Senior Manager, International Funding and Partnerships

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Apply before 11:55 pm on Thursday 20th January 2022


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£47,549 - £56,900


Grade 7
Pay band 7

Contract type


Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts



This role will be contractually based at Lowestoft.

About the job


Cefas welcomes flexible working and is open to a hybrid approach of working from home and in an office. The location for this role is also flexible, though some travel to Cefas Lowestoft site will be required.

This role of Senior Manager within the International Funding and Partnerships Directorate, offers a unique opportunity to work in a highly collegial, forward and outward looking team and a chance to influence and realise organisation-wide impact. Cefas’ international profile and portfolio has grown impressively in the last five years and increasingly so has the ambition of the UK Government. This post will play a key role in helping Cefas to coordinate and align its international offer such that the contribution of our work is well targeted and recognised in supporting the needs of our diverse partners. You will lead the Lowestoft business development team and deputise readily for the Commercial Director, working to instil strategic focus to the Directorate’s work and build resilience to respond to new challenges and direction that the organisation encounters.

Job description

In this leadership role, you will be responsible for the oversight, guidance, and management of the Lowestoft business development team, ensuring the effective running of the team, setting clear expectations and monitoring progress. You will work closely with the Commercial Director and other Directorate Heads to set strategic direction for teams, aligned to key external strategies (Defra 25yr Env Plan, Integrated Review, Defra and FCDO International strategies) as well as those internally (Cefas Science and Evidence strategy and People Plan).

You will represent Cefas, as an Executive Agency of the UK Government, by leading outward engagement with partners that may be from foreign governments; across UK Government Departments; the private sector; and academia. As well as leading the team, you will build on existing partner relationships to create new networks and opportunities to raise Cefas’ profile, as well as initiating new opportunities and contracts that add value to Cefas’ work and that of our partners across the UK Government.

To achieve this you will lead and position the business development team to support Cefas scientists in developing large regional programmes of work delivering excellent science and technical expertise in the global marine and freshwater sector, including ensuring Defra and UK Governance objectives are supported. This will increase Cefas’ influence and reputation in the UK and overseas through enhancing existing and securing new services with customers directly or through involvement in consortia and will contribute to Cefas’ ability to flourish and develop business development strategies to plan and deliver targets.

You will play a key role in providing mentorship to colleagues across the Directorate as well as those across other Cefas Directorates in the structuring of new projects, providing commercial as well as strategic insight, while actively promoting cross-organisational collaboration both within and outside of Cefas.

In a busy and adaptable Directorate, you will work closely with other team Leads to support and complement cross-Directorate working. You will also readily deputise for the Commercial Director as may be required, including through representation at senior management forums within and outside of Cefas.


The following are essential criteria required for this role and you must be able to demonstrate your skills and experience in the following areas:

• Experience of leading and managing teams to achieve successful outcomes.
• Demonstrable experience (attributable to the individual) of winning work in relevant sectors (ideally on a Government to Government basis) or developing business in scientific organisations.
• Experience of leading the development and submission of funding proposals.
• Evidence of successful relationship building with high profile customers.
• The ability to adopt a flexible approach to working, including regular travel (noting COVID restrictions) and at times at short notice.
• The ability to self-motivate and work independently as well as part of a team at all levels.
• Entrepreneurial ability including an enthusiastic attitude and flair to identify and win new business.
• Strong verbal and written communication skills.
• Experience in applying confident negotiation skills to achieve successful outcomes.

Academic qualification for this post is a degree in relevant subject (e.g. marine or aquatic science, environmental science or management), however, directly relevant experience will also be considered.

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Commercial and scientific/technical understanding with project management expertise
  • Negotiation skills


• Annual leave entitlement – 25 days on entry (rising to 30 days over first 5yrs)
• Access to learning and development tailored to your role
• A working environment that supports a range of flexible working options
• A working culture which encourages inclusion and diversity
• Eligible to join the Civil Service Pension scheme. Very favourable package, contributions are more than matched by employer – more information can be found on the CSP website
• Performance Related Pay scheme – yearly award linked to individual performance
• Staff Recognition vouchers
• In-year recognition scheme (monetary amounts up to max £2000 possible)

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Experience and Technical skills.
Application Process
As part of the application process you will be asked to complete 2 Technical Skills statements and to provide a CV and a statement of suitability which should demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria for this role.

Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview.

If successful at application stage, you will be invited to interview where you will be assessed on your experience and technical skills. You may also be required to give a presentation, complete a short test or provide a case study. You will receive further information to prepare for this if you are invited to interview.

The interview will be undertaken via Microsoft Teams and the schedule will be confirmed following sift.

Reserve List
A reserve list may be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

New entrants are expected to start on the minimum of the pay band.

Reasonable Adjustment
If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

- Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.
- Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.

Criminal Record Check
If successful and transferring from another Government Department, a criminal record check maybe carried out.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service 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 stating the job reference number in the subject heading .

Internal Fraud Database Check
Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

Childcare Vouchers
Any move to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at here

We are closely monitoring the situation with regard to Coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly for any updates from us as this is how we will communicate with you.

As government restrictions continue to lift, Defra group is exploring future ways of working with flexibility in mind. This means, that subject to business need, successful candidates will be offered the option to combine working at home with working at their contractual Defra group workplace, with occasional travel to other work locations. Further information relevant to this post will be available for candidates invited to interview.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Further information

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