Commercial Project Liaison Officer, Land Management
Closing date: 4 October 2022 | Salary: £31,490-£34,902 (Grade 5) | Location: South-West Wales preferably Coed y Cymoedd Office, Resolven
Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment until 31 October 2023
Work pattern: 37 hours a week, Monday to Friday.
Post number: 202612
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 a NRW office within the place base, 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.
Reporting to the Land Management Team Leader, the Commercial Liaison Officer, will uphold both NRW and the Developers practical obligations to an Operating Lease for at least one large onshore windfarm as well as multiple small-scale schemes whilst factoring in all other land management considerations. They will be responsible for liaison and communications during the planning, implementation and/or management of all NRW and Developer led work activities to ensure that both parties’ rights are protected under the Operating Lease.
It will be essential that the post holder can build good relationships with all stakeholders and manage any conflicts of interest to ultimately ensure a productive land manager/tenant relationship throughout the contract term.
The land management team have a range of different competencies in land stewardship covering areas such as: - land agency, landowner liability management, recreation and access management, stakeholder communication, biodiversity, conservation and heritage as well as the practical supervision of land management contracts.
The Commercial Development and Energy Delivery teams lead the initiation, establishment and delivery of commercial projects on, or associated with, NRW managed land. Key projects include renewable energy schemes such as:
- Cefn Croes, Pen y Cymoedd, Brechfa West and Cloecaenog wind farms,
- Small scale hydro,
- Energy generation and transmission access proposals.
More recently, the teams have initiated some recreational developments. Once a scheme is operational, responsibility for ensuring its safe and legally compliant long-term management is handed to the Land Management Team. Operating Lease agreements typically range from 25-40 years.
Your responsibilities include:
- Act as the point of contact for the planning of all site-based activities and operations within the defined area of the commercial projects for both NRW and Commercial developers.
- Manage, implement and promote relevant terms of the commercial lease/contract agreements and maintain, review and enforce delivery of applicable Principal Method Statements/Safe Systems of Work.
- Ensure development, adoption and review of NRW and Commercial Developer risk assessments and method statements for safe working within a defined area to commercial projects.
- Participate in NRW technical/strategic groups or represent NRW on external forums.
- Interact with peers in NRW to promote consistent industry and specialist subject best practice. Escalate disputes, risks and issues (that remain unresolved at site based level).
- Identify stakeholders and cultivate effective and cooperative working relationships (contact database).
- Develop and manage a communication plan with each developer to ensure an effective level of information. Have responsibility for direct delivery of delegated programmes within agreed budgetary control, ensuring relevant compliance and adherence to procurement procedures, health and safety legislation and industry best practice.
- Required to take part in incident response activities.
Qualifications, experience and knowledge
Knowledge and experience of the following:
- Experience of working across a wide range of land management disciplines. (Desirable)
- Excellent communication/negotiation skills (Essential)
- Experience of managing relationships with stakeholders/partners (Essential)
- Experience of commercial developments (Desirable)
- Experience of contract management (Essential)
- Knowledge and experience of all aspects of forest practise, including land liabilities, forest planning, forest operations and recreation asset management. (Desirable).
- Knowledge of sustainable management of natural resources, UKWAS and forest standards. (Desirable)
- Experience of community liaison and public engagement activities (Desirable)
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 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
- competitive financial rewards to enhance your monthly pay
See full details for all the employee benefits you will receive.
How to apply
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Application closing date: 4 October 2022
Interviews will take place through Microsoft Teams.
If you have any queries about the role, please contact Rhys Jones at Rhys.Jones@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk
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