UKSPF Performance & Assurance Contract Officer - SCP/S2re

£29,257 pa | Grade H | Leeds/Hybrid | Permanent linked to funding | 37 hours pw | Applications for part time / job share will be considered | Closing date: 1 October 2023 | Re-advertised | Previous closing date: 6 August 2023

Performance & Assurance Contract Officer

£29,257 pa | Grade H |


  • 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 Performance & Assurance Contract Officer to join our Strategic Funding 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.

Are you motivated by the prospect of helping to make West Yorkshire the best place to live, work and do business?

Working alongside our Mayor, Tracy Brabin, Local Authorities, and a range of local partners, West Yorkshire Combined Authority is excited to be appointing to new roles to enable the strategic financial management of millions of pounds of public investment that has been devolved to the region.

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority brings together the local authorities of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield with the LEP. Working in partnership, we develop and deliver policies, programmes and services which directly benefit the people of West Yorkshire.

Our vision is to create a West Yorkshire that is prosperous, well connected, safe, inclusive and a hotbed of creativity and sustainability.            

You would be part of a team responsible for managing a range of public funds, including the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, ensuring that it is developed, delivered and spent in line with our strategic objectives, helps us to achieve our desired outcomes, and meets all Government requirements.

It is an exciting time to be joining the Combined Authority, following the delivery of the largest Mayoral devolution deal in England, and the election of the first female Metro Mayor, Tracy Brabin, in May 2021.

Since devolution the Combined Authority has so far secured investment totalling over £2.5bn, and there is more on its way in the coming years.

One example is the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF). The UKSPF, as well as being a Ministerial and Prime Ministerial priority programme with a high profile across government, it is also a key funding programme in West Yorkshire and one which will contribute towards the region supporting local places, communities, business and individuals.  The Fund will require regular interaction with other government departments, local and other public authorities, and local stakeholders of all kinds.

The UKSPF is led by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities with cross departmental working, and with a Lead Authority identified for each place - this is the Mayoral Combined Authority in West Yorkshire, working closely with the five local authorities, who will have a crucial role in determining our local approach.

The £2.6bn Fund runs initially from 2022-25 and aims to target investment where it is needed most, building pride in place with three pillars:

  • Pillar 1 - Community and Place
  • Pillar 2 - Supporting Local Business and;
  • Pillar 3 - People and Skills (includes Multiply - one of the first People and Skills programmes aimed at addressing low levels of adult numeracy).

This is an exciting role working with a range of delivery partners across programmes covering skills, employment, business, communities and place.

You will be part of an inclusive, high-performing team responsible for delivering the Funds objectives, have a good eye for detail, strong people skills - keen to work in partnership with others, have initiative, strong programme management and numeracy skills, and a commitment to diversity, inclusion and tackling inequalities. You would have an ability to build positive and productive relationships, and an understanding of (or interest in learning about) local government finance and contract management would be advantageous.

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

The Role

Reporting into the Strategic Funding Programme Manager, the key responsibilities are but not limited to:

  • Engagement with project deliverers.
  • Contract compliance.
  • Performance monitoring and reporting.
  • Evidence and claims collation.
  • Providing support and guidance to delivery partners etc. 
  • Developing fund operating guidance.
  • Supporting project change processes.
  • Supporting audit, document management, record keeping and compliance.

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

About you

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

  • Practical experience of successfully performing in a similar role.
  • Strong project and financial management skills with demonstrable practical experience.
  • Excellent analytical and data analysis skills with a good eye for detail.


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.

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.

Interviews will be held Wednesday 11 October 2023.


Further Information

Applicants with a disability are guaranteed an interview, subject to the minimum criteria being met.

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.

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.