Head of Policy (EU Exit)
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
£55,989 - £65,250 (National) or £60,491 - £70,490 (London)
Two-year fixed-term appointment with the potential for extension or permanency
Preferred Locations: London, Bristol or York
At the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) our responsibilities are large and wide-ranging. Our work is aimed at creating a cleaner, healthier environment, developing a world-leading food and farming industry, expanding a thriving rural economy and securing robust defences against natural threats and hazards across the UK. This exciting work will only increase in complexity as the nation moves closer to leaving the EU. Join us as we take a lead in delivering this once-in-a-generation change, and see what you do having a real impact.
As Head of Policy (EU Exit), you will lead a team of around 15 policy professionals and experts focusing on EU Exit issues relating to one or a number of areas, such as Agri-Food Chain; Animal and Plant Health and Welfare; Biosecurity and Food Projects; Environmental Regulations; EU and International Trade; EU Exit Domestic and Constitutional Affairs; EU Exit Overview; Future Farming and Countryside; or Marine and Fisheries or Strategy. You will also:
· Prioritise challenges and oversee the team's evidence-led solutions to complex projects -constantly assessing information, identifying issues and putting measures in place before they become a problem.
· Be confident in engagement with others and have the ability to build and cultivate strong personal networks through excellent interpersonal skills, using collaboration as a way of improving outcomes. Brief Ministers and senior colleagues on our approach to strategy development and delivery, and work with an even wider range of stakeholders to create a shared vision for the future.
· Encourage innovation in the team, helping colleagues learn from setbacks while remaining accountable for what the team has set out to achieve.
This is a role that requires a passion for politics, but not necessarily policy experience. While you will develop new policies and tackle current newsworthy issues. You could have a research, analysis, or project management background, or come from a different industry entirely. What is important is your ability to inspire in person and on paper; expertly manage and influence stakeholders; and take the initiative and solve problems at pace. No stranger to working with ambiguous information, you will naturally take the role of figurehead who sets a roadmap for the team. It is also a challenge that could lead to further high-profile Civil Service roles, as you leave a positive legacy at this time of great change.
Candidates who are interested in this opportunity will be assessed against the 'Success Profile Framework' in which your suitability for the role will be matched against a variety of elements. This flexible framework is the new and improved application process for all Civil Service roles, and looks at your ability to perform the role, your relevant experience, your strengths and behaviours, as well as your technical skills, knowledge, or qualifications.
We aim to support the professional and personal wellbeing of everyone in Defra. Our benefits include generous annual leave, a contributory pension, staff bonuses and recognition, salary sacrifice benefit options, and an employee discount scheme. We also offer flexible working and a variety of learning and development opportunities.