Head of Strategy, Policy and Research

Transport for the North

Transport for the North

Head of Strategy, Policy and Research
Reference: MAR20233268
Expiry date: 12:00, Tue, 2nd May 2023
Location: Manchester
Salary: £80,297.00 - £93,360.00 Per Annum
Benefits: 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
Attachments: HeadofStrategyPolicyResearch-6U(StratPolicy)-March2023FINAL.pdf

Role overview:
You will be expected to lead a multi-disciplinary team of research and policy specialists, to provide the capacity and capability to successfully deliver TfN’s role as a strategic advisory body, to provide strategy, policy and research deliverables that support the STP’s three ambitions to transform economic performance, rapidly decarbonise our transport network and enhance social inclusion and health benefits.

You will be required to oversee the development of TfN’s research programme to inform our evidence base; and build extensive, impactful networks and relationships, both internally and externally, including local transport authorities, government departments, academic/research institutions, and other local/regional partners and delivery bodies.

As part of the Strategy, Analysis & Communications Directorate Management Team, you will work with three other heads of service (data, analysis & appraisal; stakeholder engagement & communications; and decarbonisation) to deliver a fully integrated function across TfN, which ensures an accurate, comprehensive and robust evidence base, oversees the totality of TfN’s strategy and policy work, and enables effective, consistent communication and engagement with local, regional and national partners. The role will play a key part in leading our regional ‘centre of excellence’ offer for local partners and other sub-national transport bodies.

What we’re looking for:
The successful candidate will be a senior manager with experience in strategy and policy development in transport and/or urban policy. You will possess substantial understanding of the national and regional transport strategy and policy context and managing policy positions in a multi-agency environment as well as having extensive experience of developing complex transport strategies and coordinating the development of pan-organisational, complex business cases/transport proposals.

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 will possess a Master's degree, similar post-graduate qualification or equivalent experience, as well as a professional qualification, chartered status or equivalent experience.

Closing Date: 12:00 Noon on 2nd May 2023
Provisional Interview Date: 12th May 2023

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

For further information and to apply, click here.

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.


  • Location: Manchester
  • Job Title: Head of Strategy, Policy and Research
  • Salary: £80,297.00 - £93,360.00
  • Closed: 2 May 2023

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