Pensions Project Manager

Salary Description:
To £55, 000 per annum, plus benefits
Location Description:
Hertfordshire / North London Border
Job Role:
Pension Manager / Director, Pensions Administration Manager, Pensions Consultant, Pensions Technician, Pension System / Software, Other
Employment Type:
Contract Type:
Application Deadline:
12th April 2019
Jenson Fisher
Job Ref:

Pensions Technical Project Manager

To £55,000, plus benefits 

Our client is a FTSE 100 organisation seeking a Pensions Technical Project Manager to join their in-house pension team, based in Hertfordshire. We are seeking a candidate from a Pensions background able to challenge and manage stakeholders to deliver project objectives, as well as have the credibility and gravitas to present and explain complex information in a simple manner. On a day-to-day basis you will be working with the Pensions Team, Payroll Team, Finance Team, Scheme advisers, 3rd Party providers of services and the Trustees. 

·         To own and lead on large, complex projects and/or a portfolio of smaller projects

·         To establish role model planning, governance, reporting, communication, budgetary and delivery disciplines ensuring delivery to quality, time and cost requirements

·         To build and manage relationships with key stakeholders, both internal and external and across all areas.

·         To champion and facilitate cross functional colleagues/teams to work as ‘one’.

·         To use effectively assigned resources in collaboration with business as usual requirements

·         To offer proactive support to non-project management specialists.

·         To make continuous improvement a priority.

·         To be a role model to ensure a project is always run with proper governance 

Job summary: 

·         Managing multiple (and sometimes interrelated) pensions projects at the same time, both one-off projects and annual tasks

·         Project management tasks: preparing project plans, monitoring actions, chairing calls/meetings, driving forwards, monitoring budgets

·         Identifying risks, interdependencies, challenges and solving if possible or referring upwards.

·         Identifying downstream admin challenges from change projects.

·         Work with external suppliers, including scoping work and negotiating fees.

·         Working with multiple internal parties involved in projects to identify solutions which meets all their requirements and persuading them of the way forward.

·         Preparation of papers for Trustee and Committee meetings, including occasional attendance at meetings to present papers.

·         Challenge existing processes and practices and explore/propose alternatives.

·         Keeping up to date with pensions legislation/requirements and how they impact projects and routine work.

·         Monitoring budgets for specific projects

·         Accountable for planning, governance, reporting, communication, budgetary and delivery disciplines ensuring delivery to quality, time and cost requirements 

Experience relevant for job 

·         Experience of completing the entire project lifecycle, from inception to implementation.

·         Track record of delivering pensions projects and bulk exercises to time, quality and budget.

·         Excellent influencing and negotiation skills.

·         Strong analytical skills.

·         Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Able to articulate complex messages with clarity and ease to all audiences and flex style as required.

·         Strong business awareness.

·         Ability to work to strict deadlines.

·         Ability to cope with high demand requirements of stakeholders.

·         Logical, innovative, methodical, collaborative and thorough approach to work.

·         Expertise in making high level decisions and implement operational plans.

·         Collaborative team player who can influence outcomes as well as work independently.

·         Knowledge of pensions administration operations

·         Knowledge of pensions legislation

·         Desirable : PMI part qualified

·         Project management qualification


Operation skills relevant 

·         MS Office products (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio, Project)

·         Prince2 qualified

·         Planning, monitoring and controlling projects, including risk management.

·         Financial control and budget management

·         Operational management, process management and control

·         Commercial Credibility

·         Drive & Resilience

·         Delivering Solutions

·         Big Picture Thinking

·         Relationship Building

·         Leadership & Influence

·         Driving Change & Improvement

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