Project Manager (Ref: 4729)

Natural England

Apply before 11:55 pm on Tuesday 3rd January 2023



Reference number




Job grade

Senior Executive Officer
Senior Adviser

Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

The fixed-term appointment is for a duration of up to two years

Type of role

Business Management and Improvement
Project Delivery

Working pattern

Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of jobs available



East Midlands (England), East of England, London (region), North East England, North West England, South East England, South West England, West Midlands (England), Yorkshire and the Humber

Job summary

These positions are based Nationally

Job description

The team  

Do you have a passion for nature and the environment? Do you want to make a real difference and secure significant environmental gains in the present and the future? Do you enjoy working in a team? Can you see yourself advising stakeholders and communities and customers to maximise gains for the natural environment?  

If this appeals to you, a career at Natural England offers rewarding opportunities to secure environmental improvements and play your part in creating a better future for people and nature.  We are the Government’s advisor for the natural environment, playing a vital role in delivering the Government’s ambitious 25 Year Environment Plan.

The priority work Natural England is delivering includes:  

  • Establishing a Nature Recovery Network to help wildlife thrive 
  • Monitoring environmental changes to identify and help reduce the effects of climate change 
  • Working with farmers and landowners to develop greener food production methods 
  • Advising on plans for new developments to maximise gains for nature
  • Providing ways for people to better connect with nature, including green social prescribing 
  • Transforming our organisation’s capability to deliver change.

Our vision is of a thriving nature for people and planet. Our ambition is not just to improve nature, but to see it thriving everywhere.

Find out more about the work of Natural England at

The Team

We are looking for people with experience in project management to play a critical role in delivering Natural England’s programme of change.

You will be joining the Project Management Hub which is a national team working across the organisation. We are a group of experienced project managers who work with a range of different projects on a short or long-term basis.

Our projects cover everything from on the ground delivery of nature recovery, to developing new grant schemes, to improving operational delivery, to delivering new digital processes and new evidence tools.

You could be involved in projects in one of the following six programmes

  • Managing the Organisation – transforming the organisation’s capability to deliver its priorities
  • Sustainable Development – creating great places for people to live and work
  • Greener Farming and Fisheries - supporting those who manage land and sea to operate in harmony with the environment
  • Specialist Science and Evidence – providing an evidence-led organisation that is driven by science
  • Connecting People with Nature – promoting health and wellbeing through the great outdoors
  • Resilient Landscapes and Seas – protecting and restoring wildlife and natural beauty for future generations

We are a collaborative team, and part of our role is to test new tools and embed new tools and processes. 

Natural England welcomes project managers with a range of project management backgrounds, both those with environmental experience and those who have gained experience in other sectors.


Job description  

The Project Manager is responsible for driving and overseeing the delivery of the project, ensuring that objectives and delivery milestones are clearly defined. You will bring your knowledge of project management processes and tools to help Natural England deliver its projects to quality, time, and scope.

The role will provide you with an opportunity to learn about new initiatives within the organisation including, leading, and developing people and securing funding and commercial income as well as further developing your skills within project management. By working collaboratively and seeking feedback you will help to identify further areas for improvement to inform the future work of your projects and programmes.

From time to time, you will be asked to feedback on Natural England’s project management processes and tools, as part of our improvement programme.

Key Tasks and Accountabilities

  • Apply project management expertise to the day-to-day management of your project
  • Select and apply appropriate delivery methodologies and challenge current project approaches
  • Actively engage with organisational standards and governance structures. Lead and challenge sponsors.  Provide timely updates to project boards
  • Coordinate development of the business case and project plan
  • Identify key stakeholders and develop effective relationships
  • Develop and maintain a detailed programme of work including key milestones, assumptions dependences and budget Schedule resources to deliver plans. Maximise project benefits – keeping to time, cost, and quality
  • Identify and monitor project risks and issues. Develop mitigating actions and escalate as appropriate
  • Undertake lessons learnt and embed these into future ways of working
  • Seek appropriate support, guidance and coaching from the project community. Seek, analyse, and act upon feedback from those you work with to lead continuous improvement and enable better outcomes
  • Show commitment to personal development. Promote effective individual and team performance
  • As required give feedback on Natural England’s project management tools and processes.


Wherever possible Natural England accommodates requests for both full-time and part-time hours and other flexible working patterns to help employees achieve a good work/life balance and maintain their health and wellbeing.

Natural England provides excellent opportunities for career progression, training and development tailored to your role. From induction to ongoing learning and development, everyone in Natural England is supported to develop their skills and capabilities. Everyone has 10 days to devote to personal learning and development, as well as an additional 3 days to volunteer.

