Industry and Waste Regulation Specialist (Landfill Emissions Reduction Project)

Closing Date: 12 February 2023 | Salary: £41,150 - £46,147 (Grade 7) | Location: Rivers House, St Mellons, Cardiff

Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment until 31 March 2025

Work Pattern: Full Time, 37 hours per week. Monday to Friday

Post Number: 203452

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.

Job Description

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 lead NRW in the delivery of Net Zero 2, through the Landfill Emissions Reduction Project (LERP), specifically focussed on the impact from landfill sites, both closed and operational.

You will lead a team as landfill gas expert. You will plan and deliver 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, including follow up actions

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 MELMOD LFG emissions model presenting a more accurate picture of the emissions from the sector. You will be working to understand the impact of changing waste streams on LFG quality and generation and explore the options for tackling the key waste streams identified in MELMOD as having the biggest contribution to total greenhouse gas emissions.


Your responsibilities will include:

  • Act as the NRW expert national technical lead for specific sectors or technical issues.
  • Act as technical mentor and advisor to team members.
  • Participate in the development of teamwork plans and deliver any agreed actions to contribute to business planning and delivery.
  • 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.
  • Routinely lead our response to large or contentious cases/issues and act as an account manager for key stakeholders.
  • Contribute to sector working 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. Where appropriate act as NRW lead for specific technical sectors.
  • Be required to participate in technical/ strategic groups or represent NRW on external forums e.g., UK regulators’ sector groups. These types of groups will agree sector specific regulatory strategy at a Wales, UK or European level.
  • Develop cross-directorate working relationships thereby contributing towards development of any relevant WG industry related policies.
  • Work with the Permitting Team to assist the ongoing permit review process in response to BREF updates and publication of BAT Conclusions.
  • Interact with other regulatory specialists in NRW to promote consistent regulatory practices.
  • Support EPP advisors at operational level.
  • Assess compliance at installations, COMAH sites, waste sites and sites handling radioactive substances.
  • Required to take part in incident response activities

Qualifications, Experience & Knowledge

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

  1. Professional membership.
  2. Experience of working across a wide range of relevant industrial sectors.
  3. Coaching and mentoring skills.
  4. Experience of managing contentious issues and community liaison and public engagement activities.
  5. Good understanding of commercial business processes and pressures.
  6. Ability to communicate effectively with regulated business and the public, explaining complex issues and gaining support by influencing.
  7. Extensive knowledge and experience of regulatory and enforcement processes and incident management.

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

  • Ability to undertake complex high level practical or technical tasks requiring advanced specialist knowledge in the subject matter.
  • Post holders will have high level knowledge with a personal and professional credibility, acting as the a national, NRW and larger sector expert. The post holder may act as an expert witness in a public enquiry. Post holders will provide technical advice to decision makers that impact nationally, which may not be defined in existing policy or guidance.
  • The post holder will provide objective advice to others on specialist issues based on in-depth knowledge and experience. The post holder will keep up to date on advances and changes within their technical/ specialist fields and interpret and apply updated knowledge as appropriate.
  • The post holder will have substantial and relevant experience working within the field, from a number of different organisations or different roles within a single organisation. Mentoring skills are required at this level.

Evaluation of Information

  • Ability to interpret the function’s operational delivery plans and understand their context in the wider NRW policy strategy.
  • Ability to analyse and interpret a wide range of often highly complex information, extracting key points and communicating this to individuals at all levels. 

Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements

  • Responsible for the successful delivery of projects, addressing challenging issues within their own programme of work with little supervision. The post holder is able to decide how best to achieve these, guided by expected results. They may need to alter priorities as a result of conflicting demands. Objectives and targets etc will be reviewed on an intermediate basis.
  • Able to make independent decisions at an operational management level, with input from line management and peers. They will have an understanding of NRW policy and their potential implications for the business.
  • Decisions made may lead to changes in established procedure/practice within the post-holder’s area of work. Consequence of making wrong decisions will have an adverse effect on the organisation in relation to its external stakeholders such as partner organisations, lenders, service users etc. 
  • Decisions may concern a broad range of matters and the outcomes may not always be immediately clear or apparent. Problems encountered may relate to other parts of the organisation and could be variable and diverse. The impact of decisions is likely to be wider than the immediate function or department and is likely to be medium term.


  • Post holders have a moderate to high level of impact and influence, which is generally medium to longer term in impact.  Impact will be at a national level.
  • Post holders will have an impact as national specialist / sector lead both internally and externally and their influence will be at a senior operational level.
  • The decisions and actions of the post holder will influence others. The consequences of their decisions making/ action will have a medium to long term impact internally or externally.

Communication and Relationships with Others

  • Ability to engage across the organisation, delivering strategies and polices in the most efficient way. Ability discuss highly technical, specialist or detailed policy issues, tailoring the method, style and level of communication appropriately for the audience.
  • Ability to communicate at a high level, verbally and in writing, internally, externally and at a senior operational level.  This will have a high degree of complexity, requiring higher level communication and persuasive skills. This may also include facilitating and/or presenting at internal or external meetings, giving a high level of complex technical or specialist advice, including legislative changes and input. Ability to steer the direction of discussion or activities. They will need to be able to foster and maintain good relationships and networks.
  • Able to produce complex, technically demanding documents, reports, programs, contracts etc. Documentation will contain advice, guidance or opinion which the recipient will act upon or use. The consequences of incorrect or poorly drafted documentation is likely to have detrimental impact.
  • Ability to source data and content from multiple locations requiring external research and professional judgment in how such research should be interpreted. The impact of such documentation is likely to be generally longer 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

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 12 February 2023

Interviews will take place at a date to be confirmed through Microsoft Teams.

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

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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