Senior Development Planning Advisor
Contract type: Permanent
Work pattern: 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday
Post number: 203250
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 the NRW location stated in this advert, 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.
The post holder will provide the professional and technical expert role within the local Development Planning Team. They will usually case manage the most significant complex and high-profile casework in the team, oversee NRWs advice to Local Development Plans and coach and mentor colleagues. They will contribute their technical expertise and experience not only to the immediate team but also to colleagues across the wider DPAS service and other departments.
Your responsibilities include:
- Oversee and provide assurance of Advice to Local Development Plans and other sub-regional strategies and plans, including the advice on strategic environmental assessment of such plans.
- Produce Advice to Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects or complex, high-risk development proposals ensuring NRW advice is robust, evidence based and delivered to deadline.
- Contribute professional judgement and assistance to decision-making in respect of strategic and complex individual development proposals and Plans managed by other team members.
- Assure information prepared in relation to challenges against NRW development planning advice.
- Attend Appeals and Inquiries.
- Provide operational input to the development of NRW policy, process and guidance.
- Ensure that NRW Policy, process and guidance is consistently applied within the team.
- Development of effective customer relationships (internal and external).
- Influence local development projects and strategies early in their evolution.
- Responsible for the technical development of team members.
- Provide functional advice and experience to multifunctional place planning such as Area Statements.
- Contribute to the development of the team work plan.
- Manage and deliver continuous Improvement projects for the Service.
- Maintain auditable records of actions and outcomes to justify and demonstrate that all legal and procedural requirements have been met.
Qualifications, experience and knowledge
Knowledge and experience of the following:
- Excellent knowledge and substantial experience of environmental assessment and development planning processes.
- Excellent understanding and significant experience of the development sector.
- Experience of community liaison and public engagement activities in relation to major projects.
- Able to communicate and negotiate effectively with stakeholders at senior management levels.
- Good written and spoken communication skills and an ability to represent both the technical and strategic aspects of Development Planning work to non-specialists, both within NRW and externally, in a concise and effective way.
- Able to analyse complex information and situations, solve problems and make sound judgements.
- Able to coach and mentor others effectively.
- Able to manage projects and lead virtual task groups.
- Strong and effective self-management and organisational skills.
Welsh language requirements:
Essential Level 1 – able to pronounce Welsh and use basic phrases
Desirable Level 3 – able to communicate with confidence in Welsh in some work situations.
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.
Please note - 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
Evaluation of Information
Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements
Communication and Relationships with Others
Responsibility for People
Responsibility for Resources
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 at your choice
See full details for all the employee benefits you will receive.
How to apply
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Application closing date 12 February 2023
Interviews will take place via Microsoft Teams
If you have any queries about the role, please contact Gemma Beynon at email@example.com
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.
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