Organisational Development Specialist Advisor

Closing date: 24 May 2022 | Salary: £35,994 | Location: Current homeworking with opportunities for flexible working home/office across Wales


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

Job Summary

Job Title

Organisational Development Specialist Advisor

Post Number



Grade 6, £35,994 rising to £39,369 over three years


Current homeworking with opportunities for flexible working home / office across Wales


Corporate Strategy and Development


Organisational Development

Reports to

Head of Organisational Development

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 Appointment (until 31 March 2023) 

Work pattern

Full time, 37 hours a week


Application information

Application closing date

24 May 2022

Interview to take place on and where

Via Microsoft Teams, date to be confirmed

To apply send your completed application form to  

If you have any queries, contact

Job Context

Our amazing staff look after our fantastic natural resources in Wales - rugged mountains and woodlands, beautiful landscapes and coastlines, and amazing wildlife. They do this because of what our natural resources provide for us: to help reduce the risk to people and properties of flooding and pollution; to look after special places for well-being, wildlife and timber; and to work with others to help us all to manage them sustainably.

It is our role as Staff Engagement specialists to build engagement with between our fantastic staff and our organisation – building a sense of belonging. 

We do this by building the connection through #TeamNRW events (such as #TeamNRW Day), facilitate listening to our staff’s voice through surveys and group, work helping to embed our organisational principles through engagement and collaboration.

We also help the organisation to embed our values, created by listening to our staff so that they reflect the people who work here and why they work here. We run our induction programme to provide a warm welcome to people joining us so they get a sense of what kind of organisation they are joining.

We want everyone to come to NRW to do work they love, with people they respect, to make the best contribution they are able to, to feel supported and valued and to have satisfying and stretching careers, working effectively with other organisations.

Your role will be to support the development and implementation of our Staff Engagement Plan through a variety of different workstreams and help us to create a human shaped organisation that is great to work for.

We’re looking for a specialist who can demonstrate:
  • Technical knowledge and experience of developing policy to effect change
  • Manage projects that will influence and impact on our organisational culture
  • An understanding of organisational culture and experience in an environment where positive change has been achieved
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Confidence to build effective working relationships with colleagues and partners
  • Theoretical and practical project management knowledge, techniques and software tools
  • Experience in risk management and/or change management
  • The ability to distil complex issues from multiple sources, including data sources, into clear options
  • Negotiating and influencing skills
  • Outstanding communication and inter-personal skills with a strong customer focus
  • Experience of either Organisational Development; Human Resource management; Staff Engagement and Project Management.

Other information relevant to the job:

You must have a recognised qualification, degree and/or substantial relevant experience to be shortlisted for the role 

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

Before applying for this role please read the candidate guidance


Essential Knowledge and Skills





  • Requirement to undertake a higher level of practical or technical task/work requiring specialist knowledge/expertise.  Experts in a range of subjects relating to their profession. 
  • Delivery of technical/specialist services will require gravitas in their subject area.
  • Objective advice to others on their knowledge and experience, keeping up to date with changes within  technical/specialist fields. Experience gained from different organisations/roles/functions.
  • Relevant substantial experience working in the relevant field. Ability to manage smaller, less complex programmes and/or manage projects on a larger scale.

Evaluation of Information




  • Interprets and understands the NRW operational delivery and strategy plans and it's wider context.
  • Ability to analyse and interpret a wide range of complex information, extracting key points to communicate to individuals at all levels and contributing to the development of policy.

Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements




  • Work guided by expected results but able to decide how best to achieve these.  Guidance may be provided by peers but there will likely be a need for some degree of judgment or creativity to be applied. There may be a requirement to alter  priorities due to conflicting demands. Objectives and targets will be reviewed on an intermediate basis.
  • May involve management of medium sized projects. Responsible for making independent decisions with input from line management and peers and an understanding of NRW policy and the range of options available and their potential implications for the business. Involved in the development of organisation policy and will have a level of autonomy in the implementation of organisational policy.
  • Decisions made could lead to changes in established procedure/practice for dealing with issues within the post-holder’s area of work. The consequence of taking wrong decisions could 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 of some decisions may not always be immediately clear or apparent. Problems encountered may also relate to the work of 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.




  • Moderate level of impact and influence, which is generally medium term in impact. 
  • Decisions and actions will influence others.
  • The  consequences of their decisions making/action will have a medium impact internally or externally. Identify or manage risks in their area of work.

Communication and Relationships with Others
















  • Ability to link with other roles across the business, engaging the organisation in delivering polices and work plans in the most efficient way. Interaction with others may also be with people and organisations external to NRW.
  • This will involve written and verbal communication, leading smaller, less complex projects, requiring persuasive skills. This may include facilitating and/or presenting at internal or external meetings, giving advice and input as required.  There will be a requirement to foster and maintain good relationships and networks.
  • Post holders will typically produce less complex documents, reports, accounts, contracts etc. Content will contain a lower level of advice, guidance or opinion which the recipient will act upon or use and which is likely to have detrimental consequences if incorrect or poorly drafted.
  • Able to source information from multiple locations through research and apply professional judgment as to how the material should be interpreted; the impact of which is likely to be medium term in nature.


Role Description

Job Purpose:

As an OD Specialist, your focus will be to support the growth and development of people by developing products and services to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of our organisation, through the delivery of a comprehensive Organisational Development programme reflective of our Values, where collaboration and communication is key.

You will provide specialist professional and project management and delivery expertise, working collaboratively with senior specialists in the Organisational Development team.  Your contribution to the Workforce Plan and Staff Engagement Plan will enable the successful delivery of programmes of work to further develop the organisation and our culture.

Key Job Accountabilities:

  • Using organisation development, change management and project management and delivery expertise, you will  achieve agreed outcomes to set deadlines, through research, collaboration,  projects, and working effectively across our organisation to support the Workforce Plan, Staff Engagement Plan and other Organisational Development workstreams.
  • You will lead and deliver key work areas contributing to key projects such as TeamNRW Day, TeamNRW Awards and the Reward and Recognition project, by researching and analysing data to inform the development of policy and process; delivering in key work areas to further embed values, develop culture and contribute to a range of workstreams identified in the Workforce Plan. 
  • Working with managers and teams across the organisation you will use a variety of initiatives to support a programme of continuous organisational performance improvement.
  • Proactively role model NRW’s values and behaviours to promote and achieve effective working relationships across the organisation.

Key Job Qualifications or Knowledge:

  1. Technical knowledge and experience of developing policy to effect change and manage projects that will influence and impact on organisational culture.
  2. An understanding of organisational culture and experience of working in an environment where positive change has been achieved, with strong interpersonal skills to gain the trust of staff and managers who will benefit from your expertise.
  3. Confidence to build effective working relationships with colleagues and partners, including the ability to work with networks of teams and delivery partners outside the team and organisation, using a wide range skills, including:
    • theoretical and practical project management knowledge
    • experience in risk management and/or change management
    • proficient at applying project management techniques and software tools
    • the ability to distil complex issues from multiple sources, including data sources, into clear options.
  4. Excellent negotiating and influencing skills at all levels, combined with outstanding communication and inter-personal skills with a strong customer focus.
  5. Experience of either Organisational Development, Human Resource management, staff engagement and project management.


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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