Senior Associate, Policy Analyst - RAPID (Regulator's Alliance for Progressing Infrastructure Development)

Ofwat (Water Services Regulation Authority)

Apply before 11:55 pm on Wednesday 12th October 2022

 

Details

Reference number

240073

Salary

£35,328 - £52,660

Grade

Higher Executive Officer
Senior Executive Officer

Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

2 years

Business area

OFWAT - RAPID

Type of role

Environment and Sustainability
Policy

Working pattern

Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts

1

Contents

Birmingham (B5 4UA) or London (E14 4HD) with hybrid working.

Summary

Ofwat (The Water Services Regulation Authority) is a non-ministerial government department. We regulate the water sector in England and Wales. Safe, reliable and sustainable water and wastewater services are essential for our day-to-day lives, our wellbeing, and our natural world.

We are forward-thinking, creative, innovative and ambitious. We constantly push the boundaries and embrace new ways of working. We actively encourage autonomy, collaboration and innovation and there’s a real adult culture fostered by trust, flexibility and respect. As a learning organisation we actively embrace new ways of working and provide the freedom to our people to work smarter achieving a work life balance.

We strive to ensure our people feel connected and valued, where your voice matters. You will be provided with the space and support to shape your future while taking greater control of your own growth and development.

Job description

Water is a precious resource. Our water resources are coming under increasing pressure from population growth, economic development and climate change. Society also expects that water will be available for users whilst also improving the environment. These factors all contribute to a growing sense of urgency that we need to act now to develop efficient new national water supply options to avoid restrictions in the near future.

In response the Regulator’s Alliance for Progressing Infrastructure Development (RAPID) has been formed to facilitate cross-regulatory collaboration on the development of strategic water supply infrastructure projects and to address issues relating to their development with a view to establishing an enduring regulatory framework for such projects.  The partnership is made up of the three water regulators in England - Ofwat, the Environment Agency and the Drinking Water Inspectorate. Natural Resources Wales is involved in an advisory capacity and has a decision-making role for any solution involving Wales, Welsh policy and legislation. It provides a seamless regulatory interface, working with the industry to promote the development of national water resources infrastructure that is in the best interests of water users and the environment.

RAPID is working with water companies and alongside the five regional water resources planning groups, to ensure that we have timely delivery of new infrastructure. Where necessary, RAPID will assist the regulators in identifying and overcoming potential regulatory and commercial barriers. RAPID is overseen by a Board chaired by the Ofwat CEO, with membership from each of the regulators.

The successful applicant will be working for Ofwat but allocated to the cross-regulator RAPID cluster to support its work.

The role

The development of nationally significant water supply infrastructure is a positive step towards ensuring resilient supplies of water.  This requires new and innovative thinking around the way that we regulate water supply infrastructure.  With the focus of this role being on developing policy to facilitate delivery of strategic water resources solutions.

  • We are seeking an experienced policy analyst to join our RAPID cluster. The successful candidate will play an important role in delivering our forward programme and will need to be able to respond flexibly to the needs across the organisation.  
  • The role requires a high level of analytical competency, good written and oral communication skills, policy skills, well developed people and stakeholder management skills, and a track record of delivery against challenging deadlines. Individuals need policy development skills and need to be able to think creatively to meet the challenges of the sector. The role requires collaboration both across RAPID, Ofwat and external stakeholders. This requires our people to work effectively with others while remaining focused on Ofwat’s strategic priorities.  

As a Senior Associate, you will play a key role in the RAPID cluster. You may lead a workstream or manage projects and will be relied on for your expert advice. You’ll ensure that we’re delivering on our strategic objectives on time and to budget, and also contribute to the effective identification and management of strategic risk and opportunities.

You will have a degree of autonomy, responsibility, and you will have ample opportunities to develop and consolidate your skill set. You are expected to be a self-starter and do not require detailed supervision from senior colleagues. You will continue to hone your judgement and be expected to exercise it responsibly in line with our strategy and ways of working. You will also be developing and using your ability to persuasively communicate and engage with stakeholders, both internally and externally. You are expected to provide support to colleagues across the organisation, proactively sharing skills and knowledge, and equally will be supported by coaching and mentoring.

Ofwat is an agile working environment, so you can expect opportunities to support other clusters and to move around the organisation as work priorities shift.  

Responsibilities

Within RAPID you will work primarily on our regulatory and commercial programme which seeks to improve the existing regulatory frameworks so that emerging regulatory and commercial issues, be they opportunities, gaps or barriers, are addressed through our work in support of each partner regulator.

Some of the key areas of the workplan on which we will be undertaking further work & on which this role will be working approximately 60% of time are:

  • Commercial contracts needed for the new water infrastructure – unlike existing water resource infrastructure, which is owned and operated by companies, new infrastructure could be operated by a third party
  • Environmental regulation is also of crucial importance for new infrastructure - and this role includes monitoring the environmental assessments undertaken by water companies and working with regulators collaboratively on ways forward.
  • We are keeping under review whether a further consultation may be needed, and if it is this role will co-ordinate that consultation with input from across the team.

You may lead on the delivery of numerical and/or policy analysis and use this analysis to influence, inform and advise internal and external stakeholders. Present policy proposals to internal and external stakeholders  

The role will also provide support to RAPID's gated process. RAPID (working with the partner regulators and Natural Resources Wales) assess the quality of water companies’ work on solutions at specific points (gates) to ensure that sufficient progress is being made.  We lead the assessment of the solutions at each gate and make recommendations to Ofwat on solution funding. Our assessment seeks to ensure that the solutions are on track and progressing in a way that offers value to customers and the environment.

We are currently preparing for standard gate two submissions on 14 November 2022, with our draft decisions due 1 March 2023, and final decisions 7 June 2023. We are also looking ahead at planning for gate three, with gate three guidance published on 23 August 2022[1].

A key area of gated work includes:

  • Supporting the team's engagement with the owners of the strategic solutions and the assessment of those solutions at the gates, seeking to make sure that the solutions are on track and progressing in a way that offers value to customers and the environment.
  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of data and insights within the organisation, proactively sharing skills and knowledge  

Essential professional requirements 

  • Degree level or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge and experience of policy and strategy development and delivery   
  • Experience of working collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams to deliver high quality policy and strategic thinking.  
  • Experience of engaging effectively with senior internal and external stakeholders

The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate Civil Service Behaviours and Strengths during the recruitment process.  The following behaviours will be assessed based on the written application and at interview:

  • Seeing the big picture 
  • Delivering at pace  
  • Communicating and influencing

At interview, the following additional behaviours will be assessed:

  • Making effective decisions
  • Working Together 

[1] Strategic regional water resource solutions guidance for gate three - Ofwat

Behaviours

We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

Selection timetable: 

  • Closing date: 12 October 2022
  • Sifting: Week commencing 17 October 2022
  • Interviews: Week commencing 31 October 2022

Please note that the interviews will be conducted via video conferencing software such as Microsoft Teams.

The interview is likely to include a presentation which will test the communicating and influencing behaviour.  Instructions for the presentation will be provided to candidates that successfully reach the interview stage. The written application and presentation will be used to judge candidates’ written communication skills.



Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment.
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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name : recruitment@ofwat.gov.uk
  • Email : recruitment@ofwat.gov.uk

Recruitment team :

  • Email : recruitment@ofwat.gov.uk

Further information

Please refer to the attached candidate information pack.

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