Strategy and Policy Officer (Sustainable Economy)

Kirklees, West Yorkshire
£36,876 - £38,813
15 May 2019
02 Jun 2019
Job role
Contract Type
Full time

Our vision for Kirklees is to create a district with a strong, sustainable economy that offers a great quality of life to its residents - leading to thriving communities, growing businesses, high prosperity and low inequality where people enjoy better health throughout their lives. To achieve this vision we are always looking to be innovative and creative, working with people, in partnership, and adapting our approaches to suit the different parts of our communities.

One of the 7 outcomes we share with our partners is that Kirklees has sustainable economic growth and provides good employment for and with communities and businesses.  Our focus is on growing an inclusive and productive economy at the heart of the North. We are committed to building local wealth, creating an economy that is:

  • Inclusive: with every person realising their potential, through good jobs, and higher levels of skills, income and wellbeing.

  • Productive: with innovative, outward and forward looking businesses. Higher productivity creates more value per hour worked and can support good jobs and higher incomes. 

Ensuring people in Kirklees have aspiration to achieve their ambitions through education, training employment and lifelong learning is also critical to creating a sustainable economy. 

Working within the Policy and Partnerships team, this role will focus on several key areas:

  • Developing the Council’s internal policies that shape the way we approach and deliver local wealth building.

  • Working with colleagues across Economy and Infrastructure, the Council and partners to embed a strong programme management approach to implementing our new Kirklees Economic Strategy, and grow our capacity to engage with partners.

  • Understanding and interpreting the external policy environment that impacts on a sustainable economy, ensuring the Council is active in shaping policy and responding effectively to change.

To be successful in this complex and challenging role you will need to be able to:

  • Write for a variety of audiences, especially formal reports, policies and procedures.

  • Organise a complex workload to ensure deadlines are met.

  • Develop effective working relationship with a wide range of colleagues across the Service, the Council (including councillors) and key partners.

  • Develop a good understanding of the Council and partners governance arrangements and the implications of working in a politically led organisation.

A working knowledge of economic development, regeneration and the skills sector would also be beneficial.

For further information please contact Kate McNicholas, Strategy and Policy Service Manager on 01484 221000 or

In order to be shortlisted for this job you need to meet the Essential criteria – E* as outlined on the Job Profile.  CV's will not be accepted.