The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is seeking a candidate to fill the role of head of water delivery.

The chosen candidate will be responsible for the high quality and effective running of the Plan for Water Delivery Programme.

The annual salary range is £49,403 – £61,392 and the head of water delivery will also receive a Civil Service pension.

Those interested in applying for the role should apply via the UK government’s website before the closing date for applications, which is Monday, October 2, 2023.


On the role of head of water delivery, Defra said it is a “key role in one of the highest profile divisions in Defra”.

“You will lead regularly updating the Defra Secretary of State, No.10 Delivery Unit, and Defra’s Executive Committee,” the department said.

“You will work very closely with policy teams, be proactive to find solutions to unblock issues, and understand the subject water policy subject matter to spot the interdependencies.

“You will be responsible for the overall strategy for improving the water system. This includes analysing the contribution of actions towards our water goals and outcomes, developing and maintaining the theory of change for delivering clean and plentiful water, as well as engaging closely with Defra’s Arm’s-Length Bodies, the public and external stakeholders.”

Candidates applying for this role will be based at one of the Defra hubs. The core Defra hub locations are:

  • York – the Kings Pool;
  • Newcastle – Lancaster House;
  • Bristol – Horizon House;
  • London – 2 Marsham Street.