Local recruitment: Reservoir Regulation Senior Advisor

Natural Resources Wales

Wales, UK 🇬🇧

Job Summary
Job TitleReservoir Regulation Senior Advisor
Post Number201194
Grade6 ÂŁ35,994 rising to ÂŁ39,369 over three years
LocationFlexible – The post holder will be expected to travel across Wales.
DirectorateEvidence, Policy & Permitting
TeamReservoir Regulation
Reports toTeam Leader, Reservoir Regulation
Direct Reports0
Welsh Language requirementsEssential Level 1 â€“ 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 Level 1 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 typePermanent
Work pattern37 Hours
Application information
Application closing date22 May 2022
Interview to take place on and whereVia Microsoft Teams, date to be confirmed
To apply send your completed application form to[email protected]
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Job Context

The purpose of the reservoir regulation team is to deliver reservoir safety outcomes across Wales. In this regulatory role you will create and manage a portfolio of work which focusses the team’s activity against strategic and tactical goals using risk-based method and judgement.

You’ll act as the team lead on maintaining an accurate register of reservoirs and securing the evidence to support our risk designation process. You’ll have the opportunity for working closely with reservoir engineers and other consultants to ensure NRW policy is delivered through a pragmatic approach.

You will help develop and maintain our role in recording and learning from reported reservoir incidents at a local and UK wide level, with opportunities for working with the Category 1 Responder community and with other regulators 

Your work will bring you into contact with a diverse range of customers and you will need to have skills to educate and influence to bring about improvements in reservoir safety beyond minimum compliance standards. Within the team, you will need flexibility to respond to forthcoming changes within the sector arising from the Balmforth review of reservoir safety.

Other information relevant to the job:

The post may require travel across Wales.

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

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Essential Knowledge and SkillsAbility to undertake complex high level practical or technical tasks requiring specialist knowledge in the subject matter.Post holders will have high level knowledge with a personal and professional credibility, acting as the a national, NRW and larger sector expert. Post holders will provide technical advice to decision makers that impact nationally, which may not be defined in existing policy or guidance.The post holder will provide objective advice to others on specialist issues based on in-depth knowledge and experience. The post holder will keep up to date on advances and changes within their technical/ specialist fields and interpret and apply updated knowledge as appropriate.The post holder will have substantial and relevant experience working within the field, from a number of different organisations or different roles within a single organisation. Mentoring skills are required at this level.
Evaluation of InformationAbility to interpret the function’s operational delivery plans and understand their context in the wider NRW policy strategy.Ability to analyse and interpret a wide range of often highly complex information, extracting key points and communicating this to individuals at all levels. 
Decision Making and Autonomy RequirementsResponsible for the successful delivery of projects, addressing challenging issues within their own programme of work with little supervision. The post holder is able to decide how best to achieve these, guided by expected results. They may need to alter priorities as a result of conflicting demands. Objectives and targets etc will be reviewed on an intermediate basis.Able to make independent decisions at an operational management level, with input from line management and peers. They will have an understanding of NRW policy and their potential implications for the business.Decisions made may lead to changes in established procedure/practice within the post-holder’s area of work. Consequence of making wrong decisions will have an adverse effect on the organisation in relation to its external stakeholders such as partner organisations, lenders, service users etc. Decisions may concern a broad range of matters and the outcomes may not always be immediately clear or apparent. Problems encountered may relate to other parts of the organisation and could be variable and diverse. The impact of decisions is likely to be wider than the immediate function or department and is likely to be medium term.
ImpactPost holders have a moderate to high level of impact and influence, which is generally medium to longer term in impact.  Impact will be at a national level.Post holders will have an impact as national specialist / sector lead both internally and externally and their influence will be at a senior operational level.The decisions and actions of the post holder will influence others. The consequences of their decisions making/ action will have a medium to long term impact internally or externally.
Communication and Relationships with OthersAbility to engage across the organisation, delivering strategies and polices in the most efficient way. Ability discuss highly technical, specialist or detailed policy issues, tailoring the method, style and level of communication appropriately for the audience.Ability to communicate at a high level, verbally and in writing, internally, externally and at a senior operational level.  This will have a high degree of complexity, requiring higher level communication and persuasive skills. This may also include facilitating and/or presenting at internal or external meetings, giving a high level of complex technical or specialist advice, including legislative changes and input. Ability to steer the direction of discussion or activities. They will need to be able to foster and maintain good relationships and networks.Able to produce complex, technically demanding documents, reports, programs, contracts etc. Documentation will contain advice, guidance or opinion which the recipient will act upon or use. The consequences of incorrect or poorly drafted documentation is likely to have detrimental impact.Ability to source data and content from multiple locations requiring external research and professional judgment in how such research should be interpreted. The impact of such documentation is likely to be generally longer term in nature.
Role Description
Job Purpose:To develop NRW’s approach to Reservoir Management in Wales, leading the liaison with the UK Reservoir and Government Department Groups.The post is responsible for providing and disseminating NRW steer on Reservoir issues in co-ordination with the Lead Advisor and guide the technical support staff.
Key Job Accountabilities:The post holder will:Lead NRW Liaison with UK Reservoirs Committee, UK Reservoir Safety Action Group and participate in the UK Reservoir Managers’ Group and UK Government Departments’ Liaison Group.Create Strategic National Reservoir Safety regulation guidance.Be responsible for delivery of continuous improvement projects of a medium to large scope, also affecting other teams and customers.Act as senior user to large change projects with budgets potentially exceeding ÂŁ500k.Steer Reservoir safety website/webpages creation & management.Produce Biennial reports; respond to Freedom of Information Requests, to Undertakers enquiries and to consultations.Keep the Reservoir Undertakers’ Guides for Wales up to date by regular review.Engage with high Profile Stakeholders and Customers.Lead on raising the profile & requirements of the team internally and to Local Resilience Forums.Prepare for & assist with development of reservoir incidentprocedures and processes for Operational Teams.Identify ‘potential’ reservoirs and confirm if registration necessary.Create a process for ongoing monitoring of “non high-risk” reservoirs.Understand compliance and reasons for non-compliance and relationship with overall safety by Undertakers.Write new national processes, guidance and procedures.National scale progress reporting to Welsh Government on reservoir safety. They will be responsible for delivery of new national processes, such as reservoir incident reporting and charging schemes. NRW and third parties assets.Deliver and manage a process for our new duty on Undertakers Incident reporting and act as the central contract for this activity.Conduct National Dam safety incident reporting/reviews.Be a Senior User to our Wales Reservoir Inundation mapping project.Oversee designations of Reservoirs 10-25k cubic metres.Oversee improvements to our Charging scheme.Use enforcement powers to manage a non-NRW Reservoir incident.
Key Job Qualifications or Knowledge:Degree or equivalent experience.Working knowledge of the Reservoirs Act 1975.Working knowledge of Flood Risk Management fundamentals.Experience of carrying out regulatory or enforcement activities. (Desirable)Working towards membership of ICE or CIWEM. (Desirable)Mentoring, relationship building and influencing skills.Understanding of strategic approaches to reservoir management.Experience of project management.

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