Strategy & Policy Officer

Client: London Borough of Southwark

Location: Hybrid Working

Salary: £35,862 - £40,005

Closing date: Sunday, 28 April 2024 23:30

Strategy & Policy Officer

The Role: 

Our Policy, Partnerships and Performance (PPP) 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 Anchor Network 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.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone passionate about making a positive impact within the local government sector. The post holder will play a crucial role in facilitating the design of evidence-based strategy and policy, driving forward complex policies and projects across the council. Building strong relationships is key to success in this position. You will actively engage with key stakeholders including senior management, government officials, and external partners across the borough and region. You will also manage designated policy development projects, prepare and present reports, and provide sound advice and guidance to senior management on strategy and policy issues.

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, at the council and with our partners, 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 in every decision we make.

About You: 

To excel in this role as a Strategy, Policy & Public Affairs Officer, you must have:

• An understanding of the challenges facing Local Government and future council service provision

• Experience in strategy and/or policy development, at any point from inception to delivery, within the public sector 

• Familiarity with UK government structures and policy-making processes

• Proven experience in partnership working with public or private agencies

• Excellent written and oral communication skills

• A degree-level qualification or relevant experience

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 26 days annual leave (plus bank holidays) and rising to 33 days having met criteria

• Local Government Pension Scheme

• Job share potentially available

For more detail on benefits, please visit: Working for Southwark Council – Southwark

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: www.southwarkpolicyjobs.com   

For further information or a confidential discussion about this role, please contact: Delina Teklehaymanot on 07752 791 517 or email delina.teklehaymanot@penna.com