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Defra seeks Policy Advisers (SEO) for EU Exit

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs Full Time  England, United Kingdom 16 Oct 2018

Job Description


We are immersed in an exciting period of change. At the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) our work ranges from supporting the UK’s world-leading food, farming and fishing industries to protecting the environment and providing robust defences against natural threats. Leaving the EU will fundamentally transform the work we do and how we deliver it. We are embracing this opportunity to become even more efficient, focused and innovative. Join us, and you will be at the heart of this change – helping us to secure a more sustainable future for the UK. Defra is seeking a

Policy Advisers (SEO) for EU Exit.

As one of our new Policy Advisers, you will play a crucial role in one of our priority EU Exit directorates:

  • Marine and Fisheries
  • The Strategy
  • EU Exit Overview
  • Future Farming
  • Animal Plant Health
  • EU and International Trade
  • Environmental Regulations

In this role you will get to grips with a range of different policies, and you will draw on evidence and expertise inside and outside government to guide decisions about how they are developed. You may be doing this in a variety of ways, such as working in a team that is tasked with briefing ministers and senior officials, or supporting internal and external stakeholders to deliver results.

You will have the ability to approach complex problems with a structured mindset. Your outstanding analytical skills mean that you understand key issues and risks from often conflicting or unclear information. Bringing solutions and a high level of initiative, you will identify the links between complex systems and act with autonomy to get results.

You will be flexible, collaborative and adaptive in an uncertain environment, as well as having a creative, innovative and entrepreneurial approach. You will readily work with experts to help develop clear policy recommendations. Crucially, you will ensure that these are evidence-based and sensitive to the legal and political environment at Defra.

We support the professional and personal wellbeing of everyone in the Defra group. Our benefits include generous annual leave, a contributory pension, staff bonuses and recognition, salary sacrifice benefit options, and an employee discount scheme. We also offer flexible working and a variety of learning and development opportunities.


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