Specialist Water Quality Advisor - Chemicals
Contract type: Fixed term appointment until 11 July 2023
Work pattern: 37 hours
Post number: 202553
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.
Water quality is of significant stakeholder interest at present. This post plays a critical role in identifying risks from emerging chemicals and proposing innovative solutions. It involves collaboration across NRW and with external stakeholders such as with Universities. You will need good evidence analysis skills and a background in contaminants to review data, propose monitoring programmes and work across NRW to manage risks through regulation.
Your responsibilities will include:
- Prepare technical assessments for chemicals in water, drawing on a range of complex information and data sources;
- Manage the preparation of material to inform the development of NRW, WG and other Partners policy, statutory advice and guidance documents for chemicals in water; 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, sector representatives and partners to ensure the timely and effective delivery of project, policy or strategy obligations.
- Advise on evidence needs and opportunities and project manage agreed evidence projects, in line with the agreed evidence programme;
- Support engagement with sectors, partners, WG, Environment Agency, SEPA and NIEA, and other Environment bodies in the UK; and be the lead point of contact for customer queries
- Maintain knowledge of the assigned sector(s) identifying the implications of legislative, technology and market changes for Natural Resources Wales and the sector(s).
- 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
Qualifications, experience and knowledge
You will be able to demonstrate knowledge and experience of the following:
- Knowledge of: Welsh, UK and EU legislation related to WFD and chemicals in water; Welsh, UK Government policy drivers in WFD; and the issues and opportunities in Wales.
- Experience of: technical analysis and interpretation of a range of environmental information and data and analysing large data sets.
- Working with/in water companies, local authorities, eNGOs, National Parks;
- Working in a programme and project management environment with Project Management experience and/or qualifications.
- You will be a member of a relevant professional institution such as CIWEM and/ or working towards membership.
- Share your knowledge and expertise to help solve problems, supporting all Heads of Business in EPP as required;
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 as you choose
See full details for all the employee benefits you will receive.
How to apply
Before completing your application, please read our Guidance on completing a job application form
Application closing date 17 August 2022
Interviews will take place via Microsoft Teams.
If you have any queries about the role, please contact Mark Charlesworth at Mark.Charlesworth@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk or 03000 653878
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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