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Location: Thames Valley Park Drive, Earley, RG6
Salary: Up to £27,000 (Annual ..)

Caterlink is the education sector catering specialist. For over 20 years, the Company has delivered fresh food solutions to pupils and staff at Primary Schools, Secondary Schools and Colleges across the UK. The company caters more than 1,000,000 meals a week. Our “Fresh Food Policy” is the foundation of our success and growth in the market coupled with a desire to truly deliver on the promises we make to our clients and support our site-based teams.

We're hiring for a full-time Pensions Assistant on a FTC to cover maternity leave – initially for 9 months. Immediate start available.

The successful candidate for this role will take ownership of processing our monthly and annual payroll data to meet Caterlink’s requirements to submit local government pension scheme (LGPS) returns to each pension fund and ensure we are providing timely and clear communication to each pension fund, member or Operations Manager regarding queries and anomalies in calculations.

Based in the operational finance team, this role will be supported by a Pensions Manager and work closely with our payroll-based pensions administrator regarding the calculation details behind the data used. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the stakeholder requirements from an employer’s perspective regarding LGPS's. The key duties include the below:

  • Complete monthly return remittances for pensions funds, detailing members pensionable pay, employee (EE) and employer (ER) contributions.
  • Investigate any queries returned by pension funds regarding any anomalies in the monthly return data submitted.
  • Notify the payroll administrator of any employer rate changes from pension fund communications, actuary reports and/or the HR based Pensions administrator.
  • Complete leaver forms required by each pension fund in a timely manner after a member retires or leaves their position, calculating the members latest CARE pay or FTE in line with the LGPS Regulations 2013.
  • Respond to local government pension inbox queries from pensions funds, members, operations managers and other stakeholders.
  • Complete annual return remittances for pensions funds, detailing members pensionable pay, employee and employer contributions at the relevant rates as calculated by payroll.
  • Ad-Hoc queries required for the Education operational finance pension team when required.

Caterlink strives to always provide a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all our teams where every individual is treated with respect, integrity and has the opportunity to grow and be treated equally and with fairness at all times.

What we're looking for:

  • Organised administrator with a basic contextual understanding of pensions and strong IT skills, including Excel.
  • Or someone interested in starting a career in pensions or finance but must have a good understanding of Excel with an aptitude to learn computer systems quickly.
  • A high level of attention to detail to screen the data being used.
  • Self-motivated, uses their own initiative and has great time management skills with a good sense of prioritisation.
  • Articulate, polite and a confident communicator – this role will require direct communication with pension fund managers, employees, and the operations team as well as payroll.
  • Ability to cope and remain calm under a high-pressure workload.

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