Local recruitment: Senior Clwyd Opportunity Catchment Officer

Natural Resources Wales

Buckley, United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Job Summary
Job TitleSenior Clwyd Opportunity Catchment Officer(Senior People and Places Officer, Clwyd Opportunity Catchment)
Post Number202870
GradeG6, £35,288 rising to £38,597 over four years
LocationBuckley (North East Wales)
TeamPeople and Places North East
Reports toMark Hughes
Direct ReportsNone
Welsh Language requirementsEssential Level 1, able to pronounce Welsh and use basic phrasesDesirable level 3, able to pronounce Welsh in some work situationsPlease note if you do not meet the Welsh language requirements specified i.e. ability to understand basic phrases and ability to pronounce Welsh names correctly, then NRW offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal requirements during the course of your employment with us.
Contract typeFixed Term Appointment to 31 March 2022
Work pattern37 hours a week. Some out of hours work may be required
Application information
Application closing date26 September 2021
Interview to take place on and where11 October 2021 Via Microsoft Teams
To apply send your completed application form to[email protected]  
If you have any queries, contact[email protected] 

Job Context

This is a Senior Officer post within the North East People and Places Team that covers Flintshire, Wrexham and Denbighshire.  The purpose of the post is to facilitate and further the development of Clwyd Opportunity Catchment that is mostly within North East, but also covers a small part of North West and will require some cross boundary liaison.

Working from the North East People and Places Team, this is very much a doing and making stuff happening role.

Our Opportunity Catchment is varied and interesting including an urban area with bathing waters, rural landscapes that are upland and lowland agricultural areas, a number of places that have experienced significant flooding, a range of key conservation designations and habitats, and challenging WFD waterbodies.

We recognise that promoting integrated catchment management and developing capital improvements within the catchment play a pivotal role in achieving good ecological status whilst delivering a range of other benefits to the community. 

As Senior Officer, your role would be to work with the existing Opportunity Catchment Group and Clwyd Forum as well as partners such as Welsh Water and the local River Trust to understand issues and identify/develop potential capital improvements. You would do this by providing technical support and leadership to a range of internal staff and partner organisations, developers and planners. You would also mentor and support NRW colleagues, from leadership team to officer level to increase the understanding of opportunity catchments and integrated catchment planning.

Other information that is relevant to the job

The Senior Officer role within the People and Places Team is variable depending on the local context, environment and balance of skills within the team.  In this case we are seeking someone who will be both:

  1. Outward facing, working with the full spectrum of stakeholders and partners, seizing opportunities and driving the integrated catchment management agenda forward

  2. When called upon, to be able to serve as a technical mentor and a safe pair of hands in dealing a range of complex issues.

This is a role for someone who has experience of working on catchment management and with a range of partner organisations.

Significant prior experience of catchment management and stakeholder involvement, at both grass roots and leadership levels, will help prepare you for success in this role.

Applying for this post

The following competencies will be used to assess the quality of applications both at sift and interview. Please read the whole of the Role Description to ascertain at what level this information needs to be presented.

