Policy Manager – Bus Franchising PSC/E5bf

Grade M, Salary £47,695 | Permanent / Full Time (37 hours per week) | Leeds City Centre (Temporarily Remote) | Closing Date - 26 September 2021

Policy Manager - Bus Franchising PSC/E5bf

Grade M - £47,695 pa
Leeds City Centre (currently working remotely)
Permanent / Full Time (37 hours per week)
Closing date - 26 September 2021

West Yorkshire Combined Authority are seeking to appoint a Policy Manger to join our Policy and Development team to play a valuable role in shaping the future of transport in West Yorkshire by supporting the delivery of the Mayors’ pledge to bring buses back into public control.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority is now responsible for the delivery of the £1.8 billion devolution deal for West Yorkshire and is the home of the newly elected West Yorkshire Mayor, Tracy Brabin, the first woman to be elected as a Metro Mayor. It is an exciting time to join our brilliant and unique organisation, tasked with improving our region and the lives of its residents.

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 Mayor has pledged to “bring buses back into public control, introduce simpler fares, contactless ticketing and greener buses”. This role will lead the internal team and work alongside external consultants who will develop the business case to support a decision on whether to proceed with bus reform in West Yorkshire.

The National Bus Strategy, Bus Back Better, was published by the Government on Monday 15 March. It sets out a key role for the bus, outlines the future of bus funding and the commitments needed from Local Transport Authorities and bus operators.

We are currently developing our Bus Service Improvement Plan, which will set the ambition and aspiration of the Combined Authority for bus services in West Yorkshire and their customers; irrespective of the regulatory framework used to deliver it. We are also developing our Enhanced Partnership to deliver some early customer benefits.

The Role

Reporting into the Head of Transport Policy your key responsibilities will include:

  • The development of a business case to further the assessment of bus reform in West Yorkshire, considering the region’s ambitions to tackle the climate emergency, create inclusive growth and create great places to live and work.
  • Working closely with our District partners and existing CA teams to develop the business case
  • To work with external consultants to develop the business case, consultation process and audit to enable a decision to be reached on the next steps for bus reform

We are currently going through a restructure and this is a new post in the Transport Policy team. We have created a single Transport & Economic Policy and Development team working across a range of diverse and interrelated disciplines so if priorities change there will be opportunities to work on other topics across transport or economic policy.


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 of managing and developing multi-disciplinary programmes
  • Extensive experience of business case development for complex projects with knowledge of transport appraisal desirable.
  • Experience of working with a range of stakeholders, including being comfortable working with politicians and senior leaders
  • The ability to develop new solutions and ideas to complex and challenging issues particularly reducing carbon emissions from transport and promoting inclusive growth.

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.


If you would be interested in a conversation about the role then please contact either Helen Ellerton helen.ellerton@westyorks-ca.gov.uk or Liz Hunter Liz.Hunter@westyorks-ca.gov.uk.

You can apply online, by 11:55pm on 26 September 2021

Further Information

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.