Lead Specialist Advisor: Water & Brexit

Natural Resources Wales
Various, United Kingdom
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Job Purpose:

To provide the expert lead on water management and manage the preparation of NRW policy, programmes, plans, strategies and guidance developed in relation to Brexit and future policy and delivery mechanisms. This will translate Welsh & UK Government policy into practical approaches to the point of delivery. You will work with colleagues from other teams in EPP and Operations, officials from WG and sector representatives.

Key Job Accountabilities

  • Lead and project manage specific and complex issues that require development of NRW policies, strategies, plans, programmes including support on casework that is novel, contentious or of high public interest;
  • Prepare compelling cases for change to NRW policy and role of alternative interventions;
  • Retain ownership and oversight of the water management functional policy area to ensure integrity of NRW approaches with Welsh Government, Central Government and EU Policy intent;
  • Provide advice to WG and other bodies in Wales and the UK as appropriate, and in-turn review and advise on the produced policy, plans and strategies;
  • Advise on evidence needs and opportunities, commission evidence & project manage evidence projects, in line with the agreed evidence programme;
  • Maintain a detailed working knowledge of the water management sectors identifying the implications of legislative, technology and market changes for Natural Resources Wales and the sectors;
  • Contribute to task and finish groups, commissioned through the Business Boards, to prepare defined products as required;
  • Steer the overview and ownership of engagement with Welsh Government on the specific policy areas related to water management;
  • Collaborate with the Team Leader to develop and deliver an agreed Personal Development Plan

Key Job Qualifications or Knowledge

  • Knowledge of: Welsh, UK and EU legislation related to water management; Welsh & UK Governments & EU policy drivers in water resources, water quality; and the issues and opportunities in Wales;
  • Knowledge and practical understanding of the range of partners and stakeholders involved with water management in Wales;
  • Experience of: In-depth understanding of the water management discipline and the complex range of drivers and barriers to delivery;
  • Working in a programme and project management environment with Project Management experience and/or qualifications;
  • Representing the organisation in high profile and contentious issues in the public arena;
  • Share your knowledge and expertise to help solve problems, supporting all Heads of Business in EPP as required

Working Pattern: 37 hrs per week, FTA until 31 March 2022

GRP Reference: GRP B7.2

RD Reference RD B7.2

Date/Version: 4/4/18 v1

What you will do

  • You will provide professional specialist expertise to policy development and implementation through visualising, developing, resourcing and commissioning of social, commercial, structural and environmental plans
  • You will lead and project manage specific, complex and often challenging issues working at a strategic level with project work that will typically carry a high degree of reputational risk
  • You will undertake complex practical or technical work, providing objective advice to others on specialist issues based on in-depth knowledge and experience
  • You will represent NRW externally conveying specialist knowledge
  • You will influence the work of others through your actions and decision making and the impact of your decisions will extend beyond your immediate team and function
  • You will be responsible for making decisions that will have a medium to long term impact both internally and externally, which may be at a national level and may relate to national policy

Who you will be working with

  • You will be involved in considerable external stakeholder liaison, representing NRW externally and conveying specialist knowledge
  • You will work with other specialist/technical staff and may lead them through complex or highly technical specialist programmes of work, through a matrix management approach
  • You may mentor less experienced colleagues
  • You will interact, develop and sustain relationships with a range of senior individuals both within NRW and externally at both a Wales and UK level

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 substantial experience in your field with a high level of knowledge
  • You will have a recognised professional/technical qualification or equivalent relevant experience
  • You will have the personal and professional credibility to act as an expertise witness in a public enquiry
  • You will be able to analyse and interpret a wide range of information, which may be complex, with the ability to extract key points and communicate this to others
  • You will be confident and able to discuss policy issues that may be technical or specialist with a range of audiences
  • You will have good inter-personal skills and able to develop and maintain good relationships and networks

What other information is relevant to your job

  • 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

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