Dairy Project Co-ordinator

Closing date: 26 May 2022 | Salary: £39,700 | Location: Flexible

Despite the current situation regards COVID19 - recruitment is still progressing and interviews will be undertaken by Microsoft Teams.

Job Summary

Job Title

Dairy Project Co-ordinator

Post Number



7, £39,700 rising to £44,522 over three years






Environment Team

Reports to

Environment Team Leader

Direct Reports


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 Welsh language requirements Level 1 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.

Contract type

Fixed term contract until 31 March 2023

Work pattern

Full time


Application information

Application closing date

26 May 2022

Interview to take place on and where

Date to be confirmed, via Microsoft teams

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Job Context

To manage the NRW Pan Wales Dairy Project to deliver the Project Programme in line with NRW's values and WG requirements.  You will work with colleagues from other teams in EPP and Operations, officials from WG, sector representatives and partners.  You will also act as the specialist, and lead, manage and deliver NRW policy, programmes, plans, strategies and guidance.  This will translate Welsh and UK Government policy into practical approaches to the point of delivery.

Applying for this post

The following competencies 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.

  • Essential Knowledge and Skills
  • Evaluation of Information
  • Decision Making Autonomy
  • Impact
  • Communications and Relationships with Others
  • Responsibility for People

Before applying for this role please read the candidate guidance


Essential Knowledge and Skills

  • Ability to undertake complex high level practical or technical tasks requiring advanced specialist knowledge in the subject matter.
  • Post holders will have high level knowledge with a personal and professional credibility, acting as the a national, NRW and larger sector expert. The post holder may act as an expert witness in a public enquiry. Post holders will provide technical advice to decision makers that impact nationally, which may not be defined in existing policy or guidance.
  • The post holder will provide objective advice to others on specialist issues based on in-depth knowledge and experience. The post holder will keep up to date on advances and changes within their technical/ specialist fields and interpret and apply updated knowledge as appropriate.
  • The post holder will have substantial and relevant experience working within the field, from a number of different organisations or different roles within a single organisation. Mentoring skills are required at this level.

Evaluation of Information

  • Ability to interpret the function’s operational delivery plans and understand their context in the wider NRW policy strategy.
  • Ability to analyse and interpret a wide range of often highly complex information, extracting key points and communicating this to individuals at all levels. 

Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements

  • Responsible for the successful delivery of projects, addressing challenging issues within their own programme of work with little supervision. The post holder is able to decide how best to achieve these, guided by expected results. They may need to alter priorities as a result of conflicting demands. Objectives and targets etc will be reviewed on an intermediate basis.
  • Able to make independent decisions at an operational management level, with input from line management and peers. They will have an understanding of NRW policy and their potential implications for the business.
  • Decisions made may lead to changes in established procedure/practice within the post-holder’s area of work. 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 may not always be immediately clear or apparent. Problems encountered may relate to 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 to high level of impact and influence, which is generally medium to longer term in impact.  Impact will be at a national level.
  • Post holders will have an impact as national specialist / sector lead both internally and externally and their influence will be at a senior operational level.
  • The decisions and actions of the post holder will influence others. The consequences of their decisions making/ action will have a medium to long term impact internally or externally.

Communication and Relationships with Others

  • Ability to engage across the organisation, delivering strategies and polices in the most efficient way. Ability discuss highly technical, specialist or detailed policy issues, tailoring the method, style and level of communication appropriately for the audience.
  • Ability to communicate at a high level, verbally and in writing, internally, externally and at a senior operational level.  This will have a high degree of complexity, requiring higher level communication and persuasive skills. This may also include facilitating and/or presenting at internal or external meetings, giving a high level of complex technical or specialist advice, including legislative changes and input. Ability to steer the direction of discussion or activities. They will need to be able to foster and maintain good relationships and networks.
  • Able to produce complex, technically demanding 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 documentation is likely to have detrimental impact.
  • 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 no direct line management responsibility but may have operational responsibility for leading specialist/ technical staff, through complex and/ or highly technical/ specialist programmes through a ‘matrix management’ structure.
  • Post holders may mentor colleagues.


Role Description

Job Purpose:

The post holder will project manage delivery of Natural Resources Wales’ programme of work to ensure that we fulfil our regulatory and advisory functions for the dairy farm project.

The post holder will deploy a high level of professional expertise and specialist knowledge of agricultural pollution to ensure effective and efficient delivery of Natural Resources Wales’s complex and high profile regulatory and advisory duties.

Key Job Accountabilities:

  • Project manage the dairy farm project, giving direction to a team of 12 staff across Wales by programme management and effective working relationships with Team Leaders responsible for those staff.
  • Give direction and analyse complex technical advice to ensure standards are met for the quality and timeliness of NRW’s advice and engagement with the development and the other regulators and stakeholders.
  • Identify and manage risks and issues, including complex problem solving and the need for new policy to address novel risks and issues.
  • Lead the project planning, procedures for effective governance, management of the project budget and cashflow and the programme management office.
  • Manage the business of the Programme Board, assessing and reporting on progress on delivery and risk and issues management.
  • Guide and mentor dairy farm officers and quality assure technical assessments to ensure NRW gives clear, risk-based and accurate advice on complex multi-disciplinary issues.
  • Represent NRW at senior level meetings, including with Welsh and UK Governments.
  • Identify and implement opportunities for delivering sustainable management of natural resources and wellbeing objectives.

Key Job Qualifications or Knowledge:

  1. Substantial in depth knowledge and experience of developing and managing complex projects or programmes.
  2. Extensive, broad knowledge of environmental issues and ability to commission, understand and translate advanced technical assessments into expert advice.
  3. Previous experience of environmental regulation.
  4. Ability to lead and deliver work through a network of teams and delivery partners outside of your direct control.
  5. Excellent negotiating and influencing at senior levels of organisations, including Governments, regulatory partners and major developers.
  6. Excellent communication and inter-personal skills with a customer focus. 
  7. Building effective working relationship with colleagues and partners.


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.

We are an employer of choice because we put the principles of human rights, equality, fairness, dignity and respect at the heart of our values.

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