200000HP Requisition #

Post Title: Strategy Manager

Grade: Band E

Salary: £41,739 to £49,023

Closing Date: 1st November 2020


About the Role:


Are you interested in shaping the future of policing and improving crime outcomes for the public? Do you have expertise in exploring the dynamics of change, horizon scanning, foresights and futures?


Working closely with the Head of Strategy & Direction, you will provide leadership across WMP’s key strategic planning activities, responsible for identifying and analysing critical issues and for providing evidence-based briefings and insight on a wide range of topics to support the strategic management of the Force.

The Strategy and Direction Team provides a service across the Force – most critically, providing advisory services to the Force Executive Team – and is also expected to maintain and develop excellent relationships with statutory bodies and key external stakeholders.


Key Responsibilities:


  • Support the Head of Strategy & Direction to develop, prioritise and communicate the Force strategy and strategic priorities so that they are well-understood and bought-into by the business.
  • Act as the strategic assessment and strategic planning lead within Strategy & Direction.
  • Help design and run the annual strategy process such that key questions are identified, priorities are defined, stakeholders are involved, and strategy is translated into execution.
  • Support the delivery of cyclical strategy reviews, to help set organisational wide strategic priorities and track performance against these and other strategic goals.
  • Manage delivery of insight on our current and future operating environment and context to support the Force’s strategic choices and decision making.
  • Act as a key adviser to the force executive, senior leadership teams and business units in identifying strategic issues, providing strategic insight and shaping local strategies.
  • Draw insight from key stakeholders (such as operational colleagues, strategic intelligence, business transformation, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner), raise and analyse this in a timely manner with capability leads in Strategy & Direction, and use the appropriate communication channels (working with Corporate Communications) to disseminate.
  • Commission strategic analysis/insights, research and evaluation activities from relevant parties to ensure WMP stays at the forefront of policing strategy.
  • Managerial responsibility for 1 FTE (Business Support/Research Officer), including allocation of work which has the potential to grow as the strategy team develops.

Knowledge and Experiences




  • A track record of achievement in the drafting and implementation of strategy and policy in a large/complex organisation.
  • Delivery of robust, pragmatic strategies that have stood up to senior scrutiny and been implemented by key operational teams.
  • Experience in policy analysis, impact assessment/evaluation or benefits management techniques applied to a place, business, portfolio or project.
  • Demonstrable experience of leading/undertaking/commissioning strategic analysis in the public or private sector, for example:

o   determination of goals

o   industry/sectoral analysis

o   analysis of resources/capabilities

o   strategy implementation (organisation structure and management systems)

  • Ability to analyse, interpret, present and clearly communicate complex briefings to colleagues at all levels in an organisation through production of concise and insightful briefing notes and papers.


  • Familiarity with futures/foresighting techniques, strategy-making, business/operating model tooling and using these to stimulate and facilitate stakeholder discussions on strategy formulation.


  • Experience of business planning and portfolio management.
  • Experience at a strategy consulting firm.
  • Educated to degree level and/or relevant advanced professional qualification (e.g. MBA)
  • Knowledge of the strategic context and data sources relevant to policing and how this informs policy, publications, reports and publicly available performance indicators.
  • Good commercial acumen.
  • Appreciation of different project and product management methodologies.



  • Able to think strategically at a business level.
  • Ability to work on and manage multiple strategy projects.
  • Interest and enjoyment in problem solving in a business context.
  • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills; with an ability to clearly communicate complex information in written and oral briefings.
  • Excellent presentation skills, demonstrating ability to synthesise and present compelling and clear argument in pursuance of the organisational objectives.
  • Ability to work and respond within challenging timeframes, adopting a flexible and positive approach to ensure outcomes are effectively delivered.


  • High degree of numeracy and advanced data manipulation skills.
  • Using rigorous qualitative and quantitative techniques to evaluate strategic choices.

Personal attributes

  • A creative and confident thinker, who will develop creative solutions to overcome challenge.
  • Demonstrates strong people / relationship-building skills.
  • A self-starter who is personable and results oriented.
  • Commitment to personal and professional development of self and others.


West Midlands Police are currently undertaking a long term review of staff pay and conditions.  The grade, pay and other terms of employment are therefore subject to review and may change in the future. 


West Midlands Police is a Disability Confident Leader - the highest level an organisation can achieve under the scheme run by the Department of Work and Pensions.  As part of our commitment we operate a Guaranteed Interview Scheme - all candidates who declare a disability and meet the essential criteria for the role will be guaranteed an interview.


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