Senior Industry & Waste Regulation Officer (Landfill Emissions Reduction Project)
Closing Date: 29 March 2023 | Salary: £37,308 - £40,806 (Grade 6) | Location: Rivers House, St Mellons, Cardiff
Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment until 31 March 2025
Work Pattern: Full time, 37 hours per week.
Post Number: 203451
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 a NRW office within the place base, 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.
In October 2021 Welsh Government published its Net Zero Carbon Budget 2 (2021-2025). This strategy sets out a number of policies and proposals across all sectors and provides a clear focus on the waste sector for landfill sites.
This operational role will support the NRW in the delivery of Net Zero 2, through the Landfill Emission Reduction Project (LERP), specifically focussed on the impact from landfill sites, both closed and operational.
You will be working within a team focussing on landfill regulation. The work will comprise the planning and delivery of a series of detailed landfill gas audits with the aim of increasing rates of landfill gas capture and destruction / utilisation at operational and closed landfill sites.
The program will also include work to improve the level of understanding of landfill gas flaring at all applicable sites, with the aim of ensuring outputs of the national Landfill Gas emissions model to present a more accurate picture of emissions from the sector. You will be working to understand the impact of changing waste streams on Landfill gas quality and generation and explore the options for tackling the key waste streams identified as having the biggest contribution to total greenhouse gas emissions.
You will also work collaboratively with DEFRA and other UK regulators.
Your responsibilities will include:
- Assess compliance at installations, COMAH sites, waste sites and sites handling radioactive substances.
- Liaison with Counter Terrorism Security Advisors.
- Take appropriate actions to collect evidence for enforcement purposes, in accordance with defined procedures.
- Routinely lead our response to large or contentious cases/issues.
- Co-ordinate pre-application discussions with Operators and NRW Permitting Teams to aid timely, efficient and good quality permit variations, applications and surrenders.
- Where non-compliance is identified, determine and implement the most appropriate intervention option to ensure operators return to compliance as quickly as possible, with minimum environmental impact and consideration of the economic impacts.
- Work with Operators to develop medium-term regulatory strategies for the installations, including engagement with senior managers and executives within companies, to deliver multiple benefits.
- Be required to participate in technical/ strategic groups or represent NRW on external forums e.g., UK regulators’ sector groups, as required.
- Contribute to NRW Sector Groups and cross-agency sector groups as required to aid adoption of consistent regulatory approaches and the dissemination of good practices to the benefit of the environment.
- Coaching and mentoring of team members.
- Required to take part in incident response activities
Qualifications, Experience & Knowledge
You will be able to demonstrate knowledge and experience of the following:
- Extensive knowledge and experience of either working in a regulated industry or as a regulator.
- Good understanding of commercial business processes and pressures.
- Ability to communicate effectively with regulated business and the public, explaining complex issues and gaining support by influencing.
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.
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
Evaluation of Information
Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements
Communication and Relationships with Others
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 Applications@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk
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 email@example.com
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.
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