Planning Specialist, Grade D (€55,937 – €83,905*)

Uisce Éireann is Ireland’s national regulated water utility and is responsible for providing water and wastewater services throughout Ireland. Our mission is to ensure all of our customers receive a clean, safe and reliable supply of drinking water and have their wastewater collected and safely returned to the environment. We will protect the health and well-being of the people of Ireland, protect the environment in all our activities and support Ireland’s social and economic growth through appropriate investment in water services.

Uisce Éireann has a significant multi-billion euro capital investment plan to deliver across Ireland. The Infrastructure Delivery Directorate (IDD) sees a multi-disciplinary team working on strategic infrastructure new build and upgrade projects in collaboration with the wider water industry. The Infrastructure Delivery team operates using an intelligent client delivery model, built around talented individuals who want to work on innovative and sustainable plans and solutions, using industry best practise ways of working. Our capital projects and programmes are critical to ensuring safe drinking water and proper treatment of wastewater, enabling growth and housing delivery in cities, towns and villages across the country.

The Portfolio team supports the effective management of the delivery of the IDD investment programme by ensuring governance and control through data management and systems, processes and performance reporting and analysis including the management of planning, land, wayleave, utility and statutory consents. This enables efficient delivery of the investment programme by providing programme visibility, informed risk management, analysis, challenge, and decision making. The team also provides expert support in key areas that enable the effective, efficient, and sustainable delivery of the IDD investment portfolio.

The Planning Specialist, reporting to the Planning Manager and working with the different project teams, will be responsible for ensuring such consents and permissions are in place in timely manner to mitigate against unnecessary delay and cost in delivering the Capital Investment Plan. The Planning Specialist will ensure a standardised approach is taken to obtaining such consents and permissions across Infrastructure Delivery through the development and application of policies, procedures and systems to support the project and programme delivery.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Deliver strategic planning advice across the delivery portfolios to support Infrastructure Delivery related activities.
  • Responsible for the efficient management of work area within Infrastructure Delivery.
  • Work closely with third part services provider and local authorities / stakeholders to deliver Uisce Éireann projects through the planning system.
  • Taking ownership of project delivery through the relevant planning consent process including pre-planning, applications, appeals and compliance submissions.
  • Identifying, evaluating and developing possible solutions to risks and issues arising on projects and escalating as necessary.
  • To provide detailed guidance in respect of proper planning and sustainable development of water services, including preparation of internal guidelines, policies and processes.
  • To provide advice and ensure consistency in relation to EIA and AA and other planning processes and planning application documentation.
  • To consider legal issues that may arise in the course of the project and co-ordinate across the business including Legal.
  • Prepare and / or review planning documentation for Compulsory Purchase Orders and represent Uisce Éireann at CPO oral hearings.
  • Oversee and track the making of planning applications on behalf of Uisce Éireann
  • Support Project and Programme Managers across with the post project completion issues.
  • Raise and escalate issues relating to Planning & Consents affecting portfolio delivery as appropriate.
  • Develop and promote effective working relationships with other functions within Uisce Éireann both through participation in a planning forum and on a day-to-day basis.
  • Ensure compliance with standards and processes.
  • Responsible for promoting and delivering health and safety commitments across IW and its supply chain, reinforcing positive behaviours and delivering against health and safety objectives and requirements to the highest industry standards.
  • Support the delivery of the Uisce Éireann Transformation Programme driving results required within the Directorate and supporting organisation wide objectives.
  • Provide visible leadership for your team, coaching and developing them to achieve their full potential and deliver business objectives, promoting collaboration and highlighting the behaviours that are expected from everyone in the team.
  • Other duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Demonstrable experience of end-to-end portfolio delivery is required, with particular experience in the area of portfolio planning
  • Relevant third level qualification and or accreditation is desirable
  • A minimum of 5 years experience in the water, utilities or similar industries is desirable
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective strategic partnerships with key stakeholders internally and externally
  • Proven track record with dealing with complex issues, proactively and in a timely fashion along with the ability to communicate complex information to others
  • Highly motivated individual, working to the highest professional standards and with proven ability to deliver results
  • Excellent analytical skills and ability to identify and analyse problems and potential improvements, and propose and implement solutions
  • Demonstrate adaptability and the ability to change focus and direction in line with business strategy and requirements
  • Proactively identifying new areas of improvement and using newly gained knowledge and skill on the job.

Applications, including current Curriculum Vitae, should be emailed to uiscecareers@water.ie stating the job title and reference 155IDUET23 in the subject line of your email.

*Please be advised that if successful you will be placed on the salary range based on your skills and experience. Please note the Market reference point (midpoint) of the range is generally the upper end of the offer where someone is deemed to be fully competent to take on the duties of the role, and leaves room for the employee to progress through the pay range as their experience develops further.

The closing date for receipt of applications for this vacancy is 30th October 2023. Please note that applications submitted after this closing date will not be accepted.

Uisce Éireann is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to providing a diverse and inclusive place of work and have a robust strategy and framework called ibelong to enable this. We are an equal opportunity employer and through our recruitment process we welcome and encourage applications from interested and suitably qualified individuals regardless of gender, age, racial or ethnic origin, membership of the traveller community, religion or beliefs, family or civil status, sexual orientation/gender identity or disability.