Join the dynamic East Sussex Pension Fund as the Deputy Head of Pensions and play a crucial role in shaping the future of our pension services.

At East Sussex Pension Fund (ESPF) we are dedicated to providing exceptional pension services to our 85,000 scheme members and 140 scheme employers. We pride ourselves on our commitment to excellence, innovation, governance and our people. We offer a collaborative and inclusive work environment where your skills and expertise will be valued and rewarded.

As the Deputy Head of Pensions, you will work closely with the Head of Pension Fund to oversee the strategic and operational management of the ESPF Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). You will be responsible for ensuring the efficient delivery of services with a focus on governance and compliance and employer engagement, driving improvements, and leading a team of dedicated professionals. Your role will involve engaging with key stakeholders, ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements, deputising for the Head of Pension Fund, acting as a financial steward and contributing to the development of our pension strategy.

Key Responsibilities:

• Assist the Head of Pension Fund in the overall management and strategic direction of pension schemes.
• Lead and mentor a team of pension professionals, fostering a high-performance culture.
• Ensure compliance with all relevant legislation and regulatory requirements.
• Develop and implement policies and procedures to enhance service delivery and operational efficiency.

We are looking for someone who is striving to develop in their career taking on this important role a Deputy Head of the Fund. You will:

• Have proven experience in pension scheme management, with a deep understanding of the regulatory landscape.
• Have strong leadership skills with experience in managing and developing teams.
• Be a strategic thinker with strong analytical and problem-solving abilities.

If you are ready to take the next step in your career and make a significant impact in the LGPS, we would love to hear from you. Please click the apply now button and upload your CV and a cover letter to explain how you meet all the essential criteria in the person specification.

Interviews will take place in person in the week commencing 5 August 2024.

This role will be based on flexible working with some meetings in the Lewes office or at external stakeholder offices. The salary starts at £69,401 with excellent benefits including a generous defined benefit pension (Local Government Pension Scheme), discounts to a range of services such as technology, shopping, days out, gym membership as well as a bike scheme. The holiday entitlement starts at 26 days with 2 extra days for use around Christmas. More information can be found on our benefits page.

Lewes is a beautiful market town with great train links to London and the wider East Sussex community. Lewes is a great place to shop with so many independent, antique and quirky shops. It’s also great for cafes and coffees shops to grab some lunch or ideal for a lunchtime walk around this historic town.

For more information about this role, please contact Sian Kunert, Head of Pension Fund, 07701394423 or email

For work that makes a difference

Equal Opportunities

East Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. All applications are treated on merit.
Posted: 25/06/2024
Closes: 21 July 2024
Job type
£69,401 - £75,654 per annum
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