Policy Officer (all policy areas) PSC/E9pd

Grade K | £36,951 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

Policy Officer (all policy areas) PSC/E9pd

Grade: K £36,951pa
Location: Leeds  (hybrid working)
Permanent /Full time (up to 37 hours per week)  Applications will be considered on a part time / job share basis 
Closing date: 24 July 2022

  • Do you want to work for an organisation that values you as an individual?
  • An organisation that will support your professional development?
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  • How about an organisation that does all these things and more?
  • Yes? Then look no further than the West Yorkshire Combined Authority! Listen to what our staff say by visiting our Life at West Yorkshire Combined Authority page

We are looking for several exceptional individuals to join the Policy and Development Directorate within the Combined Authority, across the functions of Transport, Place and Environment, and Business, Innovation, Skills and Culture. The successful individuals will work on one of the following policy areas within the Combined Authority: digital; flooding; climate emergency; planning; nature recovery; transport pipeline development; transport decarbonisation; bus; employment and skills; culture, heritage and sport.

It is an exciting time to be joining the Mayoral Combined Authority. We have a wide variety of exciting projects that we are working on which will help shape the West Yorkshire region.

Devolution has and will enable us to drive up living standards for local communities while tackling the climate emergency and helping to deliver our commitment to become a net-zero carbon economy by 2038. Developing bold policies and strategies to drive the economy forward and support individuals has never been so important.

In 2021 the £1.8bn devolution deal was secured for West Yorkshire. This meant the first Mayor of West Yorkshire was subsequently elected, with Tracy Brabin taking up post in May 2021. The devolution deal and election of the Mayor has enabled us to start to drive up living standards for local communities while tackling the climate emergency and helping to deliver our commitment to become a net zero carbon city region by 2038.

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

The Role

You would be joining the Policy and Development Directorate within the Combined Authority, which is comprised of three dynamic teams. We are looking to recruit to multiple posts across all three teams, the specialisms within the teams are as follows:

Place and Environment: We are specifically looking to increase our capacity on digital infrastructure, flood risk management, nature recovery, climate emergency and planning, there are multiple roles in the team.

Transport: We are looking to increase our capacity on bus, transport scheme pipeline development and transport decarbonisation, there are multiple roles in the team.

Business, Innovation, Skills and Culture: We are looking to increase our capacity with a new role working on culture, heritage and sport, and role(s) within employment and skills.

There is significant scope to tailor each of the roles to meet the successful applicants’ strengths and professional development goals.

Reporting into the relevant Policy Manager or Policy and Development Lead your key responsibilities will include:

  • Leading, owning and developing policy proposals, appraising of strategy options, and coordinating of projects and initiatives in relation to one or more of the policy areas described above.
  • Working closely with internal colleagues, District partners and other relevant stakeholders to influence and shape their activities and gain their input to support the delivery of Combined Authority ambitions.
  • Leading and developing businesses cases for programmes and projects within one of the eight policy areas and ensuring their seamless transition into delivery.
  • Supporting the development of a pipeline of programmes / projects in the relevant policy area.
  • Identifying and leading thinking to be at the forefront of changes in one or more of the listed policy areas.


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

About you

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

  • Strong understanding of policy development and experience of working within one of the policy areas as listed above is desirable.
  • Familiarity with the ‘Green Book’ 5 case model, or experience of making or appraising funding applications, is desirable.
  • Experience and capability of working in partnership.
  • Excellent organisational and project management skills.
  • Excellent communication skills and experience of communicating complex information to a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to work on own initiative.
  • A demonstrable commitment to EDI


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.

If you would like to discuss this role after reading the role profile, please contact the relevant head of service:

Alison Gillespie, Head of Place and Environment on 0113 348 1110 or Alison.Gillespie@westyorks-ca.gov.uk

Helen Ellerton, Interim Head of Transport Policy on 0113 348 1769 or helen.ellerton@westyorks-ca.gov.uk

Phil Witcherley, Head of Business, Innovation, Skills and Culture Policy on 0113 251 7477 or phil.witcherley@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.