Head of Place and Environment Policy – Ref: PD/P1

Grade O £63,058 per annum - Leeds City Centre (Temporarily Remote) - Full Time 37 hours per week (flexible working considered) & Permanent - Closing Date – 7 November 2021

Head of Place and Environment Policy

Grade O - £63,058 pa
Leeds City Centre (currently working remotely)
Permanent
Closing date 07 November 2021

West Yorkshire Combined Authority are seeking an inspirational leader to develop our place and environment policy across the city region. You will work with and develop a talented team to create evidence-based policies and develop interventions to help fulfil our ambition to be recognised globally as a strong, successful economy where everyone can build great businesses, careers, and lives.

At the West Yorkshire Combined Authority we bring together local councils and businesses through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (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.

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. Devolution will enable us to drive up living standards for local communities while tackling the climate emergency and help deliver our commitment to become a net zero carbon city region by 2038.

The Role

Reporting into the Director of Policy and Development, your key responsibilities will include:

  • Leading the development of our economic policies on quality of place and the environment, including housing, tackling the climate emergency, flooding, regeneration, towns, planning and employment sites; digital infrastructure and heritage.
  • Development of programmes, investments and pipelines to further the region’s ambitions to tackle the climate emergency and create great places to live and work.
  • Building strong and trusting partnerships with other local authorities and businesses to order to co-develop solutions for the region.
  • Securing investment for the region to further our ambitions.
  • Being a key adviser to the Mayor, Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership Members.

 

Please review the Role Profile provided for more information about the responsibilities.

About you

We are looking for someone

  • with a track record of success in working across policy areas, developing policy and strategy, bidding for and developing business cases and securing funding,
  • with experience of co-developing solutions with a wide range of external bodies and influencing strategic decision makers, and
  • experience of leading, managing and developing a high performing team.

 

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.

Applicants are advised that the Combined Authority is currently in consultation with employees and Trade Unions to review the Terms and Conditions of Employment and Staff Benefits.

The detail of the proposals for change, will be discussed with the successful candidate at the point of offer.

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 07 November 2021.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss the role please get in touch with Ian Smyth (Ian.Smyth@westyorks-ca.gov.uk) or Liz Hunter (Liz.Hunter@westyorks-ca.gov.uk after 4 October).

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.

Terms and conditions

Applicants are advised that the Combined Authority is currently in consultation with employees and Trade Unions to review the Terms and Conditions of Employment and Staff Benefits.

The detail of the proposals for change, will be discussed with the successful candidate at the point of offer.