Hazardous Waste Regulation Officer

Closing date: 4 October 2022 | Salary: £31,490-£34,902 (Grade 5)Location: North-West Wales – Flexible within place or otherwise by agreement with line manager

Contract type: Fixed Term appointment until 31 August 2023

Work pattern: 37 hours a week, Monday to Friday

Post number: 200210

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.

Job description

The post holder will be based in the North-West Wales Industry & Waste Regulation Team and will lead on hazardous waste regulation across Anglesey, Conwy and Gwynedd. Primarily the role will be assessing compliance of waste producers with the Hazardous Waste Regulations including the correct classification of waste, record keeping, and consignment note completion. Additionally, the post holder will be expected to assist other officers with assessment of compliance at permitted waste sites. The post holder will be working as part of an all-Wales virtual hazardous waste team including data officers and will help design and carry out compliance campaigns and other projects.

For many of Wales’s hazardous 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 for non-site based hazardous waste regulation.
  • Strategically use waste data to inform interventions/campaigns.
  • Deliver and record hazardous waste compliance work.
  • Take appropriate actions to collect evidence for enforcement purposes, in accordance with defined procedures.
  • Participate in the development of team work plans.
  • Produce required documentation to support legal action.
  • Seek to influence customers and establish local partnerships and collaborations as opportunities arise to deliver SMNR.
  • Respond to incidents and complaints.
  • Required to take part in incident response activities

Qualifications, experience and knowledge

Knowledge and experience of the following:

  1. Knowledge and experience of working as a regulator.
  2. Understanding of commercial business processes and pressures.
  3. Ability to communicate effectively with regulated business and the public, explaining issues and gaining support by influencing.

Welsh language requirements:

Essential Level 1 – able to pronounce Welsh and use basic phrases

Desirable Level 3 Able to communicate with confidence in Welsh in some work situations.

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

  • Expertise gained in a defined area or function, enabling the post holder to provide advice and guidance to others.
  • Demonstrates a sound understanding and appreciation of the work of the wider function.
  • Has good literacy, numeracy and communication skills including well developed customer facing skills.
  • Experience of supervising others is desirable.

Evaluation of Information

  • Demonstrates the ability to understand information, procedure manuals, statutory codes and legislation and interpret and apply the requirements to undertake their role.
  • Able to analyse and process non-routine technical information, containing a degree of complexity.

Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements

  • Ability to decide how best to achieve results, requiring some degree of judgment and creativity and the need to alter priorities where there are conflicting demands.
  • Able to solve problems and make decisions of a technical nature; primarily around their own area of work but will also cross over with the work of others.
  • Problems and decisions may contain a degree of complexity and require the need to apply different techniques or methods.
  • Ability to undertake research to determine how best to resolve issues. 
  • Able to provide guidance to less experienced members, to resolve problems.

Communication and Relationships with Others

  • Demonstrates the ability to interact and communicate with people around their area of expertise, across a range of functions within NRW and external parties, adapting their approach and style appropriately.
  • Well established inter-personal and communication skills with the ability to develop and sustain good working relationships, which may involve a degree of influencing.

Responsibility for Resources

  • Responsible for the safe and legal use and keeping of tools and equipment used to carry out their work.
  • Post holders will have oversight of contractors and the associated costs.

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

Please send a completed Application form to Applications@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk using the post number as the email reference

Before completing your application, please read our Guidance on completing a job application form


Application closing date: 4 October 2022

Interviews will take place through Microsoft Teams.

If you have any queries about the role, please contact Berwyn Williams at berwyn.williams@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk


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.

We put the principles of human rights, equality, fairness, dignity and respect at the heart of our values.

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