Area Director, Solent South Downs - 16182

South East
Guildbourne House
Deputy Director
Full Time
Senior Leadership
£70,000 - £90,119
An exciting opportunity has arisen at the Environment Agency to create a better place for people, wildlife and the environment across southern England.
As Area Director, we’ll look to you to deliver positive environmental outcomes. You’ll be at the forefront of strategic direction and action, harnessing £multi-million budgets and hundreds of dedicated people. An inspirational person, you’ll lead and motivate your staff to deliver the best results for people who visit, live and work in Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Sussex. You’ll also work across the business as part of a dynamic group of executive managers.
From handling major incidents to enabling continuous improvement and innovation, you’ll be accountable for the operational delivery of all aspects of our business for the Area. You’ll also be expected to manage the reputation of the Environment Agency at a local level by building productive relationships with influential external stakeholders, including politicians, public and third sector organisations, and heads of business.
We’re an organisation that aims to excel in equality, diversity and inclusion. Our ambition is to create a nation resilient to climate change, with healthy air land and water. A nation that enables green growth, and has a sustainable future. Come join us.
You’ll be responsible for a team of talented individuals and over three hundred staff. You will report directly to the relevant Director of Operations, and form part of a dynamic, diverse and inclusive team across South & East England.
We’re looking for applicants from diverse backgrounds, so that we better reflect and serve our communities.
You’ll be a highly experienced leader, with excellent communications skills, good judgement, and strengths in collaboration and facilitation. These positions require 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 guiding the Agency successfully through some of the biggest challenges – and opportunities – facing environment, economy and society.
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 please contact Sarah Chare: or 07879 848692

Interviews will take place on 10th and 11th February 2021 using virtual technology to comply with social distancing restrictions.

25/01/2021, 23:55 hours

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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.

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This Vacancy is closed to applications.