Strategic Growth Advisor - 10207

South East
Welwyn Garden City
Alchemy, Bessemer Road, AL7 1HE
Staff Grade 6
Fixed Term
Full Time
Environment & Sustainability, Planning, Policy, Programme and Project Management, Strategy
£44,477 pro rata
Our work to better protect communities from flood risk is growing, with an increased focus on place-making and the environment. This assignment is a fantastic opportunity for the right person to be at the forefront of influencing our strategic vision for flood risk.

We are looking for a highly motivated project manager to take the lead on unlocking the potential for delivering strategic flood risk outcomes. You will be responsible for setting direction and determining an appropriate approach, with a focus on Hertfordshire and the Lee Valley.

You will develop, maintain and share a good understanding of the flood risks and opportunities in our Area. You will work closely with local authorities and internal teams to protect people and property from flooding, securing strategic support for our projects.

Good influencing skills and confidence in stakeholder engagement are essential. We want our local authority partners to know how they can contribute to a shared goal of reducing the impacts of flooding.
Sustainable Places manages the Environment Agency’s input into development management and planning policy, working with local planning authorities and developers. Hertfordshire and North London is a diverse area with significant growth occurring over the next few years. This creates exciting opportunities and challenging workloads.

You will also work closely with our flood risk management teams as they plan and develop projects and identify the best options for protecting communities at risk.
We are looking for someone who is versatile, self-motivated and can quickly fit in and help shape the work of our busy teams. A real desire and commitment to build relationships, influence and work with external partners and internal teams is essential.

You will have experience of successful strategic influencing and knowledge of either flood risk or planning policy.

Expected skills include:
• Project management
• An ability to work in a high workload, high pressure environment
• Effective influencing and negotiation
• Excellent customer service
• A flexible, positive approach
• A proven ability to achieve results
Closing Date: 3rd May 2019 at 23:55 hours

Travel around Hertfordshire and North London is required. It will be beneficial if you hold a driving license.

For further details regarding this role please contact the Sustainable Places team leader Natasha Brennan at or on 0203 0259119.

03/05/2019, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
18 months
Manages Self
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Communicates Effectively
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Programme and Project Management
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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.