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Senior Planner Water Resources

Closing Date: 27 August 2019 | Location: Flexible | Salary: £33,424

Job Summary

Job Title

Senior Planner Water Resources


Evidence, Policy and Permitting

Reports to

Team Leader Water Resources

Direct reports


Welsh language requirements

Level 1 – able to pronounce Welsh and use basic phrases



Post number



6 - £33,424

Contract type


Work pattern

Full time, 37 hours per week

Working environment

Office with travel to NRW and partner offices and meeting venues. Regular external meetings in Cardiff and London.


Application information 

Application closing date

27 August 2019

Interview to take place on and where

6 September 2019, Cardiff

To apply send your completed application form to

If you have any queries, contact

Caroline Harris, Water Resources Team Leader

0300 065 4304

Tracey Dunford

0300 065 4265


Job Purpose

To lead on the provision of Water Resource Planning technical assessments and advice including water company water resources planning and drought planning. This technical specialist advice will inform the development of NRW policy, programmes, plans, strategies and guidance. You will work with colleagues from other teams in EPP and Operations, officials from Welsh Government and sector representatives.

Where this role sits

The post sits in the Water Resources Team in Natural Resources Management Policy in Evidence, Policy and Permitting.

Applying for Vacancy

The following categories will be used to assess the quality of applications both at sift and interview. Please read the whole of the Role Description to ascertain at what level this information needs to be presented.

  • Managing Resources (non-financial and/or financial)
  • Forward Thinking
  • Analysing and Judgement
  • Advising and Influencing
  • Customer Focus
  • Qualifications and Skills


Role Description

Job Purpose:

To lead on the provision of Water Resource Planning technical assessments and advice. This technical specialist advice will inform the development of NRW policy, programmes, plans, strategies and guidance. You will work with colleagues from other teams in EPP and Operations, officials from Welsh Government and sector representatives.

Key Job Accountabilities:

The post holder will:

  • Prepare technical assessments, drawing on a range of complex information and data sources;
  • Manage the preparation of material to inform the development of NRW, WG, Ofwat and water companies and other Partners policy, statutory advice and guidance documents;  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 and partners;
  • Support engagement with sectors, partners, WG, Ofwat, EA, SEPA, Water UK and water companies 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  

Key Job Qualifications or Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of: Welsh, UK and EU legislation related to Water Resources; Welsh, UK Government policy drivers in Water Resources in the WG Water Strategy; and the issues and opportunities in Wales
  • Experience of: technical analysis and interpretation of a range of complex environmental information and data sources; analysing large data sets using spreadsheet based tools
  • Experience of reviewing water company water resources plans and informing water resources policy and guidance
  • Working with the Welsh Government, water companies, Environment Agency, eNGOs and water research organisations
  • Working in a programme and project management environment with Project Management experience and/or qualifications
  • You will be a member of CIWEM or another relevant professional institution and/or working towards membership
  • Share your knowledge and expertise to help solve problems, supporting all Heads of Business in EPP as required; 

What you will do

You will provide specialist advice and input to your team and function that supports the development and implementation of strategy and plans.

You will undertake practical and technical tasks requiring specialist knowledge and expertise on a range of matters relating to your profession. 

You will analyse and interpret a range of complex information relevant to your specialist area and communicate this to others, contributing to the development of strategy and policy.

You will be responsible for leading and managing specific areas of work which may include the implementation of plans.

You will undertake research as required and produce documents that provide advice, guidance or opinion which others will use and act upon.

You will be involved in the development of organisational strategy and policy and will have some autonomy in relation to implementation of organisational policy.

You will influence the work of others through your actions and decision making, the impact of which will be both internal and external.

You will be responsible for a budget, which will be a delegated part of a larger budget managed by a more senior employee.

You will review the validity of documentation relating to the procurement of good and services.

Who you will be working with

You will collaborate with people across the organisation engaging with key stakeholders for the efficient delivery of policy and work plans.

You will be build relationships with both internal and external stakeholders and provide specialist input and influence on the implementation of policy and strategy.

You will facilitate and deliver presentations for internal and external meetings, providing advice, as required.

You will work with other specialist/technical staff and will lead them through specialist/ technical programmes of work, through a matrix management approach.

You may work in situations where individuals become angry and upset and which are challenging emotionally, requiring you to stay calm under pressure when resolving the issues presented.

You will mentor less experienced colleagues.

Where you will be working

Your role will be primarily office based but may entail travel between different NRW locations, as well as working at partner organisations and other premises.

What knowledge and skills you need

You will have a recognised qualification, degree or equivalent experience.

You will have substantial experience working in the field relevant to your role with experience across a range of roles or in different roles within an organisation.

You will have specialist/technical knowledge in a range of subjects within your field.

You will have proven involvement of working in a variety of functions and remain up to date with developments in your technical or specialist field.

You will have good inter-personal skills and able to develop and maintain good relationships and networks.

You will have analytical skills enabling you to analyse and interpret a range of complex information in relation to your specific area of specialism.

You will have the skills to manage your workload and prioritise tasks in relation to conflicting objectives and targets.

What other information is relevant to your job

This role description sets out a broad indication of the role, where it sits within the overall NRW structure and indicative expectations of the post holder. It is not intended to provide a detailed description of all tasks and activities. This document should be read in conjunction with the job specific Personal Development Plan which sets out the specific activities and projects to be delivered during the year.

Before applying for this role please read the candidate guidance

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 and we have a guaranteed interview scheme for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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