Strategy & Policy Manager

Client: London Borough of Southwark

Location: Hybrid Working

Salary: £51,099 - £58,197

Closing date: Sunday, 25 February 2024 23:30

Strategy & Policy Manager

The Role:

Our Strategy and Impact division is a part of the Strategy and Communities department, which sits at the heart of the Council’s corporate centre. We are a busy and fast-past division with lead responsibility for the Council’s overarching strategic partnership work: Southwark 2030, co-ordinating whole council improvement oversight such as our recent LGA Corporate Peer Challenge, maintaining and improving the Council-wide strategic policy framework, and providing corporate performance structure and insights.

We are currently looking for an experienced Strategy & Policy Manager to join Strategy and Impact and lead a team of officers who will deliver a first-class corporate Strategy and Policy function. The post holder will play a crucial role in enabling the delivery of key priorities ensuring that council-wide strategies align with our strategic policy direction to form a coherent, dynamic framework. You will lead and manage policy development projects, keep the organisation abreast of the policy horizon and at the forefront of the most cutting-edge best practice to drive forward our corporate ambition for our residents. You will also drive innovation and development within the team, ensuring it leads to the curation of a cross-council community of practice across policy and strategy specialisms. You will be comfortable and confident engaging with senior leaders, including C-suite executives, directors and political leaders.

About Southwark:

A people powered council, creating a fairer, greener, safer future for all”

Southwark is home to a diverse community of over 320,000 residents who live in neighbourhoods ranging from Bermondsey and Rotherhithe on the south bank of the River Thames to Peckham, Camberwell and Dulwich. We’re also home to a thriving voluntary sector, world-class health institutions, and high-performing schools.

The council itself is one of the largest local authority social landlords in the UK and directly manages over 55,000 homes, which are lived in by nearly 40% of Southwark residents. But perhaps the most exciting fact about our council is that it’s powered by people like you. 

Southwark is a values-led council and our beliefs – in the power of people and the vital importance of tackling inequality – define who we are. Being ‘People powered’ means that we recognise the people who work here, and live in our communities are our greatest strength. That’s why collaboration – with residents, partners and colleagues – is at the heart of everything we do and every decision we make.

About You:

The experience you will bring to be successful in this role:

  • A minimum of three years’ experience is required in guiding the development of evidence-based strategy and policy within the public sector, including engaging key stakeholders, through the entire process from initiation through implementation to evaluation and learning from feedback.
  • Relevant experience project and/or programme experience or qualifications to efficiently drive multiple high-profile projects, successfully meeting stringent deadlines, and adapting to evolving priorities.
  • You are a strong, effective and persuasive communicator, in both verbal and written form to diverse audiences of varying seniority levels, able to convey complex ideas with simplicity and develop the relationships required to make your work a success.
  • A seasoned team leader with strong leadership and management skills, enabling you to lead, build and maintain a multi-disciplinary team of officers.
  • Additionally, candidates should demonstrate familiarity with UK government structures and policy-making processes.
  • Be educated to a degree level or equivalent standard in politics, sociology, or economic related fields

Additional Information:

We’re always looking for new ways to deliver even better services. Join us and you can do more for yourself and the residents and partners in Southwark.

Benefits and more information:

  • Training and development programmes, uniquely tailored to your interests
  • Standard hours, 36 hours Monday – Friday,may vary, occasional evening meetings may be required
  • Hybrid working arrangements available subject to business needs
  • Generous 27 days annual leave (plus bank holidays) and rising to 37 days having met criteria
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Job share potentially available

For more detail on benefits, please visit:

Recruitment Timetable

Advert closing date: 11.30pm on Sunday 25th February 2024

Interview date:  Thursday 14th March 2024

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

As part of our commitment to inclusion, we offer guaranteed interviews for specific groups of people. To qualify, you'll need to meet the minimum requirements for the role, and identify with one of the below criteria:

  • Members of the Armed Forces and veterans
  • Are currently in care, or have previously been in care
  • If you consider yourself to be disabled or if you have a long-term health condition

Please visit our recruitment site for more information at:

For further information or a confidential discussion, please contact: Delina Teklehaymanot on 07752 791 517 or email