Senior Industry & Waste Regulation Officer
Contract type: Permanent
Work pattern: 37 Hours a week, Monday to Friday
Post number: 200206
As an organisation we support flexible working. This role allows hybrid working (a mix of home and office working) and a working pattern suitable for you can be discussed on appointment if you are successful.
You will be contracted to a NRW office within the place base, of which you will be required to attend for regular meetings, training and for one-to-one meetings with your manager. These will be planned in advance.
The post holder will be based in the North-West Wales Industry & Waste Regulation Team and will lead on all aspects of waste regulation across Anglesey, Conwy and Gwynedd.
We are looking for an experienced environmental regulator who will be responsible for the regulation of waste industry sites. As the Senior Waste Regulation Officer, you will be expected to have a strong focus on complex regulatory delivery and technical compliance work. You will be expected to show technical leadership including leading on waste sector(s) and providing advice and guidance to both internal and external customers.
You will ensure regulated industry in the area comply with their permit conditions to protect the local environment. You will demonstrate and role model the behaviours and cultures of Natural Resources Wales (NRW) in all you do.
You will undertake a range of technical compliance assessment activities, including auditing, at a wide range of waste sites, using your influencing and negotiating skills to ensure improved permit compliance. You will make complex assessments of operators' ability to protect the environment, prevent pollution, and optimise use of resources, as well as undertaking enforcement action where necessary.
You will also respond to and investigate environmental incidents making sure suitable preventative and protective action is implemented, as well as being a technical mentor and coach to less experienced officers.
For many of Wales’s waste producers this will be their only contact with NRW and it will provide an opportunity to advise and influence them on issues such as waste prevention and pollution prevention to help deliver SMNR principles.
As part of NRW’s role as a Category 1 responder under the Civil Contingencies Act the post holder will play an active role in incident response and participate in rotas and cascade arrangements.
Your responsibilities include:
- Assess compliance at installations, COMAH sites, waste sites and sites handling radioactive substances.
- Liaison with Counter Terrorism Security Advisors.
- Take appropriate actions to collect evidence for enforcement purposes, in accordance with defined procedures.
- Routinely lead our response to large or contentious cases/issues.
- Co-ordinate pre-application discussions with Operators and NRW Permitting Teams to aid timely, efficient and good quality permit variations, applications and surrenders.
- Where non-compliance is identified, determine and implement the most appropriate intervention option to ensure operators return to compliance as quickly as possible, with minimum environmental impact and consideration of the economic impacts.
- Work with Operators to develop medium-term regulatory strategies for the installations, including engagement with senior managers and executives within companies, to deliver multiple benefits.
- Be required to participate in technical/strategic groups or represent NRW on external forums e.g. UK regulators’ sector groups, as required.
- Contribute to NRW Sector Groups and cross-agency sector groups as required to aid adoption of consistent regulatory approaches and the dissemination of good practices to the benefit of the environment.
- Coaching and mentoring of team members.
- Respond to incidents and complaints.
- Contribute to a positive health, safety and well-being culture.
- Required to take part in incident response activities
Qualifications, experience and knowledge
Knowledge and experience of the following:
- Extensive knowledge and experience of either working in a regulated industry or as a regulator.
- Good understanding of commercial business processes and pressures.
- Ability to communicate effectively with regulated business and the public, explaining complex issues and gaining support by influencing.
Welsh language requirements:
Essential Level 1 – able to pronounce Welsh and use basic phrases
Please note if you do not meet the level 1 requirement i.e., ability to understand basic phrases and ability to pronounce Welsh names correctly, then NRW offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal requirements during the course of your employment with us.
Please note - Applications to this role will be assessed based on the following competencies, both at shortlisting and interview. Please give examples of how you demonstrate these competencies when completing your application form.
Essential Knowledge and Skills
Evaluation of Information
Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements
Communication and Relationships with Others
Responsibility for People
Benefits of working for us
This role will offer a range of benefits, including:
- agile and flexible working (role dependent)
- Civil Service Pension Scheme offering employer contributions of 26.6% to 30.3%
- 28 days annual leave, rising to 33 days
- generous leave entitlements for all your life needs
- health and wellbeing benefits and support
- weekly well-being hour to use at your choice
See full details for all the employee benefits you will receive.
How to apply
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Application closing date: 2 October 2022
Interviews will take place through Microsoft Teams.
If you have any queries about the role, please contact Berwyn Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org
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. We have a guaranteed interview scheme for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
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