Industry & Waste Regulation Officer (Landfill Emissions Reduction Project)

Closing Date: 29 March 2023 | Salary: £32,876 - £36,229 (Grade 5) | Location: Flexible  

Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment until 31 March 2025

Work Pattern: Full Time, 37 hours per week. 

Post Number: 203450

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 post holder will be the responsible for collecting and managing the data collected as part of the Landfill Emissions Reduction Project. The project will comprise of a small team looking at identifying and addressing areas where improvements in operations can reduce the amount of landfill gas released into the atmosphere.

This will include a programme to gather previously uncollected data from all landfill operators to help deliver Welsh Governments Net Zero ambitions.

Landfills contribute around 2% of all Carbon emissions in Wales, and this project aims to make significant reductions to these emissions.

The primary purpose of this role is to gather information and data from all landfill operators to ensure we have an accurate picture of performance across the sector. This will include liaison with operation landfill sites, and with sites which may have been closed for a number of years. Whilst the role is focused on data collection from these sites, it will require the post holder to liaise directly and regularly with site operators to help them understand why the collection of this data is so important.

The post holder will also assist others within the team in the collection and interpretation of monitoring data relating to the sites, to help inform areas for further investigation.

The project offers an opportunity to make a real reduction in Wales’ Carbon emissions, and the collection and management of this data is vital to delivering the project aims. As well as reducing Carbon emissions, the data collected as part of this project will help inform Welsh Governments policies for delivering Net Zero in the sector.   


Your responsibilities include:

  • You will provide expertise to a defined area or function undertaking a range of work that supports regulation and environmental responsibilities of NRW.
  • You will refer to procedure manuals, relevant statutory codes and legislation in undertaking the work, undertaking analysis and interpreting requirements as necessary.
  • You will process and analyse non-routine information that has an element of complexity and will be of a technical nature.
  • You will undertake work within a discrete area although the work has the potential, if carried out incorrectly, to impact across other subject areas and third parties.
  • You will determine how best to achieve results by applying technical judgment and creativity, altering priorities if there are conflicting demands.
  • You will be responsible for the safe use and keeping of tools and equipment required to undertake your role.
  • 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.
  • Required to take part in incident response activities

Qualifications, Experience & Knowledge

Knowledge and experience of the following: 

  1. You will have a degree level qualification in a relevant subject area or the equivalent level of knowledge.
  2. You will have subject matter expertise within a defined area that enables you to provide guidance to others.
  3. You may not be a subject matter expert in all areas but will have a sound understanding and appreciation of the work of the wider function.
  4. You will have good literacy, numeracy and communication skills including well developed customer facing skills.
  5. You will have analytical skills that enables you to process and analyse technical information.
  6. You will have good inter-personal and influencing skills and able develop and sustain good working relationships.
  7. You will, ideally, have previous supervisory experience.

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.


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

  • Expertise gained in a defined area or function, enabling the post holder to provide advice and guidance to others.
  • Demonstrates a sound understanding and appreciation of the work of the wider function.
  • Has good literacy, numeracy and communication skills including well developed customer facing skills.
  • Experience of supervising others is desirable.

Evaluation of Information

  • Demonstrates the ability to understand information, procedure manuals, statutory codes and legislation and interpret and apply the requirements to undertake their role.
  • Able to analyse and process non-routine technical information, containing a degree of complexity.

Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements

  • Ability to decide how best to achieve results, requiring some degree of judgment and creativity and the need to alter priorities where there are conflicting demands.
  • Able to solve problems and make decisions of a technical nature; primarily around their own area of work but will also cross over with the work of others.
  • Problems and decisions may contain a degree of complexity and require the need to apply different techniques or methods.
  • Ability to undertake research to determine how best to resolve issues. 
  • Able to provide guidance to less experienced members, to resolve problems.


  • The work undertaken is generally within a discrete area, so will primarily affect the direct environment, but may also extend across other subject and work areas.
  • Aspects of the work may also have the potential, if carried out incorrectly, to impact on third parties and a wider area.

Communication and Relationships with Others

  • Demonstrates the ability to interact and communicate with people around their area of expertise, across a range of functions within NRW and external parties, adapting their approach and style appropriately.
  • Well established inter-personal and communication skills with the ability to develop and sustain good working relationships, which may involve a degree of influencing.

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

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 March 2023

Interviews will take place through Microsoft Teams

If you have any queries about the role, please contact Gareth Lewis 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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