Director of Asset Management and Engineering

11 Jun 2021
11 Jul 2021
Civil Engineer
Contract Type
Full Time

Location: Flexible, regular travel to London, Birmingham and other EA locations is likely to be required

About our agency

Are you passionate about making a difference? If you’re part of the Environment Agency (EA), you’re part of the solution. Working with us means protecting and improving the environment for generations to come, tackling issues of national importance across a huge variety of disciplines. We’re grouped into 14 areas across England, and our responsibilities span major industry regulation, flood defences, land contamination, water quality, fisheries and conservation. Such a broad scope of work calls for diverse, multi-skilled teams and exceptional leadership: together, we’ll promote sustainable growth, tackle climate change and secure a better future for everyone.

Your role with us

We’re looking for a transformational leader who will drive change in the way we design, maintain and operate assets to tackle the climate and ecological emergency. You will be our Director of Asset Management and Engineering and act as the Chief Engineer for the Environment Agency ensuring we make safe, reliable and sustainable decisions. 

You’ll take responsibility for all our asset management and engineering standards and oversee technical assurance arrangements to ensure consistent and effective application of standards. You’ll collaborate with and influence other infrastructure and standards organisations to achieve consistently high expectations and help achieve our goals through and with others.

You’ll be the head of profession for asset management and engineering, developing and nurturing the skills and capabilities we need to ensure we have the right technical resilience across the organisation. You’ll lead our corporate asset management strategy, reporting regularly to our Executive Directors on asset management and engineering risks and mitigation measures.

You’ll lead a department of approx.125 people and build a high performing “Technical Authority” team to influence the wider organisation and make our strategic objectives a reality through effective asset management. Collaboration is key, and you’ll work with the EA’s most senior managers as well as maintain a high-profile network of external relationships, including with other UK infrastructure organisations, engineering and standards institutions and government departments.

Who we’re looking for

We’re looking for an inclusive leader with experience managing and collaborating with senior leaders and a proven ability to enable and support a diverse workforce to thrive and develop.

We are seeking candidates with leadership experience in a senior accountable engineer role at executive level in a major complex infrastructure organisation or allied safety-critical engineering programme.  You’ll have the ability to innovate through engineering and asset management and a strong desire to lead, deliver and create a better environment. 

You’ll have a strong record of company-wide service delivery, managing an extensive and complex asset base and ensuring consistently high standards are met.  You’ll be a chartered engineer or provide an equivalent demonstration of engineering skills and status and you’ll be a recognised asset management professional.

Your benefits with us

We pride ourselves on a sense of community and support. That goes for our careers, too – whatever your goals, we’ll support you with exceptional coaching and mentoring while giving you opportunities to thrive. And, as an Environment Agency employee, you’ll be able to take advantage of all kinds of benefits, including generous annual leave, flexible working, childcare and travel allowances, staff networks and clubs, onsite facilities and an award winning pension scheme.

How we do things in the Environment Agency is as important as what we do. We seek to be an open, outward looking, positive organisation. We believe none of us is as good as all of us: “Embrace difference, include everyone” is part of our DNA.