Senior Industry and Waste Regulation Specialist

Closing date: 14 February 2023 | Salary: £47,408 - £52,359 (Grade 8) | Location: Flexible in South-West Wales 

Contract type: Permanent

Work pattern: 37 hours per week

Post number: 200790

As an organisation we support flexible working. This role allows hybrid working (a mix of home and office working) and a working pattern suitable for you can be discussed on appointment if you are successful.

You will be contracted to a NRW office within the place base, of which you will be required to attend for regular meetings, training and for one-to-one meetings with your manager. These will be planned in advance.

Job Description

The post holder will act as a national expert for one or more of the following highly complex specialisms:

  • Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations. (COMAH)
  • Combustion.
  • Refineries and Fuel.
  • Ferrous & non-ferrous metals.
  • EPR/IED developments.

Protect and enhance the environment by effective and efficient regulation of the most complex or highest risk industrial installations, COMAH sites, RSR sites and waste sites.

Respond in a safe, timely and efficient way to environmental incidents/reports and undertake appropriate investigation work.

Through application of our Regulatory Principles - ensure compliance with regulatory requirements (including working as part of the Competent Authority for COMAH), undertake proportionate enforcement action and achieve tangible multiple benefits from our regulatory interventions.


Your responsibilities will include to:

  • Act as the NRW expert national technical lead for specific highly complex sectors or technical issues.
  • Act as technical mentor and advisor to team members.
  • Participate in the development of teamwork plans and deliver any agreed actions to contribute to business planning and delivery.
  • Work with Operators to develop medium-term regulatory strategies for the installations, including engagement with senior managers and executives within companies, to deliver multiple benefits.
  • Routinely lead our response to large or contentious cases/issues and act as an account manager for key stakeholders.
  • Contribute to sector working and cross-agency sector groups as required to aid adoption of consistent regulatory approaches and the dissemination of good practices to the benefit of the environment. Where appropriate act as NRW lead for specific technical sectors.
  • Be required to participate in technical/strategic groups or represent NRW on external forums e.g. UK regulators’ sector groups. These types of groups will agree sector-specific regulatory strategy at a Wales, UK or European level.
  • Develop cross-directorate working relationships thereby contributing towards development of any relevant WG industry related policies.
  • Work with the Permitting Team to assist the ongoing permit review process in response to BREF updates and publication of BAT Conclusions.
  • Interact with other regulatory specialists in NRW to promote consistent regulatory practices.
  • Support EPP advisors at operational level.
  • Assess compliance at installations, COMAH sites, waste sites and sites handling radioactive substances.
  • Respond to incidents and complaints.
  • Contribute to a positive health, safety and well-being culture.
  • Required to take part in incident response activities

Qualifications, experience and knowledge

You will be able to demonstrate knowledge and experience of the following: 

  1. Professional membership.
  2. Experience of working across a wide range of relevant industrial sectors.
  3. Coaching and mentoring skills.
  4. Experience of managing contentious issues and community liaison and public engagement activities.
  5. Good understanding of commercial business processes and pressures.
  6. Ability to communicate effectively with regulated business and the public, explaining complex issues and gaining support by influencing.
  7. Extensive knowledge and experience of regulatory and enforcement processes and incident management.

Welsh language requirements

Essential: Level 1 – Able to pronounce Welsh and use basic phrases

Please note if you do not meet the level 1 requirement i.e., ability to understand basic phrases and ability to pronounce Welsh names correctly, then NRW offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal requirements during the course of your employment with us.


Applications to this role will be assessed based on the following competencies, both at shortlisting and interview. Please give examples of how you demonstrate these competencies when completing your application form.

Essential Knowledge and Skills

  • The post holder will have advanced specialist and technical knowledge which they will actively update, remaining fully aware of developments in their field of expertise. They will have a clear understanding of the potential impact of such changes, interpreting and applying across the function and potentially across NRW. This is not just a CPD requirement but is essential and critical for NRW business continuity.
  • An ability to manage a breadth of complex financial, legal, operational and reputational risk in their area of responsibility and manage risk in a wider business context. They will have associated risk management skills and knowledge of organisational procedures and policy.
  • The post holder may not have any significant line management responsibilities, but will have financial management, leadership and influencing skills.

