Environment Team Leader

Closing date: 29 January 2023 | Salary: £41,150-£46,147 (Grade 7) | Location: Buckley 

Contract type: Permanent

Work pattern: Full time, 37 hours and Part Time working considered - discussions at interview stage welcome

Post number: 200395

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 a fantastic opportunity to work with and lead a dedicated group of people and be part of a high performing team which has a broad remit.  Reporting to the Operations Manager, you will lead the team’s delivery across a range of activities including regulation, incidents as well as working with a variety of partners and customers.  No two days are the same as the role contains a mix of planned and reactive work.

The Team Leader will have a technical appreciation of the whole team remit (Environment Management, Protected Sites, Fisheries and Biodiversity work) as well as Incident Management.  They will take an active role in setting and managing priorities and regulatory responses within the ‘Place’.  They will be expected to lead on or champion a specific area of work at a place or directorate level.

The post holder will be required to develop an extensive stakeholder network and a crucial aspect of this role will be nurturing and supporting partnership working outside of NRW to secure the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources (SMNR) and wellbeing outcomes.

Where this role sits

This role sits in the Operations Directorate within North-East Wales.  The post is one of 2 Environment Team Leaders within North-East Operations and is one of 6 team leader roles reporting to the North-East Operations Manager.

The Flintshire & Wrexham Environment Team delivers much of the front line proactive regulatory and advisory remit of NRW, including enforcement and incident management.  The teams are key enablers of NRW’s Corporate Plan objectives, both directly and through working with others by exercising our range of statutory duties.  They also deliver pro-active work in partnership with community groups and others to deliver Wellbeing & PSB outcomes in place. 

The teams work particularly closely with other NRW Environment Teams, our Regulatory teams and our People & Places team.  Externally the team works with public authorities, community groups and a broad range of industries and sectors.


Your responsibilities include:

  • Developing and implementing local work plans to deliver our regulatory and SMNR aspirations.
  • Engage and collaborate with relevant stakeholders.
  • Responsible for regulatory decisions at place level, ensuring adherence to the Regulators Code and our Regulatory Principles.
  • Responsible for authorising regulatory and enforcement decisions within the team remit, including protected sites assents and consents.
  • Ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of team members by implementing and monitoring safe working practices and risk assessments.
  • Budgetary control of team spending.
  • Would be expected to also lead a virtual technical team to support place-based delivery.
  • Play a senior role in a resilient NRW non-Flood Incident Management Service that follows NRW process.
  • Required to take part in incident response activities

Qualifications, experience and knowledge

Knowledge and experience of the following: 

  1. Experience of line management. (essential)
  2. Coaching and mentoring skills. (essential)
  3. Experience of community liaison and public engagement activities. (desirable)
  4. Strong organisational, time management and interpersonal skills.
  5. Good understanding of the local environment and pressures relevant to the team remit.
  6. Ability to communicate effectively with regulated business and the public, explaining issues and gaining support by influencing.
  7. Extensive knowledge and experience of regulatory and enforcement processes.
  8. Hold a current full UK valid licence to drive NRW fleet vehicles. (cars and vans)

Welsh language requirements

Essential Level 1 – able to pronounce Welsh and use basic phrases

Desirable Level 3 able to pronounce 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.


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 teamwork 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
  • competitive financial rewards to enhance your monthly pay

See full details for all the employee benefits you will receive.

How to apply

Please send a completed Application form to Applications@naturalresourceswales.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 29 January 2023

Interviews will take place through Microsoft Teams

If you have any queries about the role, please contact David Powell at david.powell@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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