Website West Midlands Combined Authority
We now have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Policy Officer in our Strategy and Economy Directorate and are looking for a forward-thinking, practical and analytical individual to join this innovative team.
The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is a strategic authority working with partners to deliver a stronger West Midlands, with a focus on skills, innovation, transport, economic development and regeneration. Individual Councils and Local Enterprise Partnerships will still deliver services and retain their identity but on the big decisions we will have the resources to work together.
This is an exciting time for the West Midlands – the Commonwealth Games will be here in 2022, the arrival of HS2 will help make us a world class business location and a new £350m housing deal aims to deliver 215,000 new homes by 2031.
Against a backdrop of a uniquely challenging and evolving environment, we are looking for the right people to ensure we can meet the demands of delivering an ambitious agenda that aims to build a healthier, happier, better connected and more prosperous West Midlands. This new role will truly have an impact on the whole of our region.
The Senior Policy Officer will inform CA policy and investment decisions, to maximise delivery of its priority outcomes and ensure coherence between policy between the different CA Directorates and partners. This will include core Strategy & Economy Directorate policy co-ordination (for example around the Annual Plan, Local Industrial Strategy and Brexit issues) and work with the finance team on future investment in the region.
About the Role
You will help co-ordinate CA policy across portfolios and with partners; input to CA strategy and investment decisions; support strategy, business planning and programme development; manage relations with the CA leadership, partners, providers and national agencies; and undertake impactful policy research.
To succeed in the role…
You must have two years’ (or equivalent) experience of policy development and/or implementation. You will bring a good understanding of local government and how it works, and of the main policy agendas and their significance. You will have experience of researching complex issues, and of writing reports and preparing briefings in a policy environment.
This key role will give you the opportunity to leverage your breadth of experience and take your career to the next level.
In return for your hard work and commitment, we will reward you with a range of competitive and attractive benefits.
We are committed to developing an organisation that is representative of the diverse communities that we serve and welcome applications from all sections of the community. The following groups are currently under-represented: young people, Black, Asian and ethnic minority groups and women at senior levels.
Wherever possible we will offer flexible working options which assist work-life balance and support service delivery for the customer
To view and apply for these opportunities please visit https://www.wmca.org.uk/careers where you will be required to register with our Online Recruitment System which is quick and easy. Please provide detailed information in your application outlining your suitability for the post and ensure it is submitted by the closing date.
A CV may be uploaded for extra information, but please note that personal details should be omitted and a CV alone will not be accepted.
Closing Date: 09 July 2019
Interview Date: To be confirmed
(The selection process may include a presentation exercise plus an interview)
We are committed to equality of opportunity in service provision and employment. Our recruitment policies, procedures and practices enable all applicants to be considered on merit and ability to do the job. We will make reasonable adjustments, in line with the Equality Act, for disabled applicants if these are needed
To apply for this job please visit www.wmjobs.co.uk.