Evaluation of Information

  • The post holder will interpret the function’s operational delivery plans and understand their context in the wider NRW policy strategy.
  • The post holder will analyse and interpret a wide range of highly complex information, extracting key points and communicating this to individuals at all levels. 

Decision Making and Autonomy

  • The post holder's decisions and actions will influence others. The consequence of decision making and actions will be wide reaching and impactful, often organisation-wide.
  • The post holder will have autonomy for making decisions within their area of technical specialism, making independent decisions based on analysis, research and input from other specialists or experts. They will have an understanding of the range of options available and their potential implications for the business. Work is carried out within broad parameters and they will be expected to act independently, only seeking guidance or authority where action may be outside current policy. There may be conflicting priorities which the post holder will have to manage, adjusting their work programme or the work of others. Key milestones and performance indicators will be reviewed together with end results.
  • Decisions made will relate to formulating or changing procedures, applied by others in the organisation. Such decisions will be substantial and include commitment of resources within a section or work area, tackle major and difficult problems or situations with many factors needing to be taken into account. Decisions will require original thought, analysis and interpretation in determining the course of action. Problems may be complex, requiring significant assessment, in-depth understanding of the issue and the organisation. The consequence of decisions will have the potential to affect the image of the organisation and are likely to be longer term in nature.
  • They will contribute to overall strategy for NRW.


  • The impact, influence and consequence of the post holder’s work is sizeable and longer term in nature.  The impact of the post holder’s work is primarily linked to the specialist nature of the role, and the advice, guidance and expertise provided to others.
  • The post holder’s work, as a specialist / sector lead, will have influence and impact at a senior operational level, both internally and externally.
  • The post holder and their decisions and actions will influence others.

Communications and Relationships with Others

  • The post holder will interact with roles across the business, engaging the organisation in delivering strategies and polices in the most efficient way. Theyr will engage with a wide range of stakeholders, internally and externally, communicating at a strategic level, working collaboratively with others, at a senior level. As the subject matter expert, the post holder will provide authoritative specialist or professional advice.
  • The post holder will discuss complex, highly technical, specialist or detailed policy issues, tailoring the method, style and level of communication appropriately for the audience. Work will involve written and verbal communication, leading key projects with a high degree of complexity. They will havee highly effective communication and persuasive skills. This may also include facilitating and presenting at internal or external meetings, giving high level input and complex technical or specialist advice, including legislative changes. They will need to steer the direction of discussion or activities. They will foster and maintain good relationships and networks.
  • The post holder will produce moderately complex documents, reports, accounts, contracts etc. Documentation will contain advice, guidance or opinion which the recipient will act upon or use. The consequences of incorrect or poorly drafted documentation is likely to have a detrimental impact.
  • Ability to source data and content from multiple locations requiring external research and professional judgment in how such research should be interpreted. The impact of such documentation is likely to be longer term in nature.

Responsibility for People

  • The post holder will have no line management responsibility but will have operational responsibility for leading specialist and technical staff, through complex, highly technical and specialist programmes within a ‘matrix management’ structure.
  • The post holder may mentor colleagues.

Benefits of working for us

  • This role will offer a range of benefits, including:
  • Agile and flexible working (role dependent) 
  • Civil Service Pension Scheme offering employer contributions of 26.6% to 30.3%
  • 28 days annual leave, rising to 33 days
  • Generous leave entitlements for all your life needs
  • Health and wellbeing benefits and support
  • Weekly well-being hour to use as you choose
  • Competitive financial rewards to enhance your monthly pay

See full details for all the employee benefits you will receive.

How to apply

Please send a completed application form to: using the post number as the email reference

Before completing your application, please read our Guidance on completing a job application form

Application closing date: 14 February 2023

Interviews will take place through Microsoft Teams

If you have any queries about the role, please contact Erin Smyth-Evans at

Natural Resources Wales embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunity. We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition.

We welcome and encourage applications from groups currently underrepresented, including women, black and ethnic minority groups and people with a disability. We have a guaranteed interview scheme for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

We put the principles of human rights, equality, fairness, dignity and respect at the heart of our values.

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