The Government has made tackling long-standing regional imbalances in the economy – “Levelling Up” - central to the domestic policy agenda. This role provides the opportunity to lead the thinking; bringing the evidence and analysis to shape policy thinking and assess the delivery of programmes to improve economic performance of all places across the country and reduce spatial disparities.
The priorities of the role will need to evolve to reflect changing economic circumstances and Ministerial priorities but will be centred on the following:
• Being at the cutting edge of the latest evidence and analysis on regional and urban policy and applying this to the UK context to shape future policy direction. This will be particularly important in understanding the spatial implications of the current economic challenges facing the country and shaping our approach to recovery;
• Working closely with policy colleagues to develop evidence-led propositions for improving economic performance across the country and meeting the Government’s aspiration to Level Up;
• Appraising and evaluating investment propositions to ensure that economic development funding is delivering value for money;
• Engaging with the wider analytical community in both Departments, across Government and externally to champion spatial analysis and develop innovative ways to shape the policy debate.
This post will bring together analysts working on local growth into a single DD-led team. It will be embedded with policy in the Cities and Local Growth Unit, which is a joint team across BEIS and MHCLG. The post will also maintain links to Chief Analysts within both Departments, joining up on relevant issues and being an active participant in the analytical community.
As an established and credible analytical professional, you will be expected to lead and develop the team so that you can collectively deliver impactful and rigorous analysis on this crucial Government priority. You will need to be creative and influential; bringing in the latest thinking and analytical techniques to shape the agenda within Government and build credibility with Ministers and across senior colleagues in No10, Cabinet Office, HMT and across Departments.
You will also need to be an excellent team leader, developing a diverse and high performing team, where everyone has the chance to develop and progress and it is an enjoyable place to work.
Skills, experience and qualifications (Essential)
The successful candidate will demonstrate:
• Experience of building and leading high-performing and diverse teams to drive real change; developing professionals with different analytical expertise and make them work productively together;
• A proven track record of influencing and informing policy development and delivery by applying high quality analytical thinking to real world issues, and the ability to use analysis to influence senior decision-makers;
• Strategic thinking and the ability to navigate a fast moving and large portfolio of policies and programmes, deploying the resources of the team to both further Government’s understanding on how to drive economic growth across the country and to appraise and evaluate specific interventions and programmes;
• The ability to build and maintain a broad set of stakeholder relationships across a range of academics, practitioners and other government Departments, whilst providing a challenge function so that logic, facts and evidence are fully integrated in the decision-making process.
Skills, experience and qualifications (Desirable)
• Knowledge and experience of regional policy and/or urban economics.
You will be a member of, or willing to work towards membership, of the GES profession.