Environmental Policy Specialist

  • Job Reference: R6156
  • Date Posted: 20 November 2023
  • Employer: Northern Powergrid
  • Location: Shiremoor
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: £65,000
  • Sector: Engineering & Technical
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

Environmental Policy Specialist
Location: Castleford or Shiremoor

Directorate: Engineering

Job Ref No: R6156

Do you want to help power your career and be part of an evolving energy industry?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Environmental Policy Specialist to join our Engineering team.

Northern Powergrid, as the company responsible for powering everyday life for 8 million customers across 3.9 million homes and businesses in the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, is at the forefront of delivering a power network that meets the region’s needs now and in the future. 

Our vision is to be the best energy company in serving our customers, whilst delivering sustainable energy solutions as we support the regions drive towards net zero. We have a fantastic opportunity for a talented individual to help us drive forward these plans. You will produce and manage the business’s Environmental Action Plan that is required to meet our business plan commitments by development of initiatives and working with initiative owners across the business.

Along with a competitive salary of up to £65k (depending on experience) we also offer great benefits such as;

•Enrolment into our pension scheme with a generous company contribution
•25 days holiday
•Personal Transport Provision
•Up to 20% Bonus

We’re excited to hear from candidates with a passion for our company and the energy industry and a desire to succeed. Apply now and we’ll be in touch.

Key Responsibilities

The successful candidate will be accountable for:

•Ownership of our Environmental Action Plan (EAP) and the associated regulatory commitments
•Co-ordinating the delivery of the initiatives across the EAP
•Monitoring and reporting of environmental performance data and provision of management information to key stakeholders
•Monitoring of changes to environmental legislation
•Analysis of future decarbonisation and environmental protection requirements
•Monitoring environmental performance and compliance
•Development and appraisal of environmental policies and strategies that serve current and future business needs
•Development of the environmental management system
•Develop and maintain internal environmental codes of practises and standards
•Lead stakeholder engagement on environmental performance and improvement initiatives
•Represent Northern Powergrid at relevant industry events

Key Competencies

•Comprehensive knowledge of environmental legislation and how it applies to the utilities industry
•A detailed knowledge of decarbonisation and Green House Gas reporting
•Knowledge of waste management and waste reduction techniques
•An understanding of biodiversity, net gain and natural capital
•A detailed working knowledge of ISO 14001
•Strong decision-making skills
•Ability to lead and direct key internal and external stakeholders
•Able to deliver quality outputs to required deadlines
•Excellent verbal and written skills
•Excellent IT literacy and data analysis skills
•Time management skills – ability to link plans to the long-term goals

Qualifications and Attributes

Essential Qualifications and Experience

·Education to a degree level preferably in Environmental Management or similar but other disciplines will be considered
·Proven experience in the Utilities industry incorporating an installed asset based with an age profile spread over several decades
·Experience applying health, safety and environmental methodologies, strategies and routines to ensure legal and regulatory compliance
·Experience analysing and presenting statistical data

Desirable Qualifications and Experience

•Full member of relevant governing body, ideally charted
•Experience in one or more of these areas;
•Developing and managing information gathering and consultation processes
•Knowledge of distribution transformers, switchgear and fluid filled cables
•Use of enhances analytical tools such as Power BI

Visit northernpowergrid.com/careers to find out more about this and other career opportunities.

Posted: 20 November 2023

In order to comply with our electricity distribution license, we have to ensure our colleagues are fit and proper to visit and enter our customers premises. Consequently, as this role may involve visiting and entering our customers premises, please be aware that the successful candidate will be subject to a basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Please confirm in our application if you are content for this check to be completed.


Applicants are considered on the basis of their suitability for the post irrespective of sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender re-assignment, race, age or disability, in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.