U.K. nationals: Flood Risk Analysis Senior Advisor

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

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Job context

About us

Natural resources in Wales are fantastic - rugged mountains and woodlands, beautiful landscapes and coastlines, and amazing wildlife.

They are vital for our survival and provide us with the basic things we need to live: clean air, clean water, and food. They create jobs for thousands of people like farmers, foresters, and tourist operators, creating wealth and prosperity.

They give us all a better quality of life and opportunities to enjoy the outdoors against a backdrop of Wales’ natural beauty and heritage. People come from far and wide to experience them. They are intrinsically linked with Welsh culture and language.

It’s our job in Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to look after these natural resources and what they provide for us: to help reduce the risk to people and properties of flooding and pollution; to look after special places for well-being, wildlife and timber; and to work with others to help us all to manage them sustainably. The people who work here in NRW have the knowledge, expertise, and passion to help make the sustainable management of natural resources a reality.

The role

We have an exciting opportunity in the Flood Risk Analysis (FRA) team based in North Wales. As a senior advisor in the FRA team you will produce timely and accurate flood risk information that underpins NRW’s flood risk work.

We are looking for someone who has significant experience within FRM and will provide professional/technical leadership across the programme of flood risk modelling work undertaken by the FRA Team and wider within NRW.

You will lead and influence work with our professional partners, senior managers and Welsh Government, and actively contribute to specialist FRM sub-groups in developing policy and guidance. Project and budget management experience in delivering large complex projects is important and you will have excellent knowledge of hydraulic modelling and hydrological analysis (expert practical knowledge of 1D/2D fluvial or coastal modelling software).

You’ll be working in a team of similar experienced technical staff, delivering a risk-based service across North & Mid Wales and involved in NRWs emergency Response to flooding as a CAT 1 Responder, including representing NRW in Tactical Command during flood incidents.

Applying for this post

The following competencies 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.

  • Essential Knowledge and Skills
  • Evaluation of Information
  • Making and Autonomy
  • Impact
  • Communications and Relationships with Others
  • Responsibility for People
  • Responsibility for Resources

Other information relevant to the job

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.

Essential Knowledge and Skills

  • Able to undertake practical or technical tasks or work, requiring specialist knowledge/ expertise.
  • Expert in a range of subjects relating to their specialism and able to act as the local expert or specialist lead for a small area, in an advisory capacity.
  • Demonstrates substantial experience and specialist knowledge in their field, with the ability to manage projects, including the project budget and team.
  • Possess analytical, influencing, persuading, supervisory and mentoring skills, together with project management skills.

Evaluation of Information

  • Able to interpret the function’s operational delivery plans and understand their context in the wider NRW strategy.
  • Able to interpret developments in their area of expertise, contributing to business planning and the design and delivery of team-work programmes.
  • Demonstrates the ability to analyse and interpret a wide range of complex information, extracting key points and able to communicate them to individuals at all levels and contribute to the development of policy.

Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements

  • Ability to lead and project manage specific areas of work, taking responsibility for managing project budgets and teams, and for the success and delivery of the project.
  • Able to decide how best to achieve results, with guidance from peers, requiring the need for some degree of judgment and creativity which may lead to changes in established procedures/ practice in the work area.
  • Post holders will be delivering often significant programmes of work, which may require the need to alter priorities due to conflicting demands.
  • Responsible for making independent decisions at an operational level, with input from line management and peers, together with an understanding of NRW policy and the range of options available and their potential implications for the business.
  • Understands the consequences of taking wrong decisions, which would have an adverse effect in relation to external stakeholders, such as partner organisations, lenders, service users etc.
  • Decisions taken may concern a broad range of matters, the outcome of which may not always be immediately clear or apparent; and are likely to be wider than the immediate function or department.
  • Problems encountered may also relate to the work of other parts of the organisation and could be variable and diverse.

Impact

  • Working as a local expert / sector lead, the post holder’s input and influence will be at an operational level and have an impact both internally and externally.

Communication and Relationships with Others

  • Ability to interact and link with other roles across the business, fostering and maintaining good relationships and networks, engaging the organisation in delivering polices and work plans in the most efficient way.  
  • Communication with others will be at an operational level both internally and externally and will typically be specialist in nature.  
  • Able to act as an advisory or functional specialist, providing advice, which may be technical, specialist or detailed; tailoring the method, style and level of communication appropriately for the audience.  
  • Demonstrates effective communication and persuasive skills with the ability to lead projects, which may include facilitating and presenting at internal or external meetings, giving advice and input as required.
  • Able to produce documents, reports, programs, contracts, with some complexity; containing advice, guidance or opinion; which would have detrimental consequences if incorrect or poorly drafted.
  • Ability to research and gather information and data from multiple locations or sources and apply professional judgment in how the information should be interpreted.

Responsibility for People

  • No line management responsibility, but will have operational responsibility for leading specialist/ technical staff through non-complex technical/ specialist programmes through a ‘matrix management’ structure.
  • Post holders may also mentor colleagues.

Responsibility for Resources

  • Will have a small budget for delivery of a specific project and/or responsibility for checking the validity of forms and documents as part of a process or procurement of goods and services.

Job Purpose:

Provide expert technical opinion and specialist advice on flood risk mapping, modelling and data management for Coastal, Fluvial and Surface water.

Consider the principles of SMNR and Well-being of Future Generations Act are considered in all decision making.

Key Job Accountabilities:

  • Develop and define NRW flood risk strategies.
  • Provide professional, strategic and technical leadership in the application of FCRM data, mapping and modelling products.
  • Lead on delivery of the most complex flood risk mapping & Modelling projects/commissions.
  • Provide advice and direction to senior managers, NRW leadership team and Welsh Government officials.
  • Identify innovative approaches and opportunities for improvement in the delivery of the FRA service.
  • Build relationships with professional partners and the WLGA, to help delivery of Local Authority flood schemes and raise awareness of flood risk.
  • Actively contribute to National FRM Subgroups to build consistency, develop policy and guidance, provide technical expertise.
  • Respond safely, timely and efficiently to flood incidents ensuring appropriate information is captured to inform understanding of flood risk.
  • Represent NRW at Tactical Command during Flood Incidents.
  • Support Health & Safety best practice by actively promoting awareness and ensuring the provision of safe working practices to comply with NRW’s policy and standards.

Key Job Qualifications or Knowledge:

  1. Relevant Qualifications - educated to degree level in a science or engineering discipline with significant experience.
  2. Member or working towards membership of a relevant professional body.
  3. Excellent project and budget management experience with experience of delivering large complex projects.
  4. Excellent knowledge of hydraulic modelling and hydrological analysis (expert practical knowledge of 1D/2D fluvial or coastal modelling software).
  5. In depth Knowledge of GIS, systems and services, and their application in a distributed organisation.
  6. Effective communication, influencing and leadership skills to enable delivery of outcomes, through collaboration, and co-delivery with an ability communicate to both technical and non-technical partners and stakeholders.
  7. Understanding and demonstrable knowledge of the application of EU and domestic Flood Risk Policy, legislation and the standards that effect the delivery of FCRM in Wales.
  8. Must have a full UK driving licence.

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.

Before applying for this role please read the candidate guidance

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 and we have a guaranteed interview scheme for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

We are an employer of choice because we put the principles of human rights, equality, fairness, dignity and respect at the heart of our values.