  • Essential Knowledge and Skills
  • Evaluation of Information
  • Decision Making Autonomy
  • Impact
  • Communications and Relationships with Others
  • Responsibility for Resources
Essential Knowledge and SkillsAble to undertake practical or technical tasks or work, requiring specialist knowledge/ expertise.Expert in a range of subjects relating to their specialism and able to act as the local expert or specialist lead for a small area, in an advisory capacity.Demonstrates substantial experience and specialist knowledge in their field, with the ability to manage projects, including the project budget and team.Possess analytical, influencing, persuading, supervisory and mentoring skills, together with project management skills. 
Evaluation of InformationAble to interpret the function’s operational delivery plans and understand their context in the wider NRW strategy. Able to interpret developments in their area of expertise, contributing to business planning and the design and delivery of team-work programmes.Demonstrates the ability to analyse and interpret a wide range of complex information, extracting key points and able to communicate them to individuals at all levels and contribute to the development of policy.
Decision Making and Autonomy RequirementsAbility to lead and project manage specific areas of work, taking responsibility for managing project budgets and teams, and for the success and delivery of the project.Able to decide how best to achieve results, with guidance from peers, requiring the need for some degree of judgment and creativity which may lead to changes in established procedures/ practice in the work area.Post holders will be delivering often significant programmes of work, which may require the need to alter priorities due to conflicting demands.Responsible for making independent decisions at an operational level, with input from line management and peers, together with an understanding of NRW policy and the range of options available and their potential implications for the business.Understands the consequences of taking wrong decisions, which would have an adverse effect in relation to external stakeholders, such as partner organisations, lenders, service users etc.  Decisions taken may concern a broad range of matters, the outcome of which may not always be immediately clear or apparent; and are likely to be wider than the immediate function or department.Problems encountered may also relate to the work of other parts of the organisation and could be variable and diverse.
ImpactWorking as a local expert / sector lead, the post holder’s input and influence will be at an operational level and have an impact both internally and externally.
Communication and Relationships with OthersAbility to interact and link with other roles across the business, fostering and maintaining good relationships and networks, engaging the organisation in delivering polices and work plans in the most efficient way. Communication with others will be at an operational level both internally and externally and will typically be specialist in nature. Able to act as an advisory or functional specialist, providing advice, which may be technical, specialist or detailed; tailoring the method, style and level of communication appropriately for the audience. Demonstrates effective communication and persuasive skills with the ability to lead projects, which may include facilitating and presenting at internal or external meetings, giving advice and input as required. Able to produce documents, reports, programs, contracts, with some complexity; containing advice, guidance or opinion; which would have detrimental consequences if incorrect or poorly drafted.Ability to research and gather information and data from multiple locations or sources and apply professional judgment in how the information should be interpreted.
Responsibility for ResourcesWill have a small budget for delivery of a specific project and/or responsibility for checking the validity of forms and documents as part of a process or procurement of goods and services.
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Role Description
Job Purpose:The post holder will lead on the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and Wellbeing in the place by co-producing the Area Statement, integrating functional planning and enabling implementation through outward funding for the place across the functions of NRW.Work closely with the Team Leader, Cynefin, Land management and external stakeholders to maximise opportunities for co-delivering Area Statement and PSB objectives.  Monitor progress, identify risks, review and report achievement.
Key Job Accountabilities:Lead for the place on one or more aspects of the team’s remit: Area Statement, wellbeing, PSB coordination, outward funding, conservation and designated sites planning, recreation & access, fisheries, water, providing technical expertise and advice to the team and Head of Place.Mentor others in the team to broaden their understanding of your specialism so the team develops a multidisciplinary understanding of environmental issues.Work with the team to develop innovative solutions to environmental issues, integrating multiple aspects of planning within the place. Identify gaps in the evidence base and work with EPP to prioritise and commission research.Facilitate join-up of PSB objectives with Area Statements and the place plan, working across boundaries as appropriate.Work co-productively with teams in the place and external stakeholders providing technical expertise to influence and develop priorities, projects and plans for delivery by others including through outward funding.Develop and monitor the programme of outward funded projects across all funding opportunities.Work with teams in the place to develop their skills in partnership working.Work with stakeholders and partners to influence and develop priorities, objectives, plans and projects within the place that will deliver the Area Statement and PSB objectives such as water company plans, Active Travel Plans, Designated landscape management plans.Network with other People & Places teams across Wales providing an agreed service level of technical knowledge and input to other teams.
Key Job Qualifications or Knowledge:Excellent skills in engagement, influencing, developing innovative approaches to complex problems.Excellent at building effective working relationship with colleagues and partners. Significant knowledge of the requirements of environmental legislation relating to the place remit.You will have specialist knowledge of one or more technical areas of the team’s remit:Area Statement development.                    Public Service Boards & Wellbeing planning.Outward funding & Partnership working.Recreation & Access.Fisheries strategic planning.Conservation of Protected sites & landscapes, National Nature Reserves planning.Air quality impact assessment.Water resource management.WFD & catchment planning.Flood risk management.Ability to assess multiple, complex, sources of information and engage others in making good decisions.  Excellent communication and inter-personal skills with a customer focus.Experience of negotiating with senior managers.Experience of influencing at senior level of organisations.Excellent at building effective working relationship with colleagues and partners.Excellent organisational skills. 

