Local Government Finance Policy Manager
Starting salary £44,439 rising to £51,441 over time
Location: Southwark, London
There has never been a more exciting - or challenging - time to be involved in local government, especially finance. We are in a period of significant change and opportunity.
Change, because following a decade in which funding reduced by a quarter, councils are now adapting to different delivery models, rising demand for services and reduced income resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Opportunity, because London’s boroughs are leading the way in delivering London’s recovery and have a real opportunity to shape how London and its local communities rebuild for the future – including how they are funded.
London’s local councils spend £8 billion each year on providing vital services to local residents and invest billions of pounds of capital each year in housing, schools, parks, and other infrastructure. So, we’re talking big money... and there’s a lot at stake.
London Councils’ Finance policy team works to both advance and defend London’s funding. We have to be compelling and persuasive in argument: fully fluent in data, information and evidence in order to influence government, elected politicians, Whitehall and others.
This role offers a position at the forefront of local government finance in London.
An understanding of local government and the key issues affecting councils is essential, as is the ability to learn and grasp new complex concepts quickly. An understanding of finance and accounting would be beneficial.
You will develop policy arguments and lobby on behalf of London boroughs in order to influence funding decisions made by Government that impact on local government services, including responding to Government consultations and influencing civil servants in Whitehall.
You will have excellent data analysis and research skills, be an innovative thinker and bring new ideas to the table in supporting colleagues to develop policy positions across a range of local government services.
It is important that you are politically aware with the ability to exercise judgement, discretion and confidentiality when dealing with politicians and officers at all levels.
London Councils represents the 32 boroughs and the City of London. We aim to get the best deal for Londoners and to ensure that London’s councils have the resources, freedoms and powers to do the best possible job for their residents and local businesses. We also run a number of services on behalf of the boroughs including the Freedom Pass, Taxicard and Health Emergency Badge.
London Councils is committed to equality of opportunities. As users of the disability symbol, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the post.
Closing date: 12 noon on 16 May 2022.
Interview date: 24 May 2022.
Alternatively, please contact 020 7332 3978 (24-hour Answer phone) quoting reference number LC817 if you experience any problems. A minicom service for the hearing impaired available on 020 7332 3732.
As a Disability Confident Employer, London Councils will interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the post.