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Environment Agency 

Deputy Director Legal & Audit Services: 27749

Application deadline: 16 October 2023  

 Anticipated Interview dates: week commencing 6 November 2023

Salary - £73,000

Location – Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter, Leeds, London, Peterborough, Reading, Warrington or Welwyn

Grade – Deputy Director

Post Type/ Working Pattern - Full Time, flexible working available

About us

If you’re part of the Environment Agency (EA), you’re part of the solution. Working with us means protecting and improving the environment and tackling issues of national importance. We’re based across England, and our responsibilities span industry regulation, flood defences, land contamination, water quality, fisheries and conservation. Such broad scope of work calls for diverse, multi-skilled teams. Together, we’ll promote sustainable growth, tackle climate change and secure a better future for everyone.


The role

As our new Deputy Director of Legal and Audit Services, you’ll work at the forefront of developments in environmental and regulatory law. This is high-profile work that directly contributes to the delivery of better outcomes for the environment, wildlife and human health. The team provides risk-based advice, pursues civil litigation and prosecutions, supports multi-million pound capital flood programmes and shapes the law for the future of the environment. Working alongside three other Deputy Directors as part of our senior leadership team, you will make critical decisions and also help to manage and motivate a cohort of around 160 talented and motivated people. You will take the lead in delivering a high-quality, in-house legal service that is flexible, expert and enabling. Full job description can be downloaded here.


What are we looking for?

An exceptional communicator, you’ll blend extensive technical legal knowledge with the ability to provide inspirational leadership across many sectors and diverse, geographically dispersed teams. A qualified lawyer (solicitor or barrister), you will have sound post-qualification experience, ideally in environmental, regulatory or commercial law. You will be confident in managing and mitigating significant legal risks and providing legal and governance advice to our Boards and Committees, project teams and a wide range of internal clients. The ability to build effective working relationships is therefore important, as is being a collaborative team player with the skills to influence others effectively.


How to apply

Apply on line here.


For more information

If you have any questions regarding the role, please email Sally Zak, Legal Support Manager