Senior Project Officer

Office for Environmental Protection

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 21st August 2022



Reference number



£35,895 - £40,613


Senior Executive Officer

Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

March 2023 - with the possibility of extension

Business area

OEP - Chief of Staff - Business Strategy and Planning Team

Type of role

Project Delivery

Working pattern

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

Number of posts



Northern Ireland, West Midlands (England)


The OEP is a new public body, established to protect and improve the environment by holding government and other public authorities to account.

We do this by: 
• Monitoring and reporting on UK and Northern Ireland governments' progress in meeting environmental improvement plan goals and targets set under the Environment Act 2021 
• Monitoring and reporting on the implementation of environmental law 
• Advising UK and Northern Ireland government ministers on proposed changes to environmental law, and other matters related to the natural environment 
• Investigating suspected serious failures to comply with environmental law by public authorities and enforcing compliance where needed 

We also receive complaints from the public about suspect failures to comply with environmental law. 

The OEP was legally created in November, under the Environment Act 2021, and since February 2022 we became fully established after Parliament and the Assembly took the steps needed for our functions to commence. The OEP is a non-departmental public body sponsored by Defra. This means it operates independently from Defra and is not part of the UK Civil Service.

Our work covers England and Northern Ireland. 

The OEP is based in Worcester, a thriving county town with three mainline stations providing good links to London, Bristol, and Birmingham. Great Britain based staff will initially be contractually based at Worcestershire County Hall, and then at a new Worcester OEP office location, details of which will be shared with successful candidates.

Northern Ireland based staff will be contracted as home workers but there will be the expectation of regular travel to Worcester, the details of which will be discussed at interview.

The natural environment is important for everyone and we aim for our teams to reflect the diversity of our society. Your personal qualities will be as important as your professional experience and applications are welcomed from all backgrounds.

Job description

This is not an everyday Senior Project Officer role. It is a unique and exciting opportunity to join the OEP in the early stages of its formation and play a critical role in shaping delivery of its first work and its approach to Programme and Project Management in the long-term.

The Senior Projects Officer will play a central role in the mobilisation and delivery of an exciting and diverse portfolio of projects supporting the OEP’s mission to protect and improve the environment, holding government and other public authorities to account. They will also lead at the end of the project lifecycle, by developing robust lessons learned and evaluation practices, and support effective delivery of projects by others.

The Senior Projects Officer will lead on the design of the OEP’s Project and Programme Management approach. Confident in agile project disciplines, the role holder will develop and deploy practical, proportionate and effective ways of working through the OEP for others to follow. These will ensure the OEP is flexible, responsive and focussed on the work which can make the most difference to the environment.

The successful candidate will do this through the scoping, design and mobilisation of projects across the organisation, through the design and delivery of lessons learned and post-implementation review activities and by creating the toolkits and techniques for others to follow.

The role holder will work within the Business Strategy and Planning team, which is central to all that the OEP does. We are a small team whose core role is to ensure that the OEP works purposefully, and that our work is well defined, understood and strategically aligned. In doing this, the team supports planning, strategy, governance and risk management and provides the executive office of the organisation.


Day to day, you will be responsible for:

- Project mobilisation, including working with others to define the scope, strategic intent, and key outcomes of projects
- Leading the development of the project plan, risks and issues, stakeholder management plan and outcome realisation strategy and securing approval for this through the appropriate governance controls
- Project closure, including leading lessons learned and post-implementation activities, within the framework for continual improvement and learning the OEP has established
- Developing the OEP’s centre of excellence for programme and project disciplines, including the development of the tools and techniques it needs to succeed, and communicating and embedding these into the organisation.


​Essential Skills and Experience
- Experience as a project manager, or in delivering project management disciplines within a policy, science or delivery environment, ideally with agile project management experience.
- Experience in scoping and mobilising projects
- Ability to work well with, engage, influence and lead others across an organisation including senior leaders working collaboratively to achieve outcomes
- Excellent organisational awareness, and ability to keep abreast of emerging issues, understand how these will affect the OEP and proactively consider how they may affect projects
- Excellent organisational skills, ability to work across a range of issues concurrently, to manage time effectively and prioritise workloads
-​ One or more of the following qualifications or demonstrated equivalent experience: Agile Project Management Practitioner, APM Project Management Qualification, Prince2 Practitioner


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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Seeing the Big Picture

Technical skills

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

  • A working level knowledge of project management methodologies.
• Flexible working to allow for variations in your hours from day to day, suiting your needs, and where this is compatible with business needs.
• Generous Annual Leave allowance
• An Employee Assistance Programme providing free and confidential 24/7 telephone advice service to staff
• An Occupational Health Service (OHS) to provide a range of support services to help with the way you feel at work.
• Outstanding Learning and Development support including paid study leave
• Salary Sacrifice Schemes such as Cycle to Work and Charitable Giving
• Season Ticket and Rental Deposit Loans
• Access to a huge range of retail discounts and offers through an employee discount portal


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 Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
Application Process
As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV detailing qualifications and work history; a 500 word statement of suitability on how you meet the essential experience and skills criteria; and one behaviour statement on the Lead behaviour, Seeing the Big Picture.

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

Should a large number of applications be received, an initial sift may be conducted using the lead behaviour, Seeing the Big Picture. Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift, or progressed straight to assessment/interview.

Sift and interview dates are to be confirmed.

If successful at application stage, you will be invited to interview where you will be assessed on experience, behaviours and technical skills.

At interview, you may be required to deliver a presentation or complete and additional exercise.

All interviews will take place online using MS Teams.

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 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 stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

For further information on the Access NI confidential checking service telephone: the Access NI Helpline on 0300 200 7888 and ask to speak to the operations manager in confidence, or email

Childcare Vouchers
Any move to Defra from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. 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.

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

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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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Contact point for applicants

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  • Name : The OEP Recruitment Team
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