U.K. nationals: Lead Engineer

Natural Resources Wales
Wales, United Kingdom
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Job Context  

Job Summary:

The post handler will work within the Integrated Engineering team to assist colleagues in

achieving Natural Resources Wales’ policy and targets in Wales, through the supervision of    

NRW and contract resources in South Cental and South East Wales.

Applying for this post:

The following categories 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.

  • Managing Resources (non-financial and/or financial)
  • Forward Thinking
  • Analysing and Judgement
  • Collaborating with others
  • Advising and Influencing
  • Customer Focus
  • Qualifications and Skills

Other information relevant to the job:

The post holder will be expected to undertake the lead engineer role in both South Central and South East Wales.

Job Purpose:

The post handler will work within the Integrated Engineering team to assist colleagues in achieving Natural Resources Wales’ policy and targets in Wales, through the supervision of NRW and contract resources.  

Key Job Accountabilities:

  • Responsibly manage the regional allocated budget circa £1.4m. 
  • Delegated spend authority of £100,000. 
  • Act as framework contract manager for all regional contracts raised. Issue Early Warnings, agree Compensation Events, valuations and defects lists, sign off works on completion as per the NEC3 contract procedures. 
  • Lead on the delivery of the annual primary and secondary infrastructure programmes required to deliver the NRW Timber Marketing Plan. 
  • Provide professional advice on engineering and technical issues in order to gain consistent, practical solutions and value for money in the delivery of the work. 
  • Produce and manage a programme to identify strategic quarries and anticipated stockpiles to ensure there is aggregate to deliver primary and secondary infrastructure. 
  • Understand and apply current legislation, rules and procedures relevant to the job. 
  • Encourage and develop a safety conscious culture within the team to deliver work programmes without risk to the health & safety of the team or any other individual, and to help deliver safe & clean forest engineering operations. 

Key Job Qualifications or Knowledge:

  1. Quarry Manager Duties; the position will ideally hold a SHE Quarry management NVQ level 4 or, with some previous experience, aim to achieve this qualification within 5 years of taking up post with support from NRW. 
  2. Act as ‘Principal Designer’ (or) as advisor to regional client for CDM 2015.  
  3. Recognised industry standard health and safety card. ‘CSCS’ or similar. 
  4. Competency in ground engineering design and construction across a variety of ground conditions in upland Wales.
  5. Competent and experienced in NEC ECC forms of contract – discharge the duties of project manager under NEC ECC. 
  6. Experienced user of technical design packages, For example GIS, AutoCAD. 
  7. Specialist knowledge of drainage and water management in upland Wales to comply with Forest & Water guidance and the Water Framework Directive.   
  8. Competent designer of all forest infrastructure. 
  9. Knowledge of relevant environmental considerations; habitats, conservation EPS. 
  10. Knowledge of concrete and timber bridge construction. 
  11. Knowledge of mobile GPS, to be used in planning works, providing principal setting-out points and general surveying. 
  12. Member of professional body e.g. ICE. 

What you will do

You will provide a high level of project/contract management expertise to functions involved in the delivery of technical and other complex projects.

You will be responsible for managing and delivering major/multiple contracts and lead on significant high-profile projects and will be accountable for all aspects of delivery and performance.

You will act as a Director for Projects overseeing projects that others are leading on.

You will analyse and interpret a wide range of highly complex information and convey organisation requirements in project briefs and plans.

You will manage health, safety and environmental considerations and identify and manage risks associated with projects.

You will review and approve business cases, briefing notes, contracts etc and be responsible for their sign off in line with internal procedures.

You will provide objective advice to others on specialist issues based on in-depth knowledge and experience.

You will influence the work of others through your actions and decision making and there will be a reliance on your specialist and technical knowledge.

You will discuss policy issues, which may be highly technical, specialist or detailed.

You will undertake research as required and produce technical documents, contracts etc which will contain advice, guidance or opinion which others will use and act upon.

You will be responsible for managing a delegated budget relating to complex and wide ranging projects and will have responsibility in relation to supply chain/ procurement activity linked to contracts.

Who you will be working with

You will be externally facing and have considerable responsibility for managing relationships with third party organisations and contractors.

You will be involved in projects that will impact on members of the public.

You may encounter confrontational members of the public and outside organisations and will at times be exposed to situations or behaviour that is challenging, emotional or aggressive.

You will facilitate and deliver presentations at internal and external meetings, giving input and advice on complex technical or specialist issues.

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 and will be responsible for their health and safety within the project structure.

You may mentor less experienced colleagues.

Where you will be working

Your role will be primarily office based but may entail travel between different NRW locations and you will also work out in the field.

What knowledge and skills you need

You will have substantial project management experience and able to deliver complex projects.

You will have significant experience and a breadth of knowledge in your field and will be an expert in a range of subjects relating to your profession enabling you to provide objective advice to others based on in-depth knowledge and experience.

You will have a recognised professional/technical qualification or equivalent relevant experience.

You will have experience of managing budgets and involvement in procurement.

You will have good literacy, numeracy and communication skills and have experience of presenting to internal and external stakeholders operating at a senior level.

You will have high level of knowledge and experience of health, safety and wellbeing management in relation to project management.

You will have good analytical skills and the ability to interpret a wide range of complex information.

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

You will realise your contribution by applying the principles of SMNR to your work; in how you think, plan and deliver activities.

You will be expected to work with teams and individuals from across NRW, sharing your expertise and insight to solve complex problems. You will support collaborative working with partners and sector organisations, focussing on shared priorities.

You are responsible for complying with the policies, procedures and processes that relate to your role.

You are responsible for ensuring that all financial transactions undertaken by yourself represent value for money and meet the requirements of the organisation.

NRW is a Category 1 responder under the Civil Contingencies Act (2004), and this means we have a duty to work with partners to prepare for and respond to emergencies and incidents covered by the Act.  All staff may be required to undertake activities, at a level commensurate with the skills and experience required by their role, to assist in ensuring this duty is undertaken.

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.

Before applying for this role please read the candidate guidance

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