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Environment Agency

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

The Environment Agency is entrusted with protecting and improving the environment. Our work impacts on everything from the nation’s fisheries to power stations and the cleaning products used in every home. As an organisation within the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) family, our 10,600 employees work collaboratively to come up with innovative solutions to complex situations, ultimately enhancing the quality of our land, water and biodiversity.

With EU Exit imminent, we need to consider how we will manage the regulation of chemicals in the future. Existing regulations will need to continue to operate efficiently after exit to deliver a high level of environmental protection. Waste regulation is heavily influenced by such regulation, so there’s a real need to ensure the regimes are fully integrated. Accordingly, you will:

  • Work across Waste Regulation and Chemicals teams within Environment & Business and Operations directorates to shape the regulatory landscape following Exit
  • Act as a focal point for the interaction between chemicals and waste. You will help design the future regulation of both chemicals and waste, ensuring that chemicals regulation is embedded within waste regulation at all levels of the business
  • See that we achieve our commitments in the 25 Year Environment Plan and relevant Government strategies and maintain our international commitments on chemicals and waste. E.g. Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants
  • Ensure that waste characterisation is consistent with the requirements of chemicals legislation and our approach to the circular economy and definition of waste are consistent with chemical regulations 

You will initially work within the Chemicals Regulatory Planning Team. They are part of a wider 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. The role is likely to move across to Waste Regulation over time. You will need a technical background in waste regulation and ideally an understanding of the interactions with chemicals legislation. We will also expect you to help build strong relationships across chemicals and waste teams, and influence outside of your immediate team. Put simply, we need someone who is resilient, flexible and proactive and can achieve outcomes in a challenging and changing work area.

This is a role of national importance. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to define how we continue to operate after EU Exit. With a wealth of fascinating challenges to work on and ably supported by a highly skilled team, you will also enjoy a desirable pension scheme, generous holiday allowance and a good work/life balance. When you join the Environment Agency, your career is sure to flourish.