Systems Developer

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Westminster, London
£36,781 rising to £40,250 after probation

The Church of England Pensions Board (“the Pensions Board”) is a statutory body which is corporate trustee and administrator of defined benefit (final salary, hybrid and CARE) and defined contribution pension arrangements. We are the trustee and administrator of 3 major pension schemes (CEFPS, CWPF and CAPF).

We are the administrator of the Clergy Pension Measures and CCSS on behalf of the Church Commissioners. We also administer two charitable schemes to assist retired clergy and their dependants who are in financial need. There are 36,000+ members, pensioners and other beneficiaries.

As Systems Developer, you will support the maintenance and development of the pension administration system, Universal Pensions Management (UPM2), and any other pension specific applications operated by the Pensions Board.

To be successful, you will need significant experience of database and workflow management applications and proficiency in SQL, VBA and Microsoft Office. Proficient in delivering training to system users, you will have good verbal and written communication skills and a practical, adaptable and pro-active ‘can-do’ approach.

Interviews will be held on the 8th October 2019

In return we offer a unique environment with opportunities for continuous learning, generous annual leave for work life balance, season ticket loans and a range of benefits including discounted entry to attractions and what we feel is a market leading package when it comes to our pension scheme.

The Role:

  • Assist with the design and development of the UPM system and other pension applications, and implement agreed changes.

System Design and Development

  • Agree requirements, scope and specification of system changes with the Head of Pensions Systems.
  • Plan and deliver a continuous program of process upgrades and development under the direction of the Business Process Manager – continue to automate individual and bulk processes within UPM2 and any other applications, as prioritised by the Head of Pensions Systems.
  • Maintain the technical specifications for benefit calculations, valuation extracts, benefit statements and contribution collections;
  • Implement any system changes required to support the introduction of amendments to standard letters;
  • Deliver the integration of UPM with external systems, including the Church of England website and 3rd party software used by the Pensions Board, such as Horizon.
  • Deliver the development of UPM in phase with the role-out of the self–service elements of the member and employer web offerings.
  • Manage the testing and implementation of system upgrades and software releases, delegating the work to the systems administrator as appropriate. 
  • Document system changes and deliver  user training as required.
  • Agree scope and specification of system reporting requirements with the Head of Pensions Systems and implement agreed solution.
  • Design and produce both standard and bespoke system reports for managers.

Special Projects

  • Undertake projects in relation to major UPM changes, systems development and implementation of new technologies.

The Requirements:



  • Logical and highly numerate
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficient in delivering training to system users


  • Significant experience of database and workflow management applications
  • Expert knowledge of Microsoft Office to include practical experience using complex macros in Office applications and Excel
  • Proficient in using SQL and VBA 

Personal Attributes:

  • Practical, adaptable, with pro-active ‘can-do’ attitude
  • Determined, persistent and good at problem-solving
  • Eager and willing to learn and develop
  • Self-motivated, with strong work ethic
  • Mentally tuned to working in small teams and delivering support to the users of the system


  • A-levels in numerate subjects at Grade C or above (or equivalent).



  • Experience of UK pensions
  • Experience of modern pension administration systems, preferably UPM2
  • Project management experience
  • Working knowledge of best practice relating to information stored electronically
  • Experience of Microsoft SQL Server or other reporting system


  • Studying for Associate of the Pensions Management Institute (APMI) or equivalent and showing significant progress.
  • A graduate in a numeric discipline such as maths or computer science.

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As we are a member of the Armed Forces Covenant, we welcome all applications from those you have served in our Armed Forces and their families

We are committed to building a culturally diverse workforce. As part of this commitment, we welcome applications from people, regardless of their background. As a Disability Confident committed employer, it is important to note that there may be occasions where it is not practical or appropriate to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria* due to high volume. We limit the amount of interviews conducted to five applicants per open post we advertise. 

*Where applicable depending on post requirements.