Planning Consultant

Location: Flexible | Salary: £35,994-£39,369 | Closing date: 10 July 2022

Job Summary

Job Title

Planning Consultant

Post Number

203205

Grade

6, £35,994-£39,369

Location

Flexible

Directorate

Evidence, Policy & Permitting

Team

Planning, Landscape and Energy Team

Reports to

Planning, Landscape and Energy Team Leader

Direct Reports

0

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

Fixed Term Appointment for 12 months

Work pattern

37 hours a week

 

Application Information

Application closing date

10 July 2022

Interview to take place on and where

Week commencing 18 July 2022, via Microsoft Teams

To apply send your completed application form to

Ceisiadau@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk

If you have any queries, contact

Adrian James

Adrian.James@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk

Job Context

We are looking for a planner to join our team to help us make a difference to the environment in Wales.

You will work with us to advise Welsh Government on policies, legislation and guidance to help ensure they take good account of the environment.

You will also develop NRW’s own advice and guidance on how best to deliver our responsibilities and duties through the planning system.

You may be a planner or have worked in environmental management with a good knowledge of the planning system.

Other information relevant to the job:

Travel to different NRW offices, or other locations in Wales will be needed.

Applying for this post

Please note, each role has specific competencies to assess the quality of applications both at sift and interview.  Please answer the competencies listed below when completing your application form.

  • Essential Knowledge and Skills
  • Evaluation of Information
  • Decision making and autonomy
  • Impact
  • Communications and Relationships with Others
  • Responsibility for resources

Before applying for this role please read the candidate guidance

Competencies

Essential Knowledge and Skills

  • Able to undertake practical/technical tasks or work, requiring specialist knowledge/expertise. 
  • Able to provide objective advice to others on related issues, based on their knowledge and experience and keeps up to date with changes within their specialist field.
  • Demonstrates relevant substantial experience gained from working in number of different organisations, or roles/functions within a single organisation.
  • Ability to lead and project manage specific areas of work, which may include the implementation of plans.
  • Has mentoring skills and the ability to share skills and knowledge with others within the function and/or across the organisation.
  • Possibly an expert in a range of subjects relating to their profession. 

Evaluation of Information

  • Ability to analyse and interpret a range of complex information of a technical nature, relating to a specific area of specialism, contributing to the development of strategy and policies.
  • Able to extract key points and communicate them to individuals at all levels.
  • Able to interpret relevant delivery plans and understand their context in the wider national and NRW strategy and policies.

Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements

  • Ability to decide how to achieve results applying some degree of judgment or creativity, whilst responding to conflicting demands, by altering priorities.
  • Able to make independent decisions on a broad range to matters, considering the options available and potential implications for the business.
  • Decisions will require input from line management and peers and an understanding of NRW policy, the impact of which is likely to be wider than the immediate function or department and medium term in nature.
  • Has an appreciation of the consequences of making wrong decisions and the adverse effect they may have on the organisation in relation to external stakeholders, such as partner organisations, lenders, service users etc.
  • Able to contribute to the setting of strategic direction for themselves, their area and others.
  • Ability to develop organisation strategy and policies with some autonomy in the implementation of organisational policy.
  • Can adapt and respond to decisions made which lead to changes in established procedure/practice for dealing with issues within the post holder’s area of work, which may not be immediately clear or apparent.
  • Some decisions may need to be taken without reference to others.

Impact

  • Demonstrates an appreciation of how their decisions and actions will influence others both internally and externally.
  • Must have an awareness of the consequences of their decision making, which will have a moderate level of impact and influence and be medium term in nature.

Communication and Relationships with Others

  • Ability to interact and link with others across the business, engaging the organisation in delivering polices and work plans in the most efficient way.
  • Communications will be both with internal colleagues and external stakeholders which may include specialist input and influence in relation to policy and strategy or implementation.
  • Some interactions may be emotionally challenging where individuals are angry or upset, requiring the need for tact, patience and the ability to remain calm to try and resolve the issue.
  • The work will involve written and verbal communications and/or leading projects, requiring good communication and persuasive skills.
  • Ability to facilitate and/or present at internal or external meetings, giving advice and input as required. 
  • Able to foster and maintain good relationships and networks.
  • Ability to produce documents, reports, accounts, contracts, etc., with some complexity, containing elements of advice, guidance or opinion which the recipient will act upon or use, and which would have detrimental consequences if incorrect or poorly drafted.
  • Ability to source data and content from multiple locations, entailing some external research and professional judgment in how such research should be interpreted.
  • The impact of such documentation is likely to be generally medium term in nature.

Responsibility for People

  • Post holders will have no direct line management responsibility but may have responsibility for leading specialist/ technical staff, through non-complex technical/ specialist programmes through a ‘matrix management’ structure.
  • Post holders will also mentor less experienced colleagues.

Responsibility for Resources

  • Post holders will have a delegated budget and/or will have responsibility for checking the validity of forms and documents as part of a process and/or the procurement of goods and services.
  • The level of financial responsibility, is likely to be a delegated part of a much larger budget, managed by a senior member of staff.

 

Role Description

Job Purpose:

To lead on the provision of Land Use Planning technical assessments and advice.  This technical/specialist advice will inform the development of NRW policy, programmes, plans, strategies and guidance.  You will work with colleagues from other teams in EPP and Operations, officials from WG and sector representatives.

Key Job Accountabilities:

The post holder will:

  • Prepare technical assessments, drawing on a range of complex information and data.
  • Manage the preparation of material to inform the development of NRW, WG and other Partners policy, advice and guidance documents; Manage the development of procedures, tools and guidance and lead the delivery of new ways of working.
  • Liaise with external stakeholders such as Welsh Government, sector representatives and partners to ensure the timely and effective delivery of project, policy or stagey obligations.
  • Advise on evidence needs and opportunities and project manage agreed evidence projects, in line with the agreed evidence programme.
  • Support engagement with sectors, partners, WG, POSW, PEDW, PINS, sector and business leads, professional and other statutory bodies in the UK to influence development projects at the earliest opportunity; and be the lead point of contact for customer queries.
  • 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 require.
  • Collaborate with the Team Leader to develop and deliver an agreed Personal Development Plan.  

Key Job Qualifications or Knowledge:

  1. Knowledge of: Welsh, UK and EU legislation related to land use planning. Welsh, UK Government policy drivers and strategies in land use planning and the issues and opportunities in Wales.
  2. Experience of: technical analysis and interpretation of a range of complex land use planning and spatial information and data sources including the preparation of LA development plans, development planning and environmental assessment (SEA, HRA and EIA) processes.
  3. Working with Welsh Government, PINS, Local Authorities, Designated Landscapes, professional bodies business and sectors.
  4. Working in a programme and project management environment with Project Management experience and/or qualifications.
  5. You will be a member of RTPI/other environment professional body and/or working towards membership.
  6. Share your knowledge and expertise to help solve problems, supporting all Heads of Business in EPP as required.

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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