Strategy Lead

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Closing date: 28 May 2018

Reference number



£34,030 - £40,049


Senior Executive Officer
Payband 6

Contract type


Business area


Type of role

Business Management and Improvement
Communications / Marketing
Environment and Sustainability
Operational Delivery

Working pattern

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



Number of posts



Lowestoft, Eastern, NR33 0HT

About the job

Job description

This is a new role located in Cefas’ Strategy Directorate, reporting to the Director. The post-holder will work alongside Cefas’ Executive Committee (CEC) and Cefas Management Board (CMB) to ensure smooth running of Board level order to support the delivery of Cefas objectives, goals and work programme.

Cefas works, on behalf of UK Government Departments (including FCO, Defra, CO, DIT and MOD), as well as international governments and industry, to deliver marine and freshwater science solutions in support of sustainable development and marine conservation. Our science makes a difference to society by helping to address global environmental challenges such as climate change, food security, pollution and marine litter. The scope of Cefas operations is underpinned by continuous change over annual, medium and long-term cycles driven by environmental conservation priorities agreed at national and international level. To ensure that Cefas capability matches the requirements of our customers, Cefas has in place a strategy to implement organisational change.

The post-holder will be charged with overseeing the implementation of the Cefas strategy, which cuts across science, commercial, operational and human resource functions. The post holder will work closely with the Strategy Director and senior leaders in the organisation to embed strategic and business planning processes, and to enable the delivery of annual and multi-annual objectives. The post holder will also work closely with the Cefas Management Board and Executive Committee, who have oversight and accountability for Cefas’ performance. As necessary, the post holder will develop working relationships with staff in Defra, and other key stakeholders.


The Post-holder will:

1. Implement Cefas’ strategic plan

Work with the Strategy Director and Cefas’ Management and Executive boards to support the delivery of strategic objectives set out in Cefas’ strategy (Cefas NEXT, 2018-2025). You will work with senior leaders across Cefas to enable the delivery of strategic objectives identified within the Cefas Business plan. You will ensure that progress against the strategic plan is tracked and managed, and play a fundamental role in organising and delivering the annual process of business planning.

2. Support the effective running of the Cefas Management Board and Executive Committee

The post-holder will be responsible for the smooth running of the Cefas Management Board and Executive Committee, putting in place a robust process for forward planning, ensuring/supporting production of quality papers and presentations, as per the annual meeting schedules. You will develop material, as necessary, to support CEC decision making e.g. background papers, analysis as well as coordinate the production of written material from Board and Executive Committee members. You will work with Board and Executive Committee members to provide high quality written and verbal briefings, presentations and summary reports in response to anticipated requirements and requests. You will be responsible for the line management of the Cefas Management Board office (two staff), so as to ensure smooth running of the above processes.

3. Lead continuous improvement projects as defined within the Cefas strategy

Working with the HSEQ group, the post holder will lead strategic continuous improvement projects as defined by the Cefas Management Board or Executive Committee. The post-holder will be responsible for scoping, planning and delivering these projects in collaboration with colleagues across Cefas, with the intention of improving processes and contributing to transformational change & increasing efficiency.


The post-holder needs to be able demonstrate substantial professional expertise and experience, including:
• Degree or equivalent qualification
• Good understanding of organisational dynamics and business process and policies
• Confident working and advising at senior management level
• Understanding of working in a government or similar organisation, and the associated sensitivities and need for political judgement
• Experience of working in a strategic role
• Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills.

• Experience of working in a governmental context
• Experience and/ or interest in, working within a scientific organisation

Person specification

Please demonstrate how your previous skills and experience will enable you to meet the requirements of the job deswcription


Degree or equivalent qualification


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

  • Leading and communicating
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Making effective decisions
  • Changing and improving
  • Seeing the big picture
  • Delivering at pace

Civil Service Competency Framework



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

Please note depending on the volume of applications an initial sift may be conducted on the lead competency Leading and Communicating, candidates must pass this competency for their application to be progressed.

Candidates should be aware that they may be assessed on their relevant skills and experience in addition to the listed competences.

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

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Sift/interview dates and location

Sift and interview dates to be confirmed.

Interviews will take place at Cefas, Pakefield Rd Lowestoft, NR33 0HT

Cefas is unable to contribute to interview expenses

Further information

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

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.

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment
Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact
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