Senior Policy Adviser - transport

Organisation
National Infrastructure Commission
Locations

Leeds, UK

Application Deadline
Salary
£53,531 - £65,281

About the National Infrastructure Commission

By joining the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), you’ll be playing a key role in delivering independent advice to government on the UK’s long-term infrastructure needs. We do this to help support sustainable economic growth across the whole of the UK, improve competitiveness and resilience to climate change, meet net zero obligations, and ultimately improve the quality of life of UK citizens.

We are a collaborative team working to support the Commissioners in offering forward-thinking recommendations based on a rigorous approach to evidence and consultation – and to monitor government’s progress in implementing those plans.

The Commission’s core responsibilities include:

  • producing a National Infrastructure Assessment once every five years, setting out the Commission’s assessment of long-term infrastructure needs with recommendations to government on how to meet them;
  • carrying out in-depth studies into the UK’s most pressing infrastructure challenges, making recommendations to government; and
  • monitoring the government’s progress in delivering infrastructure projects and programmes recommended by the NIC.

The Commission is now working on a number of projects after publishing the second National Infrastructure Assessment. This role will be key in developing work in the Connectivity Team and across the secretariat as we continue to develop these as well as respond to any changing priorities after the election.

You will coordinate and project manage evidence based policy making and recommendations relating to transport infrastructure and associated cross-cutting issues. You will also evaluate and track progress by government and industry in implementing the Commission’s recommendations.

In developing and implementing a strategic approach to policy development, you will work closely with other policy and analytical colleagues to provide joined up, high-quality analysis and advice to the Commission. You will also establish strong working relationships beyond the the organisation within a range of government departments, academia and industry - and develop international links where appropriate. Through these and other learning and development activity you will continuously build-up expertise on infrastructure issues. The role also entails engaging with stakeholders at different levels of seniority to help build consensus and able to effectively represent the Commission to a variety of audiences.

Job description

The successful candidate will be expected to:

1.Conduct research that identifies, scopes and supports delivery of policy projects that are aligned to the Commission’s objectives and builds the Commission’s reputation.

2.Analyse and summarise numerical and potentially complex data that will support the Commission’s understanding work across various sectors, but especially transport.

3.Provide rigorous assessment of the large volumes of information on various policy topics and have an eye for what is important to the Commission and what is not.

4.Project manage the delivery of your own work and the work of others on the team and/or external consultants. This will include making use of project management tools such as milestone plans, risk registers and engagement plans.

5.Build and manage relationships with stakeholders so that the Commission keeps on top of the policy landscape, and use these relationships to shape and drive forward the Commission’s priorities.

6.Communicate clearly to a range of audiences including presenting your work to Commissioners and seeking opportunities to share the Commission’s work with external audiences at industry meetings and conferences.

Produce high-quality written material that succinctly summarises the detailed research conducted. Audiences for such material will include the senior management team, Commissioners and our external stakeholders

Person specification

Behaviours

We are looking for candidates who can demonstrate the following behaviours:

1. Making effective decisions: can analyse and accurately interpret data and information from various sources, including grasping technical detail. Uses this information to effectively identify options and drive forward evidence-based decision making. (Shortlisting criterion)

2.Communicating and influencing: You communicate in a clear, confident, and enthusiastic fashion, explaining complex issues in a way that is easy to understand. You consider the impact of the language you use, and continually monitor the effectiveness of your own and your team’s communications, taking action to improve them where needed.

3.Delivering at pace: You ensure everyone understands what you need from them, providing honest, motivating messages about priorities, objectives and expectations. You maintain your performance in challenging circumstances and support others to do the same. (Short-listing criterion)

4.Seeing the Big Picture: You ensure that your work reflects your organisation’s strategic priorities and take the initiative to influence future approaches. You can seek and represent the views of a range of stakeholders to understand and communicate issues. (Short-listing criterion)

As we are recruiting to the Connectivity Team, we’re particularly looking for someone with relevant transport knowledge and experience. By this we mean:

5. Experience: Experience of the transport sector: Knowledge and experience of transport policy, operations or modelling, and/or local growth policy and economics, especially in relation to transport. The ideal candidate does not need to be an economist or a transport planner, but demonstration of knowledge and experience in either would be an advantage. (Short-listing criterion)

The lead criterion is: Making effective decisions

If we receive a large number of applications, applications will be assessed against this criterion alone first. They will then be assessed against the other criteria if they have met the minimum score on the lead criteria.

Behaviours

We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Communicating and Influencing

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Seeing the Big Picture

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 14th July 2024


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