Birmingham City Council

Policy & Research Advisor – Strategic Partnerships

14 Jul 2022
08 Aug 2022
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Policy & Research Advisor, Strategic Partnerships

Salary £36,371 - £44,624 

If you had a window into our city, what would you see?

Birmingham is a city of bigger and brighter. It’s bathed in legacy and authentic to the core. Here, culture is everything. And kindness is king. Join our brand-new Strategic Partnerships team. Help us bring our communities closer together in every way possible.

About the Strategic Partnerships Team 

Our goal is to build strong external partnerships and stakeholder relationships to help grow a better shared understanding of the challenges facing our city. Providing a vital secretariat function to the City Board, we’ll strengthen existing relationships with the WMCA, universities, private sector firms and other partners. We’ll also work closely with the Council’s corporate communications and external affairs teams to engage on shared commitments for action. Ours is a team of experts in relationship management, stakeholder engagement and joint policy work. It’s a hub for knowledge about partner organisations and their people.

About the role

Across a complex programme of work, you can help deliver a high-quality service that narrates the added value of partnership working through the analysis of data, knowledge, and user intelligence. Your focus will be on supporting the Head of Strategic Partnerships with understanding the ongoing landscape, maturity, and effectiveness of key partnership arrangements across the city. It will involve social and attitudinal research, tangible horizon scanning and evidence-based thinking.

This important role includes producing compelling and actionable insights. You’ll help shape strategies, inform decision-making and service-design, and support activities that contribute to the delivery of best-in-class customer-focused services.

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

  • Experience of analysing business performance, data and insight management information to recommend solutions, and of using statistical methods for description
  • A sound understanding of statutory and non-statutory partnerships, with experience of working across organisational boundaries
  • Experience of a range of research and data analysis tools and techniques, especially those used for social science/social policy research
  • Skills in analysing data from a wide range of sources, creating and communicating insights by producing concise written reports, dashboards and face to face presentations

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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