Principal Economics Officer

Transport for the North

Transport for the North

Principal Economics Officer
Reference: JAN20241247
Expiry date: 12:00, Mon, 12th Feb 2024
Location: Manchester
Salary: £52,330 - £60,718 Per Annum
Benefits: 28 days holiday per annum plus bank holidays, access to the local government pension scheme, access to various salary sacrifice benefits, access to Flexi-Time Scheme, allowing accrual of up to 18 additional days leave per year
Attachments: PrincipalEconomicsOfficer-5U(Tech)-January2024.pdf

The postholder will lead and manage the delivery of TfN’s research strategy, with particular focus on the economic research programme. You will work closely with the Head of Strategy, Policy and Research to ensure that TfN’s policy and strategy work is evidence led and supported by robust and clear analytical outputs. You will also lead the implementation of the monitoring and evaluation framework for our Strategic Transport Plan.

The role will manage the Northern Powerhouse Independent Economic Review (NPIER) working with partners such as NP11 and other stakeholders, including government departments. This will include specifying and managing the delivery of an agreed programme of economic analysis to support the development of TfN strategy, evidence base and initiatives.

You will be expected to build strong relationships, internally and externally and be able to influence, shape and challenge across the economic research sphere to drive an integrated approach to economic growth, decarbonisation and social inclusion within TfN and with our partners. The successful candidate will develop, lead and manage the TfN economic research programme, including the management of specialist researchers and working closely with strategy and policy colleagues to maintain and enhance our regional evidence base to support the Strategic Transport Plan.

What we’re looking for:
The successful candidate will be a senior manager with experience in economic research in a multi-agency environment. You will have extensive experience of applying technical expertise to undertake research and analysis activities and will possess substantial understanding of the national and regional policy context. You will be expected to deliver work to defined standards of quality, accuracy and timeliness, supporting the team to develop and deliver required outputs.

As an experienced leader, you will be talented in creating positive working climates, establishing clear priorities and ensuring consistent performance improvement.

A track record of dealing with and influencing at the highest levels within and beyond the organisation is essential as is the demonstrated effectiveness in developing and managing complex working relationships with external stakeholders at a national level.

Candidates should be educated to degree level within a mathematical or economics related subject or possess a professional qualification or equivalent experience.

Closing Date: 12:00 Noon on 12 February 2024
Provisional Interview Dates: 19 and 20 February 2024

In return, as well as a competitive salary, our other benefits are:

• 28 days holiday per annum plus bank holidays
• Access to the local government pension scheme
• Access to various salary sacrifice benefits, including Travel Pass purchase scheme.
• Access to TfN’s Flexi-Time Scheme, allowing accrual of up to 18 additional days leave per year

If you believe you have the skills and experience we’re looking for please apply online, ensuring that in your application you provide evidence in the form of specific examples of how you meet the essential criteria in the role profile.

All candidates will be required to prove their right to work in the UK as part of the recruitment process.

At TfN, we welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. We are particularly keen to encourage applications from women, members of ethnic minority groups and people with disabilities who are currently under-represented.

As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, all applications will be considered on their merit.

As an organisation we always strive to do the right thing and understand that in order to make a difference in our society and workplace, we must be committed to respecting equality and diversity, showing kindness, tackling discrimination and promoting inclusion and have signed the CIHT Diversity and Inclusion Charter Statement to further endorse our commitment. We are also an accredited Living Wage Employer, this means that every employee earns a real Living Wage and are recognised as Disability Confident employer (stage 2) acting as a disability confident champion within our local and business communities and business networks.

For further information and to apply, click here.


  • Location: Manchester
  • Job Title: Principal Economics Officer
  • Salary: £52,330 - £60,718
  • Closed: 12 Feb 2024

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