Industry and Waste Regulation Specialist (Landfill Emissions Reduction Project)
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.
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:
- Professional membership.
- Experience of working across a wide range of relevant industrial sectors.
- Coaching and mentoring skills.
- Experience of managing contentious issues and community liaison and public engagement activities.
- 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.
- 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
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
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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 email@example.com
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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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