Local recruitment: Senior Water Resources Planner

Environment Agency

United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Job description

Do you have a passion for our most precious and challenging resource? Are you motivated by the chance to make a difference to the way we manage water resources? Do you want to help improve the environment through the way we regulate water resources?
If so, we’re looking for a Water Resources Senior Officer with enthusiasm, drive and expert technical skills to join our team in Operations Catchments Services (OCS). You will be happy to lead on a diverse range of tasks including: strategic water resources planning, WRMPs (Water Resource Management Plans), WCDPs (Water Company Drought Plans) and National drought planning, providing advice, conducting annual reviews on Water Companies’ plans, Public Inquiry preparations, and input into WR Regional Planning. Your technical expertise and influence will be felt across OCS water resources, the wider business at both National and Area level, and through to our external stakeholders.

The team

OCS Water Resources influence and ensure the right investments are made to protect and enhance the immediate and longer term needs of the environment. Our impact on the environment can be measured in £billions and you will play your part in this along with Water Quality, Evidence Delivery, Account Managers, and Environment Programme teams. Water Resources is an exciting place to be, don’t miss this opportunity to be at the forefront of this work.

Experience/skills required

You will be qualified to at least degree standard (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, and/or possess proven relevant/appropriate workplace experience. You will have proven ability/expert knowledge that incorporates at least some of the following:

  • Experience in water resources planning and water resources issues.
  • Effective working with external organisations, particularly water companies.
  • Strong communication and networking skills to influence and deliver outcomes
  • Interpreting/evaluating evidence to propose and implement effective solutions for challenging problems
  • Shaping and facilitating change/new ways of working to improve efficient and productivity.
  • Strong problem solving and decision making skills
  • Additional skills in a related technical discipline would be an advantage, for example: WR modelling, hydrology, licensing, supply and demand forecasting.

Contact and additional information

Please note the role will require some travel to other Environment Agency sites, external meetings and occasional overnight stays.
If you would like to know more about the role please contact Samantha Bunce on tel. 07785458138 or via email [email protected]
We welcome applications from anyone with the relevant skills to undertake this role.
More information can be found in the candidate pack. Our ultimate aim is for an inclusive workforce that reflects the diversity in the communities we work with and the environment we protect.

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Closing Date:  31/10/2021, 23:55 hours

Level of security checks required: Basic Check

Competence 1: Influences and Persuades Others
Presenting a case in a convincing and attractive way that will win people over, encouraging them to follow plans willingly; often succeeding where logic and reason alone would fail.

Competence 2: Manages Self
Has full awareness of own strengths, weaknesses, impact and approach. Effectively organises self and takes personal responsibility for own role in the Environment Agency.

Competence 3: Takes Decisions and Solves Problems
Finds and delivers optimal solutions by effectively analysing all the information, probing to develop alternatives and taking sound and timely decisions.

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.





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