National Grid

Senior Consents Officer

National Grid
The Midlands
£42,500 - £53,800 dependent on capability
23 Nov 2018
12 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Level

Grade Level 8

A competitive salary between £42,500 - £53,800 dependent on capability

As well as your base salary, you will receive a bonus based on personal and company performance and a competitive contributory pension scheme where we will double match your contribution to a maximum company contribution of 10%. You will also have access to a number of flexible benefits such as a share incentive plan, salary sacrifice car and technology schemes, support via employee assistance lines and matched charity giving to name a few.

About us

We are National Grid, and we are at the heart of energy. From heating homes to making sure businesses fire on all cylinders, we’re using our engineering excellence to connect people and the planet. We’re also looking to the future – innovating, inventing, and transforming – to make possible the energy systems of tomorrow. And that’s why there’s never been a more exciting time to join us and help us to make a difference to people’s lives every day.

Job Purpose

To lead in providing and managing an expert consents service to the National Grid  business to ensure that project consents are delivered economically in accordance with current legislation, regulations, guidance and internal best practice, process and guidance, to specification, programme and cost and that National Grid’s reputation continues to be enhanced.

Key Accountabilities

  • Take the lead in gaining consent for DCO and major national complex multi-site construction projects by leading and managing the delivery of project consents related activities through the consistent implementation of best practice, process and guidance, including effective engagement with all relevant external stakeholders and local communities.
  • Lead the process of challenging, advising and guiding project teams in relation to the design and development of projects, ensuring the implementation of effective project consents strategies and programmes to ensure that all consents related costs and risks are captured and managed and that the reputational impacts of making changes are fully considered.
  • Responsible for ensuring that project resource requirements are identified, procured and sufficiently embedded within the project team ahead of need, and that these resources are coached and mentored to perform effectively in relation to the delivery of consents related activities
  • Lead, co-ordinate and organise the Consents and EIA team resources to support timely, efficient and effective delivery of all project consents.
  • Lead the proactive management of external supplier resourcing and finances, providing financial information to the Project Manager, ensuring timely reporting of agreed business metrics, ensuring value for money and appropriate challenge into the project teams to deliver this.
  • Give evidence as an expert witness at DCO hearings, public inquiries etc. and coach and mentor other Consents Officers about to give evidence.
  • Ensure that all Consents, EIA and Consultation reports and documents required in support of DCO, planning and S37 applications are prepared to an appropriate standard within required project timescales.
  • Develop, lead and manage engagement strategies for strategic stakeholder relationships acting as the key interface between external/internal teams/persons.
  • Ensure that all project specific good practice and lessons learnt are effectively identified, properly recorded and relayed to the National Consents team] for the purposes of consenting process improvement and formulation of positions and guidance to Consents Officers and wider business conducive to obtaining project consents and undertaking stakeholder engagement.
  • Oversee and challenge the activities of more junior team members (Consents and Junior Consents Officers), provide advice and coaching and mentoring as necessary. Handle complex issues/cases whilst supporting junior colleagues to handle standard/routine issues.
  • Performance management and development of Junior Consents Officers.

Knowledge & Experience Required

  • Experience in the delivery of consents and EIA related activities in support of DCO, major and complex multi-site projects and to programme, cost and specification
  • Experience in delivering the aforementioned in relation to major and complex multi-site construction projects comprising significant, difficult  and often geographically dispersed or linked scopes of work 
  • Experience in effectively leading and managing a substantive multi-disciplinary Consents and EIA team comprising both internal and external resources, including specialists, to deliver consents, stakeholder engagement and EIA related activities
  • Excellent understanding of the consents, stakeholder management, lands  and EIA disciplines, and the relationships between them
  • Strong Project Management skills, specifically in relation to time, cost (forecast and actuals), scope, procurement and managing Consents and EIA  resources. 
  • Excellent communication and presentational skills, with experience in presenting complex and contentious information to large and/or challenging external audiences. 
  • Ability to work collaboratively across National Consents Team, Capital Delivery and wider National Grid business representing the National Consents function, at the most senior levels, to support and achieve project delivery  
  • Ability to engage proactively, effectively and productively with stakeholders, internally and externally up to the most senior of levels


  • Relevant degree (Town and Country Planning; Environmental Impact Assessment; Environmental Sciences; Landscape Architecture, or equivalent)
  • MRTPI, MILA, MIEMA or equivalent

Advert Close Date

Wednesday 12th December

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