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Principal - Platforms Manager

Reporting to: Head of IT Operations
Team: Corporate Services
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: £64,532 to £85,664 (inc 20% market premia) per annum, dependent on skills and experience, with access to performance related pay, bonus and civil service pension scheme
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Monday 7 December 2020

Job ref: 63695

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 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 an experienced technical manager with a proven background in DevOps to lead a team responsible for the design, build and support of platform level components for The Pensions Regulator (TPR).

The ideal candidate will be responsible for delivering and maintaining an enterprise DevOps platform and driving the adoption of DevOps tools across the teams. The candidate will have a deep understanding and experience of implementing DevOps capabilities and taking organisations on the journey to adopting new ways of working.


  • You will be responsible for delivering and maintaining an enterprise DevOps platform and driving the adoption of DevOps tools across the teams. You will lead the implementation of DevOps capabilities and taking organisations on the journey to adopting new ways of working.
  • You will be responsible for establishing, growing and maintaining processes within TPR, leveraging automation tools and applications services available in the cloud. You will lead platform provisioning, build deployment, software configuration, continuous integration, continuous delivery, and release engineering processes.
  • You will take a lead role in the delivery of TPR’s Cloud platform solutions at a macro level and per service for legacy systems. To do so you will build a team of subject matter experts and integrate them with the wider IT services.

Essential and desirable criteria


  • Experience building and leading a DevOps team that builds and maintains platform self-service components leveraged by project/product teams.
  • Extensive DevOps solutions experience required, including experience designing and implementing robust CI/CD pipeline solutions.
  • Extensive working knowledge and experience using the Azure DevOps toolset.
  • Knowledge and experience of the following technology platforms: SQL, .NET, CRM.
  • Experience with configuring management and workflow automation tools, preferably with Terraform and PowerShell DSC.
  • Defines and implements DevOps metrics to measure DevOps effectiveness.
  • Strong analytical/technical writing skills.
  • Strong trouble shooting/problem solving skills.
  • Extensive experience in a lead or above position with strong people management skills.
  • Strong team player; ability to facilitate, negotiate and work within a multi-domain team environment.
  • Solid understanding of hardware/hosting platforms, including virtualisation and containerization - mandatory.
  • Familiarity with CI concepts and Agile-hybrid delivery models.


  • Experience of government or regulatory processes, systems and information.
  • Relevant qualifications associated with DevOps.

Person specification

  • Ability to prioritise and use initiative.
  • Problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Communication skills at all levels.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Leadership skills.

Salary and benefits

As well as a salary between £64,532 and £85,664, 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 63695 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