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Pensions Technical Consultant

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


The Church of England Pensions Board (“the Board”) is a statutory body which is corporate trustee and administrator of four pension schemes, including both defined benefit (final salary, hybrid and CARE) and defined contribution arrangements.

The Pensions Department is responsible for the administration of the pension schemes and for administering a number of charitable funds for the benefit of those retired from the stipendiary ministry and clergy dependants, which underpin supplementary income grants. There are 36,000+ members, pensioners and other beneficiaries.

Post Introduction

A rare and varied opportunity has arisen in the Church of England’s Pensions Department for a Technical Consultant, to provide specialist technical support, development and training to the Pensions Department, participating employers and scheme members.

In addition, you will manage complex cases, develop processes and provide support in system development including creating and testing new processes, and managing data cleansing exercises.

You will also be given the opportunity to manage projects such as annual events (benefit statements, pensions increases), and the introduction of new schemes, presentations and member guidance.

Interviews will be held on the 22 March 2018  

Main Responsibility

Subject and area experts;

  • provide training, technical guidance and solutions to administration team members
  • manage complicated cases and establish procedures
  • provide individual and group training
  • reviewing case practice, design and update processes and provide procedure guides

System development and assurance, working with the Development Team to;

  • ensure UPM processes are effective and data held is correct
  • creating and test new UPM processes
  • manage UPM data cleansing exercises

Undertake, review and authorise complex administration work;

Manage annual projects;

  • pension increases
  • benefit statements
  • UPM reconciliations
  • scheme returns

Manage employer change and the introduction of new schemes;

  • participation agreements
  • scheme summaries
  • consultation documentation and member presentations

Recruit, train and develop administration team members;

  • External presentations;
  • new ordinands and new members
  • mid-career seminars
  • pre-retirement courses

Provide member guidance – retirement options and AVCs etc.

Deputise for the Pensions Technical Manager.



The Ideal Candidate

Skills and Aptitudes:

Highly organised, self-motivated and self-disciplined.  Able to;

  • organise own work
  • evaluate, develop and support processes and procedures
  • instigate and manage change
  • Logical and numerate
  • Ability to empathise with and understand concerns of our employers and members
  • Ability and confidence to talk about pensions with scheme members and make presentations to groups of members
  • Ability to understand and communicate the cultural values of the Board and the wider Church
  • Ability to apply professional judgement to interpret complex legal and regulatory requirements
  • Ability to manage projects for the Pensions Department

Knowledge and Experience:

  • A proven track record as a trusted technical specialist or as a senior pensions administrator
  • Significant administration experience of complex defined benefit and defined contribution schemes and a thorough understanding of such
  • Significant experience administering multiple contribution collection arrangements, including thorough understanding of UPM, the Board’s administration system.
  • Thorough understanding of;
    • legal basis of occupational pension schemes
    • regulatory environment of pension schemes and taxation
  • Good technical understanding of
    • auto enrolment
    • State pensions
  • Understands the framework of financial advice regulations
  • Working as part of a specialist team


  • Maths and English GCSE at Grade C or above plus at least two ‘A’ levels or equivalent qualifications or experience
  • Entitled to use DipPMI awarded by the Pensions Management Institute i.e. must hold the Qualification in Pensions Administration (or equivalent) or be a current PMI Student with significant progress towards the APMI Qualification

About Us

We in the National Church Institutions support the mission and ministries of the Church all over England. We work with parishes, dioceses (regional offices), schools, other ministries and our partners at a national and international level.

Excellence, Respect, Integrity

We follow these three 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 days 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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