Development Planning Team Leader

Location: Aberystwyth, other locations would be considered |Salary: £39,700-£44,522| Closing date: 29 June 2022

Contract type: Fixed Term appointment until 1 March 2023

Work pattern: Full time

Post number: 200033

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 NRW location stated in this advert, 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 responsible for leading a team to deliver NRW’s Development Planning Advice Service across several Local Planning Authority areas.  The team will provide advice that influences long term local place making and supports the sustainable management of natural resources.

The Development Planning Advice Service is a National Service in our Operations Directorate.  This is one of four Development Planning Team Leader roles in the Service.  The team provides a spatial focus for customers in Ceredigion, Brecon Beacons National Park and Powys areas.  The role will also manage two specialist landscape advisors who provide services across Wales.


Your responsibilities include:

  • Manage and develop a large team of Planning Advisors and will be fully accountable for their performance, contribution, development and well-being.
  • You will undertake high level technical conversations with external stakeholders who are operating at a senior level.
  • Be responsible for delivery of an efficient and effective Development Planning Service to internal and external customers.
  • Be responsible for the preparation and presentation of your teams’ annual work plan and to produce associated performance and assurance reports.
  • You will work with colleagues across the organisation, collaborating with them to develop and deliver policies strategies, plans and work programmes. 
  • You will manage projects on behalf of the wider DPAS service.
  • You will lead task groups of staff from across the organisation to support of your work programme.
  • Be responsible and accountable for the DPAS contribution to local Area Statements and Wellbeing Plans and responsible for supporting relevant aspects of their delivery.
  • You will contribute specialist expertise to the team and be accountable for the decisions and advice given by the team.
  • You will contribute your technical knowledge and stakeholder management experience to risk-based decision making by the team and the wider business.
  • You will be responsible for team and project budgets.
  • You will provide assurance and governance for Charged Services operated by the team.
  • You must ensure that at least one Team member 5 in your team is a Welsh speaker to Level 5

Qualifications, experience and knowledge

Knowledge and experience of the following: 

  1. Significant experience in Development Planning and Environmental Assessment.
  2. Well-developed partnership development and negotiation skills and significant experience of high profile external and internal stakeholder management.
  3. Experience of managing a large, geographically dispersed team.
  4. Able to analyse complex information and situations and make sound judgements.
  5. Confident and able to discuss policy issues, that may be technical or specialist, with a range of audiences.
  6. Able to work well as part of a team and lead virtual teams of staff who have a range of technical skills and specialisms.

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

  •  An ability to manage one or more teams, involving significant, highly technical tasks or specialist knowledge in a defined discipline. The post holder is required to manage significant processes, which requires previous experience managing people or other projects and resources.
  • Post holders will have significant technical experience and in depth knowledge of their specialist area, particularly in a dual role as specialist lead, and will need to update knowledge on a regular basis.
  • The post holder will have substantial and relevant experience of working in the field. They will have a high level of management and soft skills.
  • The post holder will understand the business and have a broad technical understanding of the functions within the team.

Evaluation of Information

  • Ability to interpret the operational delivery plans and understands their context in the wider NRW strategy. Interprets developments in own area of expertise, contributing to the development and delivery of strategy and policy. 
  • Able to analyse and interpret a wide range of often complex information, extracting key points and communicating at all levels. 

Decision Making Autonomy

  • Post holders will understand the business and functions within their team, ensuring effective decision making on the delivery of work by their team. The post holder can decide how best to achieve results, with guidance from peers, requiring judgment and creativity. They may need to alter priorities as a result of conflicting demands.  Objectives and targets etc will be reviewed on an intermediate basis.
  • Responsible for making independent, management decisions at operational level, with input from line management and peers. The post holder will have an understanding of national and NRW policy and their potential implications for the business. They will contribute to the strategy and plans in conjunction with senior management.
  • Decisions may be made which lead to changes in established procedure/practice within the post-holder’s area of work. The consequence of making wrong decisions will have an adverse effect on the organisation in relation to its external stakeholders such as partner organisations, lenders, service users etc. 
  • Decisions may concern a broad range of matters and the outcomes of some decisions may not always be immediately clear or apparent. Problems encountered may also relate to the work of other parts of the organisation and could be variable and diverse. The impact of decisions is likely to be wider than the immediate function or department and is likely to be medium term.


  • Post holders have a moderate level of impact and influence, which is medium to long term in impact. 
  • Post holders will have external influence and will be accountable for risks, consequences and impact of the delivery of their functional area. They will have high level technical conversations with external and internal stakeholders.
  • The post holder may take a leading role for a particular project or specialism in the organisation.
  • The post holder's decisions and actions will influence others. The consequences of their decisions making and actions will have a medium to long term impact, both internally or externally.

Communication and Relationships with Others

  • The post holder will link with other roles across the business, engaging the organisation in delivering strategies and polices in the most efficient way. As an externally focussed role, they will be required to have high level, technical conversations with stakeholders, at senior level.
  • The post holder is able to discuss technical, specialist or detailed policy issues, tailoring the method, style and level of communication appropriately for the audience. The role is outward facing, involving high level written and verbal communication, leading key projects with a degree of complexity, requiring persuasive skills, fostering and maintaining good relationships and networks. They may need to facilitate or present at internal or external meetings, giving high level advice, including legislative changes. The post holder will input and steer the direction of discussion or activities.
  • The post holder will produce moderately complex documents, reports, programs, contracts etc. Documentation will contain advice, guidance or opinion which the recipient will act upon or use.  The consequences of incorrect or poorly drafted content is likely to be detrimental.  Post holders may also have responsibility for financial and risk reporting.
  • Ability to source data and content from multiple locations requiring external research and professional judgment in how such research should be interpreted. The impact of such documentation is likely to be generally longer term in nature.

Responsibility for People

  • Post holders will have full line management responsibility for a team or more than one team. 
  • This will include delivery of the team work plans, staff development, staff performance and the wellbeing and health and safety of those within their span of control. The post-holder will be fully accountable for the people directly reporting into them and for ensuring compliance with all organisational policies and procedures.

Responsibility for Resources

  • Th post holder may have a small budget for the delivery of a specific project, and may be responsible for assets associated with the delivery of the role, some of which may be of high value.
  • The post holder will have responsibility for checking the validity of forms and documents, as part of a process and procurement of goods and services with approval.

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: 29 June 2022

Interviews will take place on 6 July 2022 trough Microsoft Teams.

If you have any queries about the role, please contact Peter Jordan at or 03000 653268


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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