Jobshare Assistant Director - Transport and place

National Infrastructure Commission

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 22nd May 2022



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£60,000 - £75,000
The salary range for this grade is £60,500-75,000 (London) or £60,000-67,000 (national) per annum (pro rata), dependent on skills and experience. If the successful candidate is a current civil servant joining on level transfer, NIC will honour their current substantive salary if higher.


Grade 6

Contract type


Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Part-time

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London or Leeds (office due to open in early 2023, successful candidates will be expected to work from home with occasional travel to the NIC offices in London till then).


Do you want to be part of ensuring that the UK is equipped to meet its long-term infrastructure needs? Do you enjoy solving complex problems? Do you have experience leading on projects and managing people at all levels?

The National Infrastructure Commission is looking for a jobshare Assistant Director, who will lead projects and staff to deliver against the Commission’s broad and challenging remit, particularly in relation to transport and local growth. This is an opportunity to work creatively and rigorously on some of the most pressing issues for UK infrastructure, outside the constraints of current government policy, over the long-term.

Job description

This vacancy will form part of a jobshare. We are open to a range of work patterns between 0.4 FTE and 0.6 FTE. This can be discussed with the hiring manager if you are successful for the role.

Assistant Directors sit at the heart of the NIC. They are responsible for leading projects and staff to deliver against the Commission’s broad and challenging remit. You will work closely with the Commission and senior management to scope and deliver the essential components of the Commission’s work plan.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and proactive candidate, with the ability to put structure around big questions, to develop plans to deliver evidence-based answers to them and who wants to test ideas and approaches outside the constraints of current policy frameworks. We will give you the space, support and challenge required to think through some of the most complex and high-profile issues facing the UK today in transport and local growth policymaking.

The work itself may include studies directly commissioned by the Chancellor, delivering the second National Infrastructure Assessment and more targeted work packages aimed at tackling specific evidence gaps or opening up new debates. You will need to build good working relationships with key Whitehall departments and the relevant infrastructure sectors, whilst protecting the Commission’s independence. Management will be one of your strengths. You should be able to inspire the best in people to deliver and to develop their skills, as well as taking your own development as a manager seriously.

You will be expected to:

-*Lead multiple policy projects across the Commission’s remit, focusing on transport and local growth. Identify recommendations and prepare reports which are robust and compelling enough to have a direct impact on Government policy.
-*Line manage a small multi-disciplinary team, which may include policy-makers, specialists and secondees.
-*Play an active role in the leadership team at the Commission, providing input and challenge across the Commission’s work programme and contributing to making the Commission a great place to work.
-*Represent the Commission externally with senior stakeholders, at meetings and events. Own the Commission’s relationships with key stakeholders across transport and local growth.

About NIC

By joining us, you’ll play a key role in delivering independent advice to government on the UK’s long-term infrastructure needs. We do this to help support sustainable economic growth across the whole of the UK, improve competitiveness and ultimately improve the quality of life of UK citizens.

In fulfilling our purpose and objectives, we:

-*Set a long term agenda – identifying the UK’s major economic infrastructure needs, and the pathways to address them,
-*Develop fresh approaches and ideas – basing our independent policy recommendations on rigorous analysis, and
-*Focus on driving change – building consensus on our policy recommendations, and monitoring government progress on their delivery.
Our core responsibilities include:
•*producing a National Infrastructure Assessment once every five years, setting out the Commission’s assessment of long-term infrastructure needs with recommendations to government on how to meet them.
•*carrying out in-depth studies into the UK’s most pressing infrastructure challenges and making recommendations to government, and monitoring the Government’s progress in delivering infrastructure policy and programmes recommended by the NIC and influencing the policy debate.

We are a small, friendly organisation where policy experts, economists and analysts work together intensively in project teams, rather than silos. We work to support the Commissioners to push for action on and endorse our recommendations and to monitor government’s progress in implementing them.

This role is within the Commission’s policy team which compromises of around 20 staff. The Secretariat is led by our Chief Executive, supported by a Senior Management Team, comprising the Chief Economist, Directors of Policy and Chief Operating Officer. The Commission is chaired by Sir John Armitt, with seven other Commissioners at present.

Full details of the role are available in the downloadable candidate pack. If you would like further information, please get in touch with Greg McClymont (


Required Behaviours, Experience and Technical Skills:

1. Experience - First-rate policy-making skills. Evidence of your ability to articulate the objectives of policy programmes and link them to wider strategic considerations, to develop and implement plans to achieve them, to identify impactful policy proposals that respond to political and strategic context, and to win the support of senior stakeholders for your proposed approach.

2. Behaviour – Making effective decisions. Ability to draw sound conclusions from evidence, including developing rigorous plans for policy analysis, scrutinising and interpreting complex evidence including quantitative analysis, and reaching robust policy judgements based on evidence that may be incomplete or conflicting.

3. Behaviour – Communicating and influencing. Ability to build and manage relationships, including in sectors in which you have not previously worked. Confidence and credibility in meeting and influencing senior stakeholders. Good presentation skills, and experience of presenting policy analysis and ideas to a senior audience.

4. Behaviour – Leadership. Inspire and motivate teams to be fully engaged in their work and dedicated to their role. Promote diversity, inclusion and equality of opportunity. Tackle difficult issues with care and sensitivity where required.

The lead criteria is: Experience - First-rate policy-making skills
If we receive a large number of applications, applications will be assessed against this criteria alone first. They will then be assessed against the other criteria if they have met the minimum score on the lead criteria.

You should make reference to these Behaviours, Experience and Technical Skills descriptions when completing your application.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Leadership

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Written communication skills

• 25 days’ annual leave (rising to 30 after 5 years), plus 8 public holidays and the Queen’s birthday (unless you have a legacy arrangement as an existing Civil Servant).
• Flexible working patterns (part-time, job-share, condensed hours).
• Access to a generous Defined Benefit pension scheme with employer contributions.
• Access to a cycle-to-work salary sacrifice scheme, season ticket advances and payroll giving.
• Access to a retail discounts and cashback site.
• A Rental Deposit Advance Scheme to help meet the total costs of deposits for privately rented homes.


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check.

See our vetting charter.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
As part of our pre-employment security checks, if you are invited to interview and are not a current NIC member of staff, you will need to bring:

•*Proof of identity, e.g. your passport or driver’s license. Documents must be in date and valid.
•*Proof of address, e.g. a utility bill or bank statement issued within the past 3 months.
•*Proof of your National Insurance (NI) number, e.g. letter from DWP confirming your NI number, or P60.
•*If you do not bring a UK or EU passport, you will need to bring other documentation of your right to work in the UK, e.g. your visa, biometric residence permit or birth certificate.

Further details regarding acceptable documents will be provided in the invitation to interview.

Please let us know if your contact details change at any time during the selection process.

Eligibility Statement:

Individuals appointed to the Treasury Group will be subject to National Security Vetting.
To allow for meaningful checks to be carried out applicants will normally need to have lived in the UK for at least 3 out of the past 5 years.
A lack of UK residency in itself is not always a bar to security clearance but the Department will need to consider eligibility on a case by case basis using all information that can be obtained following a successful application.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name : Greg McClymont
  • Email :

Recruitment team :

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Further information

Complaints Process: Our recruitment process is underpinned by the principle of appointment based on fair and open competition and appointment on merit, as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with these principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should in the first instance contact NIC by email at: If you are not satisfied with the response you receive, you can contact the Civil Service Commission, which regulates all Civil Service recruitment.

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