At the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), we work collaboratively to ensure the ongoing success of the nation’s rural economy and the health of the environment. From the food that goes to local markets to that which is sold internationally, we ensure British people benefit from a world-leading food industry and that those involved in farming and fishing are able to trade fairly with other nations. We also plan for natural threats and hazards, with stringent plans in place to ensure animal and plant health. It is involving and interesting work, particularly at a period in which we are negotiating our exit from the European Union. As such, there has never been a better time to join us and make your mark on our policy-making capabilities.
Leading a team of policy specialists, you will take responsibility for guiding how a range of policies are developed. Using your excellent analytical knowledge to work with a broad cross section of evidence, expertise and data (which may be incomplete), you will lead a priority EU Exit work stream in one of the following areas: Environmental Regulation, Marine and Fisheries, Animal and Plant Health, Future Farming, Food Chain, EU Strategy and International Trade or The Strategy Directorate. You will also:
- Form collaborative relationships to gather and develop information from within Government and beyond, securing extra resources as appropriate;
- Work directly with Ministers and senior officials to convey your findings and evidenced opinions;
- Identify risks within policy areas, taking short and long-term goals into consideration;
- Look for ways in which we can improve the way we operate.
Using programme and project management disciplines to lead a team with clarity, your enthusiastic ability to engage all stakeholders will ensure the success of your projects. With the ability to devise clear strategies and plans based on your analyses, you will communicate your findings clearly in both verbal and written formats.
With the confidence to communicate with stakeholders at all levels, you will work in a transparent manner in order to build trust within your team. You will also develop the individual and organisational needs of the team, nurturing their innovation and ensuring our workplace is one of supportive encouragement – as such, your people handling skills will need to be exceptional.
Bearing in mind the diverse needs of the British population, your policies and plans will reflect the current political and social climate. As such, you will always bring together views and perspectives from a broad array of sources to ensure you are grasping the bigger picture, thereby securing policies that will benefit the maximum number of people both now and in the future.
Defra is able to support flexible working, which means that as well as our policy hubs in York, Bristol and London, you may be able to work in another Defra office. However, some travel to the policy hubs may be required. You will need to agree your location and working arrangements with your new manager.
Two-year fixed term appointment (with potential for extension/permanency).