Pensions Officer

Role: Pensions Officer

Salary and Grade: 7, £44,863 – £49,865 per annum

Permanent Contract, Full Time

Location: Remote, Reading & Aylesbury

Hours: 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday.  

Excellent annual leave allowance of 29 Days and Flexible Working

Superb Pension Scheme, Onsite gym and parking facilities

A unique Pensions Officer role has become available to work across both the Royal Berkshire and Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Services. Public Sector pension schemes are continuing to go through a period of significant change. We are seeking an individual who has demonstrable experience in providing recommendations and guidance to senior stakeholders.

The successful candidate will be working closely with the pension provider as well as HR and Finance teams across both Services. The role will involve leading on projects to understand the impacts of legislative changes and the required response to manage the associated risks. 

We are seeking an experienced Pensions Officer who is adept at analysing and presenting information whilst providing support to colleagues and maintaining a high level of integrity, reliability and confidentiality. Having previous experience in a similar role is essential, ideally gained within public sector pensions. You will be managing your own diary and work location to ensure that workloads and challenging deadlines are met across both Services. This role would suit an individual who is organised and effective in managing a variety of priorities.

The key focus of this role is:

  • Examine the pension landscape to ensure changes in regulations, case law and in relation to financial aspects (taxation, actuarial factors etc) are identified and understood for their impact on BFRS and RBFRS. 
  • Ensure that all statutory Regulations and new Scheme arrangements are correctly applied within the Service. And work with the pension administrators to ensure that all changes are implemented efficiently and effectively.
  • Keep up to date with all future legislative changes and technical developments in pension matters that may affect pensions within each service and which will directly impact on current and future work activities.
  • Ensure all pension related matters including legislation, guidance and key messages are communicated appropriately within the organisations, including to the Pensions Board, Fire Authority, leadership teams etc
  • Understand the payroll implications of change and ensure a close and effective working relationship with payroll to ensure efficiency of operation.
  • To work with Finance to understand the tax, actuarial and other pension related financial impacts to inform reporting, decision making and communications.
  • To work with HR, Finance and Payroll to ensure that data held for active members is accurate and pension contributions are deducted correctly.

Key role requirements (knowledge, skills and experience):

  • Excellent communication skills and ability to liaise with a range of stakeholders
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Relevant finance or pensions qualification(s)
  • Providing advice on public sector pension schemes
  • Experience of providing advice and support on complex pensions issues
  • Project management, ideally within pensions projects

Application and selection process

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Please see the link to the Job Profile.

Please note we do not accept applications via Agencies or CV’s without an accompanying application form.

Closing date for applications is 20 May 2021 at 09.00 hours

Anticipated start date: June/July 2021

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