Director of Compliance

London, England, United Kingdom
05 Oct 2018
16 Oct 2018
Contract type
Full time

NEST Corporation is the Trustee of the scheme and is a non-departmental public body independent of government but accountable to Parliament through the Department of Work and Pensions.

NEST is a critical pillar of the Government's automatic enrolment programme. Now with over 6 million members and well over half a million participating employers, NEST is playing a key role in helping people save for retirement.


This high-profile position, reporting directly to the Chief Risk Officer, will be responsible for leading a huge amount of change across NEST Corporation. As much as ensuring compliance with on-going and new regulations, the role will be responsible for driving organisational change and internal consulting.

Role responsibilities:


  • Ensuring regulatory developments and changes in legislation are assessed and implemented where necessary.
  • To feed into consultations on regulatory changes and challenge or make judgements where required.
  • Ownership and assistance on all regulatory reporting/other requirements.
  • Engagement and support in programmes of work as required.
  • Establish and implement firm wide compliance policies and procedures to ensure NEST is compliant to all relevant laws, regulations and rules; communicating and advising NEST colleagues and support units on compliance and regulatory information as needed.
  • Supporting the compliance function in Management Information reporting to the executive team as required.
  • Ensure senior management remain informed of regulatory, legislative and best practice changes and their obligations under these changes and how they impact NEST.


  • The successful candidate will be expected to carry out the following as part of their role (this list is not exhaustive):
  • Play a supporting role to the Chief Risk Officer and deputise when required
  • Responsible for managing, reporting and ensuring compliance with pensions and all FCA regulatory obligations and assessing the reporting of the risk profile of the business.
  • Develop, lead and motivate the Risk, Compliance and Technology team to maximise effectiveness.
  • Support the provision of practical regulatory advice to NEST.
  • Support the executive and senior leadership teams to enable the successful delivery of compliance projects ensuring technical excellence and a practical/business driven approach.
  • Engaging with senior personnel at regulatory bodies, building relationship and trust through delivering compliant solutions.

Relationships and autonomy

  • This is a senior role which forms part of the management team of the Risk, Compliance & Technology directorate.
  • The successful candidate is expected to maintain relationships at all levels across all teams, especially those with the Director of Compliance, General Counsel and Operations directorate.
  • Develop, maintain and strengthen the relationship between compliance and the business by providing timely and effective advice.
  • Maintaining strong communication channels to ensure a two-way flow of information.
  • Effectively manage relevant external stakeholders including vendors, external counsel and consultants.

Role requirements

Experience and technical skills

  • The employee will be able to demonstrate the following experience and technical skills:
  • Experience in a financial services firm, consultancy, law or audit firm (with a regulatory practice) or regulator is essential.
  • In-depth working knowledge of a financial services institution (asset management desirable) or regulator.
  • Experience of DC pensions or auto-enrolment would be an advantage.
  • Excellent analytical and organisational skills with strong attention to detail
  • Experience of effectively leading teams through organisational change
  • Ability to summarise complex regulations and concepts in a concise manner.
  • Core knowledge and experience in risk identification, risk assessment and controls development.
  • Working knowledge of financial services regulation (i.e. FCA and TPR)
  • Ability to negotiate and resolve issues with meaningful solutions both internally and externally.
  • Ability to influence decision making and practical implementation of regulatory strategies and practices.
  • Ability to interact with individuals from all levels of the business and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to support other compliance programs of work from a policy and procedures perspective
  • Innovative, with the ability to balance risk and control with exceptional analytical skills.
  • Broad technical knowledge and experience covering regulatory risk
  • Working knowledge of regulatory principles applicable to NEST

Personal attributes required

  • The role will require someone with the following personal attributes:
  • To be able to personally take on learnings and feedback constructively and take ownership of own personal development.
  • Ability to adapt complex regulatory requirements and translate into understandable content.
  • Excellent and proven oral and written communication skills - ability to present technical information clearly and concisely.
  • Excelled project management skills including successful leadership of projects from inception to completion.
  • Highly motivated individual with a demonstrated track record of leading in delivering solutions to problems, providing confident and credible challenge as and when required
  • Proven stakeholder management skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and autonomously
  • Ability and drive to quickly acquire a deep understanding of the business strategies, plans and performance.
  • Ability to synthesise complex information into key actions and recommendations.

The closing date for applications is 15 October 2018.

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