U.K. nationals: Sustainable Water Specialist Advisor (Water & Brexit)

Natural Resources Wales

Wales, United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Job context

With the diverse nature of NRW’s remit this is an exciting opportunity to work in the Sustainable Water Group within the Evidence, Policy and Permitting (EPP) Directorate.  The location is flexible within Wales working as part of the Integrated Water Planning Team. And virually via the EU Response Programme in NRW contributing to the approach to changes in legislation (regulations) and policy resulting from the withdrawal from the EU at a Wales and UK level in the short, medium and long-term.

As a Specialist Advisor (Water & Brexit), you’ll be responsible for providing expert policy support and advice on environmental law, principles and governance in relation to water. You will contribute to NRW’s EU Response Programme, supporting our understanding and management of risks, impacts and opportunities for NRW and our role and remit from EU Exit in the short, medium and long-term. The role will provide support the preparation of NRW policy, programmes, plans, strategies and guidance developed for water in relation future policy and delivery mechanisms.  This will translate Welsh & UK Applying for this post Government policy into practical approaches for delivery and an opportunity to help shape UK and Welsh legislation or the future in relation to water.  The role will also support on some aspects the wider work of the team including River Basin Management Planning, water related areas of work on Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and Water Company Planning.  The post holder will work with colleagues from other teams in EPP and Operations, officials from Welsh Government and sector representatives. 

We are looking for an experienced, enthusiastic and energetic professional to be part of a multi-disciplinary Wales wide team. If this sounds like you – apply now! This is an opportunity to work in a diverse, professional and stimulating environment with the ability to opt into NRW Sports and Social events and with National Parks, scenery and culture on the doorstep.  The role comes with a generous package including 28 days annual leave (rising to 33 days over 5 years), flexi-time scheme which allows you to work flexibly between 7am and 7pm, flexible working arrangements, a generous career-average pension scheme, eye care, tax free childcare schemes, corporate benefit schemes such as cycle-to-work and discounts at many retailers, plus occupational health, counselling and advisory services.  Staff also have the ability to purchase additional annual leave up to 10 days (pro-rata).  

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

Other information relevant to the job:

The role will be primarily office based but will include travel between different NRW locations, as well as working at partner organisations and other premises. Office location is flexible, you will be required to attend meetings across Wales on a regular basis.

Job Summary:

To lead on the provision of policy support and advice on environmental law, principles and governance. This technical/specialist advice will shape and inform Government and NRW decisions, programmes, plans, guidance and strategies developed in relation to Water and Brexit and future policy and delivery mechanisms. You will work with colleagues from other teams in EPP and Operations, officials from Welsh Government and sector representatives. You will support the senior specialist advisor and work closely with policy leads within the EU Response Programme.

Key Job Accountabilities:

The post holder will:

  • Prepare technical assessments, drawing on a range of complex information and data.
  • Manage the preparation of material to inform the development of NRW, WG and other partners’ policy, statutory advice and guidance documents; Manage the development of procedures, tools and guidance and lead the delivery of new ways of working.
  • Liaise with external stakeholders such as Welsh Government, other regulators, sector representatives and partners to ensure the timely and effective delivery of project, policy or strategy obligations.
  • Advise on evidence gaps and work within a programme and project management format to deliver work packages and outputs collaboratively and individually.
  • Support engagement with sectors, partners, WG and other Environment bodies in the UK and be a lead point of contact for relevant queries.
  • Maintain knowledge of the assigned sector identifying the implications of legislative, technology and market changes for Natural Resources Wales and the sector.
  • Contribute to task and finish groups, commissioned through the Business Boards, to prepare defined products as required.
  • Collaborate with the Team Leader to develop and deliver an agreed Personal Development Plan.

Key Job Qualifications or Knowledge:

  1. Knowledge of Welsh, UK and EU legislation related to Water Framework Directive and other water policy areas; relevant Welsh and UK government policy drivers and the issues and opportunities in Wales.
  2. Experience of: technical analysis and interpretation of a range of environmental information and data and analysing large data sets.
  3. Working with/in water companies, local authorities, eNGOs, National Parks;
  4. Working in a programme and project management environment with Project Management experience and/or qualifications.
  5. You will be a member of a relevant professional institution such as CIWEM and/ or working towards membership.
  6. Share your knowledge and expertise to help solve problems, supporting all Heads of Business in EPP as required;  

What you will do

You will provide specialist advice and input to your team and function that supports the development and implementation of strategy and plans.

You will undertake practical and technical tasks requiring specialist knowledge and expertise on a range of matters relating to your profession.

You will analyse and interpret a range of complex information relevant to your specialist area and communicate this to others, contributing to the development of strategy and policy.

You will be responsible for leading and managing specific areas of work which may include the implementation of plans.

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

You will be involved in the development of organisational strategy and policy and will have some autonomy in relation to implementation of organisational policy.

You will influence the work of others through your actions and decision making, the impact of which will be both internal and external.

You will be responsible for a budget, which will be a delegated part of a larger budget managed by a more senior employee.

You will review the validity of documentation relating to the procurement of goods and services.

Who you will be working with

You will collaborate with people across the organisation engaging with key stakeholders for the efficient delivery of policy and work plans.

You will build relationships with both internal and external stakeholders and provide specialist input and influence on the implementation of policy and strategy.

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

You will work with other specialist/technical staff and will lead them through specialist/ technical programmes of work, through a matrix management approach.

You may work in situations where individuals become angry and upset and which are challenging emotionally, requiring you to stay calm under pressure when resolving the issues presented.

You will mentor less experienced colleagues.

Where you will be working

The role will be primarily office based but will include 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 experience.

You will have substantial experience working in the field relevant to your role with experience across a range of roles or in different roles within an organisation.

You will have specialist/technical knowledge in a range of subjects within your field.

You will have proven involvement of working in a variety of functions and remain up to date with developments in your technical or specialist field.

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 range of complex information in relation to your specific area of specialism.

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.

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