Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs

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Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs



About us


Defra Group Commercial (DGC) is part of Defra, Defra is the UK government department responsible for safeguarding our natural environment, supporting our world-leading food and farming industry, and sustaining a thriving rural economy. Our broad remit means we play a major role in people's day-to-day life, from the food we eat, and the air we breathe, to the water we drink. 


This is an exciting time to join Defra group Commercial (DgC). We’ve brought together the corporate services functions for Animal Plant & Health Agency (APHA), Rural Payments Agency (RPA), Natural England (NE), Environment Agency (EA) and core Defra. Our focus is now on embedding our improved service model, improving commercial capability and delivering continuous improvement within our commercial organisation.



Our Culture


With c200 commercial specialists across a number of main hubs across England and Wales, we have a flexible approach to working patterns. We have a culture and commitment to making Defra a great place to work and ensuring our staff have the skills and motivation to deliver great results. We actively support staff in the upskilling in category and contract management, sourcing and their commercial specialisms. We are part of the Government Commercial Organisation, which will provide a route to commercial career progression across the Civil Service.



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Our Vision


Our vision is to create a great place for living for people in this country.  The environment is fundamental to all that we do, and we must protect and enhance it. Our job is to make our country a great place for living. We do this by supporting our superb food, farming and fisheries industries, enhancing our beautiful rural environment, and better protecting against flooding, disease and other natural threats.


We want to create commercial expertise at the heart of sustainable business delivery.  We want to build on our existing expertise and develop a commercial organisation that breaks new levels of performance and influence. We want to deliver maximum value from our £2-4 bn annual expenditure, where we operate in some of the most challenging supply markets that you’ll find. You will be an essential element in building that capability.