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Environmental Regulation Officer

Natural Resources Wales
£37,308 - £40,806
Closing date
31 May 2023

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Team / Directorate: Industry Regulation, Operations

Starting Salary: £37,308 rising to £40,806 per annum through annual increments being paid each year. (Pro rata for part time applicants).

Contract Type: Permanent, Full time - 37 hours

Interview Date: Week commencing 19 June 2023

Post Numbers:

  • South West Wales: 203504, 203505, 200793 & 200794
  • North East Wales: 203511

Place Based: You will be contracted to a NRW office within the place base, at 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.

The Role

This is an exciting opportunity to join one our Industry Regulation Teams in Wales, on a permanent basis. We have 4 x posts based in South West Wales and 1 x in North East Wales.

We are looking for individuals who are passionate about our environment and can use their strong communication and influencing skills to make a real difference. If you are inquisitive and like solving problems or are interested in new technology and innovation then this could be a great opportunity. No two days are ever the same in this role, so you will need to be adaptable, be able to manage complex and sometimes flexible workloads and use your initiative to take timely decisions.

As a Senior Officer you will be responsible for the regulation of permitted sites across a wide range of industrial sectors including chemicals, food and drink, metals, power generation, paper and textiles, cement and minerals, landfill, and waste treatment. You may also have the opportunity to be involved in COMAH (Control of Major Accidents and Hazards) delivery, and regulation of activities that use radioactive substances. 

Working alone or with others, you will visit our regulated sites to ensure operators are complying with the requirements of their Environmental Permits. You will develop professional working relationships with our operators, provide them with advice and guidance and undertake proportionate enforcement action if required to improve compliance and achieve environmental outcomes.

You will also be required to respond to environmental incidents/reports and undertake appropriate investigation work. 

Ideally you will have industrial or regulatory/compliance experience within a relevant sector and have an in-depth knowledge of relevant legislation.

To make an informal enquiry about these roles, please contact

Successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS) check. Appointments are normally made within 4 - 8 weeks of the closing date.

About Us

At NRW we’re at the heart of making sure Wales’ natural resources are being used sustainably so that future generations can benefit from them.

As a senior officer in Industry regulation, you will contribute towards minimising pollution from Wales’ Industrial landscape and be at the forefront of tackling the climate emergency to reach Net zero targets.

There are several opportunities across Wales to join the Industry Regulatory teams. We are a highly professional, technical operational teams, that interlink with Regulatory professionals across the U.K. delivering Welsh, UK and European legislative strategy. Our Industry Regulatory community share a common focus on enhancing and protecting our environment.

What you’ll do

  • 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.
  • Respond to incidents and complaints.
  • Contribute to a positive health, safety and well-being culture.
  • Required to take part in incident response activities.
  • To undertake health and safety duties and responsibilities appropriate to the post
  • To be committed to Natural Resources Wales Equal Opportunities and Diversity Policy, together with an understanding of how it operates within the responsibilities of the post
  • To be committed to your own development through the effective use of Sgwrs.
  • Any other reasonable duties requested commensurate with the grade of this role.

Who you are

Qualifications, experience, knowledge and skills required:

  1. Knowledge and experience of either working in a regulated industry or as a regulator.
  2. Good understanding of commercial business processes and pressures.
  3. Ability to communicate effectively with regulated business and the public, explaining complex issues and gaining support by influencing.
  4. Welsh Language Level requirement:

200793 & 200794 (South West Wales):

  • Essential: Level 3 – Able to communicate with confidence in Welsh in some work situations.
  • Desirable: Level 4 – Fluent in spoken Welsh

203504 & 203505 (South West Wales):

  • Essential: Level 1 – able to pronounce Welsh and use basic phrases

203511 (North East Wales):

  • 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.


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 as you choose

See full details for all the employee benefits you will receive.

Please keep reading

We know from research that men apply for jobs where they meet some of the essential criteria, however women, and other marginalised people tend only to apply when they check every box. If you think you have what it takes to do this role, but don’t necessarily meet every single point on the job description, please still get in touch and we will be happy to discuss the role with you in more detail.

We’re passionate about creating a diverse workforce and positively encourage applications from under-represented communities. We embrace equality of opportunity irrespective of disability, neurodivergence, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, gender expression and gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, culture, or religion.   We put the principles of human rights, equality, fairness, dignity and respect at the heart of our values.

We are committed to equal opportunities, and we guarantee interviews for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

We want to attract and retain talented and highly skilled staff, so we make sure that our pay scales remain competitive. We advertise the full pay scale on our job descriptions. Appointed candidates start at the first point of the pay scale and annual increments are paid each year.

We are a Bilingual organisation which complies with the Welsh Language Standards.  Welsh language skills are considered an asset to NRW and we encourage and support staff to learn, develop and use their Welsh language skills. 


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