Deputy Director Governance and Engagement - 11338

Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF
Deputy Director
Full Time, Part Time, Part Time/Job Share
Senior Leadership
As Deputy Director for Governance & Engagement you’ll be at the centre of everything the Environment Agency does. Responsible for managing our most senior decision making forums and close advisor to senior Directors including the Chair and Chief Executive.

You’ll be our primary corporate link into Defra, wider Government and Parliament; from providing leadership to our place based teams in supporting local MP engagement to engagement with Ministers and Select Committees.

As the hub of the Environment Agency you’ll provide professional advice and evidence to help the organisation engage with individuals, business and communities. You’ll bring the customer view into our business decisions to improve outcomes and use feedback from our own staff to determine how we can support them to achieve the aspirations of our Environment Agency 5 year Action plan and the government’s 25 year plan for the environment.

You’ll be part of a wider team in the Chief Executives Directorate, have a seat at the Board and the Executive Directors Team and lead three dynamic teams of your own. This is a fantastic, fast track career opportunity from which the right individual will advance to anywhere across the Environment Agency, into wider government and beyond.
As Deputy Director for Governance & Engagement you’ll provide the leadership which motivates and enables the teams at the very heart of the organisation.

You’ll be responsible for leading a team of approximately 40 talented individuals who lead relationships with Defra Ministers, Government and Parliament, support our Executive Directors team, Chief Executive, Chair and Board, and provide expert professional advice and information to help the organisation engage with individuals, business and communities.
We’re looking for applicants who believe that providing great leadership is fundamental to our ability to protect the environment and effectively serve the communities we live in.
You’ll have excellent communications skills, good judgement, and be a great collaborator and facilitator. This position requires a level of diplomacy commensurate with a high profile role in public policy and senior relationship management. Alongside these responsibilities you’ll be rewarded with a level of trust and inclusion in leading the Environment Agency through some of the biggest challenges facing our environment.

You must be passionate about developing others, be innovative in your thinking and be a team player. You’ll also possess strong organisational skills all essential to delivering a busy portfolio of work.
For an informal conversation about this role please contact John Leyland, Chief of Staff: or 02084 749740 (via his Executive Assistant Olivia Broad).

You’ll be required to undertake an incident response role which supports and advises the Chief Executive and Executive Directors during incidents. Occasionally this includes out of hours working.

This role is based in our Marsham Street office, London, and will require you to work from this base 2-3 days per week. You’ll manage teams based in London and Bristol and will need to commit to some travel and on occasion overnight stays.
As the role in based in London you will require an enhanced level of security check, a key component of which is a minimum of 3 years UK residency.

28/07/2019, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
If you are applying from the Civil Service please note that the Environment Agency is not a part of HM Civil Service and you would not be a Crown Servant in the event of being appointed. Therefore, you will not be eligible for continuous service. For applicants who currently work in local government or other bodies listed in the Redundancy Payments (Continuity of Employment in Local Government etc) (Modification) Order 1999, you may be eligible for continuous service for the purpose of calculating any future redundancy payment. If you are unsure of your status then you should contact your own HR Team.

We are fully committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome flexible working patterns for all our vacancies, including job share, so please include clearly any information regarding your preferred working arrangements on your application.

We also have a Guaranteed Interview Policy to support those with a disability who are seeking employment. We have committed to guaranteeing an interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.

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This Vacancy is closed to applications.