Deputy Director: Finance, Governance and Business Improvement

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.

This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to shape the financial strategy and spending decisions of a high-profile government department and improve the way we do business. Through your leadership and management, we will develop a customer-focused culture, deliver outstanding financial assurance and make major projects a success.

Your responsibilities will be wide-ranging, giving you the chance to making a significant impact across Defra group finance. Managing a team budget of around £3m, you will be accountable for the quality and performance of the Environment Agency’s (EA) National Project Assurance Service, assuring corporate risk for an annual expenditure of around £300m, but also the maintenance of the EA’s Quality Management system, which covers the agency’s key legal, HR and operational documents.

All senior leaders are expected to drive transformation across their business area and foster cross-government change initiatives, but you will also drive wider cultural change across Defra group finance.

We are looking for candidates with sound experience in leading large, complex projects. You should also be experienced in driving continuous improvement and implementing organisational change. Leading finance teams at a senior level is key here, and you should be comfortable communicating at all levels across multiple teams and departments. Being able to develop a team’s expertise and holding yourself accountable to high standards is essential.

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 (including job shares and part-time 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: 16 August 2020.