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Regulatory and Criminal Investigator

Reporting to: Principal - Investigations
Team: Frontline Regulation
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: From £39,390 to £52,289 per annum dependent on skills and experience with access to performance related pay, bonus and civil service pension scheme
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Friday 17 September 2021

Job ref: 8

TPR grade: 73969

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.

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’re looking for a specialist to be responsible for undertaking regulatory and criminal investigations within the Enforcement Team.


Undertake regulatory and criminal investigations for enforcement, including:

  • formulating strategy, establishing lines of enquiry and progressing investigations allocated to you in line with performance indicators
  • gathering and assessing evidence including digital data, paper records, business accounts and reports, bank accounts and other personal financial data and communications data
  • acquiring, assimilating and assessing complex information and making judgements on that information with or without the support of advisers
  • interacting with internal and external stakeholders who will include the regulated industry, members of schemes and other regulators / law enforcement organisations
  • prudent financial management of investigation costs
  • obtaining required outcomes in line with investigatory strategies
  • production of an Investigation Report with recommendations for appropriate enforcement action
  • delivery of investigations in line with the schedule of delegations and in accordance with the decision-making framework

Essential and desirable criteria


  • Knowledge and experience of investigation techniques and legal requirements for the conduct of regulatory investigations.
  • Working knowledge of legal requirements relating to evidence gathering and disclosure, and interviewing.
  • Awareness of litigation processes including regulatory and criminal proceedings.
  • Experience of analysing financial or business information and identification of risks.
  • Experience in conducting formal interviews.
  • Experience of drafting investigation outcome reports.


  • Knowledge and experience of investigation techniques and legal requirements for the conduct of criminal investigations.
  • Pensions knowledge.
  • Knowledge or experience of business practices including corporate transactions, finance and accounting.
  • Experience of applying for and executing inspections and warrants and undertaking searches.
  • Experience of financial investigations.

Person specification

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

Salary and benefits

As well as a starting salary from £39,390 to £52,289 per annum dependent on skills and experience with access to performance related pay, bonus and civil service pension scheme 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 73969 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 Skype 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