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Specialist - Policy

Reporting to: Principal - Policy
Team: Regulatory Policy, Analysis and Advice
Contract type: 2x secondment/loan for 18 months
Salary: From £38,429 per annum with access to performance related pay and civil service pension scheme
Location: Brighton
Closing date: 30 September 2020

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 experienced policy professionals who can develop and deliver high quality policy interventions. You will support senior decision makers in TPR and government to set regulatory strategy and government policy.

You will be responsible for leading virtual teams of policy, operational, legal and other experts to develop options which can be easily implemented. You will communicate our policy to the wider world, representing TPR in discussions with the pensions industry, government and other stakeholders.


  • Develop and deliver robust, coherent, evidence-based policy which will have a significant impact on elements of UK private pensions and enable the effective regulation of occupational pensions and employer automatic enrolment duties in the UK.
  • Lead virtual teams to formulate effective solutions to complex policy issues, drawing on a wide range of professional expertise and know-how from around the business and across the pensions industry where relevant, ensuring a strategic fit with TPR’s statutory objectives.
  • Support senior TPR and government decision makers in setting TPR regulatory strategy and government policy.
  • Actively influence government partners, industry stakeholders and internal business units in order to obtain agreement to proposals.
  • Develop and deliver a range of policy products necessary to implement policy interventions such as codes, guidance; impact assessments and evaluations, all delivered in line with best policy-making and regulatory practice.
  • Communicate effectively in a wide range of situations, ensuring TPR positions are accurately advocated and represented to external stakeholders and government.

Essential and desirable criteria


  • Knowledge and experience in policy development and implementation, including Better Regulation principles, policy development cycle, legislative development/ processes and open policy making techniques.
  • Proven ability to build robust relationships and influence stakeholders at all levels, including the most senior.
  • Excellent communication skills – written and oral, including public speaking. Resilience to scrutiny and ability to defend TPR policy positions in public fora.
  • Project management, time management and prioritisation skills; able to identify, mitigate and escalate risks appropriately.


  • Knowledge of and experience with private pensions, especially occupational pensions, and employer automatic enrolment duties
  • Understanding of the current issues within the pensions industry, employer stakeholders, and across public/government policy.
  • Knowledge of relevant UK pensions law and regulatory framework.

Person specification

  • Proactive and flexible.
  • Ability to prioritise and use initiative.
  • Problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Personable and a team player.

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 and a covering letter, with details of how your experience and skills meet our essential criteria to

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