Water Quality Innovative Permitting Senior Guidance Specialist

Water Quality Innovative Permitting Senior Guidance Specialist



Job description

We’re looking for a senior water quality guidance specialist to work in the new Innovative Permitting team in Operations Catchment Services. You will be part of a team of technical experts in establishing the Innovative Permitting team.

The knowledge and advice the team provide will shape stakeholder agendas to ensure that plans are in place for a high quality water environment now and into the future. The guidance role is a new responsibility for operations. You will be working closely with colleagues across the business and within the water industry.

A sound knowledge of water quality planning, and an understanding of the water industry and the price review process are required. You will provide a link between the OCS Water Quality team and national colleagues looking across proposals and ensuring consistency and sharing knowledge. Excellent communications and networking skills will be required.

You will be based in a dispersed team.

The team

Operations Catchment Services works to secure the greatest possible outcomes across key stakeholders, influencing significant investment in the water environment. The Innovative Permitting team will be part of the OCS Water Quality team. As a new team you will help shape its work and embed it in the wider team culture. We take a one business approach, working closely with colleagues across the whole organisation.

Experience/skills required

You will develop and implement new approaches to regulation in response to emerging environmental, water quality and legislative challenges. You are flexible and ready to contribute to solving challenges, sometimes working in unfamiliar territory, without established processes or guidance to base decisions on.

This is a new responsibility for operations. As such you will work closely with Environment & Business to provide support to colleagues across the Environment Agency, to find solutions that protect and enhance water quality, including writing and improving guidance to help them implement these.

You will have a particular focus on wastewater discharge permitting. You will seek opportunities to promote nature-based solutions that improve water quality and obtain other wider benefits. You’ll be qualified to at least degree standard in a relevant discipline.

You should be experienced in working in a dispersed team. You will be expected to travel for national meetings with occasional overnight stays.

Contact and additional information

We welcome applications from candidates seeking flexible working patterns, including part time and job share.

For more information please contact either Nadine Siebdrat at Nadine.Siebdrat@environment-agency.gov.uk or 07795 237 599 or Kate Stobart at kate.stobart@environment-agency.gov.uk or 07979 021 031.

To apply, please visit our website.

Closing date: 1 August 2022.

Interviews are scheduled to take place after 30 August via MS Teams.

We are fully committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve.

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