National Grid

Consents Officer

National Grid
The Midlands
between £37,000 - £47,000 – dependent on capability
23 Nov 2018
12 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Level


A competitive salary between £37,000 - £47,000 – 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

Here at National Grid, we connect homes and businesses to power, making sure supply and demand match each other. We make sure the lights are on in schools, operating theatres and sporting arenas; we’re thousands of people working on behalf of millions of people. And whatever your role, wherever you work with us, you’ll help us hit stretching targets and achieve our far-reaching goal: to secure, clean energy that supports our world far into the future. Here, you will be at the heart of energy.

Job Purpose

To provide 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

  • Gain consent for construction projects by leading and managing the delivery of project consents-related activities through the consistent implementation of best practice, process and guidance, effective engagement with all relevant external stakeholders and local communities.
  • Responsible for challenging, advising and guiding project teams in relation to the design and development of projects, ensuring the implementation of effective project consents strategies, specifically the programme, cost and reputational impacts of making changes to the aforementioned.
  • 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
  • Proactively manage the  project  consents resource and provide current 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.
  • 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.
  • Ensure that 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
  • Handle routine issues and cases whilst escalating complex ones, and obtaining support from senior colleagues (Senior Consents Officers and Consents Manager),
  • Proactively develop relevant skills and build capacity in the consenting and environmental assessment and stakeholder management disciplines to lead the above accountabilities.

Knowledge & Experience Required

  • Experience in the delivery of project consents and EIA related activities to programme, cost and specification
  • Experience in effectively leading and managing external resources, including specialists, to deliver consents 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 information to diverse audiences
  • Ability to work collaboratively across National Consents Team, Capital Delivery and wider National Grid business to support and achieve project delivery  
  • Ability to engage effectively and productively with stakeholders, internally and externally, to the appropriate level


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

Advert Close Date

Wednesday 12th December