Air Quality Lead

West Midlands Combined Authority

The WMCA has been successful in securing just under £1m of DEFRA funding to support its work on
air quality. We’re looking for an Air Quality Lead to develop and deliver the WMCA’s air
quality programme. The project will focus on the following three areas:

  • The installation of air quality monitors across the region to support monitoring of PM2.5.
  • The creation of a West Midlands wide air quality website, to disseminate air quality
    information across the region.
  • The delivery of detailed behaviour change campaigns across the 7 constituent local

You will manage this programme of work, ensuring that the project is delivered on time and to
budget, with all milestones achieved. This will involve working with a range of stakeholders,
including national government, local authorities, businesses, communities, funders and other
stakeholders building on the excellent work already underway.

This is a rapidly growing area of work for the WMCA and you could be part of the journey in
improving the air quality in the West Midlands.

This post is fixed term for two years.

About you

We’re looking for someone with experience of working in air quality and understanding of policy
in relation to this area of work. You’ll need to have good project management skills and be
able to work with a range of stakeholders.

Essential experience:

  • Good project management experience and an organised approach to work
  • A clear commitment to creating a fairer, greener, healthier West Midlands with examples of
    how you have put this commitment into action and an understanding of relevant policy agendas
    and their significance
  • Have at least five years of directly related air quality experience
  • Experience of working in both local government and with environmental consultancy
  • A track record of managing large scale monitoring campaigns, including the deployment of
    low-cost sensors and the associated analysis of data.
  • Ability to deliver solutions and practical programmes of work with a wide range of

Not a complete match?

WMCA is dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace that reflects the
communities of the West Midlands. Studies show that women and people of colour are less likely
to apply for roles if they believe they do not meet each requirement. If you are passionate
about this role and want to make a difference to the West Midlands region, we encourage you to
still apply. If you know you have the potential to do the job, but your experience does not
straightforwardly sell you as the ‘perfect candidate’, really highlight your skills and those
which are transferable.

How to apply

Please upload an up-to-date CV and supporting statement which demonstrates how you meet the
essential criteria for the role.

Our application process is designed to be anonymised and ask all applicants to remove their
name and avoid referring to protected characteristics, such as gender or age, when uploading
their CV and Supporting Statement.

If you would like to discuss alternative methods to the online application as a reasonable
adjustment, please contact the Recruitment Team ([email protected]) – we’re here to help.

Our advertised salaries

The salary advertised is the scale point range for the job role. New appointments will normally
be made on the lowest salary point, the minimum of the advertised salary range. In exceptional
cases, this can be varied where necessary to secure the best candidate when a higher skill
level and/or experience are applicable.

We advertise in this way to demonstrate the incremental year-on-year increase employees can
potentially receive up to the maximum salary point thereby offering progression to employees
and rewarding them appropriately.

About us

WMCA is committed to a better connected, more prosperous, fairer, greener, and healthier
region. This is our vision. We will achieve our vision through living our values which are
central to how we work and interact with our wider partners and stakeholders.

We’re a partnership organisation. Our people feel valued and respected, have a can-do attitude
and are innovators. We try new ways of doing things, we aren’t afraid to fail, learn from what
went wrong and try again. Our people are empowered to be creative and explore and innovate.

We are a “Leaders in Diversity” accredited organisation, are in the Inclusive Top 50 Employers
List and are one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women. As a Disability Confident Employer,
we have made a positive commitment to interviewing all applicants with a disability who meet
the essential role criteria. We are committed to building a team of people with varied
backgrounds and experiences as we recognise that this will only benefit us as an employer, the
more inclusive we are the better our work will be.

Furthermore, wherever possible we will offer flexible working options which assist work-life
balance. We are very happy to discuss a flexible working pattern that suits your needs, so
please do not let that be a barrier to applying. If your values align with ours and you’re
committed to working towards creating a future we can all be proud of, we want to hear from


West Midlands Combined Authority operates a Hybrid way of working. This means splitting your
time between the office at 16
Summer Lane
, and working remotely. 

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