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Quality Assurance Specialist for Environmental Monitoring

Environmental services
Not specified
Contract type:
Interim, contract & temporary
Full time
Salary description:
G7, £37, 973 rising to £42, 584 over four years
Specialist areas:
Quality assurance (main)
Start Date:
Natural Resources Wales
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Benefits: Civil Service pension, 28 days annual leave, rising to 33 days over 5 years, flexible working options, occupational health including counselling and advisory services and eye care, childcare vouchers and salary sacrifice schemes.

Role Purpose

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is the principal adviser to Welsh Government on issues relating to the environment and its natural resources. We aim to underpin all our advice and actions with robust evidence. In addition to making use of evidence generated by others, NRW itself gathers evidence, notably through the environmental monitoring we carry out.

NRW runs a variety of environmental monitoring programmes across Wales, including an extensive water quality programme in both freshwater and marine environments. This involves the routine collection and laboratory analysis of water quality samples and the analysis, interpretation and reporting of data generated by the programme. We also receive and analyse similar data provided to us by external partners. Alongside data collection and sample analysis, we operate quality assurance processes to ensure that the data collected is fit for purpose.

We are looking for a specialist in quality assurance to join our Monitoring & Reporting Group to review and optimise our approach to the quality management of our environmental monitoring programmes. You will work as part of a group that provides strategic direction to NRW’s Monitoring Service, but also in collaboration with operational monitoring and laboratory staff.

You will need to understand what it is that constitutes quality as it relates to environmental monitoring, and how it applies across the various stages of a monitoring project from design through to data analysis and interpretation. You will be responsible for reviewing our existing approaches against good practice in quality management, and for developing and implementing a plan to refine current practices and establish new ones where required. The initial focus of work will be on our water quality monitoring programme but will extend to cover a wider range of environmental monitoring activities.

Qualifications and Skills

• You will have substantial and in-depth technical knowledge in the field of quality management, ideally as it relates to the practice of environmental monitoring or another scientific discipline.
• You will have substantial previous experience of leading and managing complex programmes of quality management.
• You will be a confident and skilled communicator with good inter-personal skills.
• You will have well-developed problem-solving skills, with the ability to extract key technical and non-technical information and present this in a clear and concise manner to a range of audiences in both written and oral forms.

Closing Date:
Contact Details:
Natural Resources Wales
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Contact: Isabelle Sydenham

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