Principal Policy Officer – Funding Policy and Systems
(GLA) Grade 10 (£52,767)
Vacancy Description
Job reference no: HOPS0280
Contract type: Permanent
Closing Date: Sunday 3 June 2018 at 23:59 GMT
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Salary: £52,767 per annum
Grade: 10

From 2019/2020 the Adult Education Budget (AEB), which delivers training to adults aged 19+, will be devolved to the Mayor. This is an exciting prospect for London, but also a great professional opportunity for someone wanting to be at the heart of one of the most important new devolved funds in London.

To prepare for devolution, the GLA is building a new Funding Policy and Systems team which will be responsible for ensuring the £311 million annual budget funds provision that improves Londoners’ lives and drives forward London’s economy. This is particularly important now with Brexit on the horizon.

Within the Funding Policy team we are looking to recruit one Principle Policy Officer (PPO) to lead key strands of work. These tasks might include:

  • making funding allocations to providers
  • ensuring the programme as a whole is more outcomes focused, including by potentially developing ‘payment by results’ pilots
  • developing a range of other funding policies to underpin the Funding Rules and Rates documents that will be crucial to the successful devolution of AEB.


Applicants might come from a range of backgrounds, including, but not limited to, programme delivery, policy, research and economics. We welcome applications from those currently working with ESFA funding, including those from Colleges or other providers, or with experience working with Individualised Learner Record (ILR) data.  Strong quantitative skills will be valuable in this role.

You will need to be confident in establishing relationships with a range of stakeholders, particularly at senior level, including officers from government departments, the skills sector, business representative bodies, boroughs and the Mayor’s Office. An extensive knowledge of the DfE’s and Education and Skills Funding Agency’s funding policy and programmes is preferred in addition to excellent knowledge of skills and employment policy and a successful track record in policy development and delivery. 

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This role is based at City Hall.

London's diversity is its biggest asset and we strive to ensure our workforce reflects London's diversity at all levels. We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer and we are happy to consider flexible working arrangements. We would welcome applications from candidates who are seeking part time work as this role is open to job share. 

In addition to a good salary package, we offer an attractive range of benefits including 30 days’ annual leave, interest free season ticket loan, interest free bicycle loan, childcare voucher scheme and a career average pension scheme.

If you have a question about the role or the recruitment process then please contact a member of the recruitment team via email on quoting reference HOPS0280.


Application closing date:            Sunday 3 June 2018 at 23:59 GMT.
Interviews will take place at:      City Hall on a date to be confirmed.

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