Senior Geotechnical Engineer
Contract type: Permanent
Work pattern: Full time, 37 hours
Post number: 201479
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.
As a Senior Geotechnical Engineer you’ll be expected to:
- Provide technical advice on planning applications for new developments, including assessment of site investigation reports, risk assessments, remediation statements and remediation verification reports
- Assess permit applications which pose a risk to land and water
- Assess stability risk assessments for landfills, ensuring sites comply with their permits
- Advise our environment management teams on instances of pollution to land and groundwater and support enforcement action where required
- Develop and manage projects to improve our understanding of groundwater, land contamination and geotechnical issues in Wales
- Develop and provide advice on policy and guidance for compliance with EU Directives & domestic legislation.
- Advise the Welsh Government on developing legislation and guidance and provide support to relevant EU, UK and Wales Working Groups.
Your responsibilities include:
- Lead and project manage specific and complex issues that require development of NRW policies, strategies, plans, programmes including support on casework that is novel, contentious or of high public interest.
- Provide advice to WG and other bodies in Wales and the UK as appropriate, and in-turn review and advise on the produced policy, plans and strategies.
- Retain ownership and oversight of Geoscience policy area to ensure integrity of NRW approaches with Welsh Government, Central Government and EU Policy intent.
- Advise on evidence needs and opportunities, commission evidence & project manage evidence projects, in line with the agreed evidence programme.
- Maintain a detailed working 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.
- Steer the overview and ownership of engagement with Welsh Government on the specific policy areas related to Geoscience.
- Collaborate with the Team Leader to develop and deliver an agreed Personal Development Plan.
Qualifications, experience and knowledge
Knowledge and experience of the following:
- Knowledge of: Welsh, UK and EU legislation related to Geotechnical issues, Hydrogeology, Water Resources, Water Quality, Planning, & Waste; Welsh & UK Governments & EU policy drivers in Geotechnical issues, Hydrogeology, Water Resources, Water Quality and Planning & Waste; and the issues and opportunities in Wales.
- Knowledge and practical understanding of the range of partners and stakeholders and industries involved with Geo Technical issues in Wales.
- Experience of: In-depth understanding of the Hydrogeological Geotechnical discipline/ topic and the complex range of drivers and barriers to delivery.
- Working in a programme and project management environment with Project Management experience and/or qualifications.
- You will be a member of a relevant professional institution and have achieved Corporate Membership of a Professional body (e.g. Geological Society, MICE, MCIHT, MCIWEM or MRICS) at Chartered status (e.g. CGeol) or working towards chartership.
- Representing the organisation in high profile and contentious issues in the public arena.
- Share your knowledge and expertise to help solve problems, supporting all Heads of Business in EPP as required.
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
Evaluation of Information
Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements
Communication and Relationships with Others
Responsibility for People
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 at your choice
See full details for all the employee benefits you will receive.
How to apply
Send completed applications forms to Applications@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk
Application closing date 25 July 2022
Interviews will take place through Microsoft Teams.
If you have any queries about the role, please contact Trystan James at Trystan.James@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk or 03000 654327
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.