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Specialist - Strategy Delivery Partner

Reporting to: Principal - Strategy Team Lead
Team: Strategy and Risk
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: From £38,429 per annum
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Monday 8 June 2020

Job ref: 1858

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 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.

Role

We are looking for Strategy Delivery Partners to join the team responsible for delivering TPR’s corporate strategy, annual strategic review and regulatory activity governance functions in the line with the new operating model implemented as part of the TPR Future Programme.

Reporting to the Strategy Team Leads, you will support the design, implementation, review and ongoing evolution of TPR’s Corporate Strategy and Strategic Framework. Working under the guidance of the Strategy Team Leads you will identify and develop strategic requirements at both an organisational and departmental level and produce materials that underpin Executive Committee (ExCo) and Board-level discussions on the setting and review of TPR’s strategic direction.

Once the strategic direction has been set, you will also be responsible for working under the guidance of the Team Leads to ensure the effective ongoing operation of the Gateway and Tactical Change Group (TCG), the senior governance forums that translate the corporate strategy into operational priorities, reviews the pension market risks and impact of interventions, and prioritises regulatory activities.

You will also act as ambassadors for TPR’s Corporate Strategy and support strategic project work at the Board, ExCo and TPR directorate/department levels.

Responsibilities

  • Ensure business areas understand and engage with TPR strategic objectives and operational planning and prioritisation against those objectives.
  • Ensure timely implementation of strategic targets and procedures by individual business units/departments.
  • Ensure the effective ongoing operation of the Gateway, the senior governance forum that translates the corporate strategy into operational priorities, reviews the impact of interventions, and prioritises regulatory activities.
  • Apply effective strategic expertise, aligned with TPR’s strategic objectives, to a range of business situations, recognising specific organisational constraints to support the Board and senior management decision-making.
  • Facilitate strategy sessions for staff and managers up to Director level on strategic topics/issues, designing content and progressing the outputs locally and across the organisation.
  • Effective management of strategy projects including those aimed at delivering strategy ‘products’ for the Board and ExCo.
  • Contribute to the continued development of centralised strategy, intelligence and risk functions as drivers of regulatory activity.
  • Produce high quality papers and slide decks (to a ‘finished’ standard), including through research and analysis, risk assessment, and the development of options and recommendations.
  • Develop and maintain a broad, dynamic and deep understanding of the pensions landscape and our wider external environment.
  • Act as an ambassador for strategic change within the organisation and ensuring the ongoing evolution of TPR’s approach and practices.

Essential and desirable criteria

Essential

  • Relevant experience in working within a strategy/strategic operations function with an understanding of how a strategy team works to support the ongoing development and needs of an organisation.
  • Evidence of successful leadership of significant components/delivery stages within large scale strategic and/or change projects.
  • Experienced in authoring papers in a variety of formats for senior audiences, including writing clearly and succinctly and producing graphics using Microsoft Office and other publishing software (eg InDesign).
  • Good understanding of the UK financial services industry and markets such as life insurance, investments and financial advisor markets.
  • Skilled in developing effective collaborative working relationships with stakeholders including the ability to negotiate and influence at a senior level.
  • Evidence of working creatively at a conceptual level in a highly emergent environment within small teams to support the development and delivery of new strategic and continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Ability to prioritise work across multiple areas to ensure effective delivery.
  • Evidence of strong analystic capabilities including the ability to develop options and recommendations through research, analysis and risk assessment.

Desirable

  • Good understanding of the UK pensions industry including defined benefit and defined contribution/automatic enrolment market structures and the currently opportunities and challenges faced by these markets.
  • Good understanding of the pensions regulatory regime including TPR’s regulatory remit and those of its partner organisations.

Person specification

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

Salary and benefits

As well as a starting salary of £38,429, 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 recruitmentteam@tpr.gov.uk along with a covering letter, quoting ref 1858 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 recruitmentteam@tpr.gov.uk.