Birmingham City Council

Policy & Programme Advisor – Insight, Policy & Strategy

14 Jul 2022
08 Aug 2022
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Policy & Programme Advisor, Insight, Policy & Strategy Team

Salary £36,371 - £44,624 

If you needed a different perspective, where would you go?

Birmingham is a city that takes it further. It’s the home of individuals and communities who lead the way. Who don’t compromise on who they are or what they stand for. Join our brand-new Insight, Policy & Strategy team. Help us put our city’s vibrant communities front and centre, as we shape an ambitious future together.

About the Insight, Policy & Strategy Team

Ours is a highly skilled team of economists, social researchers, data scientists, policy analysts and project management professionals. Together we’ll enable the Council’s capacity for strategic planning. Leading the development of insight, policy and strategic thinking we’ll make sure problem-solving programmes and projects involve the right partners, as well as the resources needed. Working closely with partners across the Council and beyond, we’ll collaborate on joint projects to support the IPS work being led by other teams.

About the role

Co-ordinating the Insights, Policy & Strategy Team’s programme of work, your focus will be on delivering research and insight that supports policy development and strategic planning. Here, you can play an important part in the design of new services and supporting activities that contribute to the delivery of high-performing, customer-focused services. It’s a role that involves research, tangible horizon scanning and evidence-based thinking.

Key to this role is managing the team’s Policy and Research Analysts, coaching them to deliver high-quality data analysis and compelling and actionable insights about the state of the city. As Policy & Programme Advisor, it’s likely that you’ll take pride in helping tackle inequality in Birmingham, as well as improving outcomes for our citizens.

To be successful in this role it’s likely that you’ll bring:

  • Sound understanding of how data and insight contributes organisational function
  • Success in communicating insights face-to-face and in concise reports
  • Expertise in research and data analysis tools and techniques, especially those used for social science/social policy research
  • Skills in managing people, projects and resources, with a strong understanding of business processes, strategic planning and project management methodology
  • Experience of collaborating on projects and developing solutions with a wide range of colleagues, partners and the public

What we offer in return

We’re committed to creating an environment that promotes diversity and inclusivity, healthy lifestyle choices, wellbeing and balance. We’ll empower you to be the best you can be, with coaching, mentoring and training programmes that meet your professional and personal development needs at every stage of your career with us.

We’re also proud to offer:

  • Family friendly policies.
  • A range of benefits, including membership of the West Midlands Pension Fund, discounted gym membership and a confidential employee assistance programme.
  • 29 days’ annual leave increasing with length of service, plus the option to purchase additional days.

Birmingham is a city on the move. Be part of it.

Please see our microsite for further information and how to apply - 

You must upload a CV and Supporting Statement via the miscellaneous attachment on to your application. This is required for shortlisting; you need to describe how your experience and skills fit the essential criteria for the role as specified in the Person Specification. If you do not attach your Supporting Statement, your application will not be considered.

All roles will close at midday on Monday 8th August, and we will be shortlisting on a rolling basis, because we know how important it is to keep you informed on the progress of your application. Don’t be surprised if you hear back from us prior to the closing date to let you know you’ve been shortlisted.

  • Interviews will commence from wc. 15th August, and we can be flexible with regards to logistics.

For informal enquires please contact Lysanne Eddy via email at 


Proof of Right to work in the UK will be required for all applicants in accordance with UK Home Office requirements, before any employment offer can be confirmed. Non-UK applicants (excluding Ireland) may need to apply for a visa from the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and may require a Certificate of Sponsorship from Birmingham City Council for a skilled worker visa (if the job is eligible).

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