Senior Policy Adviser

National Infrastructure Commission

Apply before 11:55 pm on Wednesday 25th May 2022



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£49,500 - £61,498


Grade 7
Range E

Contract type


Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Part-time

Number of posts



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 until then).


About the National Infrastructure Commission

By joining the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), youíll be playing a key role in delivering independent advice to government on the UKís 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.
We are a collaborative team of civil servants and industry secondees working to support the Commissioners in offering forward-thinking recommendations based on a rigorous approach to evidence and consultation Ė and to monitor governmentís progress in implementing those plans.

The Commissionís core responsibilities include:

  • producing a National Infrastructure Assessment once every five years, setting out the Commissionís assessment of long-term infrastructure needs with recommendations to government on how to meet them;
  • carrying out in-depth studies into the UKís most pressing infrastructure challenges, making recommendations to government; and
  • monitoring the governmentís progress in delivering infrastructure projects and programmes recommended by the NIC.
  • Job description

    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?

    If this sounds like a challenge you would relish, please do consider applying.

    The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) is looking for a Senior Policy Adviser to lead on developing recommendations for the next National Infrastructure Assessment. The post holder will have a proven background in policy development, which they will use to scope projects, gather, analyse and interpret data and insights from a wide variety of internal and external sources, translating these into clear outputs.

    This is an exciting time to join the Commission as work is underway to produce the landmark second National Infrastructure Assessment, to be published in 2023.

    This role sits within the Commissionís 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.

    The successful candidate will lead on workstreams within and across the core sectors of economic infrastructure: energy, transport, waste, water, flood risk management or digital communications. The Commission is now working on the second national infrastructure assessment and this role will play a key role in developing some of the recommendations it will make.

    You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, with an understanding of possible sensitivities and an ability to tailor your approach to different audiences.

    In this role you will coordinate evidence based policy making and recommendations but also evaluate and track progress by government and industry in implementing the Commissionís existing recommendations. You will develop and execute a strategic approach to policy development, working closely with other policy and analytical colleagues to provide joined up, high-quality analysis and advice to the Commission. You will have in depth experience of being able to drive forward work using appropriate project management to deliver high quality products.

    You will also be expected to establish strong working relationships and collaborate across the organisation, alongside the willingness to build-up expertise on infrastructure issues. You will work with other policy advisers and analysts in a range of government departments, external stakeholders within academia and industry, and develop international links where appropriate. You will be an effective communicator, confident in handling challenging stakeholders at different levels of seniority and able to effectively represent the NIC to a variety of audiences.


    The successful candidate will be expected to:

    1. Conduct research that identifies, scopes and supports delivery of policy projects that are aligned to the Commissionís objectives and builds the Commissionís reputation

    2. Analyse and summarise numerical and potentially complex data that will support the Commissionís understanding of key issues

    3. Providing rigorous assessment of the large volumes of information on policy topics and having an eye for what is important to the Commission and what is not.

    4. Project manage the delivery of your own work and the work of others on the team and/or external consultants. This will include making use of project management tools such as milestone plans, risk registers, engagement plans.

    5. Build and manage relationships with stakeholders so that the Commission keeps on top of the relevant policy landscape, and use these relationships to shape and drive forward the Commissionís priorities.

    6. Communicating clearly to a range of audiences including presenting your work to Commissioners and seeking opportunities to share the Commissionís work with external audiences at industry meetings and conferences.

    7. Produce high-quality written material that succinctly summarises the detailed research conducted. Audiences for such material will include the senior management team, Commissioners and our external stakeholders.

    Full details of the role are available in the download document of the Role Profile when candidates apply.
    If you would like further information, please get in touch with Nathan Wyatt ( or Jen Coe/Hannah Brown (

    Candidate Assessment of Skills and Experience

    Candidates Ė Please note, you will be asked to give evidence in your application of how you meet these criteria.

    Required Qualifications, Behaviours, Experience and Technical Skills


    1. Making effective decisions: can analyse and accurately interpret data and information from various sources, including grasping technical detail. Uses this information to effectively identify options and drive forward evidence-based decision making.
    2. Communicating and influencing: You communicate in a clear, confident, and enthusiastic fashion, explaining complex issues in a way that is easy to understand. You consider the impact of the language you use, and continually monitor the effectiveness of your own and your teams communications, taking action to improve them where needed.
    3. Delivering at pace: You ensure everyone understands what you need from them, providing honest, motivating messages about priorities, objectives and expectations. You maintain your performance in challenging circumstances and support others to do the same.
    4. Seeing the Big Picture: You ensure that your work reflects your organisationís strategic priorities and take the initiative to influence future approaches. You can seek and represent the views of a range of stakeholders to understand and communicate issues.


    You will be asked to complete a 250 word statement of suitability setting out how you meet the following criteria:

    5. Strategic policy-making skills Ė ability to identify policy problems and objectives, develop practical solutions based robustly on complex technical evidence and analysis, and respond to the broader political and strategic context.

    The lead criterion is: Making effective decisions
    If we receive a large number of applications, applications will be assessed against this criterion alone first. They will then be assessed against the other criteria if they have met the minimum score on the lead criterion.


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

    • Making Effective Decisions
    • Communicating and Influencing
    • Delivering at Pace
    • Seeing the Big Picture
  • 25 daysí annual leave (rising to 30 after 5 years), plus 8 public holidays and the Queenís 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.
  • Security

    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, Strengths and Experience.
    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 driverís licence. 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.
    This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.
    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 : Nathan Wyatt
    • Email :

    Recruitment team :

    • Email :

    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 Commissionersí 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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