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HEO - EBG IT Support: New Body Set Up

Posted: 15 May 2019 Closes: 2 Jun 2019
London £31,916 - £35,620
Flexible defra/20190515160800

This is an exciting opportunity to work on a world leading area of work with a new team in Defra.

This HEO role has arisen in the Environment Bill and Governance division (EBG), part of The Natural Environment Directorate. 

This is an exciting opportunity to join a fast moving team in an important area for the department. You will be at the heart of the departments’ policy work. 

The Natural Environment Directorate 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. 

The Team and Role

This role is based in the Environment Bill and Governance Team. This role supports the Senior IT lead in the development and delivery of an IT solution. 

The government’s flagship Environment Bill will be introduced during 2019. The team is committed to its very tangible goal of improving the environment in a generation and has many deep experts and people who enjoy spending time in nature. 

This is an exciting opportunity to work on a world leading area of work with a new team in Defra. 

Key responsibilities:

• Identify and monitor risks, assumptions, issues and dependencies. 
• Monitor performance of external contractors. 
• Carry out secretariat functions. 
• Supporting the project team to collate their business requirement for IT. 
• Keep project documentation fully up to date within a fast moving environment. 
• Providing support to the IT workstream lead during IT procurements. 
• Engage and liaise with key internal and external stakeholders. 
• Carry out research and analysis. 

For this role we are seeking candidates with experience in delivering, or overseeing the delivery of, an IT solution. You will be acting as the interface between technical practitioners and non-technical stakeholders. Therefore, you should have a firm grasp of technical IT concepts and should be adept at explaining these in a user-friendly format. 

You will need to be both resilient and flexible; adapting to changing work environments, while providing business support and ensuring the wider team pulls together to maintain effectiveness. You should enjoy building and maintaining strong working relationships with a range of business partners and key stakeholders. 

You will be adept at prioritising a challenging workload and adapting to competing priorities. 

You will have the ability to work well under pressure and will be able to deal with exceptionally tight deadlines. You will need to be well-organised, delivery-focused and be an effective forward-planner. 


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

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

Technical skills

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

  • Risk and Issue Management
  • Solutions Development
  • Stakeholder Engagement



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, Ability, Experience and Technical skills.

To apply, please complete the advertised CS Jobs application process. Within your application form you will be asked to detail how you meet each of the behaviours listed above and a 500-word statement of suitability on how you meet the Experience criteria. Please see the attached candidate information pack for further information on the experience and assessment criteria for this vacancy. 

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

After submission of your application you will be invited to complete an online Situational Judgement test as well as an online Verbal Reasoning test. You must be successful at this stage to progress to the next stage. Please complete the online tests as soon as possible (within 24-48 hours is recommended). 

The closing date for both online tests is Midnight on Tuesday the 4th of 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. 

Candidates that are successful at this stage will have their applications sifted by a panel who will look further at the Civil Service Behavioural and Experience evidence in your application. 

Candidates successful at this stage will be invited to interview where Experience, Technical and Strength elements will be tested. 

Further details will be provided to shortlisted candidates in advance of the interviews. 
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.

Further information

Reasonable adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes. 

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should: 
Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs. 

Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional. 

Legislative changes and the closure of Employer Supported Childcare scheme on 4 October 2018 will mean individuals moving across the Civil Service to a new PAYE scheme on any type of move other than TUPE/COSOP will lose the right to continue to claim Childcare Vouchers. 

Whilst some employees may lose the right to continue claiming childcare vouchers via their employer, they may still be eligible to claim Click here Get Tax-Free Childcare. 

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment. 

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment 
Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact 
Government Recruitment Services via email: 

f you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission: 

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Existing Civil Servants and applicants from accredited NDPBs are eligible to apply, and if successful will be offered the post on loan (Civil Servants) or secondment (accredited NDPBs). In the case of Civil Servants, the terms of the loan will be agreed between the home and host department and the Civil Servant. This includes grade on return. 

Candidates who are judged to be a near miss at interview may be offered a post at the grade below the one advertised.


Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

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