Deputy Director: Regulation and Enforcement Job at Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – in Home Based

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The salary for this post is from £71,000.


SCS Pay Band 1

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Future Farming and Countryside Programme (FFCP)

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National: Flexible location. During COVID restrictions it is anticipated that the successful candidate will be home based. Once restrictions are eased, you will be able to work from any Defra office nationally, with frequent travel to London required.

About the job


This is a senior leadership role in Defra’s future farming and countryside programme – a major government programme to phase out the Common Agricultural Policy and replace it with radical new domestic policies and schemes.

The programme is the biggest reform in agriculture in decades, and this is a once in a career opportunity to get involved in something radical and exciting that will have a positive impact well beyond our lifetimes.

We’ll be investing c. £25bn over the next 7 years to support farm productivity and better environment, climate and animal welfare outcomes from farming in England.

You can read more about the programme in the Agricultural Transition Plan (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/agricultural-transition-plan-2021-to-2024), published in November 2020, and on our programme blog (https://defrafarming.blog.gov.uk/)

Job description

This Deputy Director role has lead responsibility for improving the way we regulate farming and the countryside to prevent damage to the environment, climate and animal welfare.

You and your team will work closely with farmers, stakeholders, delivery partners and experts to design and implement a fair, proportionate and effective regulatory system. You’ll also work with colleagues in the rest of the programme to join up our approach to regulation with our new schemes to reward the production of public goods.

The role is part of a senior leadership team that provides collective leadership of the programme. You’ll be an active part of that team alongside your specific responsibilities, working with other senior colleagues to create an environment in which everyone can thrive and do their best work.

This post is suitable for full time applicants or job share partnerships – we actively support and encourage flexible working.

Please take a look at the Candidate Information Pack for full details about the role, and get in touch if you’d like a conversation about it.


The work you will be doing:
This is an exciting opportunity to join the Future Farming and Countryside Programme (FFCP) in Defra at a pivotal time for agricultural policy in England.

The post holder will :

  • Directly lead a team of approximately 40 colleagues
  • Work closely with delivery partners (particularly RPA, APHA, Environment Agency, Natural England and Forestry Commission), Defra colleagues, suppliers, stakeholders and users to co-design and deliver our future regulatory system
  • Secure ministerial and HMG agreement to a regulatory strategy and plans, including securing legislation where needed
  • Lead teams to plan and deliver a coherent and effective work programme to deliver the agreed strategy
  • Contribute to the collective leadership of the programme as a whole
  • Own the business case for our work on regulation and enforcement, and be accountable for the programme’s objectives and key results relating to this work

The post holder will have responsibility for:

  • Working with colleagues, delivery partners, users and stakeholders, you’ll be responsible for:
  • Introducing a fairer, more effective and more proportionate approach to farming regulation, to better protect and enhance the environment and animal health and welfare
  • Changing the regulatory relationship between government and the farming sector towards a more partnership-based and supportive approach
  • Leading multi-disciplinary teams to designing and implement policies, schemes and services to support an improved farming regulatory system
  • Making early, demonstrable improvements to the regulatory experience of farmers from 2021 onwards, and also planning and implementing longer-term reforms


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:


Working Together

Changing and Improving

Making Effective Decisions

Seeing the Big Picture


This role is part of the Policy Profession, which offers career development, guidance, and support. We also offer:

  • The opportunity to work on an impactful, meaningful delivery programme
  • A diverse and inclusive work place and a genuine commitment to creating an environment where everyone can thrive and do their best work
  • A multi-disciplinary, delivery-oriented and outcome-focused environment, where you can work with colleagues from a range of organisations and disciplines to make brilliant things happen
  • The opportunity to shape and lead co-design of strategy and policy
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A Civil Service pension

For a full list of the Benefits of working for Defra, please view the attached Candidate Information Pack.

About Company

Company: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs –

Company Location:  Home Based

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