Assistant Permitting and Licensing Manager - flexible and hybrid working options

6 days left

Mansfield with hybrid working options
£25,901 - £28,779 FTE
09 May 2022
23 May 2022

Working with us:

We encourage applicants from anywhere in the UK – as long as you’re able to be in the Mansfield office for a minimum of 1-2 days a week and attend our regular team meetings in person, we embrace a hybrid working model as much as possible.

We offer different ways to work flexibly, and the following types of flexibility are usually possible: job share, flexible hours, working from home for part of the week and compressed hours. Please feel free to talk about what flexibility means to you at your interview.

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 helping to develop a new sustainable source of renewable energy for the UK. By harnessing the energy from mine water heat, we hope to play a key role towards helping 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.

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

About the role:

Would you enjoy the challenge of helping protect the public from hazards related to former coal mines by assessing developer’s proposals to investigate and remediate our mining property?

If you do, this is a great opportunity for you. You’ll become an important part of a small team that has diverse skills and experience but all share a commitment to support each other in what is a unique role. We work with other teams across the Coal Authority to ensure the organisation’s expertise and experience is reflected in the decisions we make.

The Permitting and Licensing team performs key functions under the Coal Industry Act 1994 on behalf of the Coal Authority. Discharging statutory responsibilities in relation to managing access to our underground property and licensing. The team is part of the Development Department that includes the Planning and Property Teams.

We issue around 2100 permits per year, providing permission for investigation and remediation of coal mining legacy including mine entries, mine workings and unworked coal. We also licence underground and surface coal mines in Great Britain and regulate agreements to access our underground property for other purposes.

About you:

You will be a technically minded and team-focussed individual. Able to use your own initiative whilst working at pace and maintaining an eye for detail. You will need to be consistent in your methodology, with careful consideration of established policies, procedures and guidance. Having excellent oral and written communication skills along with strong negotiating skills.

You will have:

  • Experience of reading and interpreting data, maps and plans
  • Experience of geotechnical engineering and site based drilling works
  • Experience of interpreting and reporting on mining legacy data
  • Experience of dealing with difficult situations and people
  • Experience of geotechnical risk assessments
  • Qualified within Geology, Mining or Geotechnical disciplines
  • A commitment to progress your professional development in this area

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.

Application closing date: Monday 23rd May 2022

This role is fixed term 12 months

For further information and to submit your application please click 'Apply'.

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.