Head of Energy and Sustainability (Policy Manager)

£47,695 pa - Permanent - Leeds (currently remote)

Head of Energy and Sustainability (Policy Manager)

Grade M - £47,695 pa
Leeds City Centre (currently working remotely)
Permanent / Full Time
Closing date 15 November 2020

Interviews w/c 23 November 2020

We are looking to appoint a Head of Energy and Sustainability (Policy Manager). The West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Leeds City Region (LEP) declared a climate emergency in 2019 and set the ambitious target for West Yorkshire to achieve net zero carbon by 2038, with significant progress by 2030.

It is an exciting time to be joining the Combined Authority, following the announcement of a £1.8bn devolution deal that has been secured for West Yorkshire. We bring together local councils and businesses through the LEP, that ensures that our work meets the needs of employers and residents so that everyone in our region can benefit from economic prosperity supported by a modern, accessible transport network, housing and digital connections.


The Role

Reporting into the Head of Economic Policy, the key responsibilities are but not limited to:

  • Providing leadership across the Leeds City Region and within the Combined Authority on the current and future response to the Climate Emergency.
  • Working with a range of partners, continue to deliver climate related energy and green infrastructure strategies and delivery plans as well as codesigning and delivering new key policies, strategies, projects and programmes.
  • Providing strategic direction, leadership, and day to day support to a small team of policy officers working on the Climate Emergency.
  • Supporting the LEP’s expert Green Economy Panel and work closely with panel members and the Chairperson to drive climate and wider environmental sustainability action across the Leeds City Region.

Review the Role profile provided for more information about the responsibilities.

About you

You will have the following key skills, attributes, education and experience:

  • Experience in a similar leadership role with experience of developing and delivering low carbon/energy/nature recovery policies/strategies
  • Demonstratable knowledge and experience of delivering a range of technical climate/low carbon/energy/nature recovery projects and programmes
  • Experience of developing significant funding packages to deliver low carbon/energy/nature recovery projects and programmes
  • Significant experience of acting as a senior technical advisor and champion on matters relating to the Climate Emergency and wider environmental sustainability issues
  • Significant experience of managing your own team with the ability to use initiative and solve problems quickly
  • Experienced at establishing and supporting partnerships and long term relationship with key regional partners
  • Experience of leading the development and delivery of corporate approaches to embedding environmental sustainability, including tackling the Climate Emergency or similar.

Our offer

Alongside a competitive salary, we offer an excellent benefits package including:

  • 28 Days Holiday plus bank holidays
  • Free Travel on rail and buses with the M-Card zones 1-5
  • Generous Employer-Contribution Pension Scheme
  • Flexible Working Practises with Health & Wellbeing initiatives to ensure you achieve the best work/life balance and career goals.

To apply

If this sounds like your next role; please upload your CV to our online application tool. Then complete the supporting information tab linking your relevant work experience back to the role profile, bringing you CV to life.

You can apply online, by 11:55pm on 15 November 2020.

Interviews will take place w/c 23 November 2020.

Further Information

For further information about the role, please contact the current role holder Jacqui Warren, Policy Manager on 0113 348 1056 jacqui.warren@westyorks-ca.gov.uk  or Ian Smyth, Head of Service for Economic Policy on 0113 348 1564  ian.smyth@westyorks-ca.gov.uk

Applicants with a disability are guaranteed an interview, subject to the minimum criteria being met.

The Combined Authority’s aim is to attract people from diverse backgrounds to build on our inclusive culture and represent the communities we serve.  We welcome applications from everyone regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, transgender status, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

We are committed to inclusivity and will consider requests for flexible working including part time and job share arrangements.

Candidates will be notified of invitation to interview by e-mail and interviews will be carried out either by phone or video interview.

Please note that whilst it is our policy to recruit at SP1 for all appointments, which is the salary stated above, each role includes career salary progression, with incremental increases applicable in most cases, on an annual basis.

Due to the high volumes of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to every applicant. If you have not heard from us within four weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Candidate information will be retained by the Combined Authority for six months unless you make a request for this to be deleted.