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Environment Agency

Job title E&B Senior Advisor (Water Strategy - Chemicals)
Location Flexible location but travel required to Bristol, Wallingford and London
Salary range £43,777 Pro rata
Sector Central Government
Date posted 05-Nov-18
Apply by 11-Nov-18

The Environment Agency enjoys an important challenge. As an organisation within the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) family, we are responsible for protecting and improving the environment. Our remit includes water, land and biodiversity and impacts on both people and wildlife. We strive to devise sustainable solutions that will ensure the world’s resources are enhanced for this generation and the next.

EU Exit means we need to consider how we will manage the regulation of chemicals in the future. Continuing to operate efficiently after EU Exit to deliver a high level of environmental protection is key. Accordingly, we are currently reviewing and planning our future role in managing the risks from chemicals, post Exit. Your role will be to:

  • Work closely with Defra and EA colleagues in order to adapt to the implications of EU Exit
  • Play a leadership role in a variety of key areas while focusing on the continuing development and implementation of a strategic approach to manage chemical risks to water.
  • Implement a strategic approach to understand and manage chemical risks to water and develop and communicate our priorities and position on risks to the environment and people
  • Devise and implement a Chemicals Investigation Programme with water companies and commission evidence on chemicals (particularly water quality monitoring and Environmental Standards)

You will be a key member of the national EU Exit Chemicals Programme that’s leading work to develop the right organisational links, governance, activities, processes, systems and funding to protect the environment from chemical manufacture, use & disposal. You will need to be highly self-motivated with good networking and influencing skills and a proven track record of working on chemical risks in the aquatic environment. We will also be looking for the organisational skills it takes to build and manage delivery through extended networks. Proactive and skilled at developing and presenting an evidence-based case to others, adjusting your style according to the audience comes naturally to you too

If you would enjoy contributing to lasting environmental protection, then this role is ideal. The position comes with a good work/life balance, generous holiday allowance, flexible working and a desirable pension scheme. And, with plenty of support and encouragement from your colleagues and the wider Defra network, your CV will look even more impressive after your time spent here.