Vacancy -- Fossil Fuel Licensing Manager

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Vacancy Details

Climate Change and Rural Affairs Group
Energy Delivery team
SEO - £40,100 - £47,470
£40,100 - £44,200 (dependent on skills). Welsh Government reserves the right to offer up to point three of the scale for exceptional candidates but this is in no way guaranteed.
Full time (applications are welcome from people who work part time, as part of a job share or who work full time)
Fixed term
2 years fixed term
Pan Wales
'Pan Wales' means that the location in which the vacancy can be based is flexible, subject to the needs of the business. Please note it may not always be possible to accommodate a preference for a specific office location, but requests will be taken into consideration.


Purpose of Post:

The post is being established to scale up the capacity of Welsh Government to manage existing fossil fuel licences. The case load has significantly increased and support is urgently required to ensure Ministers are well advised, the processes for managing existing licences are clear and transparent, and case work is dealt with promptly and efficiently.  This post can be offered either as a fixed term appointment, or as a secondment. The position will be required for two years.

The post holder will support the Fossil Fuel Licensing Lead in delivering across the areas of petroleum and coal licences, with some support to the developing thinking around carbon capture, use and storage. The role has three primary purposes:

  1. To support delivery of the Welsh programme of fossil fuel licensing casework through direct involvement with operators, managing licensing activities, helping to determine complex applications and keeping robust records.
  2. To help finalise the legislative framework, tools and licensing systems necessary to regulate and administer petroleum, coal and carbon capture and storage licensing functions in accordance with newly devolved statutory requirements.
  3. To advise Welsh Ministers in responding to legal challenges to their operation of devolved powers in relation to fossil fuel licensing functions.

It is expected the successful candidate will have knowledge and direct experience of developing or managing licencing systems, preferably with an emphasis on industrial activities and energy, including determining applications and direct involvement with operators. 

The role requires effective programme management to ensure the licence work programme is delivered within the appropriate timeframes, in accordance with the law, and that decisions reflect an accurate understanding of the evidence, regulations and policy.

The role will operate within an environment where all licensing decisions will be subject to scrutiny.

Key tasks:

The post holder will provide support to the licensing lead across the following functions:

Design and preparation of the licensing system

  • Finalise the petroleum licensing system tools and guidance. This will include stress-testing and publishing the documents.
  • Continue to develop accurate legal and consenting histories for each fossil fuel licence to enable their effective management going forward.
  • Complete case work on petroleum and coal licence extensions and applications. This involves gathering evidence from a range of stakeholders, assessing it against the legal framework and context and making a recommendation for Ministerial consideration.
  • Help develop a licensing system for carbon capture and storage. This will include designing a process, working to implement any legislative changes and develop associated guidance and tools.
  • Manage financial matters related to income from licences, including establishing effective income and financial management processes.
  • Prepare communications materials and manage the online presence to ensure clear communication about the licensing processes in Wales
  • Create licences if required, verify data and issue licence documentation.

General duties

  • Provide advice on fossil fuel and carbon capture and storage licensing.
  • Support the full range of Government business including Assembly Questions, Members Advice, and correspondence.

Response to challenges

  • Prepare responses to challenges to licensing decisions, supporting the Fossil Fuel Lead and developing a detailed understanding of the regulations and the histories of all Welsh licences.
  • Maintain accurate records of case management
  • Provide advice to Ministers and support responses to public and media queries, with support from comms and policy staff.

Development opportunities:

This is a busy and high profile area, demonstrating how action on climate change is being taken and creating an impact on existing operating models. This time limited opportunity will provide an understanding of working in central Government and supporting Ministers. The post holder will gain experience of handling politically sensitive topics and gain an understanding of a range of legal processes.

Closing Date:

07/09/2022, 16:00


Posts recruited to as part of this recruitment campaign are broadly open to UK nationals, those with right to remain and work in the UK and those that meet the Civil Service Nationality Rules only. Check your eligibility here:

Prior to appointment, all successful applicants will be required to produce original, acceptable documents as part of the pre-employment checks. If it becomes apparent at a later stage in the process that you aren’t eligible to apply, your application will be withdrawn, or offer retracted.

Equality and Diversity

The Welsh Government is committed to providing services which embrace diversity and which promote equality of opportunity. This is underpinned by the Equality Act 2010 and will be adhered to at each stage of the recruitment process. Our goal is to ensure that these commitments are also embedded in our day-to-day working practices with all our customers, colleagues and partners.

We are committed to being an anti-racist organisation and increasing diversity in the Welsh Government by removing barriers and supporting all our staff to reach their potential. We are committed to recruiting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people and disabled people who are currently under-represented in Welsh Government.

We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, marriage and civil partnership (both same sex and opposite sex), impairment or health condition, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, gender identity or gender expression.

