Deputy Director for Economics, Social Science and Flood Research - 9875

London, South West, Yorkshire and the Humber
Bristol , Leeds , London
Deputy Director
This is an opportunity for a senior Economist to play a key role in creating better places for people and wildlife. Our Economics, Social Science and Flood Research teams provide the expertise and research behind decisions that create better places for people and wildlife, and support sustainable development. It’s high-pressure work with both an immediate impact and a far-reaching remit that will last for generations.
The role reports into the Director of Flood and Coastal Risk Management (FCRM) Strategy and Adaptation. As the Chief Economist your role will be cross cutting covering all aspects of the Environment Agency’s work including sustainable economic growth, climate change adaptation and the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan. You will play an active role in leading the organisation, embodying our values and enhancing the wellbeing of our staff.
We’ll ask you to build strong relationships with influential stakeholders at DEFRA, OFWAT, HM Treasury and others. It’s a challenging role that would benefit from experience of working with or within government.
As Chief Economist, you’ll lead an outstanding team of 30 technical specialists to provide the expertise and research behind the decisions we make. Looking at every element, from assessing the value of the country’s Natural Capital to scrutinising the economic case for individual investments in flood and water infrastructure, you’ll ensure we make the right, long term decisions.
The team is based in London, Bristol and Leeds.
You will be an established Economist with exceptional communication and influencing skills, enabling you to form long-lasting professional relationships and deliver stretching objectives.
Credible, influential and inspiring, you’re an engaging leader with solid experience developing and managing a team.
You will be a strong and decisive leader; able to deliver outcomes, either directly or via others, under pressure and under a high degree of public scrutiny.
You’ll have the strength of mind – and personality – to influence complex issues and gain all-important buy-in from all levels of staff, as well as key stakeholders and external bodies. You know exactly what you want to achieve and you’ll make it happen.
Closing Date: 5th March 2019 at 23:55 hours
Location: Bristol, London or Leeds (other locations may be considered)

For further information please contact Flood and Coastal Risk Management Director Strategy and Adaptation

05/03/2019, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
Communicates Effectively
Effectiveness in this area is about leading with empathy and communicating with clarity, conviction and enthusiasm. It’s about supporting principles of fairness and opportunity for all and a dedication to inclusivity. It is about establishing future vision; managing and engaging people with honesty and integrity, and upholding the reputation of the organisation.
Business of the Environment Agency
Seeing the big picture is about having an in-depth understanding and knowledge of how your role fits with and supports the Corporate plan. It is about being aware of the political and public context of work. It means taking account of wider influences to develop long terms plans that maximise opportunities to add value and achieve better environmental outcomes.
Manages Change
To be effective in this area you need to be responsive, resilient and seek opportunities to create effective change. This is about creating and contributing to a culture of innovation and supporting people to consider and take managed risks. Doing this well means continuously seeking out ways to improve and innovate
Customer and Partner Relations
It’s about maintaining an economic, long term focus on all activities in your area. It’s about identifying the needs of customers and interested groups, using these to initiate innovative partnerships and agreements to provide the greatest value, ensuring tight control of finances, resources and contracts.
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.

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This Vacancy is closed to applications.