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Principal – Data Platform Product Owner

Reporting to: Head of Data
Team: Strategy & Risk
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: From £52,465 per annum
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Monday 8 June 2020

Job ref: 1836

TPR grade: 6

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 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 will manage data platform resources on a day-to-day basis, organising, prioritising and allocating tasks, collaborating and communicating across the business, making decisions about risks, issues and dependencies and resolving any conflicts that arise from these.  The Product Owner will deliver requested products and operations into the business and determine the defined business benefits.

The Product Owner will introduce a process of regular optimisation throughout the customer journey as well as helping to identify and coordinate the design and development of new functionality.
Specifically, the Product Owner will interface with the business to support ongoing data, Intelligence and Analytical teams as well as data scientists to assist with data exploration activities.

There will be third party interfaces which require management as the platform consumes external data. Working alongside the Lead Data Engineer, the Product Owner will ensure that there is a consistent approach to the acquisition and the processing of the Pensions Regulator information and that governance is applied to the types of data the business consumes.


You will:

  • be the leader and decision maker for the data platform
  • recruit key resources into the data platform where identified gaps and additional resource are needed
  • be accountable for the execution of the plans and product backlogs and, in turn, for the delivery of the minimum viable product to the agreed definition of done and delivery of the defined business benefits
  • responsible for the allocation of work to team members and directing team members
  • responsible for risk, issue and dependency management within the workstream and across workstreams in collaboration with other product owners

Essential criteria  

  • strong experience in a product management role
  • has proven experience of managing all elements of the product development life cycle
  • effective cross functional team management
  • strong analytical skills and people skills
  • domain knowledge – data exploitation
  • data platform technologies 

Person specification

  • proactive and flexible
  • ability to prioritise and use initiative
  • problem solving and analytical skills
  • communication skills at all levels
  • leadership skills

Salary and benefits

As well as a starting salary of £52,465 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 1836 with details of how your experience and skills meet our essential criteria and details of your notice period.

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