Senior Policy Advisors - The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

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Salary:
£35,188 to £40,310 (National) or £37,987 to £43,520 (London)
Location:
South West, London, Yorkshire, York, Bristol
Apply by:
Various
Start date:
Various
Job type:
Graduate job

• Grade: SEO
• Two-year fixed-term appointment with the potential for extension or permanency
• Preferred Locations: London, Bristol or York


We are immersed in an exciting period of change. At the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) our work ranges from supporting the UK’s world-leading food, farming and fishing industries to protecting the environment and providing robust defences against natural threats. Leaving the EU will fundamentally transform the work we do and how we deliver it. We are embracing this opportunity to become even more efficient, focused and innovative. Join us, and you will be at the heart of this change - helping us to secure a more sustainable future for the UK.


As a Senior Policy Advisor, you will focus on EU Exit issues relating to one or a number of areas within a business area 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:


  • Plan and prioritise your workload and take responsibility for your objectives.
  • Thrive in a constantly-changing environment, seeking out and analysing the most up-to-date information so you can deliver comprehensive advice on the development and delivery of strategies and any potential issues and solutions.
  • Develop strong relationships with a variety of stakeholders including Directors, Ministers, colleagues across Defra, industry bodies, non-governmental organisations, and UK citizens.
  • Be flexible and open to taking on additional tasks, which could include managing small teams of Higher Executive Officers and Executive Officers.


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 flair for taking the initiative and solving problems; your ability to effectively communicate in person and in reports; and your resilience and calm under pressure. It would help to have line managed before too. However you will see this as a challenge that could lead to high-profile roles, as you build a career making life better for millions across the country.


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 will look at your ability to perform the role, your relevant experience, your strengths and behaviour, 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.


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