Permitting Officer - 7445

North West
Richard Fairclough House
Staff Grade 4
Full Time
Environment & Sustainability
We’re looking for a number of enthusiastic permitting officers to join one of our National Permitting Service’s regulated industry teams based in Warrington.

You’ll assess applications for a range of environmental permits located across England, carrying out technical assessment according to Environment Agency processes and regulatory obligations. Setting appropriate standards during the permitting process, you will enable business to operate while protecting and improving air, water and land quality.

You’ll pro-actively manage your own workload, seeking support and escalating issues as appropriate, to deliver high quality environmental permitting decisions 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. You’ll also provide mentoring and coaching support to others.

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 taking on a lead role or getting involved in project work such as a permit review programme.
The National Permitting Service delivers the Environment Agency’s permitting and regulatory responsibilities, enabling businesses to operate whilst protecting the environment.

You’ll be joining an established permitting team, who determine environmental permit applications for regulated industry, such as waste, landfill, chemicals, refineries, combustion, intensive farming, food and drink.

However, you will need to remain flexible to respond to changing demands.

• technical knowledge of at least one of the following: hazardous waste, non-hazardous waste, biowaste, deposit for recovery, chemicals, combustion, landfill, refineries, metals, intensive farming, food and drink, cement and lime, paper and pulp, incineration, oil and gas, noise, odour, dust, air quality, habitats, fire prevention plans, best available techniques (BAT).
• experience in environmental management and environmental risk assessment;
• a degree (or equivalent) in a science or humanities subject
• excellent verbal and written communication skills to provide first-rate customer service;
• an ability to make sound and timely decisions;
• excellent planning skills;
• an ability to work effectively with others;
• mentoring and coaching skills.


• experience of environmental permitting such as providing pre-application advice, assessing applications, regulating against permits, reviewing permits;
• chartered membership of a relevant institute or Practising Environmental Regulator (or working towards this).
Closing date: 18th February 2018 at 23;55 hours
For further information, please contact:
Rachel Sauce, Permitting Team Leader -
Maria Gibbons, Permitting Team Leader -
The candidate information pack contains further information.
Please note that these roles will primarily be office based, although infrequent travel will be required to attend meetings and / or training.
We expect to hold interviews in Warrington, week commencing 5th March 2018

18/02/2018, 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.
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.
Focuses on Customers and Partners
Addresses the needs of internal and external customers, provides rapid and effective responses.
Communicates Effectively
Listens and questions to understand and engage. Conveys information and ideas clearly, accurately and persuasively through speech and writing.
Coaches Others
Provide specific example(s) to demonstrate your experience in using a variety of methods, including direct instruction, coaching and feedback skills to help others to develop.
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.

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This Vacancy is closed to applications.