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26 Aug 2020

Full-Time Environmental Protection Policy Manager

Defence Equipment and Support – Posted by Defence Equipment and Support Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Job Description


£39,950 – £47,000 per annum (plus benefits). Internal candidates/existing Civil Servants should refer to the Further Information leaflet for salary details.

Job description

Ensuring the equipment procured and supported by DE&S on behalf of the Armed Forces is safe to use and environmentally sound is vital to our procurement process. The DE&S Quality, Safety and Environmental Protection (QSEP) group reports to the Director of Engineering and Safety, providing DE&S with policy, advice, guidance, tools and related assurance of high-level management systems.

We enable safety and environmental protection to be effectively and efficiently managed within DE&S, both for our own people and sites and for the users of the equipment we supply. Unique challenges and work diversity mean that the job is satisfying and meaningful, supplying essential support and capability to the front line commands. We are doing something that really makes a difference and are recognised for playing an important role across Defence.

The Safety and Environmental Protection Team (SEP) team are looking for an Environmental Protection Policy Manager to help DE&S improve its safety and environmental performance by leading the ongoing development of the Project Orientated Environmental Management System (POEMS). This role involves providing ongoing maintenance of the POEMS content for relevance and currency, identifying where improvements can be made, and providing advice to the wider organisation on its application.


In your role as our Environmental Protection Policy Manager, you will be:
• Developing an ongoing review programme of the POEMS website, including managing Subject Matter Expert involvement
• Initiating, presenting and drafting new content to ensure POEMS aligns with current industry practice, MoD policy and regulation
• Ensuring that feedback and direction from DE&S environmental groups is applied and represented in POEMS where appropriate
• Manage the interface between POEMS and other DE&S/MoD Environmental guidance including wider ASEMS, Knowledge in Defence and the SEP web pages

This role is about helping the organisation continually improve its environmental protection policy and guidance.

While one part of this role is about ensuring new policy is implemented in accordance with corporate direction, the other is about encouraging and facilitating input from the wide range of customers within DE&S to ensure corporate guidance is helpful to those across all domains (Land, Sea, Air and Weapons).

This role includes management of all corporate environmental protection policy and instructions to the ASEP community within DE&S, including guidance and support to help the implementation of these instructions.

What you will be assessed against
To be found successful you must demonstrate the following essential criteria:
• Practitioner status in environmental protection is essential, ideally through MoD accredited programmes or willingness to undertake this within the first 12 months
• Practical experience of managing environmental procedures, including the implementation of POEMS techniques
• An excellent level of stakeholder management and communication skills at a senior level
• Practical experience of the implementation of environmental management systems for products, services or systems, including environmental management planning and environmental case development and review
• A working knowledge, understanding and experience of a range of environmental tools and techniques, including impact screening, scoping and prioritisation alongside a high

It would benefit your application should you be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:
• Experience of writing policy, procedures or guidance in an acquisition environmental protection context
• A relevant environmental management or science qualification at bachelors or postgraduate-level.

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following technical competencies:
• Formulate Environmental Policy and procedures – Practitioner
• Implementation of Policy and Procedures – Practitioner

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following behaviours:
• Communicating and influencing
• Changing and improving

What’s in it for you?
You will receive a generous benefits package including market leading employer pension contributions of around 21% of your salary (not including any personal contribution), annual bonuses, a flexible working pattern to fit you where possible, 25 days holiday +1 additional day every year you work up to 30 days with opportunity for movement and promotion. Some of our sites include an onsite gym, onsite restaurants, cafes and much more.

Find out more about what we offer by clicking here or by using ‘The Little Book of Big Benefits’ booklet PDF at the bottom of this page.

Applicants should be aware that any move across the Civil Service may have implications on an employee’s ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

About your team
Cutting-edge engineering and science is a critical component in delivering modern, battle-winning technologies to all branches of the armed forces. Engineering is the largest business area within DE&S – and it’s one of the most fulfilling too. From managing technical risks, engineering resources and services, to defining and assuring best practice, our engineers are exemplars both within DE&S and our industry partners and professional bodies.


  • Learning and development tailored to your role
    • An environment with flexible working options
    • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
    • A Civil Service pension

    Please find ‘The Little Book of Big Benefits’ attached or click here

    This post is not eligible for relocation allowances.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

Simply click on the apply button to create an account and upload your CV which clearly demonstrates the following areas (which you will be assessed against):
• Key Achievements
• Relevant Experience
• Applied Knowledge and Skills
For additional guidance on writing a CV for DE&S, please click here

Firstly we’ll check that you meet the essential criteria that are listed for the role. If you do, we’ll then carry out a more detailed review of your CV to see if your qualifications and experience are a good match for the role(s).
If you’re successful, we’ll invite you to an interview so you can meet us, discuss your Key Achievements, Relevant Experience and Applied knowledge & Skills. In addition to the above, you’ll also be assessed against a technical competence and the listed behaviours, aligned to ourDE&S Behaviours which can be found attached at the bottom of the page.

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 equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

How to Apply

  Please click here to apply

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Bristol, DE&S, Environmental, manager, MOD, Policy, and Protection. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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