Project Manager (Waste) G8
Passionate about driving change and reducing our impact on the environment? Do you want to help set the course for Buckinghamshire’s Waste Strategy for years to come? Look no further, as we are seeking a professional Project Manager to drive transformation change including developing future delivery options and or service harmonisation within the Waste Services of Buckinghamshire for years to come. We welcome applicants who enjoy working collaboratively to offer proactive, innovative and customer-focussed solutions and support the delivery of a range of waste related projects and programmes. 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 services following the creation of the Buckinghamshire Council, and in response to the Government’s Resources & Waste Strategy and the passing of the far reaching Environment Bill.
The role sits within the newly formed Waste Strategy team. The team are friendly and approachable and will need to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders. The team will be undertaking option appraisals, reviewing contracts and campaigns, and developing policies and strategies, as the new unitary council considers waste harmonisation opportunities and future service delivery models. Working within Neighbourhood Services means there are plenty of opportunities for learning and development, in both a formal and informal capacity. The wider environment is fast paced and dynamic and supportive, we invest in ‘growing our own’ so there are excellent opportunities for career progression.
About the Role
The Project Manager will have excellent organisation skills, and experience of leading and managing complex transformational change programmes and / or projects. The post holder will be working closely with the Neighbourhood Service Director, Heads of Service (Waste) and the Waste Strategy Manager, as well as in-house and external experts in multi-disciplined project teams. The Project Manager will have an excellent track record of project management and delivery of projects to time, quality, cost. The post holder will be able to devise and maintain project documentation, have strong communication skills and be able to engage with stakeholders at all levels in a proactive, politically sensitive manner. Projects could be short to long term and complex, for example external funding bids, internal business and system improvements, service and works procurements, contract reviews, service delivery models, policy and strategy development / reviews. The work will involve high-profile decisions through organisation governances in line with the Buckinghamshire Council’s vision, values, and strategic objectives.
You will need to be an enthusiastic, self-motivated and organised person. You will need to be able to demonstrate initiative and the ability to manage complex programmes and or projects, prioritising and co-ordinating project teams and colleagues. You will need to have a project management qualification and or excellent experience of project management. You will need to collaborate closely with relevant in-house and external expertise to deliver various projects to ensure outcomes are delivered meeting expectations. Waste management experience and knowledge is not essential but is desirable.
You will be able to lead, 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. You will need to be customer focused and anticipate customer changes in order to deliver high service standards whilst managing challenging changes.
For full details please see the attached job summary at https://jobs.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/job_detail/235439/
The closing date for applications is at midnight on 12th December. Interviews could occur throughout the advertised period with final interviews during week commencing 13th December. Interviews will be via MS Teams.
To apply for this role, please visit our website or apply via the application button at the top of this page. For an informal discussion about the role please contact Claire Oakins, Waste Strategy Manager Claire.Oakins@buckinghamshire.gov.uk.
We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so please be advised to submit your application as early as possible.
We have a set of values, which our employees have chosen, that represent what we are – Proud, Ambitious, Collaborative and Trustworthy. By joining Buckinghamshire Council, you can expect:
- a fair and inclusive culture;
- the chance to really make a difference to those around you;
- health and well-being initiatives, including an Employee Assistance Programme, Mental Health First Aiders and mindfulness workshops;
- a unified voice through our Employee Representative Group;
- ongoing support, and the opportunity to develop and progress in your career with us; and
- opportunities to take part in fun activities such as fundraising and social events.
We recognise and reward you
Hard work and success deserve recognition, that’s why we pride ourselves on the benefits we give our people. We actively encourage a good work-life balance and promote flexible and agile working arrangements. We provide discounts at various cafés, restaurants, shops and auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme. We also offer a salary sacrifice personal car lease scheme and the opportunity to gain membership to Costco. We have discounted gym memberships, travel discounts with Arriva and Chiltern Railways and much more.
About the Business Unit
Our Communities directorate works across the county to deliver a number of the key customer facing services that our residