Industry and Waste Regulation Lead Specialist

Closing Date: 24 January 2021 | Location: Flexible within South Wales | Salary: £38,922 |


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

Job Summary

Job Title

Industry and Waste Regulation Lead Specialist

Post Number



7, £38,922 rising to £43,649 over three years.


Flexible within South Wales




Industry and Waste Regulations

Reports to

Industry and Waste Regulation team Leader.

Direct Reports


Welsh Language requirements

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

Please note if you do not meet the Welsh language requirements specified 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


Work pattern

Full time, 37 hours


Application information

Application closing date

24 January 2021

Interview to take place on and where

Via Skype or Microsoft Team, date to be confirmed.

To apply send your completed application form to

If you have any queries, contact

Caitriona Harvey, TL IR South Central

Job context

The post holder will sit within a place based Industry Regulation team. This particular role will have a focus on COMAH delivery through intervention planning, safety report review and liaision with Competent Authority colleagues. In total, the post holder will be expected to spend 60% of their time focussing on regulation of COMAH facilties across South Ops, covering sites in South West, South Central and South East.

COMAH delivery is seen a key priority in NRW, based in Industry Regulation, seeking to protect and enhance the environment by effective and efficient regulation of the most complex or highest risk industrial installations, COMAH sites.

The post holders remaining time will be sent on normal EPR duties as describes in the Role Description.

The post holder will be based in a place team but will be expected to travel across South Ops to those COMAH facilities which are assigned to them.

Applying for this post

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.

  • Forward Thinking
  • Analysing and Judgement
  • Collaborating with others
  • Advising and Influencing
  • Customer Focus
  • Qualifications and Skills

Other information relevant to the job:

You will be required to be maintain any role you currently hold on incident management rotas.

Role Description

Job Purpose:

The post holder will act as a national expert for one or more of the following complex specialisms:

  • Landfill Gas.
  • Chemicals.
  • Radioactive Substances Regulations. (RSR)
  • Food and drink.
  • Cement and minerals.
  • Paper and pulp.

Protect and enhance the environment by effective and efficient regulation of the most complex or highest risk industrial installations, COMAH sites, RSR sites and waste sites.

Respond in a safe, timely and efficient way to environmental incidents/reports and undertake appropriate investigation work.

Through application of our Regulatory Principles -ensure compliance with regulatory requirements (including working as part of the Competent Authority for COMAH), undertake proportionate enforcement action and achieve tangible multiple benefits from our regulatory interventions.

Key Job Accountabilities:

You will:

  • Act as the NRW expert national technical lead for specific sectors or technical issues.
  • Act as technical mentor and advisor to team members.
  • Participate in the development of team work plans and deliver any agreed actions to contribute to business planning and delivery.
  • Work with Operators to develop medium-term regulatory strategies for the installations, including engagement with senior managers and executives within companies, to deliver multiple benefits.
  • Routinely lead our response to large or contentious cases/issues and act as an account manager for key stakeholders.
  • Contribute to sector working and cross-agency sector groups as required to aid adoption of consistent regulatory approaches and the dissemination of good practices to the benefit of the environment. Where appropriate act as NRW lead for specific technical sectors. 
  • Be required to participate in technical/ strategic groups or represent NRW on external forums e.g. UK regulators’ sector groups. These types of groups will agree sector specific regulatory strategy at a Wales, UK or European level.
  • Develop cross-directorate working relationships thereby contributing towards development of any relevant WG industry related policies. 
  • Work with the Permitting Team to assist the ongoing permit review process in response to BREF updates and publication of BAT Conclusions. 
  • Interact with other regulatory specialists in NRW to promote consistent regulatory practices. 
  • Support EPP advisors at operational level. 
  • Assess compliance at installations, COMAH sites, waste sites and sites handling radioactive substances. 
  • Respond to incidents and complaints. 
  • Contribute to a positive health, safety and well-being culture.

Key Job Qualifications or Knowledge:

You will have:

  1. Professional membership.
  2. Experience of working across a wide range of relevant industrial sectors.
  3. Coaching and mentoring skills. 
  4. Experience of managing contentious issues and community liaison and public engagement activities. 
  5. Good understanding of commercial business processes and pressures. 
  6. Ability to communicate effectively with regulated business and the public, explaining complex issues and gaining support by influencing. 
  7. Extensive knowledge and experience of regulatory and enforcement processes and incident management.

What you will do

You will provide a high level of specialist expertise to the functions across NRW which are involved in the provision of services of a technical or specialist operational nature to internal and external customers including regulation and environmental monitoring (including NRM).

You will act as a national expert and will make decisions that impact nationally and which may not be defined in existing policy or guidance.

You will act as an expert witness in public inquiries as and when required.

You will be responsible for running your own programme of work and for the success and delivery of your projects.

You will analyse and interpret a wide range of highly complex information, extracting key points and communicating this to others.

You will provide objective advice to others on specialist issues based on in-depth knowledge and experience.

You will influence the work of others through your actions and decision making and there will be a reliance on your specialist and technical knowledge.

Your external influence will be at a national level and the consequences of your work, advice and decision making will have a medium to long term impact.

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

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

Who you will be working with

You will liaise with senior management in the development of strategy and plans.

You will engage with people across the organisation in delivering strategies and policies in the most efficient way.

You will work with a range of individuals in relation to specialist matters, both internally and externally with people working at a senior operational level.

You will have operational responsibility for leading specialist/technical staff through complex or highly technical specialist programmes of work, through a matrix management approach.

You will mentor other 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 substantial experience in your field gained from working in a number of different organisations or in different roles or functions within a single organisation.

You will with advanced specialist knowledge and able to undertake complex work and experience in running your own programme of work.

You will have a recognised professional/technical qualification or equivalent relevant knowledge.

You will have the personal and professional credibility to act as an expert witness in a public enquiry.

You will have good analytical skills and the ability to interpret a wide range of complex information.

You will be confident and able to discuss policy issues that may be technical or specialist with a range of audiences.

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

What other information is relevant to your job

You will realise your contribution by applying the principles of SMNR to your work; in how you think, plan and deliver activities.

You will be expected to work with teams and individuals from across NRW, sharing your expertise and insight to solve complex problems. You will support collaborative working with partners and sector organisations, focussing on shared priorities.

You are responsible for complying with the policies, procedures and processes that relate to your role.

You are responsible for ensuring that all financial transactions undertaken by yourself represent value for money and meet the requirements of the organisation.

NRW is a Category 1 responder under the Civil Contingencies Act (2004), and this means we have a duty to work with partners to prepare for and respond to emergencies and incidents covered by the Act.  All staff may be required to undertake activities, at a level commensurate with the skills and experience required by their role, to assist in ensuring this duty is undertaken.

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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