Policy Advisor (Higher Executive Officer grade)

Bristol (BS1 5AH), London (SW1P 3JR), York (YO1 7PX)
National £28,320 / London £31,600
29 Mar 2018
22 Apr 2018

Policy Advisor (Higher Executive Officer grade)

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

Salary from: National £28,320 / London £31,600

Locations: Bristol (BS1 5AH), London (SW1P 3JR), York (YO1 7PX)

Two year fixed term appointment (with potential for extension or permanency)

Ref: 1577758

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) plays a vital role at the heart of UK life. The wide-ranging work we do includes safeguarding the natural environment, supporting the UK’s world-leading food and farming industries, sustaining a thriving rural economy and leading the engineering of the nation’s defences against natural threats and hazards. Join Defra and you will be part of a department that is responsible for the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe.

As a Policy Advisor you will enjoy a once-in-a-generation opportunity to play a key role in the development of new policies which will help Defra to create ‘a great place for living’ when the UK exits the EU. You will be expected to:

  • Explore complex policy options with conflicting evidence in a structured way, so that Defra can determine the best way forward in policy making;
  • Carry out research and analysis into fascinating areas of industry and trade, and identify key issues and risks in these areas;
  • Take ownership of planning and delivering your own specialised pieces of work within broader projects;
  • Work together with policy and analytical experts to develop clear and evidence-based policy recommendations;
  • Contribute significantly to decisions made at the highest levels of government - from business planning to policy implementation and beyond.

Everyone in Defra is supported to develop their skills and capabilities. You will have access to learning and development from quality providers and support from mentors and coaches. We offer flexible working alongside a range of other policies and schemes to support your physical and emotional wellbeing. Our comprehensive benefits offer includes generous annual leave, a contributory pension, staff bonuses and recognition, volunteering days, childcare vouchers and other salary sacrifice options, and an employee discount scheme.

Closing date: 22 April 2018.

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