Deputy Director, Environment & Social

UK Export Finance
  • Location
    Remote, United Kingdom
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Mar 16

Position description

UKEF - Chief Exectives Office - Within the Strategy, Policy and Climate Change Group, the Environment and Social Division owns, is accountable for, and delivers on this policy commitment.

Type of role

Environment and Sustainability

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Homeworking

Number of jobs available




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1 Horse Guards Road, Westminster, London, SW1A 2HQ

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Job summary

UKEF’s financial support cannot be underwritten without sign-off on the E&S performance of relevant transactions, the assessment and documentation of which are direct responsibilities of the Deputy Director, Environment & Social Division.

The Deputy Director leads the E&S Division, setting direction, and creating a culture of collaboration and clear communication across UKEF and externally.

Job description

The Deputy Director, Environment and Social, is a leadership role focused on ownership, accountability, representation, effective delivery and future development of UKEF’s environmental and social policy and practice, including driving progress at UK, OECD, international and industry-led forums.

Responsibilities include:

  • Lead the Environmental and Social Division to provide outstanding transaction-related environmental and social due diligence, risk management and post-issue monitoring, ensuring UKEF delivers on its sustainability commitments and in line with international standards and government policy
  • Engage with exporters and borrowers to communicate, direct and advise on ESHR matters associated with UKEF support
  • Provide clear, actionable advice and recommendations on technical matters relating to key environment and social issues to the CEO, Director of Strategy and Impact, Executive Committee, Ministers, EGAC and Board
  • Continuously improve and implement UKEF’s Environmental, Social and Human Rights policy, ensuring that this reflects good industry practice

Working with the International Relations Division and Climate Change and Sustainability Division, support UKEF’s international leadership position among ECAs on environment and social issues, in particular driving progress on the OECD Common Approaches

The responsibilities above are not exhaustive; additional duties may arise according to business need candidates are therefore advised to review the Information Pack attached which provides a fuller more detailed description of the post and associated duites.

The role holder will need to able to give leadership and direction to their team and the department. They will also need to act in an ambassadorial capacity within Whitehall and internationally in order to further the Department’s interests, demonstrating and fostering a culture of collaboration will be key to the effectiveness of this role.

Person specification

Full details of what we need from a successful candidate are detailed in the attached Information Pack, some of which are:

  • Degree-educated (or equivalent) candidate in a relevant field, such as engineering (A)
  • Formal training and/or qualifications in environmental, social and human rights, or related, fields
  • Industry-leading technical knowledge of environment, social and human rights risk management, application of the IFC Performance Standards, and/or related fields
  • Ability to provide professional and credible advice and act as a trusted advisor to senior stakeholders on environment and social issues
  • Demonstrated technical experience in managing environmental, social and human rights issues, preferably within project-related financing, corporate E&S performance or other relevant context


1. Degree-educated (or equivalent) candidate in a relevant field, such as engineering 
2. Formal training and/or qualifications in environmental, social and human rights, or related, fields


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Candidates will be asked to provide pre-prepared presentation ready for interview


  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

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