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Alconbury Weald, Huntingdon

Salary Range: £57,693 - £70,514

Hours: Full Time 

Contract: Permanent

Sector: Public Authority 

Closing Date: 12th June 2019 

A number of exciting and unique opportunities have arisen on a restructure of the legal services at the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority.

The Authority was established in March 2017 as a result of powers being devolved to it  by Central Government most particularly in regard to securing major developments and improvement in respect of Transport, Housing, Education and Skills across the region with a vision to make Cambridgesh8ire and Peterborough the leading place in the world  to learn, live and work.

The Authority is now establishing its permanent legal service and is looking for three exceptional lawyers to undertake the principal legal work areas of the Authority. We are looking for lawyers who a re creative thinkers and exceptional communicators with energy, flair and resilience as well as displaying acute political awareness, highly motivated and collaborative in approach. The roles on offer are as follows:

Legal Counsel and Monitoring Officer

Responsibility for the management and overall provision of effective and timely legal services to the Authority and its Directorates including managing the legal team and undertaking a caseload of corporate legal work as well as fulfilling the role of Monitoring Officer responsible for ensuring good governance of the Authority. The Legal Counsel will also be responsible for legal support and advice to the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Board including attending meetings of the Board. This post will attract a 20% special responsibility allowance.

Lawyers x2

Responsible for the provision of legal advice to the Directories in respect of Transport, Housing, Education and Skills including advice on and drafting of contracts.

It is envisaged the one of the posts will also fulfil the duty of Deputy Monitoring Officer to cover occasions when the Monitoring Officer is absent and take overall responsibility for the delivery of the Assurance Framework of the Authority. This element will attract a 10% special responsibility allowance. Both posts will also carry responsibility to advice and support the Committees of the Authority including attendance in meetings.

The successful candidates will not only be able to demonstrate knowledge and experience of providing legal advice in the public sector but will also be able to demonstrate a high degree of commercial awareness.

For a job description or for an informal discussion about the roles please contact Martin Jaynes, HR Manager on 01480 277180 or email martin.jaynes@cambridgeshirepeterborough-ca.gov.uk

Please submit CVs with a covering letter to hr@cambridgeshirepeterborough-ca.gov.uk

Position: Senior Policy Advisor

Location:  Ely, Cambridgeshire

Salary:  £38,813 (full-time, per annum)

Closing date for applications:  Friday 31st May

Job Purpose
Providing a broad of assistance to the Mayor and his Chief of Staff.  Ensuring effective liaison between the Mayor and the Combined Authority and its Chief Executive and senior officers.  To make a significant contribution to the formulation, development, promotion and implementation of a range of policy projects and initiatives within specified policy areas in an integrated policy framework.
  • To provide policy research, information, advice and support on issues which support the implementation of the Mayoral priorities.
  • Identify and create the means to liaise with Government to further the Mayor's priorities and raise the profile of the Combined Authority area
  • Generate opportunities for the Mayor to promote the Combined Authority and the area through targeted regional events and with local MPs
  • Build alignment between the Mayor's priorities and its relationships with constituent councils
  • Support the Strategic Advisor in policy formulation, evaluation and project initiation
  • Research and prepare reports and briefing papers on a wide range of issues as required, including on emerging significant issues within the region.
  • Represent the Mayor on appropriate internal and external bodies
  • Development and management of working relationships with key stakeholders/local organisations
  • Under the direction of the Chief of Staff, support him in the supervision and mentoring of interns, where appropriate.
  • To represent the organisation at external meetings on specified policy areas including Government departments, Mayor, CA and member authorities, and other key stakeholders; developing and sustaining positive relationships with these stakeholders, opinion formers and key contacts in order to advance the regions policies and positions
  • To respond to enquiries from colleagues and councillors both within the CA and across all our member authorities; and others as required
  • To analyse policy papers government proposals, circulars, Green and White papers, legislation, reports and research documents from local authorities and other organisations and disseminate the findings to colleagues
  • To draft clear, well-targeted and influential reports, briefings, circulars, speeches, articles, presentation, press information and other publications as required on key issues as required
  • To carry out individual research and policy projects, procuring external support where appropriate
  • To organise seminars, conferences and other events, in collaboration with colleagues as directed by the Chief of Staff
  • To contribute to the Mayor's Office role in keeping member authorities up-to-date with policy, best practice and funding developments, to ensure effective co-ordination of information
  • Working closely with colleagues in the Mayoral Office, to develop effective approaches to communicate the CA policies to the government, Ministers and their special advisors, Parliament, the media and stakeholders
  • To carry out all tasks and allocated work within agreed timescales and budgets
Key Working Relationships 
Mayor’s Chief of Staff and Strategic Advisor
Council partners and partnerships
Conservative national and local offices
The Mayor
Other Members of the Combined Authority
Senior Officers and Members of the Constituent Bodies
Officers within the Governance Business Unit
The Media

Personal Specifications 

Leadership Behaviours
  • Acutely political aware.
  • Self starter and works on own initiative with minimal supervision
  • Strategic member with excellent attention to detail
  • Exceptional communicator
  • 'Can do' integrity and confidence

 Qualifications and Knowledge

  • Degree or relevant professional or managerial qualification.
  • Strong understanding of the operation of Central Government, Local Government and Devolution 
  • Understanding of at least one policy area: transport, housing, skills, Local Government


  •  At least three years working within a political environment (eg Parliament, Political parties, ‘think tanks’ and/or relevant campaign group).

To apply, send your CV and a covering letter explaining why you are sited to this role by Friday 31st May to Julia.Pettit@cambridgeshirepeterborough-ca.gov.uk