Reward and Pension Manager

Salary Description:
£42, 462 - £46, 029
Location Description:
Bristol (primarily)
Job Role:
Pension Manager / Director
Employment Type:
Contract Type:
Application Deadline:
11:55pm Friday 22nd October 2021
7th October 2021
Forestry England
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The Reward and Pensions Manager leads on all reward and pension matters in the Forestry Commission, ensuring legal compliance and promoting the wider benefits of equality and diversity.
Working with the Executive Board and HR Director, and reporting to the Head of HR for Forestry England, this is a key strategic lead and compliance role, working across a number of different areas.

Job description

The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible for protecting, expanding, and promoting the sustainable management of woodlands and increasing their value to society and the environment. The Forestry Commission has three main staff groups, Forestry England, Forest Services, and Forest Research.

We are seeking a Reward and Pensions manager with successful track record to continue the reward and pensions services for Forestry England, Forest Services and Commissioners’ Office.
The Forestry England HR team delivers HR support to all Forestry England, Forest Services and Commissioners’ Office managers’ and staff on some strategic and all general HR matters. The team currently works in collaboration with HR colleagues based across the country.

The role will be primarily based in Bristol and reporting to the Head of HR for Forestry England. A blended working model is in place giving flexibility to staff with a mixture of home working, Bristol national office working and site visits across Forestry England and Forest Services.

This role will support the business by providing a strategic lead and compliance role on all reward and pension matters relating to the Forestry Commission, promoting, and mainstreaming the wider benefits of equality and diversity both as a service provider, with its customers and within the workforce. The role also works closely with the Forestry Commission’s HR Director.

There will be a requirement for occasional travel (which may include overnight stays), in respect of providing professional advice and support to the business. This is not expected to be too onerous.

The HR Service

The Forestry Commission operates a devolved HR service. There is a small FC HR Director team, and a larger Forestry England HR team which provides the majority of HR services to Forestry England and Forest Services through the leadership of the Head of HR (FE). In addition, Forest Research have an HR service to support their workforce and are led by the Head of HR (FR). Both Heads of HR report to the FE and FR Chief Executives. There is a dotted line of accountability from Heads of HR to the FC HR Director.

The teams have good working relationships and work collegiately together on FC strategic matters. This role will have a dual role, at times working directly with the FC HR Director on pay reform whilst reporting to the Head of HR for FE on all day-to-day matters, including pensions.

The FC HR Director’s team are based in Bristol alongside the Forestry England HR team. The Forest Research HR team are based in Alice Holt, Surrey. Forest Research has staff across England, Scotland and Wales.

Purpose of the job

To lead on all reward and pension matters in the Forestry Commission (FC) (except Forest Research), ensuring legal compliance with pension and HMRC legislation.

Working with the FC Executive Board and FC HR Director as well as HR leads in, Forestry England, Forest Services, Forest Research and the Commissioners’ Office to research, support and adopt best practice for the FC from other leading organisations across the public and private sectors in relation to reward and benefits. As well as working within the governance requirements and rules of the Civil Service.

Key Work Areas

Ensure the smooth transition of pension services and information from the Forestry Commission with the wider Civil Service Pension provisions in an efficient manner via a number of electronic interfaces. Ensure that all records are securely transferred from the Forestry Commission by working directly with MyCSP (Civil Service Pension).

Ensuring that all pension administration and reporting is completed within Cabinet Office deadlines and accuracy levels on monthly interface submissions, including auto enrolment and Accounting Officer Certification requirements are achieved on both a monthly and annual basis.

Working with the FC HR Director, Forestry England Head of HR and the FC Executive Board to set the strategic direction for the Reward, Employee Value Proposition and overall Benefits and Pensions agenda within the organisation through the creation of a Reward and Benefits Package for the Forestry Commission.

Working with Forestry England Executive Team, Forest Services Management Board and Cost Centre managers to promote the mainstreaming of the reward and benefits agenda.

Working with staff to ensure all existing FC reward and benefits are accessible and compliant with relevant legislation, e.g. Childcare Vouchers, Cycle to Work Schemes, and additional voluntary benefits, through MyLifestlye.

Work closely with HR Project Teams delivering the HR strategic projects and integrated systems in England ensuring that all data relating to subject areas are relevant and up-to-date.

Provide a professional lead expert service to ensure all parts of the Forestry Commission's statutory duties and requirements are met, and produce guidance as required.

Oversee and advise the business to produce relevant dashboards/total reward assessments across all parts of the FC and ensure these are published, sharing best practice and acting on feedback.

Produce statutory reports for the FC with qualitative and quantitative data and analysis to report our progress in respect of pensions, reward, benefits and compensation payments.

Develop and implement an FC / England Employee Value Proposition and delivery plan with prioritised objectives on the review of current packages and the development and implementation of new reward and benefit packages via DEFRA.

Undertake site visits/roadshows across England to increase general awareness of the pension schemes, employee benefits and undertake necessary 1:1 meetings often concerning pension/retirements or ill health cases

Set up a reward and benefits forum for FC / England and identify and engage with key external partners and forums to develop and maintain partnerships of mutual benefit.

Engage with key stakeholders and ensure relevant information relating to reward, benefits and pensions is embedded in the way in which Forestry England manages its Internet, Publications, Events, Access, Consultation and Engagement.

Deliver courses as necessary and deliver various training and workshops to support the business with the reward and benefits agenda as necessary.

Deliver against the reward/benefit budget.

Work as a member of the wider FC HR team and support the FC HR Director and Head of HR on projects associated with staff engagement.

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