We are a Stonewall Diversity Champion and a Disability Confident Level 3 (Leader) organisation. Key to supporting this work and providing peer support are five Board sponsored Staff Networks (Disability Awareness and Support (DAAS); Minority Ethnic Support Network (MESN); Mind Matters (Mental health and well-being); PRISM (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex +) and Women Together.

Disability Confident

The Welsh Government has adopted the social definition of disability, in which it is recognised that barriers in society act to disable people who have impairments or health conditions, who are neurodivergent or who use British Sign Language. We are committed to removing barriers so that all (or potential new) staff can perform at their best.

We guarantee to interview any disabled person who meets the minimum criteria for the post. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean that you must provide us with evidence, at each stage of the assessment process before interview, which demonstrates you generally meet the job description requirements. We are committed to the employment and career development of disabled people.

If you have an impairment or health condition, if you are neurodivergent or use British Sign Language and need to discuss reasonable adjustments for any part of this recruitment process, or wish to discuss how we will put in place any adjustments if you were to be successful, please email as soon as possible and a member of the team will contact you to discuss requirements and any questions you may have.

A Great Place to Work for Veterans

This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.

Welsh Language Requirements

The Welsh Government is a bilingual organisation and Welsh language skills are considered an asset to the organisation. We encourage and support staff to learn, develop and use their Welsh language skills in the workplace. 

The following list of language requirements represents an objective assessment by the line manager on behalf of the Welsh Government of the Welsh language skills required to undertake the duties of this particular post.

Can read some basic words and phrases with understanding
Can hold a basic conversation in Welsh
Can understand parts of a basic conversation
Can write basic messages on everyday topics

Social Partnership

In Welsh Government, the relationship between the employer and trade unions is based on social partnership. We believe our goals can best be achieved by management and trade unions working together.

Our 3 recognised trade unions are:
•         PCS
•         Prospect
•         FDA

This relationship is underpinned by a partnership agreement. This sets out how our unions work with Welsh Government on issues such as:
•         pay
•         terms and conditions
•         policies and procedures
•         organisational change.

Our Welsh Government trade union colleagues work together to give their members a real say in the workplace. They make sure that the interests of their members are promoted and protected. They also help reduce inequalities and improve terms and conditions.

The Welsh Government has an excellent track record of working in partnership with its trade unions. We encourage staff to get involved. We support you to join a recognised trade union, to ensure your voice is heard in the workplace. and to learn more about trade unions and partnership working.

Competencies / Job Specific Criteria


Making Effective Decisions

  • Recognise patterns and trends in a wide range of evidence/ data and draw key conclusions, outlining costs, benefits, risks and potential responses

Collaborating and Partnering

  • Establish relationships with a range of stakeholders to support delivery of business outcomes

Seeing the Bigger Picture

  • Be alert to emerging issues and trends which might impact or benefit own and team’s work

Delivering at Pace

  • Regularly monitor own and team’s work against milestones or targets and act promptly to keep work on track and maintain performance

Job Specific Criteria:

  1. Experience of managing, applying or maintaining complex licensing systems, preferably with regard to industrial processes
  2. Experience of interpreting multiple pieces of complex legislation, and applying them to complex and novel processes
  3. Demonstrate technical knowledge of industrial processes and determining their social, environmental and economic impacts, and impacts on geological structures

Assessment Process

Applications will be considered against the criteria for the post. Successful candidates will then be invited to interview where they will be asked to do a presentation on information we will send them in advance, and answer questions on their experience in relation to the post.

Other Information

  • Unless stated otherwise in ‘actual starting salary’, all candidates will start at the minimum of the pay scale being appointed to (this includes existing civil servants).This is not negotiable.
  • Unless stated otherwise in ‘type of opportunity’, this recruitment advert is not open on a Loan or Secondment basis.
  • For more information on the eligibility criteria and terms and conditions for Loan and Secondment positions in Welsh Government, please see external recruitment candidate guidance.
  • Unless stated otherwise in ‘Location of Post’ the role/s recruited to via this campaign can only be worked in the UK, not overseas.

How to apply

All applications for this vacancy should be made online via the Welsh Government's online application system.  If you have an impairment which would prevent you from applying on-line, please e-mail request an application pack in an alternative format, or to request a reasonable adjustment related to an impairment in order to submit your application.

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If you’d like to apply for this vacancy in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.

For further information regarding the Welsh Government recruitment process, please see the Recruitment Guidance for External Candidates (link).

When evidencing your suitability for the post, it is recommended that you refer to the Civil Service Competency Framework (link)

Grievance and Complaints

Anyone who believes they have been treated unfairly, or has a grievance or complaint, about how the process was conducted should either write to the Head of Resourcing, Welsh Government, Cathays Park 2, Cardiff CF10 3NQ or email  If you are unhappy with the outcome of the complaint raised with the Welsh Government and feel that the principles of appointment on merit through fair and open competition have not been met you have the right to pursue your grievance with the Civil Service Commission.

This vacancy is closed to applications.