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Planning & Environmental Specialist (Consents Officer)

National Grid
UK Wide
£40,000 - £50,000
Closing date
15 Feb 2024

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The UK has set out its ambition to be net zero by 2050 and the energy industry is responding – together we are building a cleaner, greener Britain.

We are continuing to build our Consenting Teams and seeking experienced Planning and Environmental Specialists to work as Assistant Consents Officers/Consents Officers to help us obtain the permissions we need to build the Onshore electrical infrastructure that will make net zero a reality.

Joining our growing team, you will be responsible for ensuring that all the required consents are delivered in the most efficient and economic way possible and in accordance with current legislation, regulations, policy and National Grid’s internal best practice.

As a Consents Officer you will deliver on our consenting strategies, coordinating environmental impact assessments and delivery of planning and environmental consents across a variety of new infrastructure projects Onshore throughout England and Wales both during the development and delivery phases of our projects. This  includes supporting  the connection of new generation through the development of new overhead lines and substations together with upgrades to and replacement of existing infrastructure. Every day you’ll be playing a crucial role in our ability to deliver a greener energy future.

Our main HQ is in Warwick, but we also have offices in Leeds and London, we have existing team members all over the UK as we continue to offer hybrid working from office and home.

We can offer you the flexibility of an office base location or home working but travel to sites throughout England and Wales will be required.

We are open to full time and part time applicants, as well as flexible working arrangements. 

What we do isn’t just important – it’s essential. That’s why we look to recruit experts in their field. In this case, we’re looking for people who have:

  • Experience of obtaining the best permissions possible, and committed to green energy transition.
  • You’ll be comfortable to undertake interactions and communications with critical stakeholders such as Local Planning Authorities and Statutory Consultees.
  • Experience in the delivery of consents and environmental impact assessment (EIA) related activities in support of construction projects, to programme, cost and specification including during the development and delivery phases of projects.
  • Capability in effectively working within a multi-disciplinary consents and environmental team comprising both internal and external resources, to deliver consents, stakeholder engagement and EIA related activities.
  • Understanding of energy infrastructure planning and policy to support project development and delivery.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills with an ability to present information to large and/or challenging external audiences.
  • Project Management skills, specifically in relation to time, cost (forecast and actuals), scope, procurement and managing consents and environmental resources. 

You will be flexible, proactive and enthusiastic, as well as keen to develop your knowledge whilst supporting the more senior members of your team.

You will have a degree or masters in a planning or environment specialism, or equivalent experience, and ideally membership of, or working towards membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) or Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) (but not essential). We can support you in gaining experience and working towards professional membership.

You will need a driving licence that permits you to drive in the UK to engage with other colleagues and community stakeholders.



Welcome to National Grid Group. National Grid is an energy company operating in the UK and US. We deliver electricity and gas safely, reliably and efficiently to the customers and communities we serve – all while working towards a clean energy future.

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