Deputy Director Pension Remedy Project (SCS1)

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About the Group


Public Spending Group


Public Spending Group sits at the heart of the Treasury’s public spending function, and is responsible for:


• Setting the Government’s spending plans through Spending Reviews, and ensuring they are delivered;


• Reporting to the public and Parliament on public spending (including producing Parliamentary Estimates and Whole of Government Accounts) and setting the rules for budget management and the accounting framework;


• Setting policy on pay and pensions across the public sector;


• Driving up the capability of Government Finance and developing the management information, tools and frameworks to better understand and ensure value for money; and,


• Working closely with spending teams and teams across Government to help drive public value and better outcomes from public expenditure.

 

PSG welcomes, values, and includes people from all walks of life, and is a friendly, open, and supportive place to work. This is a varied and exciting agenda and we need a diverse skill set to help us deliver it. There is no one type of person or particular background we are looking for. We work in a flexible, cross-cutting way with many other teams across the whole spending side and the centre of the Treasury. We are committed to work-life balance and flexible working.   If you are interested in a flexible working pattern, please feel free to discuss this with the line manager for this post.

 

About the Team


Pensions Remedy Project team
 
The team is responsible for delivering a major programme that will result in improvements to millions of public sector workers’ pensions. The programme results from a legal judgment that found that elements of the 2015 reforms to judges and firefighters’ pension schemes were discriminatory and that those individuals should be entitled to return to the pre-reform pension schemes. These judgments have implications across the public sector of many billions of pounds – roughly speaking every year the project runs before resolving the situation costs the taxpayer £3bn to £4bn. The government is taking steps to correct the discrimination and is developing options to fix the discrimination back to 2015 and for all eligible members of all public service pension schemes.


This is a complex policy project that involves working closely with lawyers, actuaries and policy professionals across Whitehall. There are high levels of interest from within HMT across tax and spending. The Programme Board is chaired by the Director General and attended by multiple Directors. You will also have regular contact with the Chief Secretary and be involved in briefing other Minsters on the tax implications of the judgment. There is also strong interest from CO, EDS and No 10. The project is watched closely by many interested parties and the team works closely with the Trade Union Congress (TUC) on the implementation of the judgment. You will need to develop strong relationships with senior colleagues across the wide range of parties.


The project includes policy development leading to a consultation and likely primary legislation. There are also many cases in Employment Tribunals considering the response to the judgment which need to be handled, in partnership with GLD and departments. You will need to manage the risk of these tribunals running in parallel to the consultation.


The team includes a range of policy officials and analysts, and we work very closely with the Pensions and Saving team (particularly on the tax implications) and the Workforce Pay and Pensions team. You will need to work closely with the WPP DD to ensure policy on pensions is joined up and consistent and the teams work together effectively. The team is highly supportive, and we are committed to maintaining work life balance through flexible working patterns including home working, and flexi-leave.

 

Key accountabilities


The Deputy Director for the Pensions Remedy Project (PRP) is responsible for leading the team to deliver a broad range of outcomes crucial to delivering the requirements of the Court, implementing changes to pensions and controlling growth in liabilities. Key responsibilities include:


Provide leadership for the PRP team, with direct responsibility for 12 staff, including direct line management of 2 people


Act as deputy Senior Responsible Officer for the project and ensure effective programme management and governance for the various workstreams, including supporting the Board and internal and external steering groups.
Lead policy development on how the retrospective discrimination will be remedied, working with Departments to test ideas and consider deliverability, delivering a comprehensive consultation in late Spring
Develop positive relationships with key partners, particularly with those Departments with public sector pension schemes (DHSC, MoJ, CO, MoD, HO, DfE), the Devolved Administrations, GLD and GAD, teams across HMT and the TUC.


Work closely with Government Legal Department and departments in the coordination of litigation cases, rapidly responding to questions from lawyers and approving the response to the claimants and ETs.


Lead all aspects of the development of legislation and its passage through Parliament.


Play an active role in the wider leadership of the Public Spending Group and the corporate leadership of Treasury, helping to shape and deliver the Group’s business plan and ensuring the Group is an encouraging, stretching and engaging place to work

 

Knowledge of public sector pensions is an advantage but not essential 


This post is available on a full time, part time or job share basis, and flexible working hours can be accommodated.

 
If shortlisted, you will be interviewed against the following criteria:
Behaviours (Seeing the big picture, Making effective decisions, Leadership, Communicating and Influencing, Working together, Delivering at pace)
Strengths
Experience

Sift criteria


Candidates – Please note, you will be asked to give evidence in your application of how you meet these criteria.


Required Behaviours, Experience and Technical Skills:


1. Ability to establish effective relationships with people who have different roles and perspectives


2. Ability to communicate complex issues and ideas simply to a non-expert decision maker


3. Evidence of a successful track record leading a team of people.


4. Ability to ensure delivery of a range of short and long term projects

 

The lead criteria is: ability to communicate complex issues and ideas simply


If we receive a large number of applications, applications will be assessed against this criteria alone first. They will then be assessed against the other criteria if they have met the minimum score on the lead criteria.

 

Recruitment Timeline


Please note, these dates may be subject to change


Closing Date: 19th April


Sifting: Week Commencing 20th April


Interviews: 27th April - 7th May
 
Complaints Procedure


Our recruitment process is underpinned by the principle of recruitment based on fair and open competition with decisions made on the basis of merit, as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with these principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should in the first instance contact HMT by email: hrrecruitment@hmtreasury.gov.uk


If you are not satisfied with the response you receive, you can contact the Civil Service Commission, which regulates all Civil Service recruitment.

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