Closing Date: 16 May 2021
We have an exciting opportunity for a Pension Officer who will be responsible in providing a comprehensive pensions administrative service across Local Government (LGPS) Teachers and NHS pension schemes,
The role will be responsible for processing joiners, leavers and in-service pension changes for individuals in relation to the different schemes, carry out all relevant year-end pension returns, provide individual pension estimates, as required, and process in-service and out of service retirement applications in accordance with scheme rules.
You will provide interpretation of pension administration advice and guidance on the operation and implementation of external regulations and statutory/legislation requirements to a range of stakeholders including managers, Head Teachers, school based and Council employees.
The post holder will need to show enthusiasm, have good communication skills to various audiences and be able to manage/prioritise their own workload, whilst working as a team member to ensure that cover is provided at all times.
Skills and Experience
- Good keyboard skills and computer literacy. Must have the ability to input data via PC and have an extensive knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook
- Experience of working as part of a team and delivering an effective and efficient administration service.
- Excellent attention to detail and good problem-solving skills, with the ability to unpick complex pay/pension queries or potential errors
- To be able to work accurately and effectively with the ability to deal with considerable levels of work-related pressure for example from deadlines, interruptions or conflicting demands
- Ability to use written and oral communication skills to present varied information in an understandable way to a range of audiences
- Knowledge of the relevant legislation and statutory requirements of the pension function. Candidates who have background in payroll & pensions would be highly advantageous.
In return we offer you:
- Generous annual leave entitlement
- Generous local government pension scheme package
- Access to wider training and development qualifications
- Flexible working scheme
- Travel plan discounts
- Car Benefit Scheme from Tusker
- Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
- Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
- The Government has introduced new ways of supporting parents with childcare costs. Further details are available here: - https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/
Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.
Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London.
We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.
Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in.
If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager, please call Sarah Saunders on 01634 332217
Please note that in accordance with current COVID-19 Government guidelines, in regard to social distancing, all interviews are likely to be held virtually via Microsoft Teams. Full details on how this will work will be sent to you, if your application is successfully shortlisted.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile
Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement
Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age
For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online
Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted. All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.
Please visit http://www.mindfulemployer.net/ for information on how Medway Council put good practices in place to ensure employees and job applicants who declare mental health issues receive the right level of support.
We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.
How to Apply
Please be advised that we only accept online applications submitted through JobsGoPublic ATS
If you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.
All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email, if you require documentation/correspondence in different format such as braille or large print, please contact the Resourcing Team on 01634 332878.