Head of Economic Policy

Leeds City Council
DIR 52.5% - GBP57,328 to GBP63,061
11 Apr 2018
26 Apr 2018
Job Type

Leeds is an economic powerhouse and it is the second largest local authority in the UK by population. It has the UK's largest financial and professional services hub outside of London. Leeds has four universities and several colleges, a fast growing digital sector, and is a leading retail, cultural and leisure destination. In recent years, high profile developments have been completed such as First Direct Arena, Trinity Shopping Centre and the opening of the largest John Lewis store outside of London. We are now planning for the arrival of HS2 and the delivery of an ambitious housing growth targets in our Core Strategy.

We are currently looking to appoint outstanding senior leaders to join our Economic Development Leadership Team during an exciting time of change and ambitious plans to ensure Leeds is the best city in the country. The other post available is Head of Visitor Economy and Inward Investment .

Head of Economic Policy

A crucial role and one that we have recently reconfigured to reflect the priorities of the Council covering broad related areas encompassing the City's Inclusive Growth Strategy.

You will need to be adept at influencing at a local, regional and national level and will drive strategic outcomes and operational delivery, influencing with key partners to improve the benefits of the residents, businesses and visitors. The successful candidate will be motivated by the need to achieve outcomes.

For this exciting role:

  • You will need to be a modern thinker and operator, who wants to work in a 'can do' culture and be ambitious and create a culture of excellence in service delivery, continuous improvement and a focus on outcomes which maximises the use of resources and actively promotes the Council's values.
  • Applicants will be expected to demonstrate success of leading and managing a team to achieve high quality service outcomes.
  • You will have a proven track record of working successfully within a political environment and will be able to develop practical and creative solutions to service and corporate problems.
  • You will also be able to demonstrate partnership working to deliver improved outcomes for citizens, customers and stakeholders in a time of unprecedented challenge.

For further questions about this role and/or if you would like an informal conversation first, please contact Martin Farrington, Director of City Development on .

To apply for this position, please follow the link to the Leeds City Council jobs site.

We promote diversity and want a workforce that reflects the population of Leeds.