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Principal Product Owner - Data Platform

Reporting to: Business Lead - Programme and Project Management
Team: Corporate Services
Contract type: Fixed term for 12 months
Salary: From £53,777 per annum
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Sunday 30 August 2020

Job ref: 57673

TPR grade: 6

About us

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.


The Pensions Regulator requires a Product Owner to lead on the agile implementation of a new Azure data platform and BI capability. The platform is one of the outputs of a new programme of work delivering major technology change. This role will be working closely with our Microsoft Gold partner to modernise and invest in state of the art data and analytical capabilities.

This will include the leadership of a varied programme of work supported by a team of experts whom require your direction on resources, organising, prioritising and allocating tasks, collaborating and communicating across the programme and the business, making workstream decisions about risks, issues and dependencies and resolving any conflicts that arise from these.  The Product Owner will be accountable to delivering data led business benefits to senior stakeholders across the organisation.


You will:

  • lead on decision making and overall direction for data platform workstream, consulting with partner experts and senior product owners 
  • work with internal change teams to oversee the incremental development and roll out of the new product and capabilities to over 100 business users 
  • lead the planning increment activity for the workstream that delivers the plans and product backlogs (workloads) with a 3-month horizon
  • 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
  • work with the scrum master and delivery lead to ensure the team resources are allocated and directed appropriately to achieve maximum value against the roadmap
  • be responsible for overseeing proper workstream governance, ensuring that the correct forums are engaged at the right time and in the right way for decisions and information, including presenting papers at forums (eg: Programme Board) in person, as required
  • no budget responsibilities

Essential and desirable criteria  


  • strong background and demonstrable experience in agile backlog management and prioritisation.
  • leadership or management experience in a change environment
  • experience of implementing or managing BI solutions to a large audience (Power BI, Tableau, etc)
  • an understanding of Azure data architecture or similar
  • basic understanding of data governance principles
  • experience of negotiating requirements in a fast moving agile environment
  • able to translate BI strategy into a working product
  • ability to translate jargon and technical language into plain English for non-technical audience.


  • a working knowledge of the UK pensions system
  • an interest in data science and analytics techniques

Person specification

  • proactive and flexible
  • ability to prioritise and use initiative
  • problem solving and analytical skills
  • communication skills at all levels
  • attention to detail and accuracy
  • personable and a team player
  • excellent customer service
  • leadership skills

Salary and benefits

As well as a starting salary of £53,777 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 57673 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