Project Appraisal Manager - D/F7h

Grade K | £36,951 pa | Location Leeds | Permanent | Full time (up to 37 hours per week) | Part-time/job share requests considered | Closing date: 03 July 2022

Project Appraisal Manager - D/F7h

Grade K - £36,951 pa
Location Leeds
Permanent / Full time (up to 37 hours pw)
Closing date: 03 July 2022

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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 to join a friendly and professional team.

We are looking to appoint Project Appraisal Managers to be part of our expanding Portfolio Management and Appraisal (PMA) team based within the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Delivery Directorate.

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

It is an exciting time to be joining the Combined Authority, following the announcement of a £1.8bn devolution deal that has been secured for 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 Role

The PMA team oversees the 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, economic, commercial, financial, and management case (in accordance with the central Government Green Book Appraisal & Evaluation, and Five Case Model) are developed and delivered, and that 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.

Reporting into the Lead Appraisal Manager, the key responsibilities are but not limited to:

  • Be responsible for appraising projects and programmes by undertaking reviews of business cases coming forward for approval through the Combined Authority assurance process, in accordance with the Leeds City Region Assurance Framework.
  • Liaising with scheme promoters to resolve detailed queries flowing from business case reviews.
  • Ensuring appropriate quality assurance processes are in place and adhered to.
  • Support the integration of the Combined Authority’s Carbon Impact Assessment tool in the submission and appraisal of business cases.

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

If you require further information or would like to discuss the role, please contact Asif Abed, Lead Appraisal Manager ( or Heather Briggs, Lead Appraisal Manager (

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 PMA team.

Further to the City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement, we are particularly interested in candidates who have experience in transport and / or clean growth.


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
  • Free Travel on rail and buses across West Yorkshire 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 your CV to life.

You can apply online, by 11:55pm on Sunday 03 July 2022.

Further Information

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. 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.

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, unfortunately 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 not been successful on this occasion. We do however encourage you to continue searching for vacancies on our Careers with Us website.

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.