Flood Risk Partnerships and Strategic Overview Advisor - 9663

2
North East
Newcastle
Tyneside House
Staff Grade 5
Permanent
Full Time
Business Management & Improvement, Engineering, Environment & Sustainability, Knowledge & Information Management
£34,879
Do you want to make the North East a better place? Are you passionate about protecting against natural threats and hazards and improving the environment?

We need a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to join our Partnership and Strategic Overview (PSO) Team.
You'll work with other Risk Management Authorities (RMAs), communities and stakeholders, forging partnerships based around a mutual understanding of how to reduce the risk of flooding to the communities we serve. You’ll help identify flood risk and find the most appropriate solutions, providing advice and guidance on everything from project management and funding, to planning, permitting, and community engagement. You'll also help;

• Identify, develop, attract and secure funding opportunities to support flood risk management projects.
• Empower public sector partners to deliver more for communities and the environment.
• Build relationships with key private sector organisations to secure their support and investment.

Critical to this will be your ability to think creatively; working collaboratively with external organisations and stakeholders to develop partnerships and maximise opportunities for funding capital schemes.

You'll also be expected to participate in our management of flood incident response and will receive full training and support to enable you to play your part.
Our team is highly motivated, vibrant and successful, offering a great place to work. You'll be supported to develop professionally and achieve great results. We work with other RMAs & communities identifying, developing, funding and supporting delivery of capital flood risk and coastal erosion schemes. We have an overview of flood risk across NE England through strategic planning, understanding of flood risk, permitting flood risk activities, influencing development planning and responding to flood incidents.
We’re seeking a confident communicator with excellent negotiating and influencing skills and a proven ability to build relationships with external partners and stakeholders. You’ll understand the importance of team work and collaboration and possess significant experience in developing partnerships and securing funding. An understanding of flood risk and how it is managed would also be advantageous.

Qualified to at least degree standard (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, chartered or full membership of a relevant professional institute is desirable
Closing Date: 27th January 2019 at 23:55 hours Please contact Stephen Merrett to discuss this opportunity on 07771 542 609 or stephen.merrett@environment-agency.gov.uk.
Basic Check
Communicates Effectively
Effective communication - both written and oral - is essential in the role. You will be responsible for drafting briefings and papers which must be clear and accessible for colleagues, including senior managers and elected representatives, who will not always have detailed knowledge in all of the subjects being addressed. Please can you give an example of where you have summarised complex or technical information for a wide audience.
Takes Decisions and Solves Problems
In this role you'll need to actively make many decisions on a day to day basis, for some decisions you'll have limited information and time and others will require greater consideration due to the risks involved. Please give example(s) of when you have made timely decisions to solve problems.
Achieves Results
Part of this role is to drive performance in the team to get things done on time and to a high standard. Please can you give examples of how you have worked to achieve deadlines, and helped others to do so, and how you have assessed the quality and accuracy of work involved.
Full UK drivers licence or equivalent permission to drive in the UK is desirable.
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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