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Policy Manager

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Vacancy Summary
London Borough Of Waltham Forest
£49,464 to £52,482
Waltham Forest
Working Pattern:
Full Time
36 hours per week.
DBS Check:
Closing Date:
16/07/2019 at 23:30 PM
Vacancy Description

An exciting post is available within our Strategy and Policy Agency which operates at the heart of Waltham Forest Council. 

As Strategy and Policy Manager you will play a key role the development and delivery of the Council’s ambitions, working closely with the Cabinet, Council Leader, Chief Executive and other senior officers.  You will lead on strategic priority projects and programmes, provide high quality policy and strategy advice, and develop new and exciting approaches to support the Council to meet the needs of our existing and future residents. 

The Strategy and Policy Agency is a centralised function that works in Agile to support the Council’s ambitions.  It is a fast-paced role, working across all council services and activities, in a small, dynamic and influential team. 

You will be expected to lead the development and delivery of strategically important projects and programmes, working with change, comms and digital colleagues across Corporate Development, as well as supporting senior leaders with policy requirements, especially at short notice. 

We are introducing new ways of supporting services across Corporate Development, and so you will also be responsible for embed the new approach to Strategy and Policy in a way that allows council services to access the support they need from the team, in a highly efficient and effective way, utilising self-help tools, and prioritising resources on strategic priorities.

Finally, you will be expected to build relationships across and beyond the council, working with other public-, private- and third-sector bodies to develop strategy and policy and advocate on our behalf. It will be a highly visible role, both within and beyond Waltham Forest.

The Person

The successful applicant will have a positive, can-do attitude and approach to supporting the council to deliver their priorities. 

You will have demonstrable experience of leadership and management skills – driving projects and programmes, leading through change, and managing a small but highly skilled team to maximise their talents and ambitions.

You will have excellent written and oral communication skills, and the ability to work creatively and positively to find solutions to problems. You will be resilient, highly motivated and able to work with agility in a pressurised political environment. You will be confident, open and outgoing in order to build lasting relationships across the Council and with external bodies. 

You will have experience of working in a strategic or policy role, working with politicians and senior leaders. Research, analysis, interpretation and evaluation experience, as well as of writing reports and briefings to a high standard is also an advantage.

If you are a committed leader, with drive and enthusiasm we would love to hear from you.

Waltham Forest

Waltham Forest is an ambitious Borough. Driven by culture and the innate creativity of our residents, we have developed new and innovative ways to build our communities and increase social cohesion.  As London’s first Borough of Culture we are creating more opportunities to empower our residents and boost their life chances.

Our ambition is to ensure all of our residents can enjoy a good quality life. We are working at pace to embed our Creating Futures corporate strategy and are developing a 2030 vision for Waltham Forest that will set the direction for the decade to come.  Our Council is relentlessly resident-focused, insight-led, digitally-driven and commercially-minded; a Council focussed on meeting the needs of our existing and future residents.

We are looking for the right people to make this a reality and with the Council’s strong track record of providing a variety of career pathways this is an exciting opportunity not to be missed.

For an informal discussion about the role, please telephone Darryl Abelscroft, Policy Manager on 020 8496 4758. 


Equal Opportunities
Waltham Forest is a diverse borough where diversity is valued and is integral to both, service delivery and employment of its staff. The Council is proud of its rich mix of communities and as the largest employer in the area, it works hard to respond to the changing needs of its population.

We use our statutory duties on race, gender and disability equality and best practice in respect of age, faith and sexual orientation to ensure equality of opportunity in the workplace.

The Council is committed to meeting its 4 equality objectives contained within the Waltham Forest Council Equality Plan 2012/2015:

- Promoting equality of opportunity

- Opposing all forms of discrimination, intolerance and disadvantage

- Ensuring our workforce reflects the diverse communities of Waltham Forest at all levels.

- Providing fair, appropriate, accessible and excellent Services to all.

Respecting Diversity is a core Council value.

How to apply
Application Information The councils preference is for on-line application forms. However if you have a disability and are unable to complete an on-line application, please ring 0208 496 4227 who will be able to arrange an alternative. For more information on how to complete your application form, follow this link: Applying for a job at Waltham Forest Council

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