Head of EUIT Business Management (EU Exit)

London, Bristol or York
from £55,989 - £65,250 (National) or £60,491 - £70,490 (London)
13 May 2019
26 May 2019
Job Type

Head of EUIT Business Management (EU Exit)

Grade 6

Salary from £55,989 - £65,250 (National) or £60,491 - £70,490 (London).

Location: London, Bristol or York. Other locations and flexible working will also be considered, though frequent travel to London may be required.

Two-year fixed-term appointment with the potential for extension or permanency

With large and wide-ranging responsibilities, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) works collaboratively to protect the environment and to maintain and grow the rural economy. Our vital work is far-reaching and complex. Plus the UK’s impending exit from the EU continues to set us absorbing challenges. Join us and you will contribute to the development of new approaches and policies affecting millions of people across the country. This is a career-defining opportunity that offers networking and professional development.

Working within the EU International Trade (EUIT) directorate, you will be at the helm of the three teams who provide administrative, support and portfolio management services to one of the biggest and fastest-growing departments in the organisation. The three teams that you will be leading are:

  1. Business Support – providing administrative support to those involved in European and international negotiations. This team also provide recruitment support and secretariat services.
  2. Director and Deputy Director Support – providing ‘private office’ support to two Directors and their nine Deputies.
  3. Portfolio management – providing projects reporting and design. Managing any inter-dependencies between these programmes, this team also provide secretariat support to a strategic departmental board. 

Across these three teams, you will:

  • Line manage two grade 7 Senior Team Leaders, and a wider team of around 30 people, ensuring high-quality services are being provided to the directorate’s 400+ colleagues, and that shared goals are being met.  
  • Build strong networks and relationships with the view to creating communities that will support Defra’s aims. As such, you will establish connections with internal and external stakeholders, including those in other government departments and industry professionals.
  • Coordinate strategies on a wide range of issues, garnering support from your team of experts to ensure your objectives are successfully met.
  • Identify potential risks before they become a problem, planning how you will respond to or counteract these challenges.

You will likely be a highly organised individual, with a background in leading and improving administrative or private office teams. With experience in business administration or operational management, you will be adept in project management tools and methodologies, and you will be confident in your ability to manage risks and issues. You will also have hands-on experience of identifying and securing the resources you need to guarantee the success of your projects, delivering them on-time and within budget. As a natural leader with the capacity to work in partnership with colleagues, you will know what it takes to generate results from your team and help them achieve a shared goal. You will ideally be qualified in Managing Successful Programmes (MSP), PRINCE2 Foundation or Practitioner, or Agile Project Management Foundation or Practitioner.

We aim to support the professional and personal wellbeing of everyone in Defra. 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.