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Strategy and Policy Team Lead

  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/21688/15916
  • Published: Tue 20/07/2021, 11:31 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 15/08/2021, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £61,463 - £69,514 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Reigate

Do you relish a challenge? Do you have a proven track record of long-term visioning and developing innovative strategies in dynamic environments? Are you tenacious, committed to the cause and able to inspire others?

If so, then we want to hear from you!

In Surrey, we are undertaking significant fast-paced improvement across the council. Tim Oliver (Leader) and Joanna Killian (Chief Executive) have emphasised a clear strategic direction as key to the council's improvement journey. To achieve this, we have embarked upon a massive transformation agenda that consists of a number of key programmes that are critical to the future success and financial stability of the council.

The Strategy Team is situated at the heart of the council and we work on a breadth of topics, projects and issues which are centred around delivering and advancing the 2030 Community Vision and our corporate priority objectives (set out in the Organisation Strategy). We work in collaboration with colleagues across the council and external partners at a local, regional and national level.

In this role you can expect to develop the council’s strategy and work in diverse policy areas to help shape thinking, recommendations, proposals and solutions. You will play a key role in shaping the future of the council and setting the strategic direction as well as designing innovative new approaches to deliver the council’s ambitions. You will need to maintain an understanding of the broader policy and political context for your work, building relationships with colleagues in the Communications Team and Leadership Office to support effective stakeholder engagement, including supporting and briefing senior officers and politicians. You will also play a key role in supporting the development of the Strategy Team to ensure we have the right capacity and capability to deliver on the council’s ambitions.

You will be a skilled communicator with an excellent grasp of public policy issues. A thought leader, ready to generate new ideas and insights. The capability to engage with technical detail of policy and legislation as well as to propose creative and more provocative ideas that can stimulate debate is vital, as is the ability to distil research and complex ideas into briefs, articles, and policy recommendations for both expert and general audiences. You should be able to build relationships both with the teams you will work with and win the confidence of senior colleagues.

Our values are important to us and as a team member you will understand the importance of, and be comfortable in, leading by example when it comes to displaying these through your work and actions.

To be shortlisted to interview for this position your application will clearly evidence:

  • Significant experience of developing and delivering evidence-led high profile/high impact strategies and policies
  • Experience of strategic business planning in large, complex organisations
  • Experience of managing stakeholders, influencing and negotiating in complex, political environments
  • Understanding of the key strategic issues facing local government, the wider public sector and partners

This opportunity is initially offered on a 12 month fixed-term or secondment basis. The starting salary is £61,463 per annum based on a 36 hour working week.

If you're passionate and enthusiastic about grasping this opportunity at the heart of the council, then please apply by uploading your CV and personal statement (no longer than two pages of A4 please) outlining your suitability. We look forward to receiving your application.

For more information please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.

Additional Information

The closing date for applications is 23:59 on the 15th August 2021. Interviews are likely to be held the week commencing 23rd August 2021.

Contact Details

To arrange an informal chat please contact Sarah Richardson, Head of Strategy on s.richardson@surreycc.gov.uk. We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.

Benefits

From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Our Commitment

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

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  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/21688/15916
  • Published: Tue 20/07/2021, 11:31 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 15/08/2021, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £61,463 - £69,514 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Reigate

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