Senior Regulatory Approaches Advisor

Closing date: 16 October 2022 | Salary: £35,994-£39,369 (Grade 6)Location: Flexible

Contract type: Fixed term appointment for 12 months

Work pattern: 37 Hours a week, Monday to Friday.

Post number: 203334

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

Your principal role will be to drive NRW’s commitment to delivering NRW actions as part of the Storm Overflow taskforce (and support wider delivery of the team's workplan as appropriate).

Working with the other members of the taskforce and alongside the Lead Specialist Advisor, Storm Overflow Programme Delivery, you will provide specialist advice and input to your team and function that supports the development and implementation of the strategy and plans.

You will undertake practical and technical tasks requiring specialist knowledge and expertise on a range of matters relating to your profession. 

You will analyse and interpret a range of complex information relevant to your specialist area and communicate this to others, contributing to the development of strategy and policy.

You will be responsible for leading and managing specific areas of work which may include the implementation of plans.

Responsibilities

Your responsibilities will include to:

  • Be the principle point of contact with the relevant UK and Welsh Trade Associations, Government Departments and environmental regulators, both UK and European, to share information and work together on the development of operational policy and new legislation, interpretation of relevant legislation, advice and guidance for the specific sector(s) and areas of responsibility.
  • 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).
  • Support the development and training of staff across NRW by applying technical, legislative and regulatory knowledge and experience.
  • Lead and project manage specific and complex issues inc. commissions by RBB) to enable consistent and appropriate understanding and application by staff that enables effective regulatory service provision.
  • Contribute to the delivery of the team’s business plan, the directorate delivery plan and NRWs corporate plan.
  • Support the mentoring and coaching of Advisors within the team to ensure that the team has sufficient technical and legislative resilience for your assigned area of work.
  • Advise on evidence needs and opportunities, commission evidence & project manage evidence projects, in line with the agreed evidence programme.
  • Design monitoring and evaluation frameworks of regulation interventions to inform assessment of the need for improvements in regulation and permitting processes by NRW.

Qualifications, experience and knowledge

You will be able to demonstrate knowledge and experience of the following: 

  1. Knowledge of Welsh, UK and EU legislation related to your specific sector(s); Welsh, UK government Policy drivers in your specific sector(s).
  2. Experience in informing and influencing government departments/regulators, preferably on environmental issues.
  3. 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.
  4. Experience of understanding and applying regulatory activities.
  5. Be able to work at pace and have a track record of delivery.
  6. Being innovative and demonstrating drive to achieve targets.
  7. 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

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.

Competencies

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.

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.

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 as you choose
  • 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: Applications@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

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

Application closing date: 16 October 2022

Interviews will take place through Microsoft Teams

If you have any queries about the role, please contact Mark Squire at mark.squire@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk or 07500 027601

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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