Contract Length: Until mid October
Location: Base location: Worthing, candidate can be based anywhere, however 2-3 face to face meeting in London or Birmingham will be required for the contract duration
Pay Rate to Candidate: up to £350 (Umbrella) / £255.48 (PAYE)
Water companies have been preparing their draft Drainage and Wastewater Management Plans (DWMPs) over the last two years, to go out to consultation on 1st July. The first five years of twenty-five year DWMP will be a building block for water company PR24 Business Plans. This will be the first time twenty-five year plans for water company investment in drainage and wastewater assets will be open to public scrutiny. Up to this point the water companies have engaged with stakeholders (including the EA) to varying degrees to produce what should be a ‘co-created’ plan. The 12-week consultation is the last opportunity that the EA has to influence drainage and wastewater expenditure for the benefit of the environment in AMP8 (2025-30).
Working as part of a small national team, the role will synthesise the EA local and national views to provide draft consultation responses to water company DWMPs, so we clearly set out the EA position and views to maximise the opportunities to deliver multiple environmental benefits across a range of environmental disciplines.
• provide technical support to area the EA contribution to draft consultations. So the first cycle DWMP plans include a good evidence base for water company business plans for Price Review 2024.
• Support on the roll out of training material and workshops relating to DWMPs to area teams.
• support the EA preparation for statutory plans (second cycle) to a statutory footing following the Environment Bill receiving Royal Assent in autumn 2021.Work closely with other departments, including Water, Land & Biodiversity and Operational Catchment Services to find one business solutions that stick and help teams deliver great outcomes in local places.
Manage day-to-day aspects of the DWMP Advisor functions under direction of the nominated Team Leader including
Technical knowledge. Knowledge of water industry drainage and wastewater management plans (DWMPs), price review process and business planning (Asset Management Plans), water company performance metrics and general water management.
Team working. Work with members of own team and other teams within the Environment Agency to draw together comments and sub-divide tasks as required. Key skills required – ability to work effectively in a team
Communications and report writing. Producing high quality and concise writing for incorporation into EA DWMP consultation responses to DWMPs. Key skills required – ability to draft and produce high quality written responses, high level of verbal communication
Customer engagement. Understand customer needs, interpret this against business objectives to formulate coherent responses in accordance with the Customer Charter. Key skills required – ability to deal effectively and politely with customer enquires, both written and verbally.
Skills, Knowledge and Experience
Experience of working with the water sector or risk management authority community on flood risk, water quality, planning or water resources.
You will be:
• A self-starter who thrives on achieving results
• Excellent at self-management with an ability to work independently and use your initiative
• Experienced at working through complex problems and delivering solutions
• An horizon scanner with a desire to implement new ways of working that improve organisational effectiveness
• A great coordinator who has worked with operational colleagues on solutions that enable great outcomes
• Comfortable leading technical change and managing networks
• Proven at working with customers to build organisational capability and capacity
Expected behaviours for the role
Manages health, safety & wellbeing matters by actively promoting awareness and good practice and ensuring the provision of safe working practices in line with Environment Agency guidance. Roles at this level in this job family may be responsible for safety in a regulatory capacity.
Promotes inclusion by respecting differences in our workforce and works to build a supportive & engaging workplace.
Required to understand, influence and negotiate with internal and external stakeholders. Needs to understand the audience and communicate at the right level.
Ensures work is consistently delivered to required standards and service levels while reflecting best practice ways of working.
Understands, interprets and communicates the work and structure of the Environment Agency within the wider context based on knowledge and experience