Operational Technical Lead (LGPS Pensions)

Operational Technical Lead - LGPS

Hybrid or Remote working
Remote contracts will be considered for candidates living 50+ miles from our offices in Preston, and occasional travel to Preston, Lancashire will be required.

A glance at the role and LPPA:

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an LGPS Technical expert to join our growing operations team. The role combines technical knowledge of LGPS pensions, general pensions legislation, and pensions taxation, to lead on all technical matters within the operational function.

You will be responsible for dealing with operational tax matters, such as Annual Allowance, Scheme Pays, and AFT / Event reporting queries. You may also need to undertake technical system testing, and deal with ad-hoc technical queries.

You will report into the Head of Operations and will work closely with the Technical team to ensure LPPA meets all regulatory requirements. 

Local Pensions Partnership Administration (LPPA) is one of the UK’s leading pension administration companies. We strive to deliver the best experience for over 2,100 employers and more than 655,000 members of Local Government, Police and Firefighter pension schemes, keeping them fully informed about their pensions whilst working closely with employers to continuously educate and support them. 

What we can offer you:

  • Attractive salary of £45 – 55k DOE.
  • 25 days’ holiday, plus bank holidays and additional concessionary days, with the ability to ‘buy and sell leave.
  • Access to an excellent pension scheme (Local Government Pension Scheme) with generous employer contributions.
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Programme for when you might need some support.
  • The opportunity to earn through our Employee Referral Scheme.
  • Access to our bespoke Reward Discount Scheme – ‘Your Perk Site.’
  • Opportunities to attend Wellbeing webinars and social events.
  • Daily free fruit and snacks available to you in our office.

What you’ll be doing:

  • To lead on operational technical matters
  • Ensure Annual Allowance calculations are undertaken in a timely and accurate manner
  • Ensure statutory deadlines are met e.g. ABS, Pension Saving Statements, AFT etc.
  • Deal with member queries following receipt of PSS
  • Test and sign-off calculation changes to operational systems
  • Deal with 1st line technical queries on an ad-hoc basis
  • Ensure Scheme Pays elections are processed efficiently
  • Provide technical feedback to operational staff
  • Ensure the business is prepared for regulatory change
  • Provide technical support in client meetings where required
  • Implement regulatory and/or process changes as directed by the Technical / Risk & Compliance Team

What we need from you:

  • Highly experienced in LGPS Pensions - Minimum of 5 years, but preferably at least 10 years of LGPS experience 
  • In-depth knowledge of LGPS regulations
  • Detailed understanding of pensions taxation
  • Ability to construe complex technical documents.
  • Knowledge of overarching pensions legislation
  • Experience of complex calculations and calculation testing
  • Ability to manage multiple tranches of activity simultaneously

Nice to have:

  • Knowledge of UPM system

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