Buckinghamshire Council


Passionate about driving change? Do you want to make an unprecedented difference to Buckinghamshire? Look no further, we are seeking a professional and a diligent Lead Waste Project Officer to drive a programme of projects that will continue to shape waste management services in Buckinghamshire Council for years to come.

We welcome applicants who enjoy working collaboratively to offer proactive, innovative and customer-focussed advice and to support the delivery of a range of waste-related projects.

The Communities directorate is at the heart of the organisation and this role provides a fast-paced and extremely rewarding opportunity in a supportive environment. This is an exciting time to join us, as we grow and develop our service following the creation of the Unitary Authority.

About us

The role sits within the Strategic Waste Management and Enforcement service.  The team works collaboratively to undertake option appraisals, procure new waste service contracts, lead and deliver waste capital schemes, policy strategy reviews, behaviour change campaigns manage a number of multi-million-pound waste contracts (e.g. energy from waste, household recycling centres) and lead and deliver new waste infrastructure projects.

Within the team includes fly-tipping, unlawful encampments, and traveller community enforcement. Collectively the team are involved in a wide range of work from enforcement to contract management, procurements, communications, internal business/systems improvements, behaviour change projects and customer service. Working within the wider team means there are plenty of opportunities for learning and development in both a formal and informal capacity. 

The team environment is fast-paced and dynamic and supportive, we invest in ‘growing our own’ so there are excellent opportunities for career progression. The Team are friendly, approachable, and always up for the next challenge!

About the role

You will have excellent organisation skills to lead and manage complex waste programmes and projects for the Strategic Waste Management and Enforcement services. You will work closely with the Waste Commissioning Team Leader and work on various projects across the team/service.

The Lead Waste Project Officer will enjoy working with professional advisors in multi-disciplined project teams. Projects could be short to long term and complex for example external funding bids, internal business and system improvements, service and works (infrastructure) procurements, waste data systems, contract reviews, service delivery models, life cycle replacements of plant, equipment vehicles, policy and strategy development and reviews.

You will support the waste contracts team to deliver contract changes and undertaking complex and high-profile decisions through organisation governances in a manner and line with the Buckinghamshire Council’s vision, values and strategic objectives will be key to the role.

About you

You will be an enthusiastic, self-motivated and organised person to join our busy team. Be able to demonstrate initiative and the ability to manage complex plans, prioritise and coordinate project teams and colleagues.

The Lead Waste Project Officer will have a project management qualification and or good experience in project management. Will need to collaborate closely with relevant in-house and external expertise to deliver various projects to ensure outcomes are delivered meeting expectations.

You will be able to demonstrate leadership, negotiate and make decisions to take forward the programme of projects with stakeholders. You will have excellent organisational skills, confident to use your initiative and professional expertise to manage responses to complex or politically sensitive issues.

The Lead Waste Project Officer will be customer-focused anticipate customer changes to deliver high service standards whilst managing challenging changes.

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For an informal discussion about the role please contact Claire Oakins Waste Commissioning Team Leader Claire.Oakins@buckinghamshire.gov.uk or Gurbaksh Badhan Head of Strategic Waste Management and Enforcement via email: Gurbaksh.Badhan@buckinghamshire.gov.uk