Flood Risk Analysis Team Leader

Closing date: 10 April 2023 | Salary: £41,150 - £46,147 (Grade 7) | Location: Buckley

Contract type: Fixed Term appointment until 20 December 2023

Work pattern: Full time, 37 hours per week. Part Time or Compressed Hours considered - discussions at interview stage welcome.

Post number: 200269

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

This is an exciting opportunity for someone with either existing team leader experience or someone with a detailed knowledge of flood risk management looking to develop team leader experience to lead the flood risk analysis team for 9 months.

Reporting to the Flood Risk and Water Resources Manager this role will lead, manage, direct and motivate a team of specialist technical staff bringing a high level off influence, knowledge and operational experience to the team.

The Flood Risk Analysis team play a vital role in helping understand flood risk. The evidence and information produced by the team is used to update our published flood maps, influence planning applications for developments in flood risk areas, evaluate options for flood risk alleviation schemes, identify flood warning areas and trigger levels, assess performance of our existing flood assets and more.


Your responsibilities include:

  • Lead and manage the delivery of an effective strategic risk-based communities at risk register used to direct flood risk investment decisions.
  • Provide technical advice and guidance to enhance risk-based decision making internally, with other Risk Management Authorities, Planning Authorities and Welsh Government.
  • Lead NRWs oversight role, guiding, checking, influencing and coordinating the Lead Local Flood Authorities
  • Present evidence at complex inquiries to ensure that the environment, people and the nation’s critical infrastructure is protected from inappropriate and dangerous development.
  • Provide a lead flood modelling advisory role to NRW and as part of project teams delivering NRW’s flood risk capital programme, identifying potential opportunities to deliver SMNR.
  • Provide expert advice at Strategic and Tactical Command with multi agency response teams.
  • Participate or lead project groups to deliver National flood risk information to be used by Government, partners, stakeholders and the public in Wales.
  • Ensure all work programmes are delivered without risk to any team or individual, putting health and safety at the heart of what you do and lead your team to develop a safety-conscious culture.
  • Required to take part in incident response activities.

Qualifications, Experience & Knowledge

Knowledge and experience of the following: 

  1. Educated to degree level or equivalent in a science/engineering discipline or significant related vocational experience
  2. Chartered Member or working towards membership of a relevant professional body such as Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE)/Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).
  3. Well-developed customer relation skills, with a broad knowledge of our duties and responsibilities to meet customer’s needs.
  4. Ability to understand, challenge, lead and represent NRW at all levels in technical and non-technical situations. Be able to influence and decisions to protect and enhance the environment in Wales.
  5. The ability to work collaboratively with other team leaders throughout the organisation and proactively brief senior management teams on problems and solutions.
  6. Must have full UK driving licence.

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.

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 creatiity. 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 holdder 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

  • The 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

Please send a completed Application form to applications@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.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 10 April 2023

Interviews will take place through Microsoft Teams

If you have any queries about the role, please contact Sara Pearson at sara.pearson@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk or Richard Weston at Richard.Weston@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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