Head of Spatial Planning and Strategic Sites (Policy Manager) PSC/E5pd

Grade M | £48,530 pa | Location Leeds | Permanent Full time (up to 37 hours per week) Requests for part time / job share will be considered | Closing date: 24 July 2022

Head of Spatial Planning and Strategic Sites (Policy Manager) PSC/E5pd                  Grade M: £48,530 pa
Location: Leeds (hybrid flexible working) Permanent/Full time (up to 37 hours) Applications will be considered on a part time/job share basis 
Closing date: 24 July 2022

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We currently have a vacancy for a Policy Manager to join our Place and Environment Policy team.

It is an exciting time to be joining the Mayoral Combined Authority, having secured an ambitious £1.8bn devolution deal for West Yorkshire in 2021 and the first Mayor of West Yorkshire was elected in May 2021. Through this deal, we are working to drive up living standards through better transport, improved skills and stronger businesses, and tackling the Climate Emergency.

This post is an opportunity to take a key leadership role in spatial planning and strategic sites in West Yorkshire. Leading the planning team your role will be to drive forward our vision and plans to develop a place-based approach to our policy and pipeline development activity, working in partnership with local authorities to secure inclusive growth for the people and communities of West Yorkshire.

To find out more about the work the Combined Authority is involved with take a look at our latest news stories.

The Role

Reporting into the Head of Place and Environment Policy your responsibilities will include:

  • Providing leadership across West Yorkshire and within the Combined Authority on planning and strategic sites.
  • This includes work to influence the forthcoming national planning reforms and leading strategic responses to government consultations.
  • Working with a range of partners to support our approach to Spatial Priority Areas requiring codesign and delivery of new policies, strategies, projects and programmes.
  • Providing strategic direction, leadership, and day to day support to a small team of policy officers working on planning, including leading on our approach to securing developer contributions for infrastructure.
  • Supporting the Combined Authority, LEP Board and Place Committee and working closely with Committee members and the Chairperson to drive our environment and place agenda across West Yorkshire.
  • Provide leadership and coordinate activity aligned to the corporate approach of the Combined Authority and the Mayors pledges, embedding and empowering officers across the Combined Authority to deliver actions.
  • You will be part of a well-established team of Policy Managers with other roles in place covering Housing, Urban Design, Strategic Networks (flood and digital) and Energy and Environment.


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 planning and/or regeneration policies/strategies
  • Demonstratable knowledge and experience of delivering a range of technical planning or regeneration projects and programmes
  • Experience of developing significant funding packages to deliver projects and programmes for strategic employment and / or housing developments
  • Significant experience of acting as a senior technical advisor and champion on matters relating to planning, housing, regeneration, employment land and 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 improve internal process or procedures and drive better outcomes

Our offer

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

  • 28 days Annual Leave (increasing upon years of service) plus bank holidays
  • Generous Employer-Contribution Pension Scheme
  • Free Travel on rail and buses across West Yorkshire with the M-Card (Zones 1-5)
  • Flexible working practices with Health & Wellbeing initiatives to ensure you achieve the best work/life balance and career goals.

We have also recently undergone a major office refurbishment and have bright, airy, modern office space, with all latest technology, and just a 2-minute walk from Leeds Train Station. We also have agile working options too if you would rather work from home, or another suitable location, as well as a generous flexi-time scheme.

To apply

If this sounds like your next role, please upload your anonymised CV to our online application form telling us why you would be a great fit for our role.

For further information about the role, please contact the recruiting manager Alison Gillespie, Head of Place and Environment on 0113 3481110 alison.gillespie@westyorks-ca.gov.uk  

Please apply by 11:55pm on Sunday 24 July 2022.

Further Information

The Combined Authority is passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. We know through experience that different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds create a stronger and more creative work environment that delivers better outcomes. We welcome applications irrespective of people's age, disability, neuro-divergence, sex, gender identity and gender expression, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity. or other personal circumstances. We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process, including the consideration of reasonable adjustments for people who have a disability and/or who are neuro-divergent. To find out more about inclusivity at the West Yorkshire Combined Authority please visit our dedicated webpage.

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

Candidates will be notified of invitation to interview by e-mail and interviews will be carried out either by phone, video or face to face. If you have any difficulty with the type of interview you are invited to, please inform the recruiting manager at your earliest convenience to enable them to consider an alternative solution.

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 unfortunately unable to respond to every applicant. If you have not heard from us within four weeks of the closing date, please assume that on this occasion your application has not been successful. We do however thank you for your application and encourage you to continue looking for roles on our Careers with Us website page.

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.