Senior Permitting Officer

Senior Permitting Officer

Closing date: 31 January 2017 | Salary: £33,093 | Location: Bangor or Cardiff


  • Directorate: KSP
  • Team: Permitting Service – Regulated Industry
  • Location: Bangor or Cardiff
  • Post Number: 102756
  • Reports to: Principle Permitting Team Leader
  • Direct reports: None

Job Purpose

To technically assess complex environmental permit applications, including those for sites of high public or political interest, from a variety of process industry sites, working with a range of internal and external stakeholders to ensure the decisions taken are protective of the environment whilst supporting economic growth. 


Setting direction

  • Lead on the assessment and decision making process relating to environmental permit applications in line with NRW policies and processes.

Delivering results

  •  Manage effective communication with all interested parties in relation to the determination of environmental permits.
  • Determination of complex applications for environmental permits from a range of process industry sectors, including Combustion, Waste Incineration, Chemicals, Metals.
  • Ensure that appropriate decisions are taken on environmental permit applications within the statutory timelines by monitoring progress against targets, identifying risks to delivery and managing those risks effectively.

Building relationships

  • Build effective working relationships with key individuals within NRW, other UK competent authorities and external consultees to ensure that the value of the Permitting Service to our regulatory role is maximised.
  • Support operational teams in pre-application discussions for a range of process industry sites.

Ensuring effective governance

  • Ensure that the assessment work and input from other parties is clearly documented and that decisions taken on permit applications are transparent and consistent.
  • Exercise good judgement and be willing to be held to account for decisions, actions and choices made personally.
  • Act as a role model of organisational values:
    • Show exemplary behaviours of honesty, integrity and ethics
    • Challenge others when they fail to act as role models
    • Combine confidence and resilience with humility and a willingness to learn

Developing people and teams

  • Work with others within NRW to ensure the efficient delivery of environmental permits.
  • Mentoring and coaching of colleagues within the NRW Permitting Service as well as elsewhere in the organisation in relation to process industry permitting.

Job Specific Criteria

  1. Education to degree level or equivalent in a directly relevant scientific discipline, preferably Chemistry, Physics or Engineering (essential)
  2. Strong customer focussed approach to delivery (essential)
  3. Effective planning and organisational skills (essential)
  4. Effective communication skills (essential)
  5. Practical experience of the application of relevant environmental legislation to the regulation or operation of process industry sites (essential)
  6. Experience of working in process industry, regulation or environmental consultancy (essential)

Welsh Language Requirements

Due consideration has been given to the Welsh language requirements for the post and the existing skills within the team. Taking this into consideration the Welsh language skills required for the post are at Level 1.


Job Advert Information

  • Contract type: Fixed term appointment for 100 weeks
  • Work pattern: 37 hours per week
  • Grade / Salary: £33,093

This role will be subject to the forthcoming Job Evaluation exercise which may result in a change in the grade and salary. Successful applicants will remain on their current grade and salary until Job Evaluation is implemented.

Existing NRW staff applying for vacancies via an external advert will be treated as internal applicants and remain on their substantive grade and salary until job evaluation is implemented

  • Application closing date: 31 January 2017
  • Interviews to take place on: To be confirmed

To apply send your completed application form to: 


If you have any queries please contact:

  • Stephen Attwood on 0300 065 4211 or email

Before applying for this position, please ensure you read the Candidate Guidance.  

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 and we have a guaranteed interview scheme for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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