Local recruitment: Senior Water Resource Planner 

Environment Agency

United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Number of jobs available: 2
Region: National
City/Town: All
Building/Site: All
Grade: Staff Grade 5
Post Type: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time, Part Time, Part Time/Job Share, Compressed Hours
Role Type: Environment & Sustainability
Salary Minimum: £36,389

Job description

This is an opportunity to join the Environment Agency within the area of Water Resources Planning as a Water Resources Planner working directly with the Water Industry. It is an exciting opportunity to join a team working with Water Companies, Internal colleagues as we work to secure sustainable water supplies beyond 2050. The role will require working directly with the Water Industry on their statutory requirements to build resilience at both Company and Regional level at a time of climate change and the challenges this brings at a local, regional, and national level.
The role will include working in & supporting virtual teams in the delivery of water resources work as well as an opportunity to develop your own skills, knowledge, and experience to enhance your career opportunities with the Environment Agency. You will provide administrative support to the wider teams as well as work on pieces of work in support of the wider aims and goals of the Environment Agency. There will be opportunities to broaden your experience by being part of a wide array of different groups working on People, HSW, EDI, where bringing people together will enhance the output and support the wider operation.

The team

The teamwork with Water Companies on their statutory requirements to supply water to the Public, Agriculture & Industry within England’s borders alongside internal Environment Agency & External Partners colleagues such as Natural England. Our main customers are Water Companies within England.
The team influence and ensure the right investment and decisions are made by water companies to protect and enhance the immediate and longer-term future needs of water supply, the ecology, and the environment.

Experience/skills required

You will have experience within a Water Resource planning role, 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.

Desirable but not essential

  • Experience of using office 360, including SharePoint.

Contact and additional information

For further information please contact Ian Robinson at [email protected] or 07785523277.

The role will require some travel and potential overnight stays to attend internal or external meetings.
We operate a hybrid working model split between home and office working depending on business needs.
Interview invites will be based on the responses provided to the competency questions, Influences & Persuades Others, Strategic Environmental Planning & Takes Decisions and Solves Problems.

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Closing Date: 21/08/2022, 23:55 hours

Level of security checks required: Basic Check

Competence 1: Influences and Persuades Others
Please note: Your answer will be used for interview selection – please draw out your skills and experience in your responses.

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.
In this role you will work with a range of stakeholders and may need to influence or persuade then to consider a different perspective or approach. Please give an example of when you have used data or a well-structured argument to Influence or Persuaded a person or organisation to adopt a different decision, process, or outcome?
• Who did you Influence or Persuade?
• What was the decision, process, or outcome you were trying to influence?
• What approach did you personally take to influence or persuade others?
• What did you learn from the experience?
You may find it helpful to research the STAR approach when formulating your response.

Competence 2: Strategic Environment Planning
Please note: Your answer will be used for interview selection – please draw out your skills and experience in your responses.

Strategic Environment Planning
Develops, delivers, and implements strategic plans for the sustainable use, protection, and improvement of our environment.

In this role the impact on the Environment will have a key influence some of the decisions which will be made during Statutory and Regional Planning. Please give an example of when you have considered the impact on the Environment in the decision making you have made whether that has been in an academic or work situation.

• What was the situation that needed Strategic Environmental Planning as part of the decision making?
• What factors did you consider?
• How did you balance the needs of the situation against the Environmental impact?
• What did you learn from the experience?
You may find it helpful to research the STAR approach when formulating your response.

Competence 3: Takes Decisions and Solves Problems
Please note: Your answer will be used for interview selection – please draw out your skills and experience in your responses.

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.

In this role you will be expected to take decisions and solve problems for both your own work as well as in support of colleagues. Please give an example of when you have had a to make a Decision or Solve a Problem on your own which resulted in a successful outcome when the outcome was potentially in doubt?

• What was the Decisions or problem that you need to Take or Solve?
• What was it important that you resolved the situation?
• What process did you g through to come to the right outcome?
• Did you consult or seek support?
• What did you learn from this experience?
You may find it helpful to research the STAR approach when formulating your responses.

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.