Adult Education Budget (AEB) Manager

West Yorkshire Combined Authority
37 hours per week
Leeds City Centre
Full Time, Permanent
£46,418 - £53,747

Kirklees Council are advertising this role on behalf of West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

The Organisation

We have an opportunity for an exceptional person who wants to play a leading role in reshaping our local economy and forging better futures for millions of people.

It’s an exciting time to join the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, following the recent announcement that an ambitious £1.8bn devolution deal has been secured for West Yorkshire, as part of which the £63m annual Adult Education Budget will be devolved to the Mayor. Through devolution we will be working to drive up living standards through better transport, improved skills and stronger businesses, while tackling the climate emergency

The Combined Authority has ambitious plans to unlock the vast potential of the region by building a strong, successful economy where everyone can build great businesses, careers and lives. Skills sits at the heart of this ambition, and we are seeking an exceptional candidate to play a central role in preparation for devolution of AEB from summer 2021. 

The Role

The successful candidate will be responsible for leading and developing the implementation of the AEB, inception to delivery, including contract and partner negotiations, establishing a regime of contract management, audit, quality assurance and compliance processes to prepare for the devolution of skills funding and powers to West Yorkshire. They will also be required to establish and lead the delivery team within the Combined Authority, working closely with partners. 

The Person

We are looking for a proactive, motivated candidate with significant experience of working across the Employment and Skills landscape, as well as detailed knowledge of adult skills funding, and of the role of FE colleges and independent training providers in the system.

A successful track record of monitoring delivery of complex and large-scale programmes, including delivery through multiple third parties and contract management, will also be important.

Our Offer

We offer an excellent benefits package including access to a generous employer-contribution, local government pension scheme and fully funded travel throughout West Yorkshire by bus and rail with the MCard.  We also offer an encouraging environment that will allow you to achieve your best work/life balance and career goals.

The Combined Authority’s aim is to attract people from diverse backgrounds to build on our inclusive culture.  We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, race, gender, religion or beliefs, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation.  

Applicants with a disability are guaranteed an interview, subject to the minimum criteria being met.

We are committed to inclusivity and will consider requests for flexible working including part time and job share arrangements.

For more information about the work of the Combined Authority please visit 

To submit your application form online please visit by 11:55pm on Monday 25 May 2020.

Please note that whilst it is our policy to recruit at SP1 for all appointments, each role includes career salary progression, with incremental increases applicable in most cases, on an annual basis. 

Given the high volumes of applications we receive we are unable to respond to every applicant, therefore if you have not heard from us within four weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has not been successful on this occasion.

Candidate information will be retained by the Combined Authority for 6 months unless you make a request for this to be deleted.

25 May 2020, 11:55 PM

This vacancy is closed to applications.