Job Title: Corporate Policy & Research Officer
Post Reference Number: 006595
Working Hours: 37
Salary Range: £37,261 to £40,478 (pro rata for hours worked)
Location: Stevenage and flexible working
Stevenage has all the benefits of being the UK’s first new town, set in the heart of England only 28 miles from London and closer still to the beautiful countryside and historic places of interest across Hertfordshire. People like living in Stevenage, but it’s not without its challenges and not everyone’s experience is the same.
Stevenage Borough Council provides over 100 services, support and information to in excess of 87,000 residents on all areas of housing, benefits, waste, recycling, business, leisure, planning and regeneration.
The scale of our ambition is unprecedented. A major £1 billion town centre regeneration programme is currently underway along with a £45 million refurbishment of council homes. There is significant investment across the town’s neighbourhoods to make lives better, building community wealth and focusing on addressing local priorities. All of this is being driven by a council with a co-operative commitment to working with its communities and driving a modern and agile approach to its work.
About the role
This is an exciting time to work for Stevenage Borough Council and you will play a key role in helping us make Stevenage Even Better. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to work at the heart of the Council, engage with all service areas, and really develop your skills, experience and understanding.
You will support the development and delivery of a new Corporate Plan, helping to ensure that the council shapes and delivers its overarching strategic priorities. Working closely with senior managers across the council including the Chief Executive and Strategic Directors, you will lead and support the development of key policies and projects in response to new and emerging priorities for the Council.
You will research and share best practice from elsewhere, analyse and interpret data, and produce written and verbal briefings for internal and external stakeholders to inform strategic decision-making. You will provide policy and research support, advice and expertise to business units across the council and will build strong, influential relationships with internal colleagues at all levels and with external partners.
You will have the ability to build strong rapport and relationships at all levels within the organisation, with strong negotiating and influencing skills. You will be able to bring together information from a range of sources and provide analysis and recommendations, and be able to communicate these verbally and in writing. You will have experience managing and developing processes, explaining them to others, and supporting people in following them.
You will have a keen interest in local and national policy, be willing to learn, keen to develop and progress, and interested in knowing more about how the council works. You will be focused on outcomes for our residents, and the importance of constantly seeking ways to improve the services we provide.
We offer a range of benefits to support our staff including:
Pension Scheme: We offer a career average pension scheme, providing generous benefits upon retirement, as well as a lump sum and pension for dependants
Flexible working: available upon request, subject to operational requirements.
Part time and Job share: all our full time vacancies are open to job share unless otherwise stated.
A variety of different types of paid and unpaid leave covering emergency and planned leave, maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave.
24 days holiday rising to 30 days (depending on Local Government service)
An extensive range of learning and development opportunities
Confidential advice and support on personal, work, family and relationship issues, 24/7, from our Employee Assistance Programme
Season ticket loans and discounts for public transport
Cycle to Work scheme
Stevenage Credit Union: secure savings, free life insurance and access to cheap loans.
Employee Discounts: via monthly paid membership of the Civil Service Sports Council (CSSC)
Discounted Health and Fitness membership at SLL
Trade Unions: For a small fee, all employees have the opportunity to join a Trade Union.
For an informal discussion about this role please contact:
Sally Norman 07566 788339 firstname.lastname@example.org
To apply online, please visit https://jobs.stevenage.gov.uk/StevenageBorough/Home
Closing date for receipt of applications: 9th December 2022
Interviews will be held week commencing: 19th December 2022
Please note that if we receive a large volume of applications for this role, we reserve the right to close this vacancy ahead of the published closing date
Stevenage Borough Council (SBC) is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff, volunteers and recruitment candidates to share this commitment. SBC shall take all reasonable steps to employ staff who are safe to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults. For posts identified with regular contact with these groups applicants will be required to undertake a Value Based Interview. The council supports the legislative requirements for employing and maintaining safer staff and the guidance specified by Hertfordshire Safeguarding Adults Board
Stevenage Borough Council is committed to Equal Opportunities for All. For further information please click https://www.stevenage.gov.uk/about-the-council/jobs-and-careers/equal-opportunities