513

TPR grade: 6

About us

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is responsible for protecting workplace pensions in the UK. We work with employers and those running pensions to help people save safely for their retirement.

We have a fantastic office located in the heart of Brighton that is a short distance from the train station, shops and the sea.

We put our 700+ employees first by supporting flexible working and offering a diverse, lively and inclusive environment. This includes LGBT+ Network (PROUD), Women’s Network, BAME Network (ME) and a Disability Network, which offer supportive spaces to connect with like-minded individuals.

We are committed to making TPR a great place to work. We do all we can to support our people reach their full potential with training, secondment and development opportunities.

We are still working remotely and are transitioning to a hybrid working model by April 2022, subject to government guidelines. Please note our contractual working location is Brighton.


We’re looking for someone who will:

  • operate in a highly ambiguous conceptual environment, using the first principles of policy-making to define new and emergent policy problems; deliver solutions that drive behaviour change required of our regulated community to meet TPR’s strategic aims
  • engage extensively across a diverse range of stakeholders, both within TPR and the wider pensions industry, leading TPR’s thinking and commentary on novel and emergent regulatory problems
  • lead complex policy change projects, forming and leading multidisciplinary virtual teams across TPR functions and external partners to address novel regulatory problems. Delivering effective policy products such as regulatory standards, regulation, guidance, codes of practice, and establishing TPR’s policy positions
  • ensure policy change is implemented and adopted within TPR’s operational practices and propagates the use of the policy-making toolkit among the wider business, eg PSED
  • seek to advance the work of the Policy Team at all levels of TPR, external stakeholders and government partners, in line with our team’s objectives
  • strong knowledge of pensions landscape and regulatory framework in which pensions operate, or equivalent regulated framework. Strong and deep understanding of policy cycle, regulatory levers and techniques, best practice open-policy making principles, and legislative requirements, including PSED
  • understanding of data gathering and best practice analysis techniques to build robust evidence base
  • line manage and mentor others within the Policy Team


  • Lead TPR’s thinking on issues and solutions to a policy problem by creating persuasive, robust policy arguments for change, building relationships and influencing relevant internal and external stakeholders in line with policy objectives.
  • Be accountable for delivery of policy positions, products, projects and initiatives to TPR Board / Executive Director / EXCO.
  • Be accountable for outcomes of projects, driving regulatory change and external communications, and effectively implementing policy in TPR operational practices and among our regulated community.
  • Deliver internal and external presentations as and when required.
  • Build and maintain good relationships with strategically important stakeholders internally and externally.
  • Following the policy cycle to ensure best practice policy-making and uses project planning methodologies to ensure timely effective delivery.
  • Line manage and mentor others within the Policy Team.
  • Share expertise, knowledge and skills to develop others in applying best practice policy-making approaches and methodologies.

Essential and desirable criteria


  • Experience of delivering complex policy/ behaviour change within a government or regulatory policy-making environment.
  • Understanding of the policy cycle, regulatory levers and techniques, best practice open-policy making principles, and legislative requirements, including PSED.
  • Understanding of data gathering and best practice analysis techniques to build robust evidence base.
  • Ability to address complex, ambiguous problems and develop solutions from first principles in an environment where there is no ‘one right answer’ but is based on balance of risks.
  • Ability to form and lead a multidisciplinary virtual team and be a decision maker amongst competing views.
  • Ability to build persuasive policy narratives and influence internal and external stakeholders.
  • Skilled in developing effective collaborative working relationships and partnerships with internal stakeholders, including the ability to negotiate and influence at a senior level.


  • Knowledge of pensions landscape and regulatory framework in which pensions operate, or equivalent regulated framework.

Person specification

  • Proactive and flexible.
  • Ability to prioritise and use initiative.
  • Calm under pressure.
  • Communication skills at all levels.
  • Problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Personable and a team player.
  • Leadership skills.

Salary and benefits

As well as a salary between £53,777 and £71,387, 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

Please send your CV to along with a covering letter, quoting ref 110513 with details of how your experience and skills meet our essential criteria and details of your notice period.

We are an inclusive employer and offer 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.

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 be aware we are currently holding interviews through Microsoft Teams due to COVID-19.

If you have any queries about this role, or if you have a disability and wish to request a reasonable adjustment at any stage of the recruitment process, please email