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Strategic Lead - Policy and Strategy

Surrey County Council
Closing date
3 Aug 2021

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The starting salary for this role is £45,734 for working 36 hours per week.

Do you relish a challenge?

Do you have a proven track record of long term visioning and developing innovative strategies in dynamic environments?

Are you tenacious, committed to the cause and able to inspire others?

If so then we want to hear from you!

At Surrey, we are undertaking significant fast-paced improvement across the council. Tim Oliver (Leader) and Joanna Killian (Chief Executive) have emphasised a clear strategic direction as key to the council's improvement journey. In order to achieve this we have embarked upon a massive transformation programme which consists of a number of key projects that are critical to the future success and financial stability of the council. We are on a rapid change journey, with new management, innovative approaches, energy and ambition.

To deliver the 2030 community vision we are committed to changing and radically improving the council's culture, approach and performance, putting residents' current and future needs first.

The role of Strategic Lead - Policy and Strategy will play an important part in the council's ongoing transformation. Working as part of the strategy team at the heart of the council and with likeminded colleagues, you will help to drive our future direction. This will include overseeing an integrated strategic planning framework, driving forward work to support the council to become more outcomes-focussed and developing the council's policy in varied areas like devolution and equality, diversity and inclusion.

In this role, you will be required to deliver and implement evidence-led policies and strategies that provide value for money and improve outcomes for residents. You will support the delivery of priority programmes for the council by developing and managing complex internal and external stakeholder relationships as well as planning and managing a range of activities to help seed, accelerate and embed change.

You will need to demonstrate an ability to work at pace, be innovative and have a genuine interest in making a difference and a real change for the people of Surrey. You'll have the ability to work collaboratively with a broad range of stakeholders and the confidence to challenge the status quo. You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to analyse data to present complex information and recommendations in a clear manner to a range of audiences. You'll have a successful track record of developing and delivering high profile, high impact strategies and policies, as well as an understanding of the key issues facing local government, the wider public sector and partners. You'll also have a proven ability to inspire and motivate others.

Our values are important to us and as a senior team member you will understand the importance of and be comfortable in leading by example when it comes to displaying these through your work and actions.

If you're passionate, enthusiastic and feel you want to be part of this journey, then please apply by uploading your CV and personal statement (no longer than two pages of A4 please) outlining your suitability for this role.

To be considered for this position your application will clearly evidence:
  • Experience of developing and delivering evidence-led high profile/high risk/high impact strategies and policies
  • Experience of leading strategic planning processes in the public sector
  • Experience of managing stakeholders, influencing and negotiating in complex, political environments
  • An understanding of the key strategic issues facing local government, the wider public sector and partners
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with an ability to turn complex concepts into simple solutions

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

For more information please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.
Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 22nd August 2021.

Interviews will take place during the first two weeks of September.

Contact Details

For an informal discussion please contact Sarah Richardson, Head of Strategy, by e-mail at .uk

We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.


From flexible working to job sharing we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Our Commitment

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.
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