Senior Policy and Strategy Executives - Office of Rail and Road

Office of Rail and Road
London (Other locations may be considered)
The SEO salary range is £40,045 - £48,363 pa (London)
01 Sep 2017
17 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Senior Policy and Strategy Executives


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Salary: The SEO salary range is £40,045 - £48,363 pa (London).

Location: London (Other locations may be considered)

About the role

We are looking for enthusiastic and high-performing individuals to develop and take forward policy and strategy projects that address the challenges faced by the sectors we oversee.

ORR’s decisions carry a big impact across the road and rail sectors and our work requires close working with both the public and private sectors. Reflecting the challenging and varied nature of our work, you will work with a wide range of experts from fields including economics, safety, engineering, consumer protection, and competition, on a broad range of topics. You will have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate commercial awareness in a regulatory environment close to industry.

This is an excellent opportunity to influence and shape the way regulation and performance monitoring develop in rail and road, to deliver tangible benefits for customers, taxpayers and the economy.

You will work flexibly across ORR’s portfolio.  Projects are likely to cover diverse topics such as:

•              How should publicly owned infrastructure be regulated? 

•              How can you improve incentives for efficiency within public sector companies?

•              What are the synergies between highways monitoring and rail regulation?

•              Horizon scanning

•              How should economic and safety regulation develop after Brexit?

•              How should our policies on consumer protection develop?

Post holders will initially work across the strategy, rail safety and highways teams within ORR to provide broad exposure to different policy areas and help identify opportunities and synergies from joint working across our policy discipline.  

Depending on experience, there are a range of professional development opportunities to further develop policy and analytical expertise: these will be tailored to your needs and interests.

Key responsibilities

•              Deliver policy and strategy projects across the office, engaging with different teams, to ensure that policy is sufficiently developed and that decision makers are able to make well informed and robust decisions. This will involve working as part of multidisciplinary teams.

•              Ensure that policy analysis is of the highest quality, including the engagement and communication surrounding our decisions, documents, and liaison with senior stakeholders. This includes providing incisive written and oral advice to senior management on economic, regulatory and financial as well as wider policy and strategic issues.

•              Engage with and influence our diverse range of stakeholders (industry, Government, consumer groups, other regulators), explaining ORR’s role and acting as an advocate for the value that independent regulation creates for the UK. This will include representing ORR at industry forums and events, giving presentations and drafting papers for discussion.

The essential criteria for the role are:

Analysis and policy skills

•              Identifying and using a wide range of relevant and credible sources (qualitative and quantitative) to assess patterns and trends; identify costs and benefits; develop and test options to reach robust conclusions.

•              The ability to support policy development in an unpredictable and complex environment. This includes the ability to quickly understand the policy context: economic and safety regulation; the rail and road sectors; political; public policy; commercial and financial.

•              Proven ability to deliver robust and clearly-structured analysis on complex topics, for example economic incentives, financial monitoring or safety risk control. 

•              Intellectual curiosity, especially about using evidence to answer questions.

•              A commitment to personal development and keeping technical skills and knowledge up to date.

•              Experience of working in a regulatory environment

Communication and collaboration

•              Strong written and oral communication. This includes the ability to communicate technical issues in straightforward ways which non-specialists and senior colleagues can readily engage with.

•              Establish effective relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders to enhance the development and delivery of our regulatory activities. 

•              Enjoys working across team boundaries and has the flexibility to contribute – independently and as part of a team - across a range of topics and outputs.

Project delivery

•              Strong project management skills and techniques to deliver outcomes (planning projects, setting clear and challenging expectations, identifying and managing risks, monitoring progress and measuring success).

•              Managing a busy and changing work load by working proactively, flexibly and independently, organising tasks and prioritising effectively, and managing and delivering projects to tight timescales.

•              Drive and determination to overcome resistance or challenges in order to achieve improved outcomes.

Desirable criteria for this role:

•              A strong and relevant academic background (for example, economics or engineering)

Closing date: midnight on 17th September 2017.

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