Birmingham City Council

Insight, Policy & Strategy Lead

14 Jul 2022
08 Aug 2022
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Insight, Strategy & Policy Lead

Salary £45,648 - £57,056 

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 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

A key member of the Insight, Partnerships & Strategy division, your remit will include managing the team and its resources, delivering programmes and products that give value for money and a best in class service. It’s your opportunity to play a critical role in deepening understanding of our city and helping to implement future-focused strategies tackling inequalities throughout Birmingham.

Leading the commissioning and procurement of goods and services, this includes commissioning research studies and think tank findings that support the delivery of strategic council initiatives.  A key focus will be on establishing effective and agile ‘curiosity circles’ and ‘innovation pods’, drawing together and matrix-managing a range of people from across the Council and partner agencies.

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

  • A degree-level qualification undertaking research and insight methods or policy analysis and development or equivalent experience
  • Significant experience of research and data analysis tools and techniques, managing the production of insightful analysis
  • A proven track record of providing policy advice to local government senior leadership
  • Skills in team planning and performance management to deliver personal and team objectives, with the ability to horizon scan over the next 2 years
  • Programme leadership using project management methodology such as Prince 2

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). 

Job Description and Person Specification

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