Environmental Analyst Senior


Environmental Analyst Senior

Employer: Office for Environmental Protection

Location: NI Ireland or Worcester

Salary: £37,295 – £41,547

Closing Date: Sunday 05 November 2023 at 11.55pm

Sector: Environmental, Public Sector

Function: Research & Development, Ecology / Conservation, Environmental Management

Senior Environmental Analyst

Reference number: 318762
Salary: £37,295 – £41,547
Job grade: Senior Executive Officer
Contract type: Permanent
Working pattern: Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time
Location: Northern Ireland, West Midlands (England)

Job summary

Do you enjoy working with scientific evidence, experts, universities, and research centres to understand environmental processes, changes and trends?

Can you summarise that information into clear, accessible reports for Ministers, Parliament and the public?

If so, then we want to hear from you.

The Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) mission is to protect and improve the natural environment. Established by the Environment Act 2021, our role is to hold government and public bodies in England and Northern Ireland to account. We do this in several ways including reporting on progress towards environmental commitments, advising on changes to environmental laws and receiving complaints from the public, which can lead to us investigations and taking enforcement action.

This role is based within the OEP’s Insights Directorate which leads on progressing our strategic objective of holding governments to account for delivery of environmental goals and targets, in accordance with Environmental Improvement Plans. The scope of our work is broad and the OEP’s priority areas over the next three years are improving nature, clean water and effective governance; as well as developing our work on waste, the marine environment and soils. Alongside analysing and commissioning scientific evidence on the natural environment, understanding policy is a key aspect of assessing how government is addressing its commitments and meeting its targets.

Through our Environmental Improvement Plan monitoring and reporting, we analyse and comment on government’s progress. We make recommendations on how progress could be improved across environmental goals, targets and plans. We also provide commentary and advice on the adequacy of environmental monitoring.

In addition to reporting on Government’s progress, Insights Directorate supports other OEP Directorates to deliver their specialist functions, including the investigation of environmental complaints and legal actions to hold public bodies to account.

With a total staff of just over 70, the OEP is a dynamic, friendly and flexible organisation covering both England, Northern Ireland, and environmental matters reserved to the UK government. We offer flexible working arrangements, high profile, impactful work and the chance to have an impact on improving the state of the environment.

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To find out more about the OEP, what we do, who we are and our current work, visit the OEP OEP website

The OEP is a non-departmental public body sponsored by Defra in England and DAERA in Northern Ireland. We operate independently from government, including Defra and DAERA, and we are not part of the UK Civil Service. Our employees are public servants.

Benefits

Pension

The OEP offers a generous defined benefit, inflation-proof Civil Service Pension which is a valuable part of your total reward package. Upon joining the OEP, staff can opt to join the Civil Service Pension Scheme which, depending on salary, offers a personal contribution rate of between 4.6% and 7.35%, and an employer contribution rate of between 26.6% and 30.3%. There is also the option to join a partnership scheme. Full details and benefits of the options available to you can be found on the Civil Service Pensions Portal.

Leave and Flexible Working

The OEP offers 25 days annual leave rising to 30 days over 5 years for all new entrants.

Additional paid leave is available where necessary to cater for a variety of situations including, but not limited to, family-related leave, volunteering days, exam and study leave, public duties and trade union activities. In addition, we offer a generous enhanced maternity leave, parental leave and shared parental leave policy.

The OEP is supportive of flexible working and has a flexible working policy to allow for variations in individuals working hours where this is compatible with business need.

Performance Management and In Year Bonus Scheme

The OEP is committed to promoting a high-performing culture for all employees. Performance and development management is key to developing trusting relationships between managers and employees so that they can be their best and thrive at work. Every individual will have a performance management plan which will be reviewed on a regular basis.

The OEP has a quarterly ‘In-year Bonus Scheme’ where individuals and/ or teams can be recognised for outstanding one-off contributions and achievements.

Learning and Development

The OEP is a learning organisation and strongly supports the continuous professional development of all employees through both personal and work related study. The OEP will pay for one relevant profession membership per employee to support continuous professional development.

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Every employee has access to five days learning and development each year to support professional development. This could be through Civil Service Learning mandatory and voluntary learning, corporate inductions, staff events and welcome days as well as relevant professional qualifications and specific courses.

Staff Wellbeing

Staff wellbeing is extremely important and the OEP strives to provide access to numerous resources to aid the wellbeing of its employees.

Current initiatives include:

• Access to the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) providing free and confidential 24/7 telephone advice and guidance to support employees with both personal and employment issues. This may include personal wellbeing, career development or legal matters such as landlord/tenant disputes.
• Access to an Occupational Health Service to provide a range of support service to help with the way you feel at work.
• Access to trained Mental Health First Aiders and wider Defra Group mental health first aid network and resources.
• Free access to Headspace, a mindfulness, meditation and sleep app.
• Access to a Financial Wellbeing Portal.
• Free eye tests and a contribution to glasses/lenses if required for VDU use.
• Salary Sacrifice, Discounts and SmartTech Benefits.

All employees have access to the STaR, Reward Gateway an online platform providing access to hundreds of discounts, offers and cashback options with well-known retailers. They offer a SmartTech scheme, a Cash Healthcare plan and numerous other benefits and services.

Application Process

The OEP uses the Civil Service Success Profile framework which is made up of five elements: Behaviours, Strengths, Ability, Experience and Technical. It is strongly recommend you have a look at the Success Profiles to enable you to make the best application possible.

When writing or presenting behaviours, the OEP recommends you use the STAR format to present your answers (Situation, Task, Action, Result).

As part of the application process, you will be asked to complete a CV detailing qualifications and work history; a 750 word statement of suitability on how you meet the essential experience and skills criteria; and one behaviour statement on the Lead behaviour, Seeing the Bigger Picture.

The personal statement is a very important part of your application. Review the person specification and essential experience and skills criteria on the job description and outline how you meet it providing specific and relevant examples. These could be from work, volunteering, training or education.

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Further details are provided on the application form.

Location: All OEP roles are based in Worcester and/or Northern Ireland.

All GB employees will be contractually based at the Worcester office. The OEP embraces a blended working model and will support a combination of office and home working which will be dependent on business need and individual circumstances. GB based employees are expected to attend the office in Worcester for a minimum of 2 days a week (pro rata). If GB based, travel and subsistence will not be paid for travel to the Worcester office.

Employees based in Northern Ireland will be contractually home based. There will be an expectation of travel to Worcester but this will be dependent on business need and individual circumstances. As a guideline, it’s envisaged that travel to Worcester would be between 4 and 6 times a year, fully funded by the OEP. However, travel will be a 2-way commitment, with other OEP staff members being expected to travel to NI at a similar frequency. Northern Ireland based staff currently have access to a touch down space in Belfast to enable collaborative working.

Criminal Record Check

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service or Access NI on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstances some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing pre-employmentchecks.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

Contact point for applicants
Job contact
Name: The OEP Recruitment Team
Email: recruitment@theoep.org.uk

Recruitment team
Email: recruitment@theoep.org.uk

Closing date: Sunday 5 November at 11.55pm.

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