Senior Strategy Adviser

England, Essex, Chelmsford
£39168.0 - £45664 per annum
28 Oct 2020
09 Nov 2020
Contract Type
Full time
This is a fixed term / secondment opportunity on an initial 6-month contract basis

One of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, Essex County Council has an enviable track record of delivering positive change. Our programme of continuous improvement isn't just about how we organise ourselves in a structure, It is as much, if not more, about how we lead, manage and work, creating the conditions to be adaptable, accountable and learn. At the heart of this ethos, you will find our new Corporate Development function, the home of professional excellence in Service Design, Citizen Insight and Data Science, Strategy and Policy, Commercial, Equalities and Partnerships and Marketing and Communications. Together, we work to ensure that ECC is the exciting and dynamic organisation we need it to be - agile, entrepreneurial, and digitally enabled to, deliver exceptional services to our citizens. Join us and you will become part of a workforce which is committed to learning, open-minded, more adaptive in their thinking, and at the forefront of innovative public service delivery.

The opportunity

Essex County Council's corporate strategy team leads on: strategic planning - ensuring that the organisation is working in an effective way to an agreed set of priorities with clear success measures; developing key organisational strategies; using data, insight and innovation to re-think how we approach priority issues and services in a digital age; developing key external relationships and partnerships with organisations such as think tanks, universities and other county councils; and analysing and influencing national policy in areas of prime interest for the Council.
This role will involve taking a lead on policy and strategy development, strategic level engagement and working with external partners and service experts to develop our policy response to support families. Working closely with senior leaders, politicians and internal and external stakeholders you will have the opportunity to make a real impact through the innovative work we are delivering to support this cohort of families in Essex.

About you

Educated to degree level (or equivalent by experience) you will be a strategic thinker who is able to bring together data, insight and other evidence to shape how we think about and deliver key outcomes and services. You will be a proactive self-starter who is able to work flexibly across a range of subject areas. You will be a strong communicator and influencer, able to work well with a range of stakeholders including senior officers and politicians; and able to present proposals in a clear, concise and evidenced manner both verbally and in writing. You will have experience of working on policy issues, for example in central government, local government or in a policy institute or think tank.

Plus we understand that life sometimes does not always go according to plan and that there are times where work has to fit around you, which is why we are committed to ensuring flexible working options across all of our business units.

About us

At Essex County Council we have a vision to be a county where innovation brings prosperity and we are dedicated to improving the lives of our residents. With a total workforce of around 7,500, Essex County Council is one of the largest county councils in the country and we truly believe our greatest asset is our people. They are fundamentally key to our current and future success.


We offer an excellent benefits package to all our employees. It is important to us that you have a healthy work/life balance, which is why we offer flexible working solutions. The package also includes a great central location, which is easily accessible to all road and rail links, a clear career path which will encourage gifted, committed individuals to grow with the opportunity for progression and promotion, a local government pension scheme, annual leave of up to 29 days per year, discounted shopping and much more.

Apply & next steps

To apply please upload an up to date CV and supporting statement when prompted.
Interviews are expected to be held week commencing Monday 23rd November for candidates successfully shortlisted.

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.

If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please contact the Resourcing Team on 0333 013 5888.