What you will do

You will provide specialist expertise to the functions across NRW which are involved in the provision of services of a technical or specialist operational nature to internal and external customers including regulation and environmental monitoring (including NRM).

You will act as the local expert or specialist lead for a small sector and work in an advisory capacity and your input will have an impact both internally and externally, and you will influence at an operational level.

You will make decisions and take action that will influence others and there will be a reliance on your input. You will lead and project manage specific areas of work, taking responsibility for managing project budgets and teams and will be responsible for the success and delivery of the project.

You will deliver significant programmes of work.

You will analyse and interpret a wide range of complex information, extracting key points and communicating this to others, at all levels.

You will undertake research as required and produce documents that have some complexity and will provide advice, guidance or opinion which others will use and act upon.

You will interpret developments in your area of expertise and contribute to business planning and the design and delivery of work programmes.

You will be responsible for a small budget for the delivery of a specific project and will have responsibility for checking the validity of documentation relating to the procurement of good and services.

Who you will be working with

You will interact with colleagues across the organisation, collaborating with others to provide the efficient delivery of policies and work plans, and draw upon their skills to support the achievement of objectives.

You will communicate with others both internally and externally at an operational level in an advisory or functional specialist capacity.

You will have operational responsibility for leading specialist/technical staff through non-complex technical/ specialist programmes through a matrix management structure.

You will facilitate and deliver presentations for internal and external meetings, giving input and advice, as required.

You will mentor less experienced colleagues.

Where you will be working

Your role will be primarily office based but may entail travel between different NRW locations, as well as working at partner organisations and other premises.

What knowledge and skills you need

You will have a recognised qualification, degree or equivalent knowledge.

You will have substantial experience working in the relevant field and the ability to manage projects, project budgets and teams.

You will have specialist knowledge and will be an expert in a range of subjects relating to your area of specialism enabling you to work as a local expert.

You will have good inter-personal skills and able to develop and maintain good relationships and networks.

You will have analytical skills enabling you to analyse and interpret a wide range of complex information.

You will have good communication skills enabling you to give technical and specialist advice to others.

You will have the skills to manage your workload and prioritise tasks in relation to conflicting objectives and targets.

What other information is relevant to your job

You will realise your contribution by applying the principles of SMNR to your work; in how you think, plan and deliver activities.

You will be expected to work with teams and individuals from across NRW, sharing your expertise and insight to solve complex problems. You will support collaborative working with partners and sector organisations, focussing on shared priorities.

You are responsible for complying with the policies, procedures and processes that relate to your role.

You are responsible for ensuring that all financial transactions undertaken by yourself represent value for money and meet the requirements of the organisation.

NRW is a Category 1 responder under the Civil Contingencies Act (2004), and this means we have a duty to work with partners to prepare for and respond to emergencies and incidents covered by the Act.  All staff may be required to undertake activities, at a level commensurate with the skills and experience required by their role, to assist in ensuring this duty is undertaken.

This role description sets out a broad indication of the role, where it sits within the overall NRW structure and indicative expectations of the post holder. It is not intended to provide a detailed description of all tasks and activities. This document should be read in conjunction with the job specific Personal Development Plan which sets out the specific activities and projects to be delivered during the year.

Before applying for this role please read the candidate guidance

Natural Resources Wales embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunity. We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition. We welcome and encourage applications from groups currently underrepresented including women, black and ethnic minority groups and people with a disability and we have a guaranteed interview scheme for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

We are an employer of choice because we put the principles of human rights, equality, fairness, dignity and respect at the heart of our values.

6 days remaining

Apply by 26 September, 2021