U.K. nationals: Hydrometric Data Specialist Advisor

Natural Resources Wales
Wales, United Kingdom
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Job Context 

Job Purpose

Hydrometric data is key to understanding hydrological processes, to developing river and water management strategies, and the operational management of water resources and flood warning and forecasting.

Working as a hydrometric specialist advisor, the post holder will lead on the management, delivery and development of NRW’s hydrometric data and the provision of hydrometric data services to NRW and external partners. They will deliver, manage or have oversight of hydrometric projects. They will be responsible for the assessment and determination of the most complex hydrometric analyses and derivations, and coach and mentor colleagues.

Where this role sits

The post is in the Hydrometry & Telemetry Team, reporting to the Hydrometry & Telemetry Team Leader in National Flood Risk Services, Evidence, Policy and Permitting Directorate.

The role of the team is to set the policy, strategy, procedures, guidance, ways of working and evidence needs, act as data custodian, manage systems for hydrometry and telemetry within Wales and to develop and deliver hydrometric data processing and telemetry services, including a 24/7 operational telemetry service to support our operations and response to incidents.

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.

  • Forward Thinking
  • Analysing and Judgement
  • Collaborating with others
  • Advising and Influencing
  • Customer Focus
  • Qualifications and Skills

Other information that is relevant to the job

Please state preferred office location. The role will involve some travel between offices.

Job Purpose:

To lead for NRW on hydrometric data management, validation, delivery and development, and maintain and develop the quality of NRW’s hydrometric data by applying appropriate data management techniques and ensuring consistent processes are used across Wales. To lead the management, delivery and development of NRW’s provision of hydrometric data services to NRW and external partners.   To ensure that the hydrometry team understands the needs of its clients, and that the hydrometric service works effectively and efficiently to deliver data that is fit for purpose both now and in future.

Key Job Accountabilities:

The post holder will:

  • Lead the development of policies, advice and guidance for hydrometric monitoring and hydrometric data governance in Wales. Set standards for data validation and the processing of hydrometric parameters.
  • Be an expert witness.
  • Lead on the assessment and determination of complex hydrometric data analyses and derivations in accordance with NRW agreed procedures.
  • Act as principle provider of hydrometric technical support and advice, and as a coach and mentor, to NRW staff on hydrometric data standards, data collection, validation and processing ensuring a consistent approach across Wales.
  • Provide technical oversight of projects submitted for the hydrometric programme ensuring they comply with appropriate criteria and prioritisation principles and standards and will deliver to required data standards; provide technical support and input to initiatives driving efficiency in hydrometric delivery.
  • Review evidence of new and emerging technologies and their applicability and benefits for use in NRW to ensure value for money, impact on efficiency and effectiveness and data record integrity.
  • Lead on the development, implementation and maintenance of tools to deliver standardised assessments of the quality and costing of service deliverables.
  • Develop, manage and deliver projects for improved hydrometric data services and outputs for NRW and its stakeholders ensuring value for money.
  • Engage with internal and external partners to ensure their needs are understood, our needs and capacity for delivery are communicated, and that arrangements for exchange of hydrometric data and collaborative working are appropriately implemented and managed to ensure they are fit for purpose.

Key Job Qualifications or Knowledge:

  1. Relevant degree or equivalent experience with an ability to demonstrate technical knowledge gained from career experience relevant to the role.
  2. You will be expected to keep up to date with changing policy and proposed changes to legislation via membership of a relevant professional body or other equivalent means.
  3. Excellent ICT skills and prior use of the WISKI suite of software.
  4. Proven coaching and mentoring skills.
  5. Ability to work calmly under pressure and deliver to deadline.

What you will do

You will provide specialist expertise to the functions across NRW which are involved in the provision of services of a technical or specialist operational nature to internal and external customers including regulation and environmental monitoring (including NRM).

You will act as the local expert or specialist lead for a small sector and work in an advisory capacity and your input will have an impact both internally and externally, and you will influence at an operational level.

You will make decisions and take action that will influence others and there will be a reliance on your input.

You will lead and project manage specific areas of work, taking responsibility for managing project budgets and teams and will be responsible for the success and delivery of the project.

You will deliver significant programmes of work.

You will analyse and interpret a wide range of complex information, extracting key points and communicating this to others, at all levels.

You will undertake research as required and produce documents that have some complexity and will provide advice, guidance or opinion which others will use and act upon.

You will interpret developments in your area of expertise and contribute to business planning and the design and delivery of work programmes.

You will be responsible for a small budget for the delivery of a specific project and will have responsibility for checking the validity of documentation relating to the procurement of good and services.

Who you will be working with

You will interact with colleagues across the organisation, collaborating with others to provide the efficient delivery of policies and work plans, and draw upon their skills to support the achievement of objectives.

You will communicate with others both internally and externally at an operational level in an advisory or functional specialist capacity.

You will have operational responsibility for leading specialist/technical staff through non-complex technical/specialist programmes through a matrix management structure.

You will facilitate and deliver presentations for internal and external meetings, giving input and advice, as required.

You will mentor less experienced colleagues.

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 a recognised qualification, degree or equivalent knowledge.

You will have substantial experience working in the relevant field and the ability to manage projects, project budgets and teams.

You will have specialist knowledge and will be an expert in a range of subjects relating to your area of specialism enabling you to work as a local expert.

You will have good inter-personal skills and able to develop and maintain good relationships and networks.

You will have analytical skills enabling you to analyse and interpret a wide range of complex information.

You will have good communication skills enabling you to give technical and specialist advice to others.

You will have the skills to manage your workload and prioritise tasks in relation to conflicting objectives and targets.

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.

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