Aug 212015

Chair of the Pensions Advisory Service

Appointing Body: Department for Work and Pensions  Department_for_Work_and_Pensions_logo.svg
Department: Department for Work and Pensions
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector, Communities, Culture, Media & Sport, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £30,000
Time Requirements: 60 days per annum
Closing Date: 14/09/2015
Interviews: Week Commencing 5th October

Vacancy Description

This is an exciting and demanding role – the next few years presents TPAS with a range of challenges and opportunities. The organisation is keen to extend its reach to as many people as it can, to ensure the public is as well informed about pensions as possible.   Key responsibilities of the post include:

  • Setting strategic direction for the organisation.
  • Working closely with the Board – especially the Chief Executive, ensuring TPAS is managed effectively and that TPAS objectives and strategy are translated into clear management objectives.
  • Acting as the Ambassador for TPAS to ensure the positive and creditable reputation it enjoys is maintained and enhanced.
  • Building constructive and effective relationships at a strategic level with DWP and its Ministers.
  • Liaison with external and internal stakeholders

Person Specification

For this critical role we need an experienced leader able to take TPAS forward as it faces a period of unprecedented change. To do this, we believe the successful candidate will possess:

Experience of working at a senior level in the public or private sector.

Ability to lead the Board in its strategic decision making.

Excellent stakeholder management and communication skills, in particular the ability to engage and build effective relationships quickly with a wide range of stakeholders. These include DWP Ministers, other key players in the pensions landscape and the largely volunteer workforce.

Understanding of financial and corporate governance issues at a Board level.

Knowledge of the voluntary sector, while not essential, would be highly desirable.

Additional Information

The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS) is an independent organisation, operating at arm’s length from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), providing both free information and guidance on all pension matters and helping people with problems, complaints or disputes that they may have with their pension arrangements. Its vision is to grow the service to reflect the increasing responsibility that people have to provide for their income in retirement. It is currently recruiting for a Chair.

The Pensions Advisory Service’s aim is to make pensions accessible. It does this through the help and support that it gives to the public that helps them understand pensions, make informed decisions and/or resolve any issues it may have. The service is delivered through the staff and a nationwide network of volunteer advisers.

The organisation has seen its profile and activity levels rise substantially over the last year. During 2014, it handled around 97,000 calls – up from 76000 in 2013. TPAS was also recently chosen to be one of the government’s delivery partners for “Pensions Wise” – a brand collecting together national services to provide advice to individuals are able to access pensions savings.

The Secretary of State, DWP is seeking to appoint a new Chair to lead the TPAS Board. 

How to Apply

For more information on how to apply please look at the website or contact Hays Executive, Andrew Timlin or Jayne Macleod on 020 7259 8743


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