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Environmental Specialist
Salary From: £41,500
Location: Thorpe Park Leeds or Doxford Park, Sunderland

Why Work at NGN?

At Northern Gas Networks, we are a community. We provide a supportive and fun working environment in our spacious offices with onsite parking provided. We embrace creativity and innovation as well as offering a range of learning and development opportunities to progress your career.
Since we started operating in 2005, We have led the way as one of the most cost-efficient of the UK’s eight gas distribution networks, reliably delivering gas to over 2.7 million homes and businesses.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion:

We value equality, diversity and inclusion at NGN and this is embedded in everything that we do. We will be delighted to hear from a diverse range of applicants, so we can continue to grow our mind-blowingly great team of people.
We are proud to support the Armed Forces Covenant, helping ex-services personnel back into employment, as well as being members of WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) and we are committed to delivering our ‘Opportunity Action Plan’ having signed the Social Mobility Pledge campaign, whereby we will establish our business as a ‘force for good’ in the communities that we serve.

Role Purpose:

Provide specialist environmental support, advice and guidance to the Operations team, encompassing emergency and repair, mains replacement, maintenance and Capital Projects
 The Environmental Specialist will support the business in ensuring that all work is undertaken in line with relevant environmental legislation, NGN processes and best practice, and will take a lead role in demonstrating and reporting environmental compliance.

Key Accountabilities and Responsibilities: 

  • Identification of environmental constraints on sites and providing specialist advice to Project Engineers to mitigate against environmental impacts.
  • Ensure that all Capital/Maintenance Project activities are undertaken in line with NGN processes. To lead in environmental compliance by providing authoritative guidance and assistance to projects. 
  • Identification and implementation of sustainability improvements and benefits company wide and within individual projects.
  • Providing input into development of designs in line with best practice and environmental constraints
  • Identifying and obtaining required environmental permits and consents for works across all of NGN’s work areas.
  • Review of contractors’ environmental documentation.
  • Undertaking regular site inspections and audits
  • Auditing of DSP environmental management systems - assurance for regulatory reporting etc. Checking of all environmental RIIO reporting data - enabling NGN to accurately report our environmental performance and demonstrate measurable improvement.
  • Producing technical reports and provide specialist technical input into incident investigation
  • Providing advice on planning requirements of projects and aiding in obtaining planning permission where required
  • Liaison with relevant stakeholders at all project phases.
  • Providing environmental training and briefings to colleagues and contractors
  • Communicate best environmental practices throughout NGN workstreams. Communicate any findings from environmental incidents to stakeholders. Provide environmental input for regular network communications
  • Prepare sites and documentation in line with the EMS and ISO14001 compliant processes and procedures. Prepare sites and documentation for annual external ISO14001 audit
  • Provide expert advice on noise issues and carry out noise monitoring on where required

Expertise, knowledge, and experience required:


  • Ideally educated to degree level in Environmental Science or a related discipline, with additional environmental based management qualifications such IEMA Diploma
  • Full membership of a relevant professional Environmental institution
  • Experience of managing regulatory relationships in a safety or environmentally focused environment
  • Experienced in Environmental Statutory Reporting
  • Experienced in environmental management and risk control on a wide range of construction projects in a similar industry
  • Experience in developing policies and procedures to effectively control Environmental risks
  • Proven experience in coaching and communicating and influencing behaviour
  • Experience of investigating incidents / events to identify root causation and enable organisational improvement
  • Previous experience in establishing and maintaining effective relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, enforcing authorities and principal contactors
  • Competence in the use of Microsoft software
  • Wide knowledge of environment legislation and risk control relating to the construction / utilities environment or similar regulated industry


  • Wide knowledge of NGN's operations and associated technical documents
  • Understanding of a regulated company's strategic positioning.
  • Gas industry knowledge and experience 

What we offer you:

  • A competitive salary from £41,500 per annum
  • Up to 10% bonus (dependent upon achievement of set targets)
  • £4,500 per annum company car/cash allowance 
  • Free onsite parking
  • 40 hours per week 
  • 25 days annual leave (plus recognised bank holidays and 2 half days over the Christmas period)
  • SSP for first 7 calendar days then occupational sick pay
  • A generous stakeholder 5/10 pension scheme
  • Flexible benefits and salary sacrifice options... from discounts on a variety of UK attractions, Gym membership, restaurant discounts, experience days...and exclusive NGN  discounts and much more!
  • An array of fantastic family- friendly policies such as 6 weeks’ paternity leave (for eligible employees) and 6 months’ full pay for employees on maternity leave (for eligible employees), as well as shared parental leave and many more.

Our values are at the heart of what we do. In addition to your key responsibilities, you will incorporate these into the daily life of your role.
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