Assistant Project Manager - Wales (Environment Department)

£25,901 - £28,779 yearly
  • The Coal Authority
  • Remote (Central Square, Cardiff CF10 1EP, UK)
  • 04 Aug, 2022
Full time Management Environmental Management Environmental Health Project Management

Job Description

Assistant Project Manager - Wales

Flexible working:

We offer different ways to work flexibly, and the following types of flexibility are usually possible: job share, flexible hours and compressed hours. Please feel free to talk about what flexibility means to you at your interview. As this role will be focused on the Welsh Metal Mines Programme, working closely with our Welsh based teams on sites spread across Wales, this role will suit candidates within easy travel distance to Wales and thus we are happy to see applications from areas outside of Wales. 

With a genuine commitment to flexible working, we believe that work life balance is incredibly important. There are a number of benefits that you’ll access being a part of our inclusive team including flexi time, 27.5 days holiday (with an additional 6 days flexi time), (Pro rata for part time employees) civil service pension scheme, gym membership contribution, and professional membership.

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 people and the environment safe from mine water pollution.

We are excited about what our future holds. Our work is already helping to address the nature and bio-diversity emergencies by cleaning up pollution in surface waters, whilst we are also helping to address the climate emergency by considering renewable energy generation opportunities, such as mine water heat helping Wales and 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.

About the role:

This is a key position within the Environment Department Projects Team, assisting and leading on the project management of often complex, strategically important projects, which assess, develop and implement intervention strategies (including minewater remediation schemes) to address issues resultant from legacy mining activities.

Whilst in time you will likely get involved in many of our activities, your primary / specific focus will be the Welsh Metal (non-coal) Mine Programme (the Programme), which is just one of the strategic legacy mining and mine water remediation programmes that we are currently involved in delivering. 

The Programme is responsible for the assessment, development, planning and delivery of pollution mitigation and environmental improvement projects, across the portfolio of abandoned metal mine sites in Wales; it is being jointly delivered together with NRW, requiring truly collaborative working. 

Projects generally include a variety of remedial interventions, not least surface water and spoil heap management and both passive and active minewater treatment schemes and we actively consider and trial novel and emerging technologies. 

We encounter a wide range of environmental sensitivities and constraints at all sites, with most of the sites having some designated areas / features either close to or on-site (such as Scheduled Monuments, SSSI) and most typically located in rural areas and sitting within or close to protected areas (such as National Parks, SAC and SPA).  Many of these features also present opportunities for multiple outcomes, including in collaboration with other stakeholders, so increasing benefits for both the project and the Programme.  These could relate to environmental enhancements such as bio-diversity and heritage improvements, or renewable energy generation for example.

For more information about the role please refer to the attached job description.

About you:

The successful applicant will be required to both assist and lead on project management matters for a range of projects, ensuring that schemes progress effectively and rapidly, in line with the agreed project budgets and programmes.

You will need to co-ordinate and collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders, including technical experts, landowners and statutory stakeholders, ensuring that due consideration is given to their requirements, whilst keeping laser focused on delivery of the agreed project outcomes and objectives.

You will need to be proactive in identifying risks and opportunities that need to be considered during project development and delivery, promoting best environmental practice and driving projects towards more sustainable outcomes / deliverables, considering the principles of Sustainable Development, the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and the Well-being of Future Generations Act. 

You will benefit from a good awareness and understanding of wider environmental and sustainability agendas and how these could be utilised and implemented in order to create better projects.

Working at the Coal Authority:

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion:

The Coal Authority is committed to developing a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We encourage applications from people with the required skills and experience, from different backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities and beliefs.  Diversity is vital to our success and innovation and is fundamental to our values of being trusted, inclusive and progressive.   We offer a guaranteed interview for candidates with disabilities who meet the basic selection criteria.

If you require any reasonable adjustments or alternative format application forms you can get in touch with us by contacting the HR team by email at   or by phone on 0345 762 6848.

Other essential information


Application closing date: Thursday 1st September 2022

The Coal Authority is currently following all required social distancing practices during our recruitment process.  

Application outcome:

We would love to respond to all candidates, however due to the high volumes we receive, only candidates invited to interview will be contacted. Therefore, if you have not heard anything within 2 weeks of the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful. We do encourage you to keep an eye on our website and see if there are any other roles that may be suitable for you.


Successful candidates must pass basic security checks and will be subject to UK Immigration requirements. 

Changes to the UK’s Immigration following the UK’s departure from the EU

Please note there is now a new immigration system which will apply to people arriving in the UK from 1 January 2021, and EU citizens moving to the UK to work after this date will need to get a visa in advance.

EU citizens applying for a skilled worker visa must now show they have a job offer from an approved employer sponsor to be able to apply.  Currently, the Coal Authority is not an approved employer sponsor, so we will be unable to employ any new EU citizens wishing to work in the UK after 1 January 2021.

EU citizens who were already living and working in the UK before 1 January 2021 may continue to do so, providing they meet all the requirements and they apply to the EU Settlement Scheme before 30 June 2021.  This will mean that they can continue to live the UK after 30 June 2021.  If you are an EU citizen who has lived in the UK for many years or you have a permanent residence document, you still need to apply.