Senior Enforcement Advisor

Closing date: 29 January 2023 | Salary: £37,308 - £40,806 (Grade 6) | Location: Flexible

Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment to 31 December 2024 (12-month appointment will also be considered)

Work pattern: Monday to Friday, 37 hours. Other work patterns will be considered

Post number: 203314

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 the nearest NRW office to your home, 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.

Job description

The Senior Enforcement Advisor is a crucial role within our Regulation and Permitting department. This is an exciting two-year opportunity to lead on, learn about and conduct work across a broad range of enforcement issues.

You will support reviews of our wide-ranging regulatory activities, conduct reports on our enforcement and sanctioning performance, work with a variety of colleagues to develop policies, guidance and training, and work with others to improve our data and systems.

You don’t need to be from a law enforcement background, but you will need to demonstrate how you meet the requirements of the role. At the application stage we do not expect you to have a thorough working knowledge of the legislative framework in which we operate, but an understanding of the legislation that applies to conducting criminal investigations would be beneficial. If you have relevant transferable skills not related to law enforcement, please tell us about them too.

You may have experience of handling multiple projects at any one time and have strong interpersonal skills that allow you to develop excellent relationships with key stakeholders, both internally and externally We’re looking for someone with good communication skills, an ability to handle a varied workload and who can ultimately deliver successful outcomes.


Your responsibilities include:

  • Be responsible for developing NRW advice to WG and UK Governments on Future Regulation, strategic regulatory developments, ensuring it is fit to deliver SMNR.
  • Be responsible for analysing regulatory data and interpreting evidence to effectively underpin the development of future regulation and subsequently develop and test policy options based on that evidence.
  • Have experience of one or more of NRW's broad regulatory functional areas and its legislation.
  • Have strong communication and organisational skills, as delivery of this work will require working closely with other UK and European environmental regulators to share knowledge and technical understanding.
  • Develop, review and improve technical documentation, to enable consistent and appropriate understanding and application by staff in the business that enables effective service provision.
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with Welsh Government officials so that we enhance our position as a trusted advisor and are able to influence government policy and future legislation.
  • Contribute to the delivery of the team’s business plan, the directorate delivery plan and NRW’s corporate plan.

Qualifications, experience and knowledge

Knowledge and experience of the following:

  1. Excellent technical understanding of their assigned area of work, with strong analytical skills and experience of managing successful programmes, achieved through substantial work experience in a related field.
  2. Be able to work at pace and have a track record of delivery.
  3. Knowledge of Welsh, UK and EU legislation as well as Welsh, UK government Policy drivers relevant to your work areas.
  4. Experience in informing and influencing government departments/regulators.
  5. Experience in forming and maintaining close links with internal and external partners/stakeholders to deliver the outcomes of both a specific function/project/team and the wider organisation.
  6. Experience of understanding and applying regulatory principles.
  7. Being innovative and demonstrating drive to achieve targets.
  8. You will be expected to keep up to date with changing regulatory policy and proposed changes to legislation via membership of a relevant professional body or other equivalent means.

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 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.


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

  • 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.


  • 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.

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

Please send a completed application form to using the post number as the email reference 

Before completing your application, please read our Guidance on completing a job application form

Application closing date: 29 January 2023

Interviews will take place through Microsoft Teams.

If you have any queries about the role, please contact Martyn Evans at

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. We have a guaranteed interview scheme for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

We put the principles of human rights, equality, fairness, dignity and respect at the heart of our values.

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