Local recruitment: Technical Advisor (Partnership and Strategic Overview team)

Environment Agency

Welwyn Garden City, UK 🇬🇧

Job description

Do you want to be part of a team helping people understand and adapt to climate change? The Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy sets 3 long term ambitions to address flood risk and the challenge of climate change. This role will help us turn National ambitions into local projects. This will involve keeping up to date with legislation, evidence and policy and working with colleagues and partners to change ways of working that reflect this challenging subject.
The technical advisor will be part of a local and National network of flood risk management advisors and specialists. They will lead on projects and work collaboratively to help deliver flood risk outcomes. They will work closely with lead local flood authorities and partners to ensure we continue to improve flood risk knowledge as well as working with communities to raise awareness and implement change. We encourage innovation and research to identify novel ways to address flood risk including by securing funding.
As part of a team with various responsibilities you will show leadership and help develop skills and capabilities in the team so we can all focus on better outcomes for people and places.

The team

We are a supportive and inclusive team, both at a local level and with our national colleagues. Learning and development is actively encouraged. We promote innovation and outcome focus to evolve the way we work. The teams are responsible for identifying flood risk management schemes and providing flood risk advice, whether for planning applications or flood risk management projects. Effective relationships with partners and customers are essential to influence flood risk and environmental outcomes.

Experience/skills required

You will be passionate about your work and confident to use your knowledge and initiative to motivate others and achieve sustainable outcomes in flood risk management. You will have experience of leadership and successful delivery of projects. Good communication skills across a range of stakeholders is essential.
You’ll be qualified to degree standard (or equivalent) in a relevant engineering or science discipline. Most important is your energy, enthusiasm and willingness to learn and innovate.
You’ll have real desire and enthusiasm to build relationships with our customers and internal teams to ensure we achieve our goal of helping people and property be more resilient to flooding.

Knowledge of some / all of the following are desirable:
• development and planning;
• flood risk legislation;
• river processes, hydrology and the management of flood risk;
• working with partners and customers;
• engineering principles;
• programming and project management.

Contact and additional information

For further information about this role please contact Rachel Keen ([email protected])
You will need to be able to travel to meetings, sometimes in remote locations. Occasional weekend and evening work may be required.
You will be required to support our incident management duties.
Contracted hours are 37 hours a week on a full time basis. These posts will be based at our office in Welwyn Garden City, a short walk from the train station and the town centre. We are moving towards a mix of office and home working, determined by the type of work, meetings and the need to collaborate with colleagues

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Closing Date:  28/11/2021, 23:55 hours

Competence 1: Focuses on Efficiency, Innovation and Quality
To deliver climate resilience to the communities we serve is a stretching ambition. Tell us when you have achieved something positive that was innovative and not following the ‘accepted way’ of doing it.

Competence 2: Focuses on Customers and Partners
How have you built and sustained effective relationships with stakeholders in your current or previous role? Why did you engage with these stakeholders and what outcomes have you achieved through this work?

Competence 3: Programme and Project Management
Please outline your experience of project management and how that would be relevant to the advertised role.

If you are applying from the Civil Service please note that the Environment Agency is not a part of HM Civil Service and you would not be a Crown Servant in the event of being appointed. Therefore, you will not be eligible for continuous service. For applicants who currently work in local government or other bodies listed in the Redundancy Payments (Continuity of Employment in Local Government etc) (Modification) Order 1999, you may be eligible for continuous service for the purpose of calculating any future redundancy payment. If you are unsure of your status then you should contact your own HR Team.

We are fully committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome flexible working patterns for all our vacancies, including job share, so please include clearly any information regarding your preferred working arrangements on your application.

We also have a Guaranteed Interview Policy to support those with a disability who are seeking employment. We have committed to guaranteeing an interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.

The Environment Agency, as a Non-Departmental Public Body, is committed to providing value for money and utilises Central Government frameworks and contracts for all external recruitment needs. For this reason, we are unable to engage with the market directly through post, email or phone calls . Should you wish to become a support supplier on one of these frameworks or contracts please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/become-a-crown-commercial-service-supplier/becoming-a-supplier-through-the-crown-commercial-service-what-you-need-to-know for more information.




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