Head of Waste Management (interim) - Working for Essex
Salary: up to £600 per day (PAYE/Ltd)
Closing date: 31 Jan 2023
Location: Chelmsford
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 10414
Role: Highways and Waste
About the role

Head of Waste Management (interim)

Temporary, Full Time

up to £600 per day (PAYE/Ltd)

Location: Chelmsford

Working Style: Anywhere worker

Closing Date: 31st January 2023

Please note this role will be offered on a temporary basis for 12 months.

Lead and be responsible for all of Essex County Council’s Waste Disposal Authority (WDA) functions in a cost-effective, operationally excellent and compliant manner.


  • 21 Recycling Centres and 5 Transfer Stations
  • Closed landfill sites
  • Key external waste disposal, treatment and haulage contracts
  • Management of a team of over 200 staff

Identify and implement optimal changes to these waste functions to ensure improved environmental benefits and cost efficiencies, whilst still protecting local services.

You will be able to work from home 3-4 days per week. Visits to the aforementioned sites, particularly Colchester, would be expected c. 1-2 times per week to consult, engage and lead with the workforce.


  • Operational management – safe and efficient day-to-day management of all recycling centres and transfer stations. Providing waste disposal and treatment directions to the 12 WCAs of Essex.
  • Health and Safety - manage all health and safety issues in relation to the WDA services, always ensuring safety and compliance for officers, contractors and members of the public.
  • Financial control – provide robust and financial management of all waste budgets (circa. £90m per annum), savings targets and forecasting requirements.
  • Major procurements – provide support and expertise to existing procurements, advising on waste management practices and operational excellence.
  • Closed landfill sites - ensure the closed landfill sites are managed in accordance with regulatory requirements and maximise any associated revenue.
  • Contract management – work closely with the central contract management function to ensure that major contractors are compliant and delivering excellent levels of service.
  • Line management – direct line management of 7 staff and overall responsibility for all (200+) waste operations staff. Ensuring at all times that these staff understand the priorities, objectives and policies of ECC’s WDA.
  • Project Management - undertake any assigned projects, ensuring that agreed outcomes are delivered on time, within budget and to the expected standard.

The above-mentioned duties are not exhaustive and the postholder may be required to carry out other appropriate duties as may be required within the grading level of the post.

About you


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • A Chartered Waste Manager (MCIWM)
  • Sound knowledge of current and emerging waste and resources policy and legislation
  • In depth understanding of operational techniques and practices including RCHW operations, waste transfer operations, waste treatment and disposal methods
  • General understanding of commercial contracts and important features to enable their management


  • Ability to communicate effectively to different audiences including members, directors, waste officers, operatives and the public
  • Highly skilled in ensuring compliance with all environmental permitting and health and safety guidance and legislation relevant to the management of local authority collected wastes or equivalent
  • Highly skilled in effectively managing waste contractors, ensuring value for money and delivering to time-scales


  • Extensive and demonstrable experience of senior waste service leadership
  • Considerable experience of managing multi-million-pound budgets effectively and forecasting future budget requirements
  • Experience of managing complex waste related contracts
  • Extensive and demonstrable management experience to include large operational teams, budget responsibility and delivering outcomes through others
  • Experience of managing competing priorities in a complex political environment to deliver outcomes at pace

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Please note that Essex County Council has determined that the off-payroll working rules will apply to this assignment and where a worker elects to provide their services through an intermediary (such as a personal services company) then income tax and primary national insurance contributions will be deducted at source from any payments made to the intermediary.

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If you have queries on this role or require anything further, please email resourcing.team@essex.gov.uk