Head of Plant Health Division, Grade 6

Job description

The purpose of the post is to operate a SPS regime to protect the plant health status of NI and to facilitate trade in plants and plant products. The HPHD will provide expert official assurance about disease, safeguarding our environment, agriculture and forests through official inspection of goods entering the territory, and by surveillance and management of disease outbreaks. The HPHD provides leadership and direction within the Plant Health Division in implementing all aspects of plant health work within the Agency. The HPHD will lead and deliver fully integrated policy and operational functions to provide the CE and the Minister with assurance and advice which has the confidence of industry and other stakeholders, and deliver an effective regulatory service achieved with proportionate effort and cost. The HPHD will have a key role improving industry preparedness and resilience for disease management and changes to regulatory regimes, and a clear leadership role as a Senior UK Plant Health Professional, gaining the confidence of key stakeholders in the professionalism and expertise of the service provided, securing compliance with regulatory controls, and achieving clear stakeholder support for effective enforcement action through authoritative communication and engagement. Please see employer website for full details..


  • To provide high quality strategic and professional advice to the CE, senior DAERA officials and the Minister.
  • The HPHD commands the confidence of plant health professionals and the multidisciplinary team to plan and deliver a comprehensive programme within the plant health responsibilities.

Skills and Qualifications

Essential Skills

  • Applicants must, by the closing date for applications: Possess an honours degree in plant science or an applied plant science discipline such as agriculture, horticulture, forestry, or an equivalent qualification.
  • And Have at least 3 years' experience in the development and implementation of policy and effective controls for plant health protection within a medium sized complex organisation, managing staff and working relationships.
  • And Have at least 3 years experience, gained within the last 7 years, in providing advice, and influencing policy development and delivery at a senior management level in a regulatory environment.

Further Information

Work time Monday to Friday. NICS Application form only, Vacancy closing date 9th December at 12 noon. Please Note: This is generic and may change from competition to competition. Applications from Protestants, females, young people (people under the age of 35), people with a disability and people from minority ethnic communities are particularly welcomed for this post. The Northern Ireland Civil Service is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Application Information

Please go to recruitment service website: www.nicsrecruitment.org.uk Please quote employer reference number: IRC276496

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Dundonald House, Belfast
£61,742 - £67,403 per annum
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