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The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) is the independent safety and economic regulator for Britain's railways and the independent monitor of Highways England. We are here to ensure the network operates safely, reliably and provides value for taxpayers and customers.

About the role

We are looking for enthusiastic and high-performing individuals to develop and take forward policy and strategy projects that address the challenges faced by the sectors we oversee.

This is an excellent opportunity to influence and shape the way regulation and performance monitoring develop in rail and road, to deliver tangible benefits for customers, taxpayers and the economy.

You will work flexibly across ORR’s portfolio. Projects are likely to cover diverse topics such as:

  • How should publicly owned infrastructure be regulated?
  • How can you improve incentives for efficiency within public sector companies?
  • What are the synergies between highways monitoring and rail regulation?
  • Horizon scanning
  • How should economic and safety regulation develop after Brexit?
  • How should our policies on consumer protection develop?

You will initially work across the strategy, rail safety and highways teams within ORR to provide broad exposure to different policy areas and help identify opportunities and synergies from joint working across our policy discipline.

Depending on experience, there are a range of professional development opportunities to further develop policy and analytical expertise: these will be tailored to your needs and interests.

Salary: £36,276 (Regional) £40,045 (London) - £44,553 (Regional) £48,363 (London)
Location: London (Other locations may be considered)

Key responsibilities

  • Deliver policy and strategy projects across the office, engaging with different teams, to ensure that policy is sufficiently developed and that decision makers are able to make well informed and robust decisions. This will involve working as part of multidisciplinary teams;
  • Ensure that policy analysis is of the highest quality, including the engagement and communication surrounding our decisions, documents, and liaison with senior stakeholders. This includes providing incisive written and oral advice to senior management on economic, regulatory and financial as well as wider policy and strategic issues;
  • Engage with and influence our diverse range of stakeholders (industry, Government, consumer groups, other regulators), explaining ORR’s role and acting as an advocate for the value that independent regulation creates for the UK. This will include representing ORR at industry forums and events, giving presentations and drafting papers for discussion.

About you

To be successful in this role, you will need strong analytical and policy development skills; and confidence in working with evidence and data, for example in an economic, regulatory or safety policy context. You should enjoy a challenging and varied portfolio. You will be expected to work independently, contribute to and manage strategic and policy projects effectively to agreed timescales and be proactive in seeking feedback.

Closing date

Applications for this post closed 11:59pm on Sunday 17th September 2017