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Specialist - Database Developer

Reporting to: Lead Specialist - DBA/IT Solutions
Team: Corporate Services
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: From £45,298 per annum (inc 15% Market Premia)
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Wednesday 18 November 2020

Job ref: 67520

TPR grade: 8

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’re looking for someone to deliver and maintain tactical and strategic IT systems to support the business:

  • design, estimate, implement, plan and test new database systems, as defined by the project portfolio
  • provide administration, monitoring, and performance tuning of operational and test database systems
  • provide support for production systems by triaging, investigating and fixing defects
  • maintain a high standard of data solutions, through code reviews, knowledge sharing, mentoring and process improvement


  • Analyse, estimate and prioritise work items to achieve the best outcome.
  • Work individually to investigate, prioritise and solve problems in production systems .
  • Design and deliver coding solutions, by choosing appropriate design principles and techniques to use within the technical framework defined by the architecture team.
  • Manage and control problems and change within area of responsibility, including negotiation with other teams as necessary.

Essential and desirable criteria

  • Deep knowledge of administering and maintaining a SQL Server infrastructure up to SQL Server 2019 including HA/DR, Availability Groups, Change Data Capture / Change Tracking.
  • Experience and understanding of cloud concepts, Iaas and PaaS database solutions on Microsoft Azure
  • Experience of investigating and diagnosing technical problems, and performance tuning in complex business systems
  • Good understanding of extract / transform / load techniques and tools (including SSIS and / or Azure Data Factory), data archiving principles, and capacity planning
  • Experienced in data analysis, data modelling, database design, database development, and optimisation including normalisation / de-normalisation, indexing, partitioning, T-SQL query tuning / optimisation, designing for concurrency. Development of stored procedures, views, triggers, and functions.
  • Experience and understanding of the use of Agile methodologies including Database DevOps to plan, develop, test and deliver data solutions.
  • Knowledge of Powershell and C# desirable.

Person specification

  • Calm under pressure.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Ability to prioritise and use initiative.
  • Proactive and flexible.

Salary and benefits

As well as a starting salary of £45,298 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.

TPR 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 67502 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