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Principal Strategy and Policy Lead - Remote Working

  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/63605/20264
  • Published: Fri 14/01/2022, 20:20 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 06/02/2022, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £61,463 - £69,514
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Reigate

The starting salary for this role is £61,463 per annum and is based on a 36 working hour week.

Do you relish a challenge? Do you have a proven track record of long-term visioning and developing innovative strategies in dynamic environments? Are you tenacious, committed to the cause and able to inspire others? If so, then we want to hear from you!

We want Surrey to be a uniquely special place where everyone has a great start to life, people live healthy and fulfilling lives, and are enabled to achieve their full potential and contribute to their community and no-one is left behind. To achieve this, and ensure the financial sustainability of the council, we have embarked on a massive transformation programme with Tim Oliver (Leader) and Joanna Killian (Chief Executive) both emphasising a clear strategic direction as key to the council's improvement journey.

The Strategy Team is situated at the heart of the council and we work on a breadth of topics, projects and issues which are centred around delivering and advancing the 2030 Community Vision and our corporate priority 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.

In this role you can expect to develop the council’s strategy, and work in diverse policy areas to help shape thinking, recommendations, proposals and solutions. You will play a key role in shaping the future of the council and setting the strategic direction as well as designing innovative new approaches to deliver the council’s ambitions. 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 Leadership Office to support effective stakeholder engagement, including supporting and briefing senior officers and politicians. You will also play a key role in supporting the development of the Strategy Team to ensure we have the right capacity and capability to deliver on the council’s ambitions.

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.

This role is open to remote working meaning you aren't required in the office 5 days a week. We're less about you driving to work and more about us collectively driving down our carbon footprint. Equally, we care about how you work rather than where you work; the people rather than the postcode. In support of the wellbeing of our staff and our greener futures strategies, we'd welcome a conversation with the successful candidate on what remote working may look like for you.

To be shortlisted to interview for this position your application will clearly evidence:

  • Significant experience of developing and delivering evidence-led high profile/high impact strategies and policies.
  • Experience of strategic business planning in large or complex organisations.
  • Experience of managing stakeholders, influencing and negotiating in complex, political environments.
  • Excellent quantitative and qualitative analytical skills to inform strategic and creative thinking when dealing with complex and ambiguous analytical or policy challenges.
  • Understanding of the key strategic issues facing local government, the wider public sector and partners.
  • Experience of developing and delivering public affairs activity at regional or national level.

For more information please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application.

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 for the role and how you meet the required skills and experience. We look forward to receiving your application.

Additional Information

Closing date for applications is 6 February 2022.

Interviews are likely to be held the weeks commencing 21 and 28 February.

Contact Details

For an informal discussion, please contact Sarah Richardson, Head of Strategy, s.richardson@surreycc.gov.uk.

Benefits

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 26 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.

Our Commitment

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.

  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/63605/20264
  • Published: Fri 14/01/2022, 20:20 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 06/02/2022, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £61,463 - £69,514
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Reigate

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