Principal Policy Officer
As the Principal Policy Officer you will help shape the future of transport in the Midlands. You will be responsible for taking an overview of general national and local government policy that may not be directly related to transport but will have an impact on our work. This could include aspects such as: climate change, housing delivery, economic development, COVID-19 responses etc.
You will need to establish strong links into various departments and agencies to understand their agendas and be able to bring that knowledge into Midlands Connect.
What will you be doing?
- Support Midlands Connect to influence policy on transport through the identification and analysis of wider policy issues
- Ensure that the external environment is scanned to provide timely intelligence and advice on issues affecting Midlands Connect programs
- Produce a wide range of high-quality written outputs for various audiences including high-quality consultation responses, policy briefings and other similar outputs
- Support the Midlands Connect Leadership team in the scoping and development of Midlands Connect proposals
We're looking for someone who has the experience needed to effectively lead the production of policy and research outputs, including full research programmes, reports and surveys.
You will have a track-record of relevant policy research, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and an understanding of political processes at local, regional and national levels ensuring that our work is understood by and relevant to a number of Government departments, as well as to our partners.
Our ideal applicant will be able to provide professional policy advice, analysis and research that provides the biggest possible social, economic and environmental benefits for the Midlands region.
Good knowledge and awareness of issues relating to Midlands Connect and transport generally is desirable but not essential.
About the team
Here at Midlands Connect, we explore, develop and recommend major transport projects which provide the biggest possible economic and social benefits for the Midlands and the rest of the UK. These initiatives will create more capacity for passengers and freight on the Midlands’ roads and railways. As the Sub-national Transport Body for the Midlands and transport partner of the Midlands Engine, our partnership is vast: councils, LEPs, Chambers of Commerce, airports, HS2 Ltd, Network Rail, Highways England, and our sponsor the Department for Transport.
Our role in the West Midlands has never been more important and in these extraordinary times we’ve shown we can step forward, speak up for our region and bring people together. Everything we do is focused on making life better for people in the West Midlands – that’s our reason for being here and it drives every move we make. We lead and support others to deliver our shared future vision for the region – a happier, healthier, better connected place to live and work.
We fully believe that we are only as great as the people who work for us and are committed to providing a positive, healthy and inclusive working environment where our people feel valued and respected. We are a “Leaders in Diversity” accredited organisation, are in the Inclusive Top 50 Employers List and are one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women.
Our employees feel they can make a difference and are excited by the growth and the potential to shape the future. As we undergo a period of significant change, our employees are engaging with what is going on and we are encouraging a culture where people feel they can contribute towards improvements.
We’re ambitious, forward thinking and determined to find better ways of working, always leading the way in what we do. We trust and support each other to get the job done, and encourage creativity, originality and curiosity from those who work with us. We’re committed to creating an accessible and diverse workplace, one that nurtures an inclusive environment where our people can be themselves.
If your values align with ours and you’re committed to working towards creating a future we can all be proud of, we want to hear from you.
We are designing our organisation of the future and planning a new, flexible approach to the way we use our office space. This approach will mean most of us working from home some of the time and using our office space to come together to share ideas and learn from each other. We will continue to use digital technology for meetings, collaboration and communications - bringing teams together virtually wherever they’re working, saving time and spending on travel.
We are committed to developing an organisation that is representative of the diverse communities that we serve and welcome applications from all sections of the community. The following groups are currently underrepresented: young people, Black, Asian and ethnic minority groups and women at senior levels.
We are a Disability Confident Employer and offer a guaranteed interview scheme for applicants who meet the essential job role criteria. We will make reasonable adjustments, in line with the Equality Act, for disabled applicants if these are needed. Wherever possible we will offer flexible working options which assist work-life balance.
We’re dedicated to providing a broad range of rewards and benefits and constantly benchmark our benefits packages to ensure they are attractive for all our people. As well as a competitive salary, employees also receive a benefits package that includes 27 days annual leave (plus public holidays) and access to a great pension scheme.