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Chief Operating Officer


We offer a flexible base location which means that our staff are able to work from home or a local Natural England office.


About the job

Natural England has a long established role as the statutory deliverer and champion of nature, landscape and access. Right now, our work is undergoing a significant transformation, with the organisation right at the heart of delivering the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan, which sets out an ambitious programme of changes to deliver a better environment for wildlife and people.

Natural England is an organisation which prides itself on its expertise and its commitment to its cause. Our people are not just knowledgeable and experienced, and often the nation’s top experts in what they do, but are incredibly passionate in delivering positive changes. The Chief Operating Office is a critical role on the Senior Leadership Team to lead the delivery ‘on the ground’ nationally and locally, managing and leading a large and diverse team of over 1000 people dispersed across England. The work of these multi-disciplinary staff involves integrating at a local level regulation, advice, paid-for services and building partnerships with stakeholders from business, communities, farmers and voluntary bodies whilst at the same time hitting some challenging nationally driven targets.

We are looking for someone with a strong operational background and an excellent track record of delivery, who is also confident and experienced in leading organisational change to drive efficiency, effectiveness and impact. The ideal candidate would be someone who can demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, can motivate and engage multi-disciplinary and geographically dispersed teams, setting a compelling vision for driving improvements and deliver outstanding results.

For more information about the role please download the candidate information pack when you click apply.