Policy and Research Advisor - UTG 6a

Grade J | £34,356 pa | Location Leeds | Permanent | Full time (37 hours pw) | Applications for part time / job share will be considered | Closing date: 12 February 2023

Policy and Research Advisor - UTG 6a

Grade J | £34,356 pa |
Location Leeds |

  • Do you want to work for an organisation that values you as an individual?
  • An organisation that will support your professional development?
  • What about an organisation that has Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the heart of everything that it does?
  • How about an organisation that does all these things and more?
  • Yes? Then look no further than the Urban Transport Group in conjunction with West Yorkshire Combined Authority! Listen to what our staff say on our 'Life at West Yorkshire Combined Authority' webpage.

Transport policy is central to people’s lives, their health and the opportunities they can access – it is also at the heart of efforts to tackle the climate emergency. Join us for an exciting chance to influence the future of urban transport as part of a small, friendly team with a proven track record in achieving policy change at national level.

The Urban Transport Group is the UK’s network of city region transport authorities, who together serve over 20 million people. We make the case for the funding and powers our members need to improve urban transport; we provide thought leadership for the sector; and, through our professional network, we offer a wealth of expertise and opportunities for our members to share good practice and make best use of their resources.

In uncertain times, with finite resources and in a climate crisis, the challenges our urban areas face grow ever more complex and demanding. Here is your chance to be part of the solution and to help develop a sustainable future for transport.

The Role

Reporting to the Assistant Director, your key responsibilities will include:

  • Undertaking original research projects and analysis to develop new insights, share best practice and influence stakeholders locally and nationally.
  • Developing, expanding and leading on your own areas of policy expertise to contribute to the overall credibility and influence of our work.
  • Working collaboratively with UTG members and stakeholders to ensure our work is tailored to their needs and priorities.
  • Developing content for briefings, blogs, opinion pieces and policy materials.
  • Leading or acting as a key contact for allocated specialist UTG working groups and working with them to achieve common objectives.
  • Representing UTG at meetings, events and conferences to promote our work and influence outcomes of relevance to the UTG network.

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

About you

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

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent relevant education or experience.
  • Able to be a strong advocate for sustainable transport policy and practice.
  • Willingness and ability to rapidly establish, grow and maintain knowledge of a wide range of transport and related policy areas (such as environment, health, economy, place making, social inclusion).
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to confer often complex information clearly and with impact.
  • Proven research skills together with curiosity and a desire to learn.
  • Ability to think creatively to make the connections between transport and wider public policy.

Our offer

UTG is hosted by West Yorkshire Combined Authority and your terms and conditions will be as below.

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 Railway Station. We also have agile working options, as well as a generous flexi-time scheme.

Have a look at our Employee Benefits webpage to find out more.

To apply

If this sounds like your next role, please upload your anonymised CV, and complete the application form on our application website telling us why you would be a great fit for our role.

Please apply by 11:55pm on Sunday 12 February 2023 

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.

Whilst agile working is an option for most staff, there is an expectation that employees are able to attend the office in central Leeds as and when required.

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.

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.