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DWP vacancies

11 June 2021

DWP looking for Board Members - your skills and experience are required 


National Employment Savings Trust (Nest)

DWP are recruiting a new Chair for Nest

This role was originally advertised from 1 April 2021 to 30 April 2021. To widen the competition for this role, the advertisement is being re-opened from 10 June 2021 to 30 June 2021. All applications received in response to the previous advert that were sifted are held and still part of the competition. It is not necessary for applicants who replied to the previous advertisement to make a further application. Any applicants who wish to make any changes to their applications must submit a revised application before the closing date on 30 June 2021.

The National Employment Savings Trust (Nest) is a workplace pension scheme designed around the needs of employers and workers to support automatic enrolment. Nest offers a high quality, easy to use way to save for retirement and is now the largest defined contribution pension scheme in terms of members. Nest currently has 9.5 million individuals saving with it and it is currently looking after £14.5 billion on behalf of those members.

Nest Corporation is the Trustee of the scheme and a Public Corporation based in London. Though Nest Corporation is independent from government, it is accountable to Parliament through the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

The Role of the Nest Chair

DWP is seeking a candidate with exceptional communication and leadership skills to lead Nest. The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate alignment with Nest’s broad social purpose, culture and values, and a clear and demonstrable commitment to improving the financial resilience of low earners in the UK.

The successful candidate will have the following key leadership responsibilities:

  • providing clear guidance and strategic leadership to the Nest Board, maintaining an independent view and facilitating the resolution of complex debates that cut across all aspects of Nest, the Scheme’s members and the environment in which it operates
  • working closely with the Board and Executive Team in ensuring Nest is managed effectively and that its strategy is translated into clear management objectives
  • managing a large Board membership as a team to meet common goals, scrutinise governance and delivery, and ensure best outcomes for the organisation
  • ensuring the effective operation of the Board and corporate governance processes of Nest, including appropriate oversight of the risks and controls frameworks
  • offering support and counsel to the Executive Team and with the Board, holding them to account and provide constructive challenge on the delivery of the strategy and business plan
  • providing effective, cooperative and inclusive chairing of Board meetings and ensuring the ongoing effectiveness of the Board including encouraging a full contribution from all members
  • acting as an ambassador for Nest to ensure the positive and creditable reputation it enjoys is maintained and enhanced
  • managing a high level of public scrutiny and ensuring that the Board has a proper appreciation of the views of Ministers, the DWP and other key stakeholders
  • building constructive and effective relationships at a strategic level with DWP and its Ministers
  • building effective and sustainable working relationships with external and internal stakeholders
  • promoting and securing greater diversity and equality across all levels of the organisation
  • demonstrating commitment to the Seven Principles of Public Life set out by the Committee on Standards in Public Life (see Annex 1).



Board meetings are usually held in London. They have recently been held remotely due to Covid 19 restrictions. Depending on circumstance Nest may adopt hybrid models with some attendees being present in person and others joining remotely.


£91.000, working 2.5 days a week.

Vacancy closes at 17:00pm on 30/06/21.

For more information and to apply to this role please click the following link: https://publicappointments.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/appointment/the-national-employment-savings-trust-nest-chair