Director of Science and Transformation, Animal and Plant Health Agency

Contract Type
Flexible Hours, Permanent
Environment, Public Sector
Weybridge, Surrey
Expiry Date
“An exciting opportunity to lead and shape the future delivery of science which will safeguard animal and human health, protect our economy, maintain essential disease investigation and response capability.”

Job Description

The Scientific Capability for Animal Health (SCAH) programme is being established to oversee the redevelopment of Animal and Plant Health Agency’s (APHA) science laboratories based at Weybridge. The site has a wide range of specialist and complex scientific facilities, laboratories and a range of other buildings, and is one of only 30 such sites across the world. The Weybridge site is the largest facility in terms of size and complexity across the Defra network.

You will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer of APHA and form part of the organisation’s management board and executive committee, and be responsible for ensuring that scientific perspective is at the heart of strategic decision making in the Agency.

As the senior APHA user for the programme, and chair of the SCAH programme Design Authority you will play a critical role in the delivery of the programme, working alongside the SRO, Programme Director and other specialists to lead, shape and ensure the future vision for science at Weybridge can be realised.

The Director of Science & Transformation will oversee scientific input and alignment with engineering teams to develop the user requirements specification as well as having a key role in the design & build as it progresses, ensuring quality and fitness for purpose.

We are looking for an experienced senior leader, able to work successfully with a broad range of stakeholders and with experience in developing and motivating large, diverse, scientific teams. You will be experienced in shaping and leading strategy and change within a science environment and have a track record in leading and directing large, complex science projects.

If you share our vision, are excited by the prospect of the challenges and opportunities it will bring and want to make your mark in building the UK’s scientific capability, 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.

For full details on the role, person specification and appointment process, please follow the apply link and download the candidate information pack.