Senior Permitting Officer

City of Bristol
£34,330 per annum
03 Nov 2017
30 Nov 2017
Full Time
Contract Type
Career Level
Senior Management

Senior Permitting Officer - Role profile JPM 688  

Location: Bristol

Contract: Full time, permanent

Salary: £34,330  


We’re looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Senior Permitting Officer (SPO) to assist with the technical leadership of the Regulated Industry Permitting team.   In conjunction with the existing SPO, you’ll provide specialist technical support to a team of permitting officers using mentoring, coaching and training techniques to help them deliver environmental permits.

You will also be required to develop and share your expertise to improve the team’s technical competence.

You will be required to determine your own complex environmental permit applications, by carrying out technical assessment according to Environment Agency processes and regulatory obligations.

You’ll need to establish and maintain good working relationships within the wider NPS community and other technical teams, to resolve queries and establish best practice. In time, you should aspire to adopting a sector lead role, working with external groups to improve our links with industry.

Currently we are looking for one officer to provide mainly Industrial experience for the Regulated Industry Permitting team in Bristol. However, we may have a similar SPO vacancy in Waste Permitting in Bristol in the future. Therefore we will retain applicants’ details on file for up to 6 months to be considered for that role (should it become available).


You will join an established Regulated Industries (Waste & Installations) Permitting team, where you’ll assist in providing technical leadership, training and direction to 8 permitting staff. You will be the team’s primary lead for the Industrial (Installations) sectors.

You will need to establish and maintain relations with technical specialists, operators and other NPS sector groups.  You’ll need to work with these groups to assess and improve the Permitting team’s technical resilience in Industrial sectors.



You’ll be expected to have the following:

  • Technical knowledge of 2 process industry sectors such as chemicals, combustion, (non) hazardous waste, biowaste, landfill, refineries, (non) ferrous metals, intensive farming, food & drink etc
  • An understanding of environmental permitting: providing pre-application advice, assessing applications, regulating & reviewing permits;
  • Excellent coaching, mentoring and training skills;
  • Experience in environmental management, Best Available Techniques (BAT) and risk assessment, to make risk based decisions in pressurised situations;
  • Prompt resolution and communication of complex technical issues;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to provide first-rate customer service;
  • An ability to work collaboratively with others;
  • A degree (or equivalent) in a science or humanities subject.


The following would also be desirable:

  • Knowledge of amenity issues such as noise, odour, dust, fire prevention plans etc;
  • Chartered membership of a relevant institute or Practising Environmental Regulator (or working towards this).

Application details:

You can download the candidate information pack for further information.

Please note that this role will primarily be office based, although infrequent travel will be required to attend meetings, site visits or training.

Closing date for applications is 30 November 2017.

Interviews will be held in January in Bristol.