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Senior Policy Lead
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: SCC/20/123983
  • Published: Wed 11/03/2020, 11:35 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 26/04/2020, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36 hours hours per week
  • Salary: £61,463 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: County Hall, Penrhyn Rd, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey

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Senior Policy Lead

There are 2 roles available, one permanent role and one 12 month fixed term contract / secondment).

Please note that Surrey County Council's headquarters, where this role is currently based, will be relocating back into Surrey in 2020 to support our Community Vision 2030. The new headquarters will be based in Woking.

Whilst the primary base for the role holders will be in County Hall, Kingston (until the move), the work assigned could see the post holder working from any of our sites across the county and so ability to travel is a requirement of the role.

About the role

Tim Oliver, Leader, and Joanna Killian, Chief Executive, have emphasised a clear strategic direction as key to the council's improvement journey. In order to achieve this we have embarked upon a massive transformation programme which consists of a number of key projects that are critical to the future success and financial stability of the council. To deliver our 2030 community vision we are committed to changing and radically improving the council's culture, approach and performance, putting residents' current and future needs first.

The Strategy Team is situated at the heart of the council within the Insight, Analytics and Intelligence service. We work on a breadth of topics, projects and issues which are centred around delivering and advancing the 2030 Community Vision and our corporate objectives (set out in the Organisation Strategy). We work in collaboration with colleagues across the council and external partners at a local, regional and national level.

We are looking to add capacity to the team to ensure we're well placed to respond to – and anticipate – the latest policy developments. In your time with us you can expect to work in diverse policy areas, from health and social care to the green economy. In this role you will work with teams who hold specialist policy knowledge and experience, develop your own in-depth understanding of policy problems, and help shape thinking, recommendations, proposals and solutions. You will need to maintain an understanding of the broader policy and political context for your work, building relationships with colleagues in the Communications Team and Leaderships Office to support effective stakeholder engagement, including supporting and briefing senior officers and politicians.

You will be a skilled communicator with an excellent grasp of public policy issues. A thought leader, ready to generate new ideas and insights. The capability to engage with technical detail of policy and legislation as well as to propose creative and more provocative ideas that can stimulate debate is vital, as is the ability to distil research and complex ideas into briefs, articles, and policy recommendations for both expert and general audiences. You should be able to build relationships both with the teams you will work with and win the confidence of senior colleagues.

Our values are important to us and as a team member, you will understand the importance of and be comfortable in leading by example when it comes to displaying these through your work and actions.

If you're passionate and enthusiastic about grasping this opportunity at the heart of the council, then please apply by uploading your CV and personal statement (no longer than two pages of A4 please) outlining your suitability. Please state your role preference in your statement.

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For more information, please find attached a full job profile. To arrange an informal chat, please feel free to contact Sarah Richardson, Head of Strategy – Insight, Analytics and Intelligence, at

Please indicate in your application if you want to be considered for either the permanent or temporary role, or both.

Closing date for applications is 26 April 2020 and interviews will likely be held in May 2020.

From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 24 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

How to Apply

Please apply online via the link provided. Please note, we do not accept CV’s submitted without a fully completed online application form.

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