Technical Advisor 2 – Monitoring cost technical lead (WQ) - 12571

Staff Grade 5
Fixed Term
Full Time
Finance, Operational Delivery, Statistics, Knowledge & Information Management, Analytical
£34,879 Pro-rata
The Environment Agency carries out tens of thousands samples and surveys every year, analyses and assesses these samples and produces hundreds of reports. It's vital we know how much effort this takes, both in terms of people and money, so that we can properly resource our monitoring teams. Equally important is that we know where this money comes from and what outcomes it supports. Being able to accurately answer these questions allows us to make better decisions to help protect and improve the environment.

For water quality, Environment Monitoring Service (EMS) has a number of tools that can answer some of these questions, but not all of them. We are looking for someone to take these tools and work with them to improve and integrate them. Your work will show exactly where money comes from, what it is spent on and what outcomes we are trying to achieve. When successful, your work will form the basis of a national costing model for water quality.

Your work will bring you in to contact with all levels of the Environment Agency - from field staff for validation on unit times for monitoring to Deputy Directors for impact on budgets and allocations.
You will join the Monitoring Programme and Technical Services (MPTS) team in EMS. We are a dispersed team with a strong team identity that manages the delivery of water quality monitoring and assessment activities including; ecology, chemistry and fishing in inland surface waters and marine waters.

You will also be working closely with the monitoring costing and finance lead in the wider EMS team.

Travel to various offices around the country will be required.
You will need strong, proven data management skills and experience of manipulating and interpreting large data sets, particularly in Microsoft Access and Excel. Ideally you will have some knowledge of the current set of tools: commissioning database, workload calculator, cost model, etc.

You will have the ability to communicate complex technical issues and concepts in a clear and appropriate way, and be comfortable engaging with staff at all levels.

You will have very good influencing skills to ensure the right people are supplying the right information to you in the right way.

You will be able to work independently, proactively solving problems with delivery, and be adaptable to take on new work areas.
Please note that that your answers to the capability questions will be used to determine interview selection.

For any questions relating to this role, please contact: Rob Barron, email: or mobile: 07795061668

Interview date would be week commencing 7th October, in Bristol.

29/09/2019, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
5 months
Data and Information Management
Collects, analyses, interprets, records, manages, develops and shares data, material or information appropriately for a variety of purposes.
Communicates Effectively
Listens and questions to understand and engage. Conveys information and ideas clearly, accurately and persuasively through speech and writing.
Achieves Results
Sets and delivers high work standards, demonstrates the drive to meet targets. Prioritises and organises tasks and resources to ensure timely achievement of results
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.
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.
Manages Self
Has full awareness of own strengths, weaknesses, impact and approach. Effectively organises self and takes personal responsibility for own role in the Environment Agency.
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.

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