Director General, Strategy and Change

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs


Job title: Director General, Strategy and Change


Location: National


Salary: circa £135,000 per annum


The role and organisation


The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is the government department responsible for safeguarding our natural environment, supporting our world-leading food and farming industry, and sustaining a thriving rural economy.


As well as being at the heart of the government’s plans to support a green and fair recovery following the coronavirus pandemic, Defra continues to deliver an ambitious agenda, from setting global standards in protecting and enhancing our natural environment for future generations; leading the world in food, farming and fisheries with a sustainable model of food production to robust promotion of animal welfare.


The role of Director General Strategy and Change is a varied and challenging senior leadership role right at the heart of delivering our ambitious agenda. You will be a key adviser to the Permanent Secretary and Ministers and play a leading role in ensuring the Department is able to respond effectively to support Defra’s agenda by building organisational capability and driving performance and delivery across a range of professional disciplines. You will lead an integrated model of our core functions, providing functional support for our major delivery bodies, as well as the core department.


As a key member of the senior leadership team, you will provide collective leadership across the Defra Group as we build on our reputation for being a dynamic department that attracts talented people who are passionate about our vision.


Defra is strongly committed to being an organisation in which fairness, respect and equality of opportunity is central to our relationships with employees and to the communities we serve and we expect our senior leaders to role model inclusive leadership and undertake actions to support our inclusive and diverse workforce.


If you are an inspiring leader and a strategic thinker who is excited by the possibilities to make a major contribution to the Defra Group in this important moment in its history, visit our website to find out more by clicking APPLY


Closing date: Monday 3 August at 23:55


Defra is an equal opportunity employer.  We value diversity and want our workforce to reflect the communities that we serve.  We are also committed to the employment and career development of disabled people.


The Civil Service Commission provides assurance that selection for appointment to the Civil Service is on merit on the basis of fair and open competition.