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Procurement Business Partner

Reporting to:
Senior Procurement Business Partner
Corporate Services
Contract type:
12 month internal secondment or fixed term contract
Between £40,178 and £52,289 per annum dependent on skills and experience, plus excellent benefits package
Closing date:
Thursday 4 May 2023

Job ref: 148026

TPR grade: 8 - Specialist

About us

More than half the UK working population rely on The Pensions Regulator (TPR) to regulate their retirement savings. With a career at TPR, you’ll be joining an organisation that will impact on millions of lives for decades to come.

Everyone at TPR plays an important role in helping to keep more than £2trn of savings safe. We’re committed to bringing people into TPR who are ready to make a difference and put UK savers at the heart of what we do.

It is important to us that TPR remains a great place to work. We do all we can to help our people reach their full potential with learning, secondment, and development opportunities. We put our 900+ employees first, supporting flexible working and offer a diverse, lively, and inclusive environment. This includes our Disability Network, Family Network, LGBT+ Network (Proud), Minority Ethnic (ME) Network and Women’s Network, which offer spaces to connect.

Our new corporate strategy outlines a bold and challenging vision of how pensions regulation should evolve to keep pace with a change in the scale and nature of the industry. We are at the start of that journey. Join us to find out what part you can play.

We operate a hybrid working model, with regular attendance in our Brighton office to connect with colleagues across the business.


We’re looking for someone to deliver best practice commercial services and solutions primarily to our DDaT Directorate. They will be required to lead on procurements and deliver robust, value for money contracts.


You will: ·

  • lead on DDaT procurements and deliver robust, value for money contracts · Develop effective working relationships and communicate clearly / confidently to all stakeholders, both orally and in writing; to influence thinking and to indirectly manage the actions of others
  • work with a high level of autonomy, proactively, with minimal guidance or oversight required and freedom of thought in undertaking tasks
  • make actions count by identifying, prioritising, and planning effectively
  • scope, prioritise and plan all procurement activities required to meet business outcomes – identifying outputs, dependencies, resource estimates, stakeholders, risks, and timescales

Essential criteria

  • Professional Membership/Experience: MCIPS or equivalent with extensive business awareness gained from significant experience of related work from either private or public sector
  • Procurement Legislation: In-depth breadth of specialised knowledge of Public Procurement directives, principles, and UK specific legislation
  • Personal skills:
    • excellent communication skills with the ability to influence teams to follow best practice and governance standards and to inform and influence Board/Executive/Senior Leadership Team decisions
    • acting with integrity, having a positive attitude with the ability to take ownership and responsibility for the completion of tasks and the ability to take and demonstrate initiative
    • ability to adapt and work within TPR’s governance framework but with the professional confidence to use own judgement and pragmatic thinking to recommend policy and and procedures efficiencies within the procurement lifecycle
    • desire to disseminate knowledge and experience across the wider commercial team
  • Procurement Strategies: Extensive knowledge, experience and understanding of public sector frameworks with a focus on digital and technology, plus being aware of new avenues of supply

Person specification

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

Salary and benefits

As well as a salary between £40,178 and £52,289, 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

To apply please email quoting role reference number 148026 along with:

  • a covering letter with details of how your skills and experience meet the role requirements
  • a copy of your CV
  • details of your notice period

Current employees in their first 12 months of employment who want to apply for this vacancy should first contact their line manager to discuss their application.

We are an inclusive employer and offer equal opportunities 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.

As a Disability Confident employer, we’re committed to the recruitment, employment, retention and development of people with disabilities and to improving their employment opportunities. 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, as we work within a hybrid environment, unless specified we will be holding interviews through Microsoft Teams for the foreseeable future.

In accordance with Home Office guidance, the successful candidate will be required to provide their right to work in the UK before they start employment. Unfortunately, TPR is not able to offer sponsorship at the time. TPR is a UK-based organisation with a working location in Brighton, candidates must live in the UK to be employed by us.

The Pensions Regulator is an arm’s length government body and part of the public service.

Any offer of employment will be subject to the receipt of satisfactory background screening checks and criminal record checks (BPSS).

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