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Pension System Developer

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.


This is your opportunity to contribute to a well-known institution where you will develop, maintain and support the pensions administration system Universal Pensions Management (UPM2), and any other pension specific applications operated by the Pensions Board. You will also develop external applications, together with documentation, testing and implementation.

To thrive in this role you will be highly numerate and have direct experience of modern pensions administration systems (preferably UPM2) and an in-depth knowledge of MS Office and SQL. You will also contribute knowledge and experience of technical pension matters and their practical application to the work of a department.

  • Closing Date:       23th February 2018
  • Interview Date:    7th March 2018

Post Introduction

The Church of England 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.

Main Responsibility

System Design and Development

  • To assist with the design and development of the UPM system and other pension applications, and implement agreed changes.
  • Agree requirements, scope and specification of system changes with the Head of Pensions Systems.
  • Plan and deliver a continuous program of calculation upgrades and development under the direction of the Business Process Manager – continue to automate individual and bulk calculations within UPM2 and any other applications, as prioritised by the Head of Pensions Systems.
  • Produce and 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 implementation and testing of system upgrades and software releases, delegating the work to the systems administrator as appropriate. 
  • Document system changes and ensure user training is delivered and logged.
  • 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 Ideal Candidate



  • 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.


About Us

Excellence, Respect, Integrity

We follow these four values in everything we do, whether we are of Christian faith, another faith or no faith. 

Benefits - We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible* 35-hour working week for work-life balance and a minimum 25 days’ holiday plus 3 defined organisational day’s leave and an attractive defined pension scheme. 

We are committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and strongly encourage applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from people, regardless of their background.

*Where applicable depending on post requirements.

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