Permitting Process Technical Specialist - 28585

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East Midlands, East of England, North East, North West, South East, South West, West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber
Birmingham , Bristol , Canterbury , Exeter , Ipswich , Newcastle , Nottingham , Peterborough , Preston , Reading , Sheffield , Warrington , York
Staff Grade 5
Fixed Term
Full Time, Part Time/Job Share, Part Time Term Time
Environment & Sustainability
£39,635 pro-rata
We are fully committed to having an 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.

The Environment Agency has exciting opportunities for you to develop your skills! Working with us means protecting and improving the environment and dealing with issues of national importance. We address the effects and causes of climate change, perhaps the most serious long-term threat to the environment that we face.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and innovative person to join our Water Resources Technical Team for a 12-month assignment. We provide technical support services, implement process change, and undertake assurance for the largest permitting regime within the National Permitting Service. We work with partners across the organisation to ensure our processes are fit for purpose now and in the future. Our workload is hugely variable. Designing and delivering training, completing complex data analysis, through to managing relationships with important stakeholders.

You’ll pro-actively manage a full workload, escalating issues and identifying potential solutions as appropriate, to deliver to a high standard and to tight deadlines. To achieve this, you’ll have excellent interpersonal skills to develop and maintain working relationships.

Accountabilities:
·To act as a process specialist for Water Resources permitting
·Being a subject matter expert/ point of contact for internal stakeholders across the regulatory cycle
·Leading on regime and service critical improvement projects
·Conducting regular and targeted assurance in line with regime objectives
·Managing key guidance and process documentation in line with Organisational schedules
·Working collaboratively with regulatory colleagues across the business including providing permitting insight along with supporting data

You’ll have the opportunity to develop your skills, expertise, and career in this supportive environment.
You will join our friendly and helpful Water Resources Technical Team within the National Permitting Service and will be well supported by other Technical Specialists and the Team Leader. The team provides services to the Water Resources Permitting Teams located within each Permitting Centre.

The National Permitting Service has responsibility for delivering the majority of the Environment Agency’s permitting responsibilities. Permitting is the foundation of regulation, and crucial to the economy, people, and wildlife.
·In depth understanding of the Water Resources permitting process and the activities we regulate
·Working knowledge of wider Water Resources legislation and permitting processes
·Understanding of Continuous Improvement and the associated strategies needed to implement process change
·Understanding of Change Management and the associated strategies needed to influence change
·Experience of training and/or mentoring staff in a variety of styles and platforms
·Proficient across the Microsoft Office application suite
·Proficient in developing and maintaining SharePoint Online content
·Understanding of business, resource and finance models
·Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
·Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities
·Demonstrate the Environment Agency’s culture and behaviours
·Recognises strength in diversity, promoting an inclusive workplace
·Build rapport and positive new working relationships quickly
·Organised and personable
·Strategic thinker
·Undertake national travel to meet dispersed team members and attend meetings
We recognise the challenges that people with (multiple) protected characteristics may experience on the job market. We are committed to being an inclusive employer, ensuring equal opportunities. We are keen to make our workforce as diverse as possible. We hope to attract applications from underrepresented groups, including Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, people with a disability, people with gender diverse identities and from varying socio-economic backgrounds. We support flexible working patterns for this role.

For more information, contact:
Will Middlemiss (William.middlemiss@environment-agency.gov.uk - 02030252918)
Emma Barlow (emma.barlow@environment-agency.gov.uk - 02030250567).

Virtual interviews will be held in March.

If you consent to be recruited onto a reserve list, we’ll hold your details for 6 months and may offer you an alternative post.

24/02/2024, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
Up to 12 months
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.

Q - Can you tell me about a time when you identified a process that was inefficient and how you went about improving it? What was the outcome and how did it impact the quality of the work?

· Think about a time when you identified a process that was inefficient. What was the process and how did you identify it?
· What steps did you take to improve the process? Did you work with anyone else, or did you do it on your own?
· What challenges did you face during the process and how did you overcome them?
· What was the outcome of your efforts? How did it impact the quality of the work?
· What did you learn from this experience and how have you applied it in other situations?
Data and Information Management
Collects, analyses, interprets, records, manages, develops, and shares data, material, or information appropriately for a variety of purposes.

Q - Can you describe a time when you had to manage a large amount of data? What tools or techniques did you use to organize and analyse the data? How did you ensure the accuracy and integrity of the data?

· What was the data that you had to manage? How did you receive it and what format was it in?
· What tools or techniques did you use to organize and analyse the data? Did you use any software or programming language?
· How did you ensure the accuracy and integrity of the data? Did you have to clean or transform the data in any way?
· What challenges did you face during the process and how did you overcome them?
· What was the outcome of your efforts? Did you discover any insights or trends from the data?
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.

Q – Can you describe a time when you had to make a difficult decision? What was the situation and what factors did you consider when making the decision? How did you evaluate the potential outcomes and risks? What was the outcome of your decision?

· What was the decision that you had to make? What was the situation and what factors did you consider when making the decision?
· How did you evaluate the potential outcomes and risks? Did you use any frameworks or models to help you make the decision?
· What challenges did you face during the process and how did you overcome them?
· What was the outcome of your decision? Did it achieve the desired results? If not, what did you learn from the experience?
Legislative Knowledge
Applies a knowledge of statutory environmental and technical requirements to protect both the Environment Agency and the environment.

Q - Can you describe a time when you had to interpret or apply regulation? What was the situation and what was your role? How did you ensure compliance with the regulation? What was the outcome of your efforts?

· What was the regulation that you had to interpret or apply? What was the situation and what was your role?
· How did you ensure compliance with the regulation? Did you have to communicate with anyone else or did you do it on your own?
· What challenges did you face during the process and how did you overcome them?
· What was the outcome of your efforts? Did it achieve the desired results? If not, what did you learn from the experience?
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.