Director, Science (Operations and Research) (SCS1)

Animal and Plant Health Agency

Various but requiring two days each week in Weybridge. (See candidate pack for full details)

  • Location Various but requiring two days each week in Weybridge. (See candidate pack for full details)
  • Sector Central Government
  • Client Animal and Plant Health Agency
  • Job Type Permanent
  • Salary/Remuneration circa £86,000
  • Reference GSe109905
  • Closing Date 23:55 Monday 20 May 2024

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) plays a nationally important role in protecting the UK’s biosecurity.

At APHA, we have one mission which is to safeguard animal and plant health for the benefit of everyone in society, the environment and the economy. More than ever before, the health of our environment, plants, animals and bees matters.

The Director, Science (Operations and Research) is a key part of our Executive Team and is pivotal to ensuring the delivery of our ambitious science strategy. Reporting to the Director of Science and Transformation, they will provide vision and inspiring leadership to circa 800 scientific and technical staff, ensuring the quality and integrity of the Agency’s science services.  

The post-holder will work closely with other members of the Executive team to ensure that key stakeholders and customers are provided with high quality, user tailored scientific advice, evidence and services to support policy development. If you  join  us  you  will  become  part  of  an amazing,  diverse  team  on  the  frontline  in researching, investigating, and acting to protect the UK’s animal, plant and bee health.

Our next Director, Science (Operations and Research) will be a highly capable science leader able to work effectively across a diverse range of areas concurrently and with experience of managing a large scientific department, providing effective assurance across scientific and professional standards and ensuring an environment that is safe. You will have the breadth and credibility to contribute to the corporate leadership of the organisation, drawing on a track record of developing vision and strategy, and of promoting a culture of high performance and continuous improvement.

If you are excited by the prospect of the challenges and opportunities this role represents and want to play a central role in the UK’s biosecurity, we want to hear from you. Join us, and together we will create a great place for living, and a green and healthy future for all.

Defra Group values and promotes diversity and is committed to equality for all.

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