Thank you for your interest in our University and in the new role of Pensions Manager.
Birmingham City University is a diverse, international community of over 25,000 students and almost 3,500 staff. We put students at the heart of everything we do, giving them the best opportunities for future success. The University has an enviable reputation for providing quality, student-focused education in a professional and friendly environment. Our superb courses, state-of-the-art facilities, first-rate staff and focus on practical skills and professional relevance is producing some of the country’s most employable graduates. Located in the heart of a vibrant Birmingham, we are the University for the City.
We are now seeking to appoint a Pensions Manager who will be responsible for the leadership and management of the pensions service to the University. You will ensure the effective delivery of pensions administration across the three current active schemes and advise the university on funding arrangements for each scheme, taking account of changes in legislation, scheme rules and university policies. The postholder will ensure that all members of University pension schemes understand their options and can make informed decisions about their financial arrangements for retirement.
You will be a qualified pensions specialist with experience of managing schemes in large, complex organisations. You will bring in-depth knowledge of pensions and employment legislation and experience of managing the financial aspects of pension schemes. You will also bring experience of working with pension scheme trustees and a range of professional advisors.
Birmingham City University is an exceptional place, with a truly supportive culture, you can find out more about the University and the role on this site. I do hope that you will express an interest in joining us. Our advising consultants at Anderson Quigley would be delighted to discuss the role with you.
With over 25,500 students from c.100 countries and over 3,200 members of staff, Birmingham City University is a large, diverse and increasingly popular place to study. We put students at the heart of everything we do, giving them the best opportunities for future success.
The University has an enviable reputation for providing quality, student-focused education in a professional and friendly environment. Our superb courses, state-of-the-art facilities, first-rate staff, and focus on practical skills and professional relevance is producing some of the country’s most employable graduates. We’ve invested £340 million in our estate, including a major expansion of our city centre campus at Eastside, providing students with an enviable range of facilities.
We have an exciting new 2025 strategy which is clear that through our education and research, and the roles our graduates go on to play in the world, we not only support individuals to transform their lives, but we also play a part in transforming society.
Our staff and student community is defined by our core values, which outline who we are as a University and how we will work with each other.
Our core values are:
Excellence, People focused, Partnership working and Fairness and integrity.
“To transform the prospects of individuals, employers and society through excellence in practice-based education, research and knowledge exchange.”
“To be the leading university for creative and professional practice inspired by innovation and enquiry.”
We define our role and place in higher education through four characteristics which underpin what we do and how we do it:
We focus on practice so all students have Practice Intelligence (the capability to learn from experience and apply it to all future practice).
All courses include practice, practical experience and learning through practice; we command credibility and respect from the professions and our curriculum anticipates their changing needs.
Our research and knowledge development are applied to practice.
Creativity and enterprise
We promote the value and application of creativity and enterprise skills in all areas of our staff and students’ work.
Creativity and enterprise skills and capabilities will be distinguishing features of all Birmingham City University graduates.
We seek high levels of student engagement so our students have a sense of ‘ownership’ in their University.
Our focus is student success and we believe they have a major role to play in shaping what the University does to ensure this.
Click here to view our Core Values Framework.
Faculty/ School/Department: Human Resources
Responsible to: HR Head of Shared Services
Responsible for: No line management
The role of Pensions Manager has overall responsibility for strategic pension matters within Birmingham City University. The Pensions Manager will oversee, maintain and develop pension strategy and ensure it is aligned with the university’s business strategy. The remit covers all aspects of pensions including financials, policy, administration and governance.
Main activites and responsibilities
Additional key requirements
Managing people and resources
Teamwork and collaborative working
Initiative, problem solving and decision making
Able to undertake duties at different premises including any University campus as required.
Additional travel may be necessary from time to time in order to attend conferences and events and effectively represent the University in key professional networks.
May be required to work outside normal office hours to support University events and activities or meet service need.
Expectations of all staff
All staff employed by Birmingham City University are expected to exhibit high professional standards which promote and demonstrate the University’s core values of Excellence, People Focused, Partnership Working, Fairness and Integrity.
All staff are expected to understand and enact the University’s commitment to ensuring equality and diversity in all activities. This commitment is enshrined in the Equality Statement and core values.
Dignity at work
Every member of staff has a responsibility to ensure colleagues are treated with dignity and respect.
The University is committed to creating a work environment for all staff that is free from harassment, intimidation and any other forms of bullying at work, where everyone is treated with dignity, respect and professional courtesy.
Health and safety
The arrangements for meeting the University’s health and safety objectives are contained in the Birmingham City University Health and Safety Policy. This includes the responsibilities of key staff and procedures covering the main activities of the University.
All staff are expected to take reasonable care of themselves and those that may be affected by their actions.
The University does not operate a formal dress code for its employees, other than for those who are provided with uniform and/or protective clothing. However, employees must ensure that their dress is professional, reasonably smart and appropriate for the situation in which they are working. All staff should ensure that they present a professional image and one that reflects sensitivity to customer perceptions. This may reflect their ethnicity and lifestyle, but should not be provocative or cause offence to those with whom they have contact.
All staff are expected to adhere to good citizenship, being generous with help and support to others, collaborating with colleagues and working for the benefit of the University as a whole. In particular working to provide a positive student experience and achieving excellence in all the University’s activities.
This job description indicates the expectations of staff at this level. Job descriptions are not exhaustive and you may be required to undertake other duties of a similar level and responsibility.
This post is offered on a full time, permanent basis.
The salary will be up to £56,364 (plus a market supplement of 5%).
Benefits include the following
Anderson Quigley is acting as an employment advisor to the University. An executive search process is being carried out by Anderson Quigley in addition to the public advertisement.
Should you wish to discuss the role in strict confidence, please contact Alice Hayler on +44(0)7596 954 388, Phil Entwistle on +44(0)7596 954 387 or Ed Pritchard on +44 (0)7980 817 927.
The closing date for applications is noon on Wednesday 8 September 2021.
Applications should consist of:
Completed applications should be uploaded at www.andersonquigley.com/candidates using the reference AQ1205.
|Closing date:||noon on Wednesday 8 September|
|Longlisting:||Thursday 16 September|
|Preliminary interviews with AQ:||w/c 20 and 27 September|
|Shortlisting:||Thursday 7 October|
|Final Panel Interviews:||Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 October|