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Principal Policy and Project Manager - LEDNet

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

The programme manager for LEDNet sits within the Transport and Environment Policy Team at London Councils and works very closely with the LEDNet leadership team. 

Within this role, you will manage an ambitious programme of activities; help find innovative solutions to boroughs huge challenges and research and analyse a variety of environmental policy issues. You will oversee a number of research and policy projects, as well as write briefings, presentations and reports.

You will work closely with senior London borough officers and Members as well as other key agencies and organisations to develop appropriate and challenging policy proposals and solutions that work on the ground. 

Role Responsibility

  • To contribute to the excellent delivery of policy priorities as agreed by LEDNet
  • To lead 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 high level policy research, information, advice and support on issues relating to local government in London which support the implementation of LEDNet’s strategic priorities.

The Ideal Candidate


Qualifications and experience

  • Significant experience of contributing to public policy development across at least one key policy area relevant to London local government
  • Experience of successfully leading and delivering a number of projects where there has been responsibility for financial and staffing resources, ensuring effective partnership working and securing project outcomes.
  • Experience of working effectively in a complex political environment



  • In depth knowledge of local government, preferably the London local government family, its governmental structure and LEDNet’s role within it. 
  • Knowledge of one or more social and/or environmental policy areas


Skills and Abilities

  • Highly developed oral and written communication skills, with evidence of success in preparing clear reports, consultations, briefings and other documents on complex policy issues;
  • Demonstrable ability to anticipate and understand the strategic significance of key policy issues to London local government;
  • Research skills to undertake policy studies and research projects;
  • Oral presentation skills – able to present complex information, including financial information clearly and concisely to a range of technical and non-technical audiences, including large groups of key stakeholders;
  • Relationship building skills and evidence of the ability to build networks of contacts and maintain effective relationships with civil servants, London local authorities, public, private and third sector partners, the media, professional advisers and the academic / research world;
  • Able to represent LEDNet and London Councils and contribute to consultations and negotiations on behalf of London local government with a range of organisations;
  • Ability to lead project teams working on complex policy projects, and able to take personal responsibility for aspects of policy work;
  • High level analytical skills to interpret complex issues, detailed numerical data and other information;
  • Able to specify, commission and manage complex research and consulting projects, and demonstrate excellent organisational skills, including prioritisation, project and programme management and exemplary time management skills;
  • Ability to work closely with communications experts to shape effective communications and media activity, and to ensure effective co-ordination of information to member authorities and increase policy influence;
  • Proficient in the use of ICT.


Personal Characteristics

  • An inclusive team player;
  • Independent and self starter;
  • Political sensitivity;
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills to relate effectively to elected members, partners, colleagues and staff;
  • Aspiration to excellence


Other factors

  • Strong personal commitment to London Councils’ Equal Opportunities Policy – and understanding and support of the implications of equal opportunities and diversity in London local government’s policy areas.
  • Employees have a duty to behave in a way that reflects well on London Councils, working at all times within the law and according to London Councils policies, procedures and regulations, including the Data Protection Act 2018.


Package Description

We have a vacancy for a programme manager for the London Environment Directors Network (LEDNet), located in the Transport and Environment Team at London Councils.

About the Company

London Councils is the collective of local government in London. We work in collaboration to deliver shared ambitions for London and Londoners, which are agreed, cross-party, at our Leaders' Committee. We run a number of services on behalf of our members, providing opportunities for all residents. They include the Freedom Pass, Taxicard, Health Emergency Badge and grants programme for voluntary sector organisations.

LEDNet (London Environment Directors Network) is a professional network of senior environment leaders across London boroughs, providing and commissioning services and solutions to all of London.

If you are interested in this role, please speak to Katharina Winbeck (, Strategic lead for Transport and Environment policy.

Please be advised that this role will close at 00:00am on 21st of February, applications will be open until 23:59pm on 20th of Feb. 

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