You will have access to Civil Service pension and benefits arrangements and generous leave allowances (33 day per year pro rata), as well as flexible working, to help you achieve a work-life balance that works for you and us.

You will have access to a range of benefits including discounts on shopping vouchers, cycle to work scheme, and childcare vouchers. You can also join the Civil Service Sport club which offer discounts on a range of sports and leisure opportunities as well as social events.

We’re committed to fairness and equality for all, so you feel valued for who you are and what you do. Our shared values help us work together to benefit the communities we serve. Our thriving employee-led diversity networks support our inclusive culture and contribute to our Diversity Action Plan.


Natural England is adopting hybrid working – which means that our staff will work from a flexible range of locations, encompassing home, offices (ours and our partners) and relevant sites. All new staff will be formally linked to one of our 25 offices across England and the expectation is that all new staff will be able to access their local office to be part of the community of staff in their geographic area. Full time staff are expected to attend their associated office for a minimum of one day a week.

Staff members are required to carry out all their duties working in this way and cannot do so from an overseas location at any time. Travel expenses will be paid if work related travel is required but does not apply to travel between home and your associated office.

National team roles can be linked with any Natural England office while Area Team roles will be linked with an office in the relevant geographic area. View a map of our office locations here:


It is Natural England policy to employ at the entry point of the salary range.

How to Apply

We welcome and encourage applications from all communities. Natural England is accredited to the Disability Confident Scheme, which denotes organisations which have a positive attitude towards disabled people. Disabled applicants who meet the minimum requirements for the role at the shortlisting stage are guaranteed an invitation to interview.

If you require a reasonable adjustment at interview, or there is anything else you would like the panel to take into consideration, you should notify us of this at application stage where possible, or well in advance of your interview.

This vacancy uses competency-based assessment. We'll assess you against the competencies below during the selection process:

  • Technical Skills and Knowledge
  • Work Delivery
  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Putting People at the Heart of the Environment

When completing the application form you should present relevant examples using the STAR format. Give us an example of how you have demonstrated the competency (which can be work related or from another area of your life) and tell us about the Situation, the specific Task you had to undertake, the specific Actions you took, and the Result (both immediate and in a wider context) of your doing so.

Please note that STAR format is not required when answering the Technical Skills & Knowledge competency.

Examples should be given in no more than 250 words for each competency.

Next Steps

Evaluation of applications will begin shortly after the closing date; however, this is a large recruitment campaign and timelines may be longer than usually expected. Candidates invited to interview will be notified by email in December.  We hope to interview candidates in January 2023.

If we receive a significant number of applications, we reserve the right to evaluate applications on the first two competencies of Technical Skills and Knowledge and Work Delivery only

If you are successful at the shortlisting stage, you will be invited to attend an interview via MS Teams or a suitable alternative, where you will be asked to give examples for all four competencies as set out in the Job Description.

Successful candidates will be allocated roles in merit order based on scores achieved at interview and in accordance with location preferences, taking into account the work area to which successful candidates are most suited, wherever possible.

Roles may be offered as permanent or fixed-term appointment.


Competence 1  

Professional competency


Technical Skills and Knowledge


  • Appropriate project management qualifications (APM, Prince2, MSP, PP3, Agile) or a minimum of 5 years direct project management delivery experience (essential).
  • A track record in successful project delivery and simultaneous management of multiple complex projects with multiple stakeholders (essential).
  • Experience of developing and maintaining a detailed programme of work, including key milestones, assumptions, dependencies and budget (essential)
  • Experience of identifying, recording and mitigating risks and issues (essential)
  • Experience of co-ordinating the development of business cases and project plans (essential)
  • Experience of leading organisational change projects (desirable)

Competence 2  

Professional competency


Work Delivery


  • Set clear plans and expectations for the team, explain reasons behind decisions, be clear on the outcomes to be achieved, and make things happen by sharing and delegating work to the right people (practitioner)
  • Handle data responsibly, understand your role in good governance, and comply with delegations, policies and procedures (practitioner)

Competence 3  

Professional competency


Personal Effectiveness


  • Be ambitious, identify and adopt ways to make improvements in your team and your organisation and inspire others to act (practitioner)

  • Act with integrity, addressing challenging issues and managing conflict through being open and objective (practitioner).

Competence 4  

Professional competency


Putting People at the Heart of the Environment


  • Nurture trusting partnerships and collaborate to achieve pragmatic outcomes that help deliver your organisations vision, mission and aims. (practitioner)

  • Listen to and understand diverse partners and customers so that you achieve the best outcomes for them and your organisation (practitioner)


Person specification

Please refer to Job Description
  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

Selection process details

Please refer to Job Description

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


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

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

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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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