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Risk Specialist

Reporting to: Risk Manager
Team: Strategy & Risk
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: From £33,057 per annum
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Sunday 14 June 2020

Job ref: 1843

TPR grade 9: Lead Associate

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.


We are looking for an experienced Risk Specialist to: provide challenge and risk expertise to senior management and key committees; and to act as senior business partner to a number of directorates to oversee and ensure consistent identification and capture of risk.


You will:

  • provide a second line of defence – providing challenge and risk expertise to senior management and key committees
  • act as senior business partner to a number of directorates overseeing first line of defence processes and procedures (including risk committees, registers etc) to ensure consistent identification and capture of risk
  • provide assurance to TPR Board and ARAC that our risk processes, controls and mitigations are effective
  • ensure that TPRs strategy and policy responses take account of the aggregate risk position
  • represent TPR with key external stakeholders to position TPR as an exemplar of best practice in risk management
  • proactively identify and evaluate risks

Essential and desirablecriteria  

Essential criteria

  • established technical knowledge and understanding of pensions and/or financial regulation
  • applied best practice in risk management evidenced by experience of embedding and overseeing risk management frameworks in a commercial or regulatory context.
  • knowledge of key business functions and a deep understanding of key risks and controls in these areas
  • mentoring and training skills to support a network of colleagues undertaking risk work within the 1st Line of Defence
  • effective stakeholder management and proven project planning experience
  • ability to influence and provide appropriate challenge at senior levels
  • networking skills to establish and maintain strong internal and external working relationships

Desirable criteria

  • accreditation through a recognised risk qualification (e.g. IRM, CISI etc)

Person specification

  • proactive and flexible
  • can-do approach
  • ability to prioritise and use initiative
  • communication skills at all levels
  • attention to detail and accuracy

Salary and benefits

As well as a starting salary of £33,057, 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 1843 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