Policy Manager (Environmental and Place Manager)

Grade M | £47,695 pa rising to £55,226 pa over 4 years | Location Leeds | Permanent | Full time (37 hours) | (Part time/Job share considered) | Closing date: 25 January 2022

Policy Manager (Environment & Place Manager for Mass Transit)PS/E5mt

Grade M - Salary £47,695 with progression to £55,226 over 4 years
Leeds City Centre (currently working remotely)
Permanent/Full Time (flexible working options considered)
Closing date - 25 January 2022

Do you have experience of major growth and renewal programmes and an interest in driving transformational change and inclusive growth in West Yorkshire?

Have you developed or overseen Environmental Impact Assessments for planning inquiries?

Do you want a chance to lead a once in a generation programme that will shape our West Yorkshire’s transport system for years to come.

Do you care about the environment and want to help make a step change in transport that will help us become a net zero city region by 2038?

If you can answer yes to all four then West Yorkshire Combined Authority wants to talk to you!

West Yorkshire Combined Authority are seeking an experienced manger to lead our approach to planning, placemaking, and environmental and biodiversity services for development and delivery of the Mass Transit Programme.

It is an exciting time to be joining the Combined Authority, following the £1.8bn devolution deal and the election of our first Mayor of 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 West Yorkshire Combined Authority is the Transport Authority for the region, and we have recently published our West Yorkshire Mass Transit Vision 2040 – it forms a key part of our future pipeline to create a greener, more inclusive and better connected West Yorkshire.

In November 2021 the Government published the Integrated Rail Plan. This confirms the funding for West Yorkshire Mass Transit. “We commit today to building a Mass Transit System for Leeds and West Yorkshire, and to supporting West Yorkshire Combined Authority over the long term to ensure that this time, it gets done. That work begins now, with £200m of immediate funding to plan the project and start building it, with the first services operational in the second half of this decade.”

Transport is the biggest carbon emitting sector of the West Yorkshire economy. To meet our target, we must reduce transport’s carbon emissions, and Mass Transit will play a key role in achieving this. We need to grow our environmental and place team to help develop and deliver our bold and ambitious Mass Transit plans.

We bring together local councils and businesses, through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) ensure that our work meets the needs of employers so that everyone in our region can benefit from economic prosperity supported by a modern, accessible transport network, housing and digital connections.



The Role

Depending on your skills and experience, your key responsibilities will include a combination of:

  • Development of the Environmental Strategy and EIAs, planning, and placemaking to deliver the ‘Design Principles’ encapsulated in the Mass Transit Vision.
  • Lead on driving inclusive economic growth and clean growth within the design of Mass Transit
  • Lead the approach to planning policies to safeguard and protect the proposed route corridors

You will be able to shape the client and consultant team to help you deliver this.


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

About you

  • You will have a track record of success of providing leadership on planning, environmental assessments, biodiversity and place-making within projects.
  • Experience of working in partnership with others
  • 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.

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 25 January 2022

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.