Project Appraisal Manager - D/F7j

£40,876 pa | Grade K | Leeds/Hybrid | Permanent | 37 hours pw | Applications for part time / job share will be considered | Closing date: 1 October 2023

Project Appraisal Manager - D/F7j

£40,876 pa | Grade K |

  • Do you want to work for an organisation that values you as an individual?
  • An organisation that will support your professional development?
  • What about an organisation that has Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the heart of everything that it does?
  • 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 on our 'Life at West Yorkshire Combined Authority' webpage.

We currently have a vacancy for a Project Appraisal Manager to join our Strategic Portfolio Office Team.

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.

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

The SPO oversees the portfolio of programmes and projects. The schemes are  delivered directly by the Combined Authority or through one of our partner organisations (in the public and private sector). Whichever the delivery route, the SPO has responsibility for ensuring that  schemes  meet the strategic aims of the organisation and have a robust strategic, economic, commercial, financial, and management case (as per the central Government Green Book Appraisal & Evaluation, and Five Case Model,) to give assurance that they will be developed and delivered within the agreed time, cost, and quality framework. 

The schemes that the Combined Authority promotes and funds, and which are appraised by the SPO, cover a broad range such as 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 West Yorkshire Combined Authority 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.

About you

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

Further to the City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement, we are particularly interested in candidates who have experience of working on sustainable transport business cases or schemes (walking, cycling, bus, rail), either in a project appraisal, project assurance, project delivery, or business case development function.

For instance, you could have a background of working as a Transport Planner, or as a Modelling & Appraisal Analyst, or as an officer within a Transport Policy & Strategy team - with awareness of Local, Regional, and National strategic objectives, of the Five Case business case development model, and of the Department for Transport (DfT) and its associated Funding Bodies such as Active Travel England (ATE) and the Department for Levelling Up, Housing, and Communities (DLUHC).


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 Railway 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.

Have a look at our Employee Benefits webpage to find out more.

To apply

If this sounds like your next role, please upload your anonymised CV, and complete the application form on our application website telling us why you would be a great fit for our role.

Please apply by 11:55pm on Sunday 1 October 2023.


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, neurodivergence, 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 neurodivergent. 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.

Whilst agile working is an option for most staff, there is an expectation that employees are able to attend the office in central Leeds as and when required.

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.

Terms and conditions

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has recently been in consultation with employees and Trade Unions to review the Terms and Conditions of Employment and Staff Benefits.

We are pleased to announce that these proposals have been accepted and work is currently underway to implement these.