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Funding Officer - Flood and Coastal Resilience Projects

East Suffolk Council
Place of work:
Riverside, Lowestoft or East Suffolk House, Melton
Salary details:
Job term:
Full Time
37 hours per week
Fixed Term 
Closing Date
21 June 2021 09:00 AM
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  • £24,982 to £27,741 per annum
  • Fixed Term Contract for 2 years
  • Flexible working with choice of home and / or office-based with multiple offices across Norfolk and Suffolk coast

Could you help us secure the investment needed to create climate resilience coasts, rivers and estuaries?

We are forming a new multi-sector funding team. Join us.

The challenge

Climate change is accelerating the risk of flooding and coastal erosion across Norfolk and Suffolk. To ensure our communities, business and natural habitats can be resilient or adapt to these risks, significant investment is required from multiple sources.

In response to this challenge, a group of partners are forming a new funding team with a £100m+ portfolio of grey and green infrastructure projects. These new roles will design and deliver funding campaigns to secure the investment required from national and local Government sources, the private sector and grant-making organisations.

The person

Our Funding Officer will be analytical and highly efficient, able to manage a diverse range of tasks ranging from funding claims and grant applications to research and policy analysis.  

How you will work

Each role is being hosted by East Suffolk Council and jointly-funded by the Water Management Alliance / fully-funded by the Alde and Ore Estuary Trust. The roles will involve research, bid writing and pitching plus negotiation with potential funders. The roles will often require regular meetings with communities, businesses and potential funders plus local and national government colleagues. Close, ongoing support will be provided by Coastal Partnership East’s Strategic Development and Funding Manager alongside the wider partner teams.

Where you will work

You will work remotely and flexibly. An office base is available when required in Melton (near Woodbridge) or Lowestoft plus access to multiple offices across the Norfolk and Suffolk coast. We welcome applications from candidates that live outside of Norfolk and Suffolk but are able to travel to the area occasionally when necessary.

In return, we can offer great opportunities for training and development and we’ll give you all the support we can to build a great career with our organisation. There’s also a superb benefits package including flexible working options and purpose-built, new office accommodation, as well as a generous leave entitlement, discount scheme, pension scheme and essential car user’s allowance.

Please read the job description and person specifications before applying. 

For an informal discussion regarding these posts, please contact Paul Mackie to arrange an appointment via email:

COVID-safe recruitment and working

Due to the current pandemic, the majority of our teams are working from home. There are strict social distancing measures in place for the limited number of staff working from our offices. If you wish to discuss how that might impact your working arrangements if you were a successful candidate, please contact

About the partners

East Suffolk Council is the largest District Council in England, delivering vital services to a quarter of a million people. East Suffolk is a highly diverse area of the country, hosting over 9,000 businesses, Ports, coastal resorts, major energy assets and significant tourism and agricultural sectors. East Suffolk Council is an exciting place to work and a great place to make a real difference to people’s lives.

The Water Management Alliance
(WMA) is a group of like-minded Internal Drainage Boards operating in the Anglian Region. Our members are all independent and democratically accountable statutory bodies who seek to protect some 548,000 hectares of agricultural land and natural habitats across East Anglia. Their primary role is to reduce the risk from flooding within their districts and manage water levels for agricultural and environmental needs. The WMA works for and on behalf of other Flood Risk Management Authorities as well as community groups, NGO’s and landowners.

Coastal Partnership East
(CPE) brings together the coastal management expertise from three local authorities into a single team. The Maritime Local Authorities of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, North Norfolk District Council, and East Suffolk Council face significant, diverse but also common challenges of a dynamic coast – one of the fastest eroding in Europe. CPE is responsible for 92km of the 173km of coastline in Norfolk and Suffolk and leads the £67m Lowestoft Flood Risk Management Project. It also works nationally with a range of public and business partners.

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