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G7 Environmental Bill

Posted: 15 May 2019 Closes: 2 Jun 2019
London £51,258 - £59,740
Flexible defra/20190515155544

This is an exciting opportunity to play a core role in the delivery of high-profile legislation on the Environment.

The Natural Environment Directorate is a multi-site team of approximately 200 employees. It leads policy thinking and has teams focused on the 25 Year Environment Plan, Land Use and Environmental Land Management, Rural Policy, Environmental Analysis and Evidence, and the Environment Bill and Governance. 

In Defra, your work can have a profound impact on people’s lives, and your role will be critical to achieving our vision of ‘creating a great place for living’. This role will provide significant opportunities to develop your own skills and future career, as you play an active role in shaping and delivering Defra’s priorities. This is a great time to join Defra and these will be exciting, interesting and influential roles. Last year the government published an ambitious 25 Year Environment Plan, and these positions provide you with an opportunity to be at the heart of its delivery. Defra is one of the lead Departments delivering a successful exit from the EU and our Secretary of State is committed to delivering a green Brexit with the 25 Year Environment Plan at the core. 

The Roles and Team 

We are seeking: 
• 1 Grade 7 Deputy Environment Bill Manager; 
• 1 Grade 7 Devolution Lead 

These roles are based in the Environment Bill and Governance Team. 

This is an exciting opportunity to play a core role in the delivery of high-profile legislation on the Environment. The Environment Bill will take totemic steps to protect the environment following our exit from the EU. It will allow for the creation of an Office for Environmental Protection, to hold public authorities to account on environmental obligations and it will take direct action to address the biggest environmental priorities of our age: air quality, nature recovery, waste and resource efficiency, and water resource management. The Environment Bill will be introduced early in the second Session of this Parliament in 2019. 
You will be part of a small, high-profile, and focused Bill division. You will need to effectively manage the inputs from policy team’s lawyers and economists across Defra, as well as Devolved Administrations and external stakeholders. You will need excellent people skills and enjoy working with and through others. You will need to quickly establish strong working relationships with Ministers and private offices, the Cabinet Office, DExEU, and Parliament, amongst others. 

You will have strong influencing skills and establish credibility quickly, briefing Ministers and Parliamentarians. Excellent drafting skills will be needed to ensure that material for the Bill is persuasive, clear, and compelling. 

You will work well under the pressure that a Bill brings, be able to deal with exceptionally tight deadlines (especially when the Bill is in Parliament). You will be well-organised, delivery focused, and be an effective forward-planner. 

Environmental policy is a complex and technical area, and while you will not need to become an expert in all areas, you will need to gain a broad understanding quickly and be able to identify potential issues to work with the policy leads to resolve. You need to have sound political judgement and good horizon-scanning skills, as you contribute to the development of the Bill and its Parliamentary handling strategy. 

It is important to note that this post may often require outside normal hour office working, given its parliamentary nature. 

The following Experience criteria is essential to this post and will be tested at sift and interview. 

• Experience of having had a leading role in an environment where legislation is formed and drafted. 
• Understanding of specific and complex policy areas, identifying key issues and significant risks. 
• Prior experience of working with wider stakeholders such as policy experts, legal teams and analysts to deliver effectively drafted legislation/guidance. 
• Evidence that you have established strong working relationships with the legislative and executive in either local or central government for example Ministers, other Departments and elected representatives. 
• A track record of having delivered effectively under the pressure of multiple priorities and challenging deadlines. 


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Leadership
  • Changing and Improving
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Leadership



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.

To apply, please complete the advertised CS Jobs application process. 

During your application you will be asked to explain in 250 words how you meet the Leadership behaviour listed above. 

You will also be asked to complete a 500 word personal statement, in this you should demonstrate how you meet the essential experience criteria. 

Please also state in this section which role/s you are applying for out of the following positions: Deputy Environment Bill Manager and/or the Devolution Lead. 

The deadline for online applications is Midnight Sunday the 2nd of June 2019. 

After submission of your application you will be invited to complete a Civil Service Judgement test. 

You must be successful at each stage to progress to the next test. Please complete the online tests as soon as possible (within 24-48 hours is recommended). 

The closing date for the online test is Midnight on Tuesday the 4th June 2019. 

If you fail to complete the online test before the deadline your application will be withdrawn. 

Please note that online tests associated with this vacancy are not subject to time limits. Guidance for each test will be available when you are invited to take the test. The tests are administered online and accessed via the CS Jobs website. 

During interview, candidates will be assessed on strengths, all the behaviours and essential experience listed above. 
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

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