Senior Pensions Technical Officer

Business Support & Administration
2200026H Requisition #

Senior Pensions Technical Officer
£34,731 - £41,703

An opportunity has arisen for a full-time Senior Pensions Technical Officer within the Cornwall Pension Fund. You will be responsible for providing the appropriate advice, guidance and practical support relevant to all stakeholders in relation to the legislation, encompassing the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) and the Fire Fighters’ Schemes (FPS) and other relevant legislation.


The main duties include:

  • Developing and maintaining a thorough and detailed knowledge and understanding of the Local Government Pension Scheme regulations, Fire Fighters Pension Schemes regulations and other relevant legislation and government guidance

  • Accurately calculate and pay benefits due to members of the pension schemes, using your own discretion and judgement to apply regulations and guidance

  • Motivating, coaching and assisting the development of the benefits team to ensure they perform successfully

  • Providing detailed information and in-depth guidance on all pensions matters to all members of the scheme and their beneficiaries, in relation to their benefits and to those with managerial and/or administrative responsibility for pension matters

  • Liaising with DWP, HMRC, banks, solicitors and insurance companies concerning relevant information in respect of member’s and their beneficiaries benefit entitlements.


You will need to demonstrate:

  • Thorough knowledge and comprehension of the regulations and best practice in relation to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS), the Firefighters’ Pension Schemes (FPS) and other relevant legislation and government guidance

  • Significant experience subsequent to obtaining a professional pension qualification e.g. APMI or CIPP at NVQ level 4 or above, to be able to interpret and analyse information of a complex and diverse nature across multiple pension schemes

  • Excellent mathematical and analytical skills, to take a lead in providing solutions to complex benefit calculations in line with the relevant legislation

  • Good communication skills

  • Good experience of undertaking and checking pension benefit calculations plus providing feedback.


Please view the role profile here, your application will need to demonstrate how you meet the required criteria. Please ensure you answer all of the pre-screening questions in full, within the application form.


Fairness and inclusion are at the heart of our vision for Cornwall.  In order to best serve our communities, we are striving to achieve a diverse workforce that is inclusive of all backgrounds, cultures and identities; e.g. race, disability, sex, gender, age, religion and sexual orientation. We are an equal opportunities and Disability Confident employer, and we will assess applicants on their merits. 


Cornwall Council is committed to safeguarding and following safer recruitment principles to help make sure our staff and volunteers are suitable to work with children, young people and adults at risk. It’s a vital part of creating a safe and positive environment and making a commitment to keeping all service users safe from harm.


Whilst the location/work-base for this role has been specified, our evolving ways of working means that the role may require you to also work remotely (e.g. from home/other locations). We will discuss this with you during the recruitment process.


More information about working for Cornwall Council is available here


We are open to discussion about flexible working.


Cornwall Council has recently completed a review of how we pay and reward our staff and these changes take effect from 1 October 2022 (unless otherwise stated). For more information please visit Pay and Grading Review (Green Book Roles) - Cornwall Council


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