Local recruitment: Advisor, Water Resources Security of Supply

Environment Agency

United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Job description  

It’s an exciting time to be in water resources planning. Over the next 18 months water companies will be taking some of the most important decisions in water supply for decades. Water companies will be making decisions on how they will maintain public water supplies for the next 25 years. These decisions on new infrastructure projects will secure water supplies for generations. At the same time, we must ensure these new options will protect and enhance the environment.

The post holder will assist in reviewing water resources policies that cover strategic resource options and will support the National Assessment Unit with the Regulators’ Alliance for Progressing Infrastructure Development (RAPID) gate process. The post holder will also support work on water resources management plans (WRMP) and regional plans.

The role involves working closely with experts in internally within the Environment Agency, Defra, Ofwat, RAPID, Natural England (NE) and Natural Resources Wales.
This post has confirmed funding until the end of March 2023 and is an advisor in the water resources security of supply team in national directorate of Environment and Business.

The team  

We set the direction for water resources planning including our statutory duty to conserve water through water efficiency and demand management. We lead drought preparedness and drought incident response. We advise government on long term drought resilience, future strategic water needs and management of public water supplies. This includes scrutiny of water companies’ statutory water resources management plans and drought plans. Our outcome is to ensure there are secure water supplies and a protected environment.

Experience/skills required  

We are looking for someone with a good technical understanding of water resources, however this is an opportunity to learn. We would be very interested in hearing from you if you have some or all of the following experience:

• Technical experience of water company drought planning, regional plans and/or water resources management plans
• Wider technical experience of water resources such as licensing, environmental regulation or sustainable abstraction
• Building, maintaining and maximising relationships with internal colleagues and regulators
• Project management
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• An excellent track record of achieving results

Contact and additional information  

This role is an assignment/fixed term contract based on a 37 hour week up to 31 March 2023. We promote an inclusive culture, welcoming all applicants, including disabled, neurodiverse, LGBT+ or Black Asian and Minority Ethnic colleagues. Job share or flexible working pattern applications are also encouraged.

Please note that that your answers to the capability questions will be used to determine interview selection.

For an informal discussion on this opportunity please contact:
Stuart Sampson (Recruiting Manager): [email protected] or tel 07917 263803 (after 21st September) or Victoria Williams: [email protected] or tel 07979 405985

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Closing Date: 02/10/2021, 23:55 hours

Level of security checks required:  Basic Check

Length of contract  until 31st March 2023

Competence 1  

Achieves Results


Please give an example of how you deliver high work standards and meet changing priorities to ensure timely outcomes on a high profile project/activity

Competence 2  

Influences and Persuades Others


Please give an example of when you had to influence a key player to gain their buy-in or change their mind. Consider the situation; your approach; the obstacles/barriers you faced; how you overcame these; the outcome.

Competence 3  T

akes Decisions and Solves Problems

Description  Please provide an example of when you have had to make a decision based on complex information with a range of conflicting viewpoints. Consider the situation; key factors; how you made your decision; the outcome; what you would do differently next time.

Competence 4  

Business of the Environment Agency


Please describe how [you think] water resources planning links together at a national, regional and local level and explain the how RAPID is helping deliver potential new sources of water.

If you are applying from the Civil Service please note that the Environment Agency is not a part of HM Civil Service and you would not be a Crown Servant in the event of being appointed. Therefore, you will not be eligible for continuous service. For applicants who currently work in local government or other bodies listed in the Redundancy Payments (Continuity of Employment in Local Government etc) (Modification) Order 1999, you may be eligible for continuous service for the purpose of calculating any future redundancy payment. If you are unsure of your status then you should contact your own HR Team.

We are fully committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome flexible working patterns for all our vacancies, including job share, so please include clearly any information regarding your preferred working arrangements on your application.

We also have a Guaranteed Interview Policy to support those with a disability who are seeking employment. We have committed to guaranteeing an interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.

The Environment Agency, as a Non-Departmental Public Body, is committed to providing value for money and utilises Central Government frameworks and contracts for all external recruitment needs. For this reason, we are unable to engage with the market directly through post, email or phone calls . Should you wish to become a support supplier on one of these frameworks or contracts please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/become-a-crown-commercial-service-supplier/becoming-a-supplier-through-the-crown-commercial-service-what-you-need-to-know for more information.