Incident Planning Manager - 23482

Staff Grade 7
Fixed Term
Operational Delivery, Planning, Risk Management
£58,174 Pro-rata
The Environment Agency works with government, local councils, businesses, civil society groups and communities to make our environment a better place for people and wildlife. We need to be prepared for many types of incidents and emergencies and work alongside other agencies to prevent harm to people and the environment.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and inspirational leader with a passion for emergencies, who wants to make a lasting difference by leading our preparedness for what’s ahead.
You'll provide organisation wide leadership on our planning and preparedness approaches, ensuring that we’re ready to respond to the highest risks on the National Security Risk Assessment. You’ll be the face of the Environment Agency with some of our key partnerships, ensuring we’re a great to work with and find new solutions together in the multi-agency response world.

You’ll also work closely with our 14 Operational Area Incident teams to ensure our national ambitions and priorities align with their work on the ground, develop new initiatives with them and bring local issues to a national platform.
The Incident Planning team are emergency planning experts dispersed across England, line managed by three senior advisors who will report to you.

They take our nationally agreed environmental and societal risks and turn them into scalable and usable plans for the organisation to follow in emergencies. They work in partnerships with other Civil Contingency response bodies and Government agencies. They ensure the organisation is prepared and ready for threats we can see on the horizon.
We are looking for applicants who have:
• Experience of successfully leading and motivating dispersed teams to deliver changing work plans to challenging timescales.
• Lead innovative thinking and set strategic organisational direction which has made a real difference in your sector or organisation.
• Developed strong links and put in place new arrangements for working with external partners;
• A proven ability to influence and ensure the results of teams outside of your direct control;
• Practical experience of responding to or planning for emergencies, corporate risks or business continuity incidents.
• Strong communication skills that are adaptable to a wide variety of audiences and styles;
• Can demonstrate their commitment to self-development and how they’ve created an open, inclusive, and trusting culture in their team and beyond.

Above all we are looking for someone who is ready to learn, happy to challenge the status quo and includes everyone.
This is an assignment for internal candidates and a fixed term appointment for new starters. The role requires some travel, as the team and our partners are spread across England. The majority of your time will be spent at home, or in your nearest local office.

You will be required to have an incident role and make yourself available to respond to incidents. This may require working outside of office hours and at the weekend, which will attract an additional payment. Flexible working arrangements are in place to support you in your role and full training will be provided.

To discuss any aspect of the role please contact Katharine Smith - Incident Planning Manager (07766443527) -

Interviews will take place in September.

21/08/2022, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
Up to 12 Months
Leads People
You will need to provide inspirational and motivational leadership to a wide range of staff and leaders to ensure the organisation is well prepared for incidents.

Describe your experience and approaches taken to leading and motivating people. What approaches have you taken to ensure others shared your vision and felt inspired and empowered to follow you?

Please note: Applications are blind sifted on these competency answers, so you must fill in this section in order to be considered for interview.
Builds and Sustains Relationships
You’ll be a key face in the development and management of our partnerships with other response partners and agencies. As such you’ll need to be an intuitive people person capable of quickly building rapport, securing commitment and sustaining good working relations.

Tell us about a time when you had to develop a new partnership to be more effective as an organisation. How did you go about developing and nurturing this new partnership and agree common goals?

Please note: Applications are blind sifted on these competency answers, so you must fill in this section in order to be considered for interview.
Delivers Results Through Others
You’ll be leading and shaping the work of others outside of your direct control, as such you’ll need to be great at asking others to do things and ensuring they do them.

Describe a time when you have led a project or the work of a multi-departmental team. How did you identify who you needed and secure their buy in? What did you do to make it a success and ensure was what needed was delivered?

Please note: Applications are blind sifted on these competency answers, so you must fill in this section in order to be considered for interview.
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.

The Environment Agency, as a Non-Departmental Public Body, is committed to providing value for money and utilises Central Government frameworks and contracts for all external recruitment needs. For this reason, we are unable to engage with the market directly through post, email or phone calls . Should you wish to become a support supplier on one of these frameworks or contracts please visit for more information.

This Vacancy is closed to applications.