Senior Permitting Officer - 9507

South West
Horizon House
Staff Grade 5
Full Time
Environment & Sustainability
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic Senior Permitting Officer to join one of our National Permitting Service’s waste teams based in Bristol. This is on a permanent basis.

You’ll be assessing applications for a range of complex environmental permits located across England, in line with Environment Agency processes and regulatory obligations.

With the desire to provide mentoring and coaching support to others, you will ensure that they deliver high quality decisions on environmental permit applications to tight deadlines.

To achieve this, you’ll have excellent interpersonal skills to develop and maintain excellent working relationships with internal and external customers. You must be prepared to have difficult conversations with your customers and be able to clearly explain your decisions.

In exchange for your hard work, you’ll have the opportunity to further develop your skills, expertise and career in this fast-paced environment, for example by becoming a national lead, heading up a permit review programme or leading on a business improvement project.

We would like to hear from candidates who feel they have the right attributes to be successful in a permitting environment.
The National Permitting Service delivers the Environment Agency’s permitting and regulatory responsibilities, enabling businesses to operate whilst protecting and improving the environment.

You’ll be joining an established permitting team, who determine environmental permit applications for regulated industry. Your team will primarily focus on waste. However, you will need to remain flexible to respond to changing demands.
Knowledge / qualifications
• a degree (or equivalent) in a science subject
• specialist technical knowledge of at least two of the following: waste treatment and transfer of inert/non-hazardous/hazardous waste; end-of-life vehicles; landfill/permanent deposits of waste to land; metals; noise; odour; dust; habitats; fire prevention plans

Skills / abilities / experience
• experience in environmental management and environmental risk assessment
• willingness to work collaboratively with internal and external partners to build technical resilience, share best practise and knowledge and improve efficiency
• excellent verbal and written communication skills
• strong influencing skills
• ability to make sound and timely decisions

Desirable requirements for the role
• experience of environmental permitting, such as providing pre-application advice, assessing applications, regulating against permits, reviewing permits, making permit applications
• understanding of the Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR)
• chartered membership of a relevant institute or (for Environment Agency staff only) Practising Environmental Regulator
For further information, please contact:

Louise Hann, Permitting Team Leader
020 302 54483

The candidate information pack contains further information.
Please note that these roles will be office based, although infrequent travel will be required to attend meetings, training or site visits.
The closing date for applications is 23:55 on 17 February 2019.
We expect to hold interviews in Bristol during March 2019.
We aim to create and maintain a diverse workforce (including our Board and Executives) that better reflects the UK’s economically active population. Therefore, we particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), disabled, female and LGBT+ candidates who are under-represented across our workforce.

20/01/2019, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
Takes Decisions and Solves Problems
Finds and delivers optimal solutions by effectively analysing all the information, probing to develop alternatives and taking sound and timely decisions.
Coaches Others
Uses variety of methods, including direct instruction, coaching and feedback skills to help others to develop.
Influences and Persuades Others
Presenting a case in a convincing and attractive way that will win people over, encouraging them to follow plans willingly; often succeeding where logic and reason alone would fail.
Focuses on Efficiency, Innovation and Quality
Identifies and seizes the opportunity to create, introduce and implement new or improved methods, processes and without, compromising quality or accuracy.
Issuing and Maintaining Permits
Assesses applications, issues and maintains permits by completing reviews and ensuring permits comply with changing legislation.

Tell us about your knowledge and experience of:
• environmental risk assessment;
• environmental management; and
• at least two of the following: waste treatment and transfer of inert/non-hazardous/hazardous waste; end-of-life vehicles; landfill and permanent deposits of waste to land; metals; noise; odour; dust; habitats; fire prevention plans
If you are applying from the Civil Service please note that the Environment Agency is not a part of HM Civil Service and you would not be a Crown Servant in the event of being appointed. Therefore, you will not be eligible for continuous service. For applicants who currently work in local government or other bodies listed in the Redundancy Payments (Continuity of Employment in Local Government etc) (Modification) Order 1999, you may be eligible for continuous service for the purpose of calculating any future redundancy payment. If you are unsure of your status then you should contact your own HR Team.

We are fully committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome flexible working patterns for all our vacancies, including job share, so please include clearly any information regarding your preferred working arrangements on your application.

We also have a Guaranteed Interview Policy to support those with a disability who are seeking employment. We have committed to guaranteeing an interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.

The Environment Agency, as a Non-Departmental Public Body, is committed to providing value for money and utilises Central Government frameworks and contracts for all external recruitment needs. For this reason, we are unable to engage with the market directly through post, email or phone calls . Should you wish to become a support supplier on one of these frameworks or contracts please visit for more information.

This Vacancy is closed to applications.