Senior Project Manager, Marine Biosecurity Planning
Contract type: Fixed Term Contract until 31 March 2025 with the possibility of extension
Work pattern: 37 hours a week
Post number: 203247
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.
Natural Resources Wales is currently putting in place an exciting new programme of marine work with support from Welsh Government’s Nature Networks Programme. The aim of the programme is to deliver projects that build resilient ecological networks across Wales, focussing on improving the condition of protected sites. NRW will deliver a suite of projects focussed on Welsh coasts and seas ranging from developing marine biosecurity plans to restoring salt marsh habitats. In addition, we will be undertaking feasibility and evidence work that will help us to put in place better management for our coasts and seas in the future.
In this role, you will sit within the Marine Projects Team and work closely with a range of technical specialists in NRW, and partners and stakeholders across Wales.
You will be one of two post holders responsible for managing the delivery of projects to develop biosecurity plans for six Marine Protected Areas across Wales, building on experience and lessons learnt from a currently running biosecurity project for Pen Llyn a’r Sarnau SAC. Over the course of the project, you will also be responsible for reviewing options for monitoring INNS to support biosecurity planning, and investigating the use of novel technology for the removal of marine INNS.
The post holder in this post would cover sites in South Wales and another cover sites in North Wales, working together to ensure a consistent approach.
Your responsibilities will include:
- Lead on delivering the key outputs and tasks of the marine invasive non-native species Project.
- Lead on providing technical specialist Invasive Aquatic Species (IAS) and marine advice to the project.
- Propose, plan, initiate and manage projects or contracts to help deliver the Project.
- Support and advise the Project Steering Group on project progress.
- Be key contact points for updates on the project to the Marine Programme Board and others.
- Lead on managing the Project plan and work programme for the Project.
- Build and maintain relationships on technical IAS issues and be the key contact for advice, evidence or information to help deliver the project.
- Work with Data, Evidence and Operational teams and others across NRW to deliver the project.
- Maintain external relationships with key stakeholders to deliver the Project and ensure effective knowledge and good practice sharing.
- Keep abreast of technical and policy developments within a culture of continuous improvement and learning.
- Mentor, coach or train others as appropriate on associated work to help broaden technical capacity, understanding and knowledge transfer.
- Ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of staff and contractors and provide assurance of safe working practices.
- Use appropriate programme or project management techniques to ensure agreed work packages are delivered to time and specification.
Qualifications, experience and knowledge
You will be able to demonstrate knowledge and experience of the following:
- Proven knowledge or experience in marine ecology and/or marine IAS management.
- An understanding of the environmental risks of marine IAS and species identification, data gathering and information management to help manage these risks.
- Substantial marine evidence analysis and interpretation skills, report critiquing and writing skills.
- An understanding of legislation relevant to Natural Resources Wales for marine IAS and the sustainable management of natural resources legislative context.
- High level Influencing skills and ability to communicate, negotiate and collaborate effectively both internally and externally at senior levels.
- Project and contract management / project coordination skills.
- Coaching and mentoring skills.
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.
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 Resources
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
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Application closing date: 14 August 2022
Interviews will take place via Microsoft Teams
If you have any queries about the role, please contact Kirsty.email@example.com
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