Rail Policy Officer PSC/E10a

Rail Policy Officer PSC/E10a - Grade L £41,216 (with progression in-grade to £47,724) - Leeds City Centre (Temporarily remote) - Full Time Permanent 37 hours per week - Closing Date 28 February 2021

Rail Policy Officer

Grade L - £41,216 pa 
Leeds City Centre (currently working remotely)
Permanent Full Time 37 hours per week
Closing Date 28 February 2021

We are looking to appoint a Rail Policy Officer in our busy Rail Policy team, part of our Economic and Transport Policy function.

You will shape the development of our rail and wider transport strategies, leading areas of our work.  This includes influencing our work with Transport for the North and helping us to secure the best outcomes for West Yorkshire in rail investment programmes promoted by a whole range of partners, as well as our own schemes.

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

Reporting into the Rail Development Manager, the key responsibilities are but not limited to:

  • help shape and influence the way the railway contributes to our social, economic, and environmental objectives. 
  • get involved in several areas of strategy and implementation relating to the railway
  • work with colleagues in scheme development and delivery to shape projects 
  • shape the development of investment plans and priorities, including regional and national projects such as HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail, and Transpennine Route Upgrade

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

About you

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

  • strong analytical skills, with the ability to interpret and communicate insights fluently to a range of audiences. 
  • from a transport planning, transport economics or related discipline, educated to degree level or equivalent. 
  • strong project management skills and an attention to detail.

We are keen to hear from candidates with experience in one of more of the following areas:

  • Transport strategy and / or public policy development
  • Demand and / or revenue forecasting techniques
  • Investment planning and funding
  • Transport scheme development and appraisal

Direct rail experience will provide you with a head-start but is not essential if you can demonstrate how your expertise can be applied to the role.  More important is a thorough understanding of the way that rail projects and services are developed, funded, and delivered, and as importantly, the ways in which the railway contributes to our economic, social, and environmental priorities.

We work in a complex multi-stakeholder environment, which relies on excellent partnership working to achieve our objectives.  You should thrive on the challenges this generates and relish the opportunity to grow your skills in bringing a range of partners together both for establishing shared policy agendas and to effectively influence the policies, plans and decisions of others.  You should be able to point to good examples of where you have used your skills to secure good outcomes in these environments.

A strong grasp of public policy making is essential in our work.  You should be able to point to understanding of how public policy is developed and what it takes to be effective.  This could be from a background in the private sector or industry where you would bring a valuable external perspective on how we influence partners.

Experience of working with elected representatives and with accountable democratic process will be an advantage but is not essential if you can demonstrate a good understanding of what this involves.  The necessary technical training and advice will be available.

If you combine a solid technical grounding with the tactical competencies we need to shape and deliver our objectives for West Yorkshire, then we want to hear from you.

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.

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.

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 28 February 2021.

For further information about the role, please get in contact with Richard Crabtree, by e-mail in the first instance: richard.crabtree@westyorks-ca.gov.uk  

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.