Local recruitment: Lead Specialist Advisor (Storm Overflow Programme Delivery)

Natural Resources Wales

Wales, UK 🇬🇧

Contract type: Fixed Term appointment for 12 months

Work pattern: 37 hours a week

Post number: 203333

As an organisation we support flexible working. This role allows hybrid working (a mix of home and office working) and a working pattern suitable for you can be discussed on appointment if you are successful.

You will be contracted to the nearest NRW office to your home, of which you will be required to attend for regular meetings, training and for one-to-one meetings with your manager. These will be planned in advance.

Job description

You will lead and deliver the NRW contribution to the storm overflow action plans (and support wider delivery of the team’s workplan as appropriate) and manage the delivery of NRW programmes to improve efficiency and effectiveness of regulation processes.  Working across EPP and Ops storm overflow you will lead and direct others in the delivery of the improvement programme in line with Welsh & UK Government policy.

You will promote and be guided by our Regulatory Principles. 

You will lead and work with colleagues from other teams in NRM Policy and Operations, officials from WG and sector representatives.


Your responsibilities will include to:

  • Be the principal point of contact for NRW both internally and with environmental regulators, both UK and European, to share information and work together on the regulatory approach, technical advice and guidance in relation to storm overflow regulation.
  • Share information and work collaboratively on the development of operational policy and new legislation, interpretation of relevant legislation, advice and guidance for the specific sector(s) and areas of responsibility.
  • Maintain a detailed working knowledge of the assigned sector(s) identifying the implications of legislative, technology and market changes for Natural Resources Wales and the sector(s).
  • Support the development and training of staff across NRW by applying technical, legislative and regulatory knowledge and experience.
  • Lead and project manage specific and complex issues (inc. commissions by RBB) to enable consistent and appropriate understanding and application by staff that enables effective regulatory service provision.
  • Contribute to the delivery of the team’s business plan, the directorate delivery plan and NRWs corporate plan.
  • Support the mentoring and coaching of Advisors within the team to ensure that the team has sufficient technical and legislative resilience for your assigned area of work.
  • Advise on evidence needs and opportunities, commission evidence & project manage evidence projects, in line with the agreed evidence programme.
  • Design monitoring and evaluation frameworks of regulation interventions to inform assessment of the need for improvements in regulation and permitting processes by NRW.

Qualifications, experience and knowledge

You will be able to demonstrate knowledge and experience of the following: 

  1. Knowledge of Welsh, UK and EU legislation related to your specific sector(s); Welsh, UK government Policy drivers in your specific sector(s).
  2. Experience in informing and influencing government departments/regulators, preferably on environmental issues.
  3. Extensive experience in forming and maintaining close links with internal and external partners/stakeholders to deliver the outcomes of both a specific function/project/team and the wider organisation.
  4. Experience of understanding and applying regulatory activities.
  5. Be able to work at pace and have a track record of delivery.
  6. Being innovative and demonstrating drive to achieve targets
  7. You will be expected to keep up to date with changing regulatory policy and proposed changes to legislation via membership of a relevant professional body or other equivalent means.

Welsh language requirements

Essential: Level 1 – able to pronounce Welsh and use basic phrases

Please note if you do not meet the level 1 requirement 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.


Applications to this role will be assessed based on the following competencies, both at shortlisting and interview. Please give examples of how you demonstrate these competencies when completing your application form.

Essential Knowledge and SkillsAble to undertake complex practical or technical tasks or work, requiring advanced specialist knowledge in the relevant subject matter.Able to provide objective advice to others on related issues based on their knowledge and experience, keeping up to date with advances and changes within their specialist field.Demonstrates relevant substantial experience. Able to demonstrate a high level of knowledge, and personal and professional credibility, for example, able to act as an expert witness in a public enquiry.Able to demonstrate good mentoring, knowledge sharing and supervisory skills as well as the ability to set strategic direction for themselves, their area and others.
Evaluation of InformationAble to interpret relevant delivery plans and understand their context in the wider national and NRW policy and strategy.Able to analyse and interpret a wide range of information, which may be of a technical nature, extracting key points and communicate them to individuals at all levels.
Decision Making and Autonomy RequirementsAbility to decide how best to achieve results, with the need for some judgment or creativity to alter priorities due to conflicting demands.Responsible for making independent decisions based on input from line management and peers; an understanding of NRW policy; the range of options available; and their potential implications for the business.Able to lead and project manage specific, complex and often challenging issues, that typically carry a high degree of reputational risk.An appreciation that decisions (which may relate to national policy) may be made, leading to changes in established procedures/practices within the post-holder’s area of work.Demonstrates an appreciation of the consequences of making wrong decisions and the adverse effect they may have on the organisation in relation to its external stakeholders, such as partner organisations, lenders, service users etc.  
ImpactDemonstrates an awareness of how their decisions may encompass a broad range of matters and that the outcomes may not always be immediately clear or apparent.An appreciation that the impact of decisions made by the post holder are likely to be wider than the immediate function or department, and likely to be medium term and from an external perspective, may be at a national level.
Communication and Relationships with OthersThe post holder will have considerable external stakeholder connections and may be expected to represent the organisation externally, conveying specialist knowledge.Able to interact and foster good working relationships with senior leaders internally and externally, at a national and UK level.Able to discuss policy issues with others, which may be highly technical, specialist or detailed in nature, tailoring the method, style and level of communication appropriately to the audience.The work will involve written and verbal communications; and leading key projects with a high degree of complexity, requiring excellent communication and persuasive skills.Able to facilitate and/or present at internal or external meetings, providing advice on complex technical or specialist issues, including legislative changes and steering the direction of discussion or activities.Able to foster and maintain good relationships and networks.Ability to produce moderately complex documents, reports, accounts, contracts etc., containing advice, guidance or opinion which the recipient will act upon or use, and would have detrimental consequences if incorrect or poorly drafted.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.
Responsibility for PeoplePost holders will have no direct line management responsibility but will have responsibility for leading specialist/ technical staff, through complex and/ or highly technical/ specialist programmes through a ‘matrix management’ structure.Post holders will also mentor less experienced colleagues.
Responsibility for ResourcesPost holders may have a delegated budget and/or will have responsibility for checking the validity of forms and documents as part of a process and/ or the procurement of goods and services.Post holders will be responsible for the safe and legal use and operation of equipment and data that they use to fulfil the requirements of their role.

Benefits of working for us

This role will offer a range of benefits, including:

  • Agile and flexible working (role dependent) 
  • Civil Service Pension Scheme offering employer contributions of 26.6% to 30.3%
  • 28 days annual leave, rising to 33 days
  • Generous leave entitlements for all your life needs
  • Health and wellbeing benefits and support
  • Weekly well-being hour to use as you choose
  • Competitive financial rewards to enhance your monthly pay

See full details for all the employee benefits you will receive.

How to apply

Please send a completed Application form to [email protected] using the post number as the email reference.

Before completing your application, please read our Guidance on completing a job application form

Application closing date: 28 September 2022

Interviews will take place through Microsoft Teams.

If you have any queries about the role, please contact Mark Squire at [email protected] or 07500 027601

Natural Resources Wales embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunity. We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition.

We welcome and encourage applications from groups currently underrepresented, including women, black and ethnic minority groups and people with a disability. We have a guaranteed interview scheme for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

We put the principles of human rights, equality, fairness, dignity and respect at the heart of our values.




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