Local recruitment: Strategic Water Resources Lead (Wessex)

Environment Agency

Blandford Forum, UK 🇬🇧

Bridgwater, UK 🇬🇧

Number of jobs available: 1
Region: South West
City/Town: Blandford Forum , Bridgwater
Building/Site: Various
Grade: Staff Grade 6
Post Type: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Role Type: Operational Delivery
Salary Minimum: £47,646

Job description

Climate change makes it harder to ensure clean and plentiful water. The environment is already under pressure from increasing water demand, pollution, rising temperatures and physical modification. We are doing an immense amount to protect and enhance our local water resources through our own activities as operator, regulator, partner and influential advisor. We are at a crucial point in setting a high environmental ambition to ensure long term resilience in water resources, including improvements to our water stressed catchments, particularly our internationally rare chalk streams.

To achieve this we need to develop an Area strategy that sets direction for all our teams that work across Water Resources. You will be responsible for:-

  • Developing, setting and leading the long- term strategic direction and ambition for water resources in Area
  • Considering how best to attain environmental resilience for water resources against the backdrop of growth and climate change,
  • Ensuring decisions are made on sound technical evidence and information, and providing specialist expertise and guidance across the Area
  • Developing and leading on both internal and external communications in line with the strategic direction.
  • Develop plans to maximise stakeholder relationships and partnerships to influence others in delivering our ambition

Responding to incidents is a central part of what we do. You will be required to have an incident role and make yourself available to respond to incidents, or provide business continuity support during an incident. This may attract an additional payment and full training and alternative working arrangements will be available to support you with your incident role.

The team

The role sits in the Environment, Planning and Engagement Departments, working alongside staff involved in water resources, environmental planning, and delivering environmental improvements through partnership at a river catchment scale. You will draw on information from a range of local/national technical experts, and external partners. You will take an integrated approach to the environment, making linkages, understanding how issues impact across different parts of the organisation and deciding how to adapt approaches as a result.

Experience/skills required

-Technical knowledge of water resources planning (previous experience of working with water companies would be beneficial)
-Strategic ability to lead, oversee and drive water resources planning
-Ability to find and deliver optimal solutions by effectively analysing all the information, probing to develop alternatives and taking sound and timely decisions
-Strong communication and influencing skills and a proven ability to build strong internal and external relationships at all levels
-Flexible leadership behaviours that embody Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and can motivate and enthuse a diverse range of people
-Ability to provide high level advice, guidance and use judgement, in an appropriate manner, to inform decision making for the business and manage organisational risks.
-Experience of leading a team to deliver results

Contact and additional information

The Environment Agency are fully committed to having an inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome flexible working patterns for all our vacancies, including job share.

Everyone starting in a new role will be welcomed into the team and given all the training and support needed. As part of your comprehensive induction, you will be provided with all the equipment required for your role.

We offer an extensive range of employee benefits and the opportunity to progress your career with us via professional training routes such as apprenticeships and degree programmes.

For questions relating to this role, please contact Eatalent@environment-agency.gov.uk
Interviews will be held in March 2023.

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Closing Date:  27/02/2023, 23:55 hours

Level of security checks required: Basic Check

Competence 1: 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.

Provide an example of where you have used evidence to shape business direction and strategy through to shaping new ways of working to improve efficiency and effectiveness

Competence 2: 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.

Give an example of a situation when you have influenced someone senior who disagreed with your position, in order to help you deliver greater results/outcomes.

Competence 3: Manages the Business
Understands the Environment Agency’s business processes and how to maximise the use of resources in an efficient and effective way.

Give an example of when you have contributed substantially to the achievement of a business plan/or part of it. What was your contribution and what was the outcome.

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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