See job eligibility requirements: Senior Policy Adviser - Environment Team

National Infrastructure Commission

Leeds, UK 🇬🇧

Reference number



ÂŁ53,531 – ÂŁ65,281

Civil Service Pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

Job grade

Grade 7

Contract type


Length of employment

This is a permanent role. Minimum of 1 year if applying on loan or secondment.

Business area

Policy Team

Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of jobs available



This role is based in Leeds. Existing employees may remain in their current location.

About the job

Job summary

About the National Infrastructure Commission

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) was established in 2015 to provide government with impartial, expert advice on major long-term infrastructure challenges. The Commission advises government on all sectors of economic infrastructure (energy, transport, water and wastewater, waste, flood risk management and digital communications), as well as on cross-cutting issues, including planning, regulation and financing/funding.
The Commission’s objectives are to:

  • support sustainable economic growth across all regions of the UK
  • improve competitiveness
  • improve quality of life
  • support climate resilience and the transition to net zero carbon emissions by 2050

In fulfilling our purpose and objectives, we:

  • set a long-term agenda â€“ identifying the UK’s major economic infrastructure needs, and the pathways to address them
  • develop fresh approaches and ideas â€“ basing our independent policy recommendations on rigorous analysis
  • focus on driving change â€“ building consensus on our policy recommendations, and monitoring government progress on their delivery

The Commission is an Executive Agency of HM Treasury. It is chaired by Sir John Armitt, with nine other Commissioners currently in post. The Commission is governed by a Charter and Framework Document.

Job description

The successful candidate will join the policy team leading 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 a number of projects after publishing the second national infrastructure assessment and this role will be key in developing work in relation to the environment particularly water management and environmental water quality.

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 Commission’s existing recommendations focusing on flood management infrastructure in the first instance.

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 role requires an analytical and inquisitive mind and someone that is not afraid to challenge the status quo. The successful individual will run robust and broad-ranging policy development programmes and deliver high quality and evidence-based advice to the Commission. The Commission is looking for an individual who enjoys getting into the detail but knows how to distil this down into succinct advice and is comfortable with analysing both quantitative and qualitative information.

Some knowledge and experience of flood or water management infrastructure would be desirable.

The successful candidate will be expected to:

  1. Conduct research that identifies, scopes and supports delivery of policy projects that are aligned to the Commission’s objectives and builds the Commission’s reputation.
  2. Analyse and summarise numerical and potentially complex data that will support the Commission’s understanding of the energy sector.
  3. Provide rigorous assessment of the large volumes of information on energy policy topics and have 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 and engagement plans.
  5. Build and manage relationships with stakeholders so that the Commission keeps on top of the environment policy landscape, and use these relationships to shape and drive forward the Commission’s priorities.
  6. Communicate clearly to a range of audiences including presenting your work to Commissioners and seeking opportunities to share the Commission’s 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.

Person specification


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

  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 team’s communications, taking action to improve them where needed.
  3. Seeing the Big Picture: You ensure that your work reflects your organisation’s 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.

Technical Skill

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

  1. Strategic policy-making skills â€“ 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
  • Seeing the Big Picture

Technical skills

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

  • Strategic policy-making skills – 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.


Alongside your salary of ÂŁ53,531, National Infrastructure Commission contributes ÂŁ14,453 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.

  • 25 days’ annual leave (rising to 30 after 5 years), plus 8 public holidays (unless you have a legacy arrangement as an existing Civil Servant)
  • Flexible working patterns, as described
  • Access to a generous Defined Benefit pension scheme with employer contributions. Find out more about Civil Service pensions
  • Access to a retail discounts and cashback benefits site
  • A range of active staff networks, based around interests (e.g. analysts, music society, sports and social club) and diversity (e.g. women in the Treasury, ethnic minority network, LGBT* network, faith and belief network)

Flexible Working Arrangements

All staff work a hybrid pattern, spending a minimum of 3 days (or 60%)  of the working week (pro rata) in an office, on average.

The NIC views flexible working as essential in enabling us to recruit and retain talented people, ensuring that they can enjoy a long-lasting career with us. All permanent employees have the right to apply for flexible working and there are a range of options such as compressed hours and job sharing.

We also offer a generous maternity/ paternity and adoption leave package.

At the NIC we have a broad remit, so it’s important our employees come from the widest possible range of backgrounds, bringing us the widest possible range of perspectives and ways of thinking. We are committed to ensuring that all staff can realise their potential and achieve a healthy work-life balance.

Things you need to know

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window), and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, 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 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.


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check (opens in a new window).

See our vetting charter (opens in a new window).

People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020
  • Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service

Further information on nationality requirements (opens in a new window)

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) 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 (opens in a new window).

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.

Apply and further information

This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans (opens in a new window) initiative.

The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment (opens in new window).

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name :Ed Beard
  • Email
  • Telephone :07917 243556

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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