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Area Programmes – Commercial Services Managers x 4

Environment Agency
Various locations
Grade 6: £46,374
Closing date
4 Aug 2021

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Flood & Coastal Risk Management

Secure tomorrow: ensuring value for money in vital projects

The challenge

We are the Environment Agency. We protect and improve the environment.

The nation’s investment in flood and coastal defences has helped to protect properties and reduce the impacts of flooding on lives and livelihoods – but we urgently need to do more. Between 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2027, the government is investing a further £5.2 billion in reducing the risks of flooding and coastal erosion. Alongside the construction of hard flood defences, our new programme will seek to incorporate natural flood management and climate change allowances into the design of our schemes as well as create habitats for wildlife.

Each of our 14 regions has its own Programmes team, which works in partnership with local authorities and other organisations to balance the risk of floods and coastal erosion with supporting economic growth, the wellbeing of our communities and the environment. By adding local insights to the development and planning of work, you’ll be helping to protect people, property and the environment from the challenges of global climate change. Your skills have never mattered more.

The role

A key figure in our local leadership group, you’ll help us meet the challenges of climate change by overseeing the commercial governance of our contracts with external providers. Specifically, you’ll ensure we maximise returns on budget and demonstrate value for money. Part of our country-wide Commercial Assurance and Framework Management Team, which promotes effective governance, commercial assurance and achieving value for money, you'll also help set up and manage pathfinder programmes that embed best practice and develop long-term collaborative partnership arrangements. Ultimately, you’ll become our team expert on contractual and commercial interpretations, helping us get the best from public investment in flood defence.

The person

In-depth experience of negotiating or advising on NEC 3 and 4 contracts for government or large commercial departments is essential. You’re likely to have a degree in Civil Engineering or a related discipline and will ideally be an IACCM (International Association Commercial Contract Management) Advanced Practitioner. Good knowledge of contract law is important. In addition, you’ll be an engaging communicator, used to advising colleagues and influencing senior people.  You’ll have a strong customer focus, a drive for efficiency, and the ability to achieve change through other people.

The benefits

Our benefits package includes generous annual leave, an excellent pension and flexible working arrangements. We’ll also look after your wellbeing through our employee assistance programme, shopping and leisure discounts, and interest-free loans for bikes and season ticket loans.

There are many opportunities to progress your career with us via professional training routes such as apprenticeships and degree programmes.

The Environment Agency is committed to having an inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome flexible working patterns for all our vacancies.

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