Strategy Lead – Policy

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Strategy Lead - Policy
Wembley, London
Interim Position

Brent 5225315

Posted: 15th March 2023 11:41
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  • Pay Rate:

    £26.58 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    36 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 3 months

  • Wembley, London,

    HA9 0FJ

What's involved with this role:

Interim Strategy Lead - Policy

Reference no:  Brent 5225315

Pay Rate: £26.58 per hour PAYE 

This opening assignment is for 3 months

To support the Policy and Scrutiny Manager in the development and delivery of the Council’s corporate strategies, initiatives and projects to ensure that the Council meets its statutory responsibilities and has appropriate policies, procedures and protocols in place to meet those responsibilities. To provide advice and guidance, managing projects, preparing communications and working with cross cutting groups, departmentally, corporately and with multi-agencies to deliver effective services.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Make a positive contribution to the delivery of the service, this will include working flexibly and positively to achieve the objectives of the Council.
  • Manage and lead staff to achieve high performance and effective operational delivery, including developing and improving staff capability.
  • Manage a customer focused service and the effective use of resources.
  • Ensure that the Council’s overall vision, values and ethos are central to the requirements of the service.
  • Support effective working relationships and act as an ambassador and advocate with external organisations.
  • Keep up to date with developments in service delivery and best practice to ensure the service performs effectively and to the highest standards.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues supporting corporate strategic policy and change agendas in order to delivery effective services.
  • Provide high level advice and policy support on the strategic issues and challenges facing the Council, including horizon scanning and building the Council’s capacity to think and act innovatively and creatively, supporting the development of a shared policy agenda and programmes for coordinating policy responses across services, contributing to the development and delivery of the borough plan and the implementation of the planning framework.
  • Undertake comprehensive corporate and departmental policy and strategy reviews including medium and longer term planning in order to underpin the development and delivery of the Council’s shared policy agenda.
  • Attend public meetings and community forums as required to present information on and respond to strategic service planning and policy matters.


“Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:



  1. Evidence of relevant Continuing Professional Development (CPD).



  1. Experience of working in Local Government or other public sector body and working in a political environment.
  2. Experience of managing complex workloads.
  3. Experience of leading and implementing the development of key policies, including researching and analysing complex information to make recommendations on improvements in service delivery.
  4. Experience of managing projects and programmes.
  5. Experience of providing advice to senior leadership to up Board level.
  6. Experience of developing and updating cross organisation strategies.
  7. Experience of line management.
  8. Experience of effectively managing budgets.
  9. Experience of building and managing effective relationships and contacts with a wide range of stakeholders across services.



  1. Knowledge and understanding of local government and how it relates to the development of new policy development and service planning.
  2. Knowledge of how policies are developed in large organisations.
  3. Knowledge of policy areas, e.g. public health, housing, social care.
  4. Knowledge and understanding of the major factors, influences and challenges facing local government.
  5. Good working knowledge of standard Microsoft Windows and Office applications.


Skills & Abilities:

  1. Ability to effectively manage people, performance and budgets in order to achieve agreed outcomes and business objectives.
  2. Effective project management skills.
  3. Skills in working across multiple disciplines.
  4. Expert report writing skills.
  5. Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  6. Excellent analytical and problem solving skills with the ability to collect, organise and interpret a large amount of data from a variety of sources.
  7. Excellent interpersonal skills with a proven ability to work with a wide range of internal and external contacts, including Directors, senior managers, elected Members, public and private sector organisations and other stakeholders.
  8. Ability to prioritise and manage several projects simultaneously and organise and manage conflicting priorities and deadlines.
  9. ICT Skills: Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite).


NB: Please feel free to apply to us direct via [email protected] by quoting the job reference and job title exactly. SEE DETAILS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS AD.

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If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates. If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity.

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:

  1. Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours.
  2. Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
  3. Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
  4. Please refer to the Role Requirements section above - your CV must address the requirements listed.


Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable:

  1. Any local authority/public sector experience
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for.


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Strategy Lead - Policy
Client Category: Local Authority

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