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SEO: Stakeholder Engagement & Communications Manager

Posted: 15 May 2019 Closes: 2 Jun 2019
London £37,987 - £43,520
Flexible defra/20190515161944

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

In Defra, we deal with a vast range of issues that profoundly impact on people’s lives. We are responsible for England’s environment, our countryside and rural economy, the food and farming sectors and have lead responsibility for protection from a wide range of natural threats and hazards. Your role will be critically important to achieving our vision of ‘creating a great place for living’. 

This is a particularly exciting time to join Defra. We are one of the lead Departments in delivering a successful exit from the EU. Leaving the EU will fundamentally change the work we do and how we deliver it. You will have the opportunity to contribute towards and influence the development of new approaches and policies on a wide range of issues affecting millions of people in the UK. 

You will play an active role in shaping and delivering Defra’s priorities, working creatively and collaboratively with others to deliver excellent outcomes. These roles will provide significant opportunities to develop your own skills and future career. 

The work you will be doing 
This SEO role has arisen in the Environment Bill and Governance division (EBG), part of The Natural Environment Directorate. 

This is an exciting an opportunity to join a fast moving team in an important area for the department. You’ll 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. 

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 
• Leading on the development of a positive and coherent external narrative on the Bill; 
• Working with the team leader to deliver effective stakeholder engagement across Bill work-streams to support successful parliamentary passage; 
• Developing excellent working relationships with internal and external stakeholders; 
• Working closely with the central Defra Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Teams; 
• Managing the external communications strategy across the Bill; 
• Providing regular updates and briefings on stakeholder engagement to Ministers and senior officials involved in the Bill. 

Essential experience 
Experience in stakeholder management, external affairs, government relations or in similar roles such as strategic communications, marketing or customer relationship management. 


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:

  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Communications – Insight: Internal Communication
  • Communications – Ideas: Internal Communications



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.

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete 5 behaviour statements, a CV and a 500 word personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form. 

Please note that your personal statement should be aligned to the experience listed above. 

PLEASE NOTE: This section will allow you to input up to 1200 words but you must only provide 500 words maximum. All information provided beyond 500 words will not be considered as part of your application. 

After submission of your application you will be invited to complete a Verbal Reasoning and Civil Service Judgement test (CSJT). 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 tests is Midnight on Tuesday 4th June 2019. If you fail to complete the online tests before the deadline your application will be withdrawn. 

Please note that online tests associated with this vacancy are not subject to time limits. 

The tests are taken online and we will send you an invitation providing full instructions on how to complete the tests. Guidance for the tests will be available when you are invited to take the test 

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 Verbal Communication Ability, Experience, Technical and Strength elements will be tested. 

For further information on the Technical criteria, please see the attached candidate pack. 

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.


Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

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