Policy Lead - Grade 7
Department for Transport (DfT)
£48,774 (National) & £54,105 (London)
Locations: Birmingham, Hastings, Leeds, London
At the Department for Transport (DfT), we are responsible for delivering an exceptional transport network that connects communities and enables people and goods to travel freely around the country. Encompassing everything from the decarbonisation of transport and the delivery of smart ticketing, through to the delivery of major infrastructure projects such as HS2, we strive to ensure that safe, reliable and cost-effective services are being delivered for the British public. With a focus on improving transport experiences for the user, we value our role in supporting the success of the UK’s businesses and the growth of the economy.
Lead our talented Policy team
As one of our Policy Leaders, you will take a key role in delivering Ministerial objectives through the creation of people-centred policies. Taking responsibility for high-profile initiatives, you will come up with evidence-led ways to tackle complex issues, ensuring these ideas are practical. Setting priorities, objectives and expectations for your team and virtual teams, you will write policy submissions and take ownership of the brief and narrative for your ideas. Working directly with DfT Ministers, you will provide them with ad hoc briefings, and you will be the first port of call for supporting them in debates and other parliamentary business resulting from your ideas. Pushing each team to utilise social research and behavioural insights alongside data analysis, you will lead the relationship with multidisciplinary experts who are involved in the development of your initiatives. Crucially, you will develop your team, using your background and experiences to create policies that will work in the real world.
Share your skills with an ambitious department
With the capacity to bring clarity to complex topics, this is an excellent opportunity to make your mark in a forward-thinking department. We are tackling some of the largest and most challenging projects ever witnessed in the UK, so you will therefore have experience of successfully leading, inspiring and mentoring teams within a policy area or project. With a track record of engaging with and managing stakeholders, you will know how to work collaboratively with other professions and experts to underpin your ideas with credible information. With confident data analysis capabilities, you will enjoy writing insightful briefing papers that are well-considered and jargon-free, and you will have the capacity to deliver in a demanding environment. Maintaining sight of the bigger picture at all times – particularly as many policies impact on each other – you will be able to make effective decisions, even if they are unpopular.
A truly diverse and inclusive workplace
DfT is a Disability Confident employer. We are committed to ensuring an accessible workplace and that disabled staff have the adjustments needed to be effective. At DfT our commitment to inclusion goes both ways and we look for our people to value inclusion just as much as we do. The Government has committed to moving 22,000 Civil Service roles out of London by 2030 which will enable us to get closer to the communities that we serve. This is an initiative that we have already embraced at DfT, with the creation of new hubs in Leeds and Birmingham. We are confident that this development will improve our policy making capabilities even further, as we want to create a more diverse and inclusive team that connects people with the places that mean the most to them. This move underpins our commitment to access and progress talent from all backgrounds, and as such, we are immensely proud to have been listed by the Social Mobility Employer Index as one of the ‘Top 75 UK Employers’ in 2020.
Expect more with the DfT
The DfT is a place where everyone can make a contribution. With a collaborative approach in which everyone works together and shares expertise, you will benefit from a supportive working environment. Furthermore, we want every employee to excel in their work, so we will provide you with a clearly defined career path with plenty of training and development opportunities, plus the scope to pursue a wide array of opportunities across the wider Civil Service – so there really is no saying where your career will take you. And while your career is undoubtedly important, so too is your financial future and emotional wellbeing. As such, we are proud to offer our people a highly competitive benefits package that is enhanced by various wellbeing initiatives and plenty of senior leadership support. With the freedom to get involved in projects that interest you, this is a unique chance to elevate your career exponentially.
Closing date: 28 April 2021.