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Infrastructure Planning Manager 34 views

Applications must be made via Civil Service Jobs, using the reference – 58576

Location – 1 Victoria Street, London

About the job
Summary
Are you interested in contributing to the Government’s national energy infrastructure objectives? Do you have a planning, policy, or environmental background? If so, we want to hear from you! We are the Energy Infrastructure Planning (EIP) team, based in 1 Victoria Street, London. We are offering an exciting opportunity to join us and make a real difference to the delivery of nationally significant energy infrastructure! We are a small, friendly and professional team responsible for assessing applications and making recommendations to Ministers on planning consents for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) to power the country and tackle climate change.

It is a highly exciting role that will provide you with valuable insights into the planning challenges of major energy infrastructure projects including working with colleagues to assess environmental and legal risks of such applications to ensure recommendations to Ministers are sound and legally robust.

You will support the team leader by leading a portfolio of cases, developing familiarity with the issues raised by each one, and ensuring that they are progressed expeditiously and in line with legal requirements. You will also be responsible for handling and, if required, leading for EIP on the planning aspects of any future review of the energy National Policy Statements (NPSs). The NPSs set out government policy on different types of national infrastructure development and provide the framework within which Examining Authorities appointed by the Planning Inspectorate on behalf of the Secretary of State make their recommendations on NSIPs.

This is a great opportunity for an ambitious individual with either planning, policy or environmental experience, looking for their next challenge.

Job description
As one of our SEO Infrastructure Planning Managers, you’ll be responsible for handling a wide range of energy infrastructure applications for planning consents – from offshore wind farms, through to power stations, interconnector projects and electricity overhead powerlines. You will be assessing the merits of applications for Development Consent Orders (DCOs) under the Planning Act 2008, variations to existing generating station consents made under the Electricity Act 1989 and applications for safety zones made by developers for offshore renewables installations around wind farms. You will be tasked with ensuring that our recommendations and advice to Ministers and senior civil servants are clearly communicated, robust and delivered at pace. You will be assessing these applications against planning, energy and environmental policies, drafting formal advice and decision letters for Ministers or senior officials and ensuring decisions are robust and legally acceptable by working closely with EIP’s environmental team and Departmental lawyers.

As part of this role you will also be the team’s lead adviser on the energy NPSs and responsible for handling and, if required, leading on the policy and planning aspects of any future review.

It is a highly exciting position that will provide you with valuable insights into the environmental, legal, and planning challenges of major energy infrastructure projects. You will support the team leader by leading a portfolio of cases, developing familiarity with the issues raised by each one, and ensuring that they are progressed expeditiously and in line with legal requirements. You will also be responsible for handling and, if required, leading for EIP on the planning aspects of any future review of the energy National Policy Statements (NPS). The NPSs set out government policy on different types of national infrastructure development and provide the framework within which Examining Authorities appointed on behalf of the Secretary of State make their recommendations on NSIPs.

We believe this is a great opportunity for an ambitious individual with planning and policy experience, looking for their next challenge.

Responsibilities

  • Analytical in your approach to your work with good judgement and problem-solving skills to evaluate and respond to real world legal, environmental and technical challenges and to deliver strategic analysis and clear advice on planning matters.
  • You are well organised and able to plan and deliver your work effectively, to use a range of project tools and techniques and balance complicated priorities to ensure delivery to multiple tight and potential statutory deadlines. This ability will be important in the event that you are required to handle and lead for EIP any future review of the energy NPSs including experience in building productive internal and external relationships, demonstrating a strategic awareness and to handle expectations.
  • Be confident in working collaboratively and independently to compile, assimilate, distil, interpret and present a strong evidence base to advise coherent decision making by Ministers or senior officials. You should be comfortable dealing with differing opinions, challenging where necessary, and to calmly and rationally evaluate alternatives, sometimes under pressure, winning support from a variety of audiences, including senior officials and Ministers.
  • You are insightful and can communicate the background and reasoning behind a decision or recommendation. You will have the ability to write in a clear and concise way, summarising sophisticated technical information in a non-technical way, so that it is understandable to a variety of audiences.
  • Quickly attain a good understanding of energy policy and how that policy is delivered through the planning system. Have confidence to advise on the implications of any proposed policy changes for the energy NPSs.
  • Reference ID: 58576

    Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

    Salary: £35,823.00 /year

    Benefits:

  • Company Pension
  • Flexible Schedule
  • Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday
  • Experience:

  • Infrastructure Project Manager: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Only candidates can apply for this job.

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