Senior Associate - Pensions Policy

  • Job Reference: 473432987-2
  • Date Posted: 15 January 2022
  • Recruiter: Financial Conduct Authority
  • Location: London
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Restaurant & Service
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

The Role

We are recruiting for a talented Policy Adviser to join our Pensions Policy team within the FCA's Wholesale Markets Policy Division.

The pensions and retirement income sector has a significant impact on everyone's lives. FCA regulated pensions contain hundreds of billions of pounds of assets which people will rely on to fund their retirement. Pensions are therefore a key priority for the FCA, working in partnership with government on high profile interventions in the interests of consumers.

In particular, the team leads the FCA's policy work in relation to:
  • the retirement income market
  • our joint pensions strategy with The Pensions Regulator
  • workplace and non-workplace pensions
  • advice on pension transfers
  • raising awareness of and tackling pension scams

What does the role involve? What are the key responsibilities?

We are looking for an experienced policymaker to join our Pensions Policy team. As a Senior Associate in the team, you will play an integral role in helping develop policy and provide expert advice on our rules.

You will:
  • Deliver robust and practical policy solutions by using data and evidence
  • Proactively manage complex policy projects by organising work, planning, and managing competing tasks and deadlines
  • Make good judgements, prioritise effectively and be open minded in approach
  • Identify and manage key stakeholders, building rapport and constructive relationships and take a collaborative and flexible approach
  • Distil complex issues into succinct messages and present clearly and concisely to a variety of stakeholders, orally and in writing
  • Work as part of a team and support and assist others. This includes supporting team members to achieve shared goals and adjusting your approach for different situations.

What will the candidate get from the role?

This role is an exciting opportunity to shape policy in this very important sector. You'll be at the heart of regulatory decision-making and work on significant and high-profile issues, in an environment where creative thinking and problem solving are essential. You'll work closely with internal and external stakeholders to develop policies that will have a real impact on consumer outcomes.

As an Academy business we place great value on learning and at the FCA we offer world-class development opportunities which will assist you in achieving your career aspirations.

Skills/Experience Required


We're a signatory to the Government's Disability Confident scheme. This means that we will offer an interview to disabled candidates entering under the scheme, should they meet the minimum criteria for a role. A minimum criterion needs to be measurable from reviewing a candidate's CV. Exceptions may apply if due to the volume of applications we are not able to interview all eligible candidates who qualify under the scheme.
  • Significant policy making experience (e.g. at a regulator, firm or other relevant organisation)
  • Proven experience of proactively managing complex policy projects including organising work, planning, and managing competing tasks and deadlines


  • Outstanding organisational skills
  • Making good judgements, prioritising effectively and being open minded in approach
  • Identifying and managing key stakeholders, building rapport and constructive relationships, taking a collaborative and flexible approach
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including an ability to distil complex issues into succinct messages and present clearly and concisely to a variety of stakeholders
  • Working effectively as part of a team and supporting and assisting others. This includes supporting team members to achieve shared goals and adjusting your approach for different situations


  • Knowledge of the UK pensions sector
  • Knowledge of financial services

About the FCA

The Financial Conduct Authority exists to protect consumers and regulate UK financial services, at a time of profound and fast-paced global change. Our aim is to regulate in a way that adds most benefit to those who use financial services and support a market where good firms can thrive. We want to recruit colleagues with the right skills, ambition and passion for public service, from all backgrounds and all characteristics, to fulfil their potential in a unique workplace that values excellence, professionalism, collaboration and integrity.

The FCA's Values & Diversity

Our ambition is to create a diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects the society we serve, helping us to be a better regulator.
As an inclusive employer, we are open to considering flexible working arrangements. Please contact our recruiter if you wish to apply for this role on a flexible basis.

Useful Information

  • This role is graded as Senior Associate, POL C
  • The salary range will be approximately £46,000 to £68,000 plus a competitive benefits package and non-contributory pension
  • Applications for this role close on 19th January 2022

If you are interested learning more about the role please contact Lucy Matthews on

Please note - Applications must be submitted through our online portal. Applications sent via email will not be accepted.

We are currently consulting with colleagues about changes to our grading, pay structure and benefits. We're proposing a move to a more consistent and simpler approach that supports our changing role, accelerates career development, and better incentivises strong performance.

The proposed changes will also ensure that we are able to continue to offer one of the best employment packages of any regulator or enforcement agency in the UK.

The consultation opened on 21 September and finishes on 20 December 2021. We will finalise the changes in February ahead of implementing from 1 April 2022. Those joining before 20 December will be able to participate in the consultation.

If you have any questions about what this might mean for you, speak to your recruiter or visit our website