Isle of Wight Council

Technical Finance (Pension Fund)

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Strategic Manager - Pensions (Ref: 2024_951)

Agile: working from home and County Hall, Newport, Isle of Wight

Grade 16, £73,267.00 to £79,016.00 per annum

Contact: For further information or an informal discussion, please contact Chris Ward Director of Finance & S151 Officer at

Vacancy Reference: 2024_951

Closing Date: 21/07/2024

Contract Type: Permanent

Hours: 37 per week

Are you a Corporate Finance or Pensions professional looking for your next career move?  


If you are looking to step up or consolidate your professional experience, the role of Strategic Manager - Pensions is an exciting opportunity to lead an enthusiastic pension’s function, shaping its strategy, planning and operations across all activities encompassing investment, governance, and administration to enable the fund to deliver its statutory responsibilities in compliance with the Pension Regulators Code of Practice.


The Isle of Wight Council is the administering authority for the Isle of Wight Council Pension Fund, part of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). It is one of the smaller LGPS funds in England and Wales, holding around £700 million of investment assets on behalf of over 17,000 members across 30 employers on the Isle of Wight.  At the last valuation a 102% funding level was achieved. The fund is part of the ACCESS Pool, a partnership of 11 authorities with £34bn of pooled assets.  Despite the Funds smaller size, the diversity of the challenges and opportunities offered remain substantial.


The Island is a place defined by over half of its geography being areas of outstanding natural beauty, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and with the finest of landscapes.  The Council itself, has great and talented people, committed to public service for Island residents.



For further information or an informal discussion, please contact Chris Ward Director of Finance & S151 Officer at


When you join #TeamIWC you'll receive our staff benefits package, including:

-  Annual leave entitlement of 32 days p/a PLUS public holidays!

-  Local Government pension scheme

-  Discounted Solent ferry travel

-  Island bus network discount

-  Cycle to work scheme

-  Staff parking permit scheme

-  Discounted island sports & leisure gym membership

-  National and local discounts & benefits schemes


Relocation: For some vacancies (subject to criteria) a relocation scheme of up to £8,000 may be available if you are specifically relocating to the Isle of Wight to work with us, or if you choose to commute to the Isle of Wight daily, you may be eligible to have some travel costs reimbursed.


The Isle of Wight Council currently does not have a license to sponsor overseas workers. 


Find out more about working for the Isle of Wight Council and living on the Island here.


The Isle of Wight Council protects its employees from discrimination and this is supported by the Unacceptable Behaviour PolicyEmployee Code of Conduct and Behaviours Framework. We actively promote the diversity of our workforce and we provide flexible working options (where appropriate) to support the different needs of our employees.


The Isle of Wight Council’s Terms & Conditions of employment are available upon request. Please contact our recruitment team via if you would like to receive a copy.


The Isle of Wight Council is an equal opportunities employer. We are proud to encourage applications from all cultures, backgrounds and abilities to better reflect the diversity within our local community. We are also a Disability Confident Employer. Along with a number of commitments, this means, providing you meet the basic essential requirements of the advertised role and have declared yourself as disabled, you will be offered an opportunity for an interview within the council.


If you have difficulty completing your online application or need further information about how to apply, phone 01983 823134 or email Please note: Only applications completed and submitted online by the closing date will be accepted.


We often receive a high volume of applicants for our vacancies. If you do not hear from the recruiting manager within three weeks of the closing date, we regret that your application will not have been successful on this occasion. We actively encourage you to revisit our job page and apply to alternate posts that may be suitable.


Closing Date: 21 July 2024

Interviews Stage 1, via Teams: 7 August 2024

Interviews Stage 2, County Hall, Newport, Isle of Wight:  14 August 2024