Project Appraisal Manager - D/F7c

Grade K, Salary £36,316 | Full Time 37 hours per week / Fixed Term or Secondment for 5 months | Leeds City Centre (currently working remotely) | Closing Date - 25 October 2021

Project Appraisal Manager - D/F7c

Grade K - Salary £36,316 pa
Leeds City Centre (currently working remotely)

Full Time 37 hours per week / Fixed Term or Secondment for 5 months

Closing date - 25 October 2021

Do you want to play a leading role in reshaping our local economy and forging better futures for millions of people?

That’s precisely what is on offer at the Combined Authority where an exciting opportunity has arisen for a project appraisal manager who can have an influence on the £2bn of funding being invested in the Leeds City Region and which is at the forefront of the Government’s Northern Powerhouse delivery agenda.

The Combined Authority brings together the West Yorkshire Partner councils plus York, the business community via Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership and also takes in the former Passenger Transport Executive (branded Metro). Overall, the Combined Authority covers a population of around 2.5 million people and represents the largest economy outside London.

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The Role

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Portfolio Management and Appraisal Team (PMA) oversees the £1bn+ portfolio of programmes and projects. These schemes are either delivered directly by the Combined Authority or through one of our partner organisations (in the public and private sector).

Whichever the delivery route, the PMA has responsibility for ensuring that only schemes which meet the strategic aims of the organisation and have a robust strategic, commercial, economic, financial and management case are developed and delivered, and they are carried out within the agreed time, cost and quality framework.  

The projects which the Combined Authority promotes and funds, and which are appraised by the PMA, cover a broad range and include infrastructure schemes covering transport, housing, regeneration and clean growth, as well as digital connectivity and business support.

We are seeking a professional and enthusiastic project appraisal manager to join our PMA team.

Based in the Combined Authority’s offices in Leeds, this is a critical role within the team and you will report into the Senior Project Appraisal Manager. Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Being responsible for the appraisal of schemes coming through the Combined Authority assurance process in accordance with the Leeds City Region Assurance Framework.
  • Acting as a case officer, by undertaking reviews of business cases coming forward for approval in the Combined Authority assurance process.
  • Liaising with scheme promoters to resolve detailed queries flowing from business case reviews.
  • Ensuring appropriate quality assurance processes are in place and adhered to.

This is an ideal development opportunity for someone looking to develop their skills in Business Case development and to gain further understanding and experience of the work that the PMA and Appraisal teams carry out.


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

About you

This role offers an excellent opportunity for a candidate who has experience in project appraisal and / or project assurance of programmes or projects.

Alternatively, we would welcome applications from candidates who have a track record of successful project delivery or experience in the assurance, governance or management of projects and as a result could apply their skills within the Combined Authority’s Portfolio Management and Appraisal (PMA) 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.

If you require further information or would like to discuss the role please contact Andrew Norman, Senior Project Appraisal Manager (


You can apply online, by 11:55pm on 25 October 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.