Senior Industry Permitting Officer
Contract type: Permanent
Work pattern: Full time, 37 hours
Post number: 201565
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 the nearest NRW office to your home, 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 role sits within a closely working team, supporting each other to assess complex and sometimes contentious applications across a broad spectrum of industry sectors; including medium combustion plant, large combustion plant, intensive farming, chemicals, food and drink, metals, cement and minerals, power generation, waste treatment, landfill, waste incineration and activities that use radioactive substances. The successful candidate is not expected to have experience and knowledge of all these industry areas but should have good knowledge and understanding of at least one or two industry areas.
The successful candidate will have an in-depth understanding and knowledge of Environmental Permitting Regulations permitting, and scientific skills that will allow understanding of complex technical proposals, and the ability to provide robust scrutiny to ensure that policy and guidance has been followed and legislation and good practice has been met.
The individual will have organisational skills and be a good communicator, using their initiative to solve problems and take risk-based and timely decisions.
Your responsibilities will include:
- Lead on complex permit determination and decision under Installation permitting legislation by carrying out appropriate technical assessment in accordance with NRW policies and procedures where available, and issue, refuse or vary permits within timescales.
- Lead on influencing and implementing mentoring and coaching frameworks to aid technical development of other permitting officers within the Installation Permitting Team and where applicable throughout the permitting service, ensuring consistency in approach.
- Extensive experience of permitting decision making using a range of technical guidance and technical software and modelling programmes as required by the Installation regime.
- Lead on supporting operational teams by providing specialist expertise in pre-application discussions and post permit work for a range of application types within the various sectors of the installation regime.
- Identify and deliver opportunities for process and procedural changes.
- Deliver an efficient and effective service by co-ordinating change that leads to improved internal and external stakeholder experience of the Permitting Service.
- Co-ordinate and lead in preparing defence in relation to legal challenges against permit decisions for your assigned area of work.
- Represent the Permitting Service on relevant internal technical groups and relevant external stakeholder events.
Qualifications, experience and knowledge
You will be able to demonstrate knowledge and experience of the following:
- Education to degree level or equivalent in a relevant scientific discipline.
- An in-depth understanding of the relevant legislation and how it relates to the installation permitting process.
- Extensive experience of assessing complex installation permit applications or significant practical work experience of regulated process industry.
- Proven coaching and mentoring skills.
- Strong customer focussed approach to delivery.
- Track record of delivering timely optimal solutions by effective information analysis and risk-based decisions.
- Effective planning and organisation skills.
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.
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
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 14 August 2022
Interviews will take place through Microsoft Teams.
If you have any queries about the role, please contact Holly Noble at Holly.Noble@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk or 03000 654385
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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