Senior Policy Adviser

Recruiter DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT
Location  Birmingham, Leeds, London, Hastings
Salary £38,654 (National) and £42,446 (London)
Closing date 24 May 2021
Ref 113401
Industry Government & politics, Central government, Policy, Travel & transport, General
Job level Experienced (non manager)
Hours Full time or Part time
Contract Permanent
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At the Department for Transport (DfT), we are responsible for delivering an exceptional transport network that connects communities, and enables people and goods to travel freely around the country. Encompassing everything from the decarbonisation of transport and the delivery of smart ticketing, through to the delivery of major infrastructure projects such as HS2, we strive to ensure that safe, reliable and cost-effective services are being delivered for the British public. With a focus on improving transport experiences for the user, we value our role in supporting the success of the UK’s businesses and the growth of the economy.




Bring your most ambitious ideas to life

As one of our Senior Policy Advisers, you will be instrumental in using your life experience and skills to formulate innovative approaches to complex challenges. This is a role in which you do not specifically need previous policy experience within the civil service, as long as you have formulated policy ideas for other organisations facing equally complex challenges. Specifically, you will deliver astute policy advice to Ministers across DfT, and you will work in partnership with colleagues in the Cabinet Office, No10 and HM Treasury to share expertise on cross-departmental initiatives. Taking responsibility for projects that will support a designated policy area, you will compile and interpret evidence and communicate it fluently in writing or face-to-face. Handling Ministerial briefings and Parliamentary business, you will work in partnership with key sector experts and stakeholders to gather the information that you need. Making use of data plus social research and behavioural insights, you will seek credible information that will support decisions being made within the team.

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Use your knowledge to support the creation of the UK’s most interesting projects

As you will be supporting senior managers in the creation and implementation of policies, you will bring a team-player approach to the role, underpinning this with excellent verbal and written communication skills. While experience in a civil service policy role would be useful, it is not strictly essential if you have transferable policy skills gained in a similarly complex role. Crucially you will be capable of aligning your work to wider organisational priorities and you will be keen to share knowledge and expertise with the wider organisation. With the capacity to interpret evidence and make sound judgements in a fast-paced environment, you will identify risks that could impact on the successful delivery of policies and come up with solutions.

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A truly diverse and inclusive workplace

DfT is a Disability Confident employer. We are committed to ensuring an accessible workplace and that disabled staff have the adjustments needed to be effective. At DfT our commitment to inclusion goes both ways and we look for our people to value inclusion just as much as we do. The Government has committed to moving 22,000 Civil Service roles out of London by 2030 which will enable us to get closer to the communities that we serve. This is an initiative that we have already embraced at DfT, with the creation of new hubs in Leeds and Birmingham. We are confident that this development will improve our policy making capabilities even further, as we want to create a more diverse and inclusive team that connects people with the places that mean the most to them. This move underpins our commitment to access and progress talent from all backgrounds, and as such, we are immensely proud to have been listed by the Social Mobility Employer Index as one of the ‘Top 75 UK Employers’ in 2020.

Expect more with the DfT

The DfT is a place where everyone can make a contribution. With a collaborative approach in which everyone works together and shares expertise, you will benefit from a supportive working environment. Furthermore, we want every employee to excel in their work, so we will provide you with a clearly defined career path with plenty of training and development opportunities, plus the scope to pursue a wide array of opportunities across the wider Civil Service – so there really is no saying where your career will take you. And while your career is undoubtedly important, so too is your financial future and emotional wellbeing. As such, we are proud to offer our people a highly competitive benefits package that is enhanced by various wellbeing initiatives and plenty of senior leadership support. With the freedom to get involved in projects that interest you, this is a unique chance to elevate your career exponentially.

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