As an independent organisation within the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) family, the Environment Agency is vital to supporting the wellbeing of both people and wildlife. Our challenge – to protect and improve England’s environment – impacts on water, land and biodiversity, and affects how every major industry operates. From waste management to manufacturing, we act as a regulatory authority, with our 10,600 employees working collaboratively to achieve sustainable results.
EU Exit requires us to examine how we will manage the regulation of chemicals in the future. Existing regulations will need to continue to operate efficiently after EU Exit to deliver a high level of environmental protection, but we are currently reviewing and planning our future role in managing the risks from chemicals post Exit. You will therefore:
Be part 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.
Help shape the future design and build of a new chemicals regulatory service in the Environment Agency
Work with the programme team to develop the organisations approach to enable the implementation of legislative change and to rationalise the organisations approach to chemicals regulation as a whole
Create the right internal framework and manage the development and agreement of MOU’s with Defra, HSE and possibly the Devolved UK Administrations to ensure the organisation has the right influence and role to deliver its responsibilities and objectives.
Ideally, we are looking for a free thinker with a good understanding of the Environment Agency as well as experience of delivering changes to working practices or structures within an organisation. A self-starter with a strong track record of delivery; experience of working with government would be an advantage. You must also be willing to travel for meetings across the UK, with travel abroad also a possibility.
This is a rare opportunity to influence the future impact of chemical on the environment. Our teams enjoy working collaboratively to find innovative solutions to complex problems, and would welcome your contribution. With a good work/life balance, you will also have access to a desirable pension scheme, a generous holiday allowance and access to internationally-respected projects and challenges.