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Senior Policy Advisor

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West Suffolk Council
Place of work:
Bury St Edmunds
Salary details:
£32,878 - £33,799*
Job term:
Full Time
Closing date:
01 December 2019 01:00 PM
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37 hpw.

The role is based in West Suffolk House, Bury St Edmunds with the opportunity for occasional home working.

An exciting opportunity to use your strategic thinking and problem-solving skills to help make a difference in local communities in West Suffolk.

The Corporate Policy Team at West Suffolk Council play a central role in providing high-quality policy, strategy and analytical support to councillors, the Chief Executive, leadership team and service areas.

Our aim is to improve the quality of decision-making to ensure residents and businesses are supported in the best way possible, and the councils are best placed to face future challenges.

As a senior policy advisor, each day is different. One day, you may be doing research into how other councils address an issue and designing a consultation exercise to seek the views of residents. Another day, you may be carrying out an options appraisal and giving strategic advice to a service area about how they can continue to improve the service provided for residents and businesses.

As well as providing policy support to specific teams (planning, licensing and environmental health in the first instance), you will also have opportunities to be involved in strategic work on current topics such as the future of local government and responding to Government consultations and in countywide initiatives through Suffolk-wide working.

Working alongside two other senior policy advisors (known as "business partners") in a wider team of 10, you will need to be a great team player who is quick-thinking, flexible, loves a challenge and has a real interest in problem solving and creative thinking.

In return, our benefits package includes a generous pension scheme, good annual leave and leave purchase scheme, flexible working arrangements, learning and development opportunities, wellbeing initiatives, discounts on supermarkets and high street shops, cashback on holidays, cycle to work scheme, money off household bills and much more.

* potentially rising to £37,849 through annual Performance Reviews awards.

Please contact Liz Barnard, Line Manager on (01638) 719454 for an informal discussion or email: liz.barnard@westsuffolk.gov.uk

View the job pack and complete the online application form by visiting our website: jobs.westsuffolk.gov.uk

Interview date: 11 December 2019.

We are committed to equal opportunities in employment and to safeguarding the welfare of vulnerable people. We expect all staff and volunteers to share these commitments.

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