Flow compliance/WQ Planning specialists: Wastewater Recovery programme - 23534

Staff Grade 5
Full Time
Environment & Sustainability
Do you want to be at the heart of a major programme to protect the environment by ensuring Wastewater Treatment Works (WwTW) are compliant with environmental permit requirements and reducing the amount of storm overflow discharges to the environment across the country?

We are looking to recruit a number of flow compliance and/or water quality planning specialists to support our work with water companies where potential issues with environmental permit compliance are identified by ongoing EA investigations and compliance checks.

In this role you’ll be responsible for:
- Supporting the verification and investigation of potential causes of issues at WwTWs identified through investigations, compliance checks and wastewater flow data provided by the water companies as part of annual returns.
- Advising on additional data and information requirements to inform decisions.
- Supporting the identification of technical solutions at WwTWs where FFT permit requirements are not being met.
- Working with water companies to ensure they deliver solutions to the required standard.
- Supporting and advising senior managers on strategic discussion with Defra and Ofwat on recovery and compliance programmes.
- Helping develop and deliver future flow compliance and planning advice for the business.
The Wastewater Recovery programme team is a new team established in National E&B, Water quality Permitting and Compliance to support the identification and delivery of works to improve water company flow compliance.

Longer term, you’ll become part of the Environment Agency’s new data and evidence led approach to future regulation of water companies.
We are looking for people with experience of flow compliance and/or water quality planning to support our work to deliver remediation of potential issues as soon as practicably possible. Applicants should have knowledge and experience of Water Industry regulation, particularly the operation and monitoring of flows at wastewater treatment works and storm overflows.

You should have:
- Previous experience of analysing large flow datasets to assess flow compliance and/or management and inform appropriate solution development.
- Working knowledge of the water industry, permitting and compliance activity.
- Good knowledge of Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR), regulation and enforcement in relation to the water industry.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- The ability to manage your own workload and prioritise conflicting demands.
Office base location is flexible with occasional travel and/or stay overnight to attend meetings where possible. We are an inclusive team and will seek to offer hybrid options for those unable to travel.

We promote an inclusive culture, welcoming all applicants, including disabled, neurodiverse, LGBT+ or Black Asian and Minority Ethnic colleagues. Job share applications also encouraged.

**Please note all interviews will be conducted remotely via MS Teams. Further information will be provided to candidates in advance of interviews.**, likely to be early September.
For further information please contact Clare Blacklidge (07733 307589) or Rachel Standen (07825 025308).

31/08/2022, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
Data and Information Management
Collects, analyses, interprets, records, manages, develops and shares data, material or information appropriately for a variety of purposes.

Please provide an example of where you have handled and analysed large sets of effluent flow data to assess compliance against environmental permit requirements and/or to develop improvements in flow management whilst ensuring regulatory requirements are met.
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.

Please describe how you have used a variety of data and information to reach a difficult decision.
Delivers Results Through Others
Harnesses the team to deliver results on time, to required standards and in line with organisational processes and procedures.

Please describe how you have used your experience of the water sector to successfully secure the support of others to deliver an important organisational priority and/or environmental outcome.
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 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/become-a-crown-commercial-service-supplier/becoming-a-supplier-through-the-crown-commercial-service-what-you-need-to-know for more information.

This Vacancy is closed to applications.