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Senior Policy Advisor

Senior Executive Officer


Salary Range:

National: £37,295 - £41,425, London: £40,262 - £44,724

Department and Location:

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Bristol, London, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, York

Advert Closing Date:


Contract Type:

Fixed Term, Permanent

Available Working Pattern:

Flexible Working, Full-time, Job share, Part Year

Civil Service Jobs Reference:


Job Description:

We are seeking capable people to contribute to our policy and strategy work in the Floods & Water Directorate. We value your range of skills and we do not expect applicants to have specialist knowledge of the area; we will help you to build your expertise in role.

These roles are a great opportunity to get your foot on the ladder of a Civil Service policy career.

You will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills, including policy development, stakeholder management, and project management, among others
You will play an active role in shaping and delivering the Floods & Water priorities, working creatively and collaboratively with others to deliver excellent outcomes
You will need to build excellent relationships across Floods & Water Directorate, with wider Defra colleagues, other government departments and arm’s length bodies (such as the Environment Agency), and with external stakeholders, inspiring confidence, and trust
You can expect frequent interaction with Ministers, Special Advisers, and senior officials, including in other government departments. It’s a very exciting time to join the team and support important policies improving people’s lives.

Person Specification:

We are looking for proactive and enthusiastic people who are used to working autonomously and are confident at communicating and assimilating information.

Essential Skills for all roles:  

Experience of working confidently on multiple aspects of the policy and legislative cycles, including policy advice to Ministers, support for parliamentary debates, and providing answers responding to external scrutiny
Experience using analysis and information to develop and assess options for decision makers, drawing on expertise from others as required
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Evidence of working confidently with a variety of teams or colleagues to deliver common goals
Good strategic judgement to identify tensions and links between different areas of work and recognise where your work fits with wider organisational objectives
Excellent task management and prioritisation  
Ability to work at pace to deliver with competing deadlines, maintaining sound, timely communication and managing expectations throughout  
Proactive, organised, excellent attention to detail, capable of taking a leadership role in complex and multi-faceted scenarios, and delivery focused

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