Head of Infrastructure Programme (Salinity)

About You
Are you an experienced leader with a background in Environmental, Operational or Infrastructure engineering and looking for a unique opportunity?
Are you a strategic thinker, able to formulate a long term delivery plan and make key decisions based on programme need and risk to protect the environment?
Do you want to play a key role in protecting strategic water resources from the legacy of mining?
Can you confidently build and influence strong collaborative relationships with the partner organisations who we work with?

Can you use your past experience and professional expertise to help us manage challenging mine water risks?
If so, read on......
We are looking for an experienced leader with a background in Environmental, Infrastructure or Operational Management.

Ideally you will come from a water, infrastructure or environmental protection background or have significant transferable experience.
We want someone who can understand environmental policy, legislation and corporate vision to create long-term strategies focussed on delivering set objectives and outcomes.
We want someone who can confidently build and influence strong collaborative relationships with the partner organisations who we work with.
You must be a great motivator, with the ability to develop and support a team to focus on outcomes, look for innovative solutions and deliver for the communities we serve.
You must understand the importance of risk management at strategic and operational levels and use this to ensure the objectives of the organisation are achieved within its risk appetite.
You should have experience of managing senior internal and external stakeholders through complex and sensitive issues relating to funding, regulation and compliance.
You should be a great communicator and collaborator with experience of working across multiple internal and external teams and with external suppliers and customers.
We don’t expect candidates to meet every single desired qualification.

If your experience looks a little different from what we've identified and you think you can bring value to the role, we'd love to learn more about you!

About The Role
You’ll be leading both an internal and external team of technical and project/programme delivery professionals to deliver the Coal Authority’s Inland Salinity Programme. 
Working with the Programme Director you will deliver the agreed strategy to manage the risks and impacts of inland saline mine water through assessing the areas of risk and developing prioritised short and long-term solutions to protect critical water resources.
The development of solutions will require innovative thinking and a collaborative approach to explore opportunities to work with partners in industry and also regulators to add value to potential solutions.
Role location: flexible but will require regular visits to the head office in Mansfield.
For more information about the role please refer to the attached job description.


Application closing date: 4th December 2023
Sifting date: 5th December 2023
Interviews: 14th and 15th December 2023 (via Teams)
(If you are unavailable on these interview dates, please make us aware and we will look at alternative dates)
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks and will be subject to UK Immigration requirements.

About The Coal Authority
Our benefits:

  • A market leading pension scheme - our employer contribution rate is around 27%
  • A choice of working patterns; full-time, part-time, job-share!
  • Adoption or shared parental leave of 26 weeks full pay (subject to qualifying criteria)
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Diversity Network Groups
  • Mental Health Allies
  • Civil Service Sports and Social club
  • Employee discounts
  • Annual medicals
  • £15 per month towards wellbeing
  • A values based recognition scheme
  • Flexible working arrangements to give employees freedom to vary their hours around personal preferences and commitments.
  • Generous holiday allowance – 27.5 days annual leave, plus the ability to flex an extra 6 days in addition to 8 public holidays
  • On-site free parking, tea, coffee and soft drinks in the Mansfield office
  • Sponsorship and professional qualifications support
  • Professional subscriptions paid
Working with us:
We offer different ways to work flexibly, and the following types of flexibility are usually possible: job share, flexible hours, working from home for part of the week and compressed hours.

Please feel free to talk about what flexibility means to you at your interview.
With a genuine commitment to flexible working, we believe that work life balance is incredibly important.
Who we are:
Here at the Coal Authority, we really are a great team to work with.

We’re united in our passion and commitment to make a better future for people and the environment in mining areas.
We carry out a wide variety of essential services from responding to coal mining hazards, to keeping everyone and everything safe from mine water pollution.
We are excited about what our future holds.

Our work is helping to develop a new sustainable source of renewable energy for the UK.

By harnessing the energy from mine water heat, we hope to play a key role towards helping the UK to meet net-zero emissions by 2050.
We truly are a supportive organisation where we all live and breathe our values.

We are inclusive, trusted and progressive in everything that we do.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion:
Here at TCA we don’t just accept difference – we celebrate it, support it, and thrive on it for the benefit of our colleagues, our customers and our communities.

We are proud to be an inclusive employer.

We are committed to developing a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community.

We encourage applications from people from different backgrounds, identities, cultures and beliefs.

Diversity is vital to our success and innovation and is fundamental to our values of being trusted, inclusive and progressive.
As part of our commitment to increasing the diversity of our workforce, we provide a guaranteed interview to applicants who meet the minimum selection criteria who are disabled or from a minority ethnic community.
If you require any reasonable adjustments or alternative format application forms you can get in touch with us by contacting the team by email at recruitment@coal.gov.uk or by phone on 01623 637000.

  • Start: 17/11/2023
  • Rate: £53,934 - £65,919
  • Location: Mansfield,England
  • Type: Permanent
  • Industry: Public_Sector
  • Recruiter: The Coal Authority
  • Contact: Admin The Coal Authority
  • Tel: 01623 637149
  • Email: to view click here
  • Reference: 0174
  • Posted: 2023-11-17 11:15:13 -

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