Financial Provision Officer (Permitting) - 27841

North West, Yorkshire and the Humber
Sheffield , Warrington
Richard Fairclough House, Quadrant Two
Staff Grade 4
Full Time
Environment & Sustainability
Wanting to further develop your skills? The Environment Agency has exciting opportunities for you to do just that!
We’re looking for enthusiastic, highly motivated individuals to join our Financial Provision Team part of the National Permitting Service (NPS). You’ll help create a cleaner, safer, and healthier environment. Your day-to-day role will be assessing information and data that forms part of a permit application predominantly for landfill sites across the UK making sure they have the right Financial Provision in place.

Through training, mentoring and coaching, you will gain experience and develop the skills that will allow you to carry out technical assessments in line with Environment Agency, DEFRA and European regulatory obligations.

You'll manage a large, varied caseload, make legally binding risk-based decisions using industry specific guidance and liaise regularly with local and national technical specialists, assessing customer’s Expenditure Plans ensuring all required permit obligations are met. You will also liaise with operators, consultants, Environment Agency colleagues in Area and the National Permitting Service (NPS) along with the Legal Team to produce the required Legal Agreements.

Other responsibilities include developing your technical and personal effectiveness skills, contributing to team performance, supporting and coaching other team members, and supporting other teams within our changing service demands. Continuous improvement and records management are also key parts of the role.
Permitting is the foundation of regulation, and crucial to the economy, people and wildlife. The Financial Provision team sits within the NPS, working alongside the Waste Deposit permitting teams and Area operational teams, establishing and maintaining financial instruments ensuring operator’s permit and financial obligations are met.
You will work within a team based across Warrington and Sheffield. Our current ways of working are a mixture of home and office with occasional travel between sites.
• Have Attention to detail
• Mathematically capable
• Data analysis
• Clear and concise verbal and written communication skills
• Ability to develop and maintain good relationships with internal and external customers. 
• Manage your time and organise your workload 
• Meet tight and conflicting deadlines
• Make, and justify, sound and timely decisions 
• Work independently, but also within your team sharing your learning 
• Be computer/IT literate – Excel, MS Teams, PowerPoint
• Be passionate about the environment and have a willingness to learn about environmental regulation
• Experience in Environmental Legislation and the permitting process would be desirable, but not essential
For further information please contact Luke Sutton via email

Please note your answer to the questions below will be used for shortlisting purposes. Your examples do not necessarily have to be work-related, so please use the best examples from any area of your life. You may find researching the STAR technique useful when answering this question.

Other Locations may be considered for this role that aren't Sheffield or Warrington although the team are based at these too locations.

22/10/2023, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
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.

Tell us about a time you have delivered a piece of work to a high standard. How you went about organising and prioritising tasks and resources to ensure timely achievement of results.
Focuses on Customers and Partners
Addresses the needs of internal and external customers, provides rapid and effective responses.

Tell us about a time when you have taken personal responsibility to meet customer needs. You may wish to think about what methods you used to ensure consistent and clear messaging in a timely fashion and how you dealt with conflicting priorities, resolving problems and managing expectations.
Data and Information Management
Collects, analyses, interprets, records, manages, develops and shares data, material or information appropriately for a variety of purposes.

Tell us about an experience of collecting, interpreting and managing a large amount of information. What methods did you use to analysis the information and what did this achieve?
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.

Tell us about a time where you had to solve a problem within a limited timescale. What did you do to ensure you used the best available information and what were the consequences of your decision?
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.

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