Policy and Strategy Officer

Transport for the North

Transport for the North

Policy and Strategy Officer
Closing date: 12:00pm, Tuesday 4th May 2021
Location: Flexible across the North of England, but with a requirement to regularly work from our office in Manchester
Salary: £39,396 - £45,962 per annum
Contract: Full time Permanent

Transport for the North is England’s first Sub-National Transport Body. We were formed to transform the transport system across the North of England, providing the infrastructure needed to drive economic growth.

As a partnership, we bring together the North’s nineteen local transport authorities and business leaders together with Network Rail, Highways England, and HS2 Ltd and working with Central Government. We enable the North to speak with one voice on the transport infrastructure investment needed to drive transformational growth and rebalance the UK economy.

We are based across the North, with offices in Manchester and Leeds and have colleagues working within local transport bodies across the North. We will not replace or replicate the work of existing local transport bodies. Our role is to add strategic value by ensuring that funding and strategy decisions about transport in the North are informed by local knowledge and requirements. This fits with the devolution agenda and we will draw powers down from central government rather than up from local government.

Our vision is of a thriving North of England, where modern transport connections drive economic growth and support an excellent quality of life.

Transport for the North is looking to recruit the following role:

The Policy and Strategy Officer role is critical to TfN’s corporate and programme development. supporting the delivery of the Strategic Transport Plan and its policy positions. You will be expected to build strong relationships, internally and externally and be able to influence, shape and challenge across the strategy and policy sphere.

You will also be responsible for initiating and co-ordinating the development and implementation of new and existing initiatives, shaping TfN’s on-going evidence base development particularly in relation to spatial planning, economic development and local connectivity. You will be a key member of a multi-disciplinary team, playing an active part in scoping and defining the role pan northern transport investment and TfN can plan in supporting the implementation of local plans.

What we’re looking for:?

The successful candidate will have experience of working in transport strategy and policy development (or in a related area of local economic development and planning), working in complex situations and leading the development and approval of policies, strategies or business cases. It is imperative that you also have a good understanding of national and regional policy context, transport policy and regulatory frameworks and experience of contract and procurement management.

As a confident communicator, you will have the ability to engage with and influence a wide range of stakeholders, partners and senior colleagues alongside representing TfN in public, professional and stakeholder forums.

Candidates will preferably have a relevant degree or equivalent level reached through experience. Above all else, we’re looking for someone who’s passionate about improving outcomes for people and communities across the North.
Provisional Interview Date: Friday 14th May 2021?

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

• 27 days holiday per annum
• 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

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.
Want to know more about Transport for The North, then visit us on www.transportforthenorth.com, or look at our twitter page or find us on LinkedIn.


  • Location: Manchester
  • Job Title: Policy and Strategy Officer
  • Salary: £39,396 - £45,962 per annum
  • Closed: 4 May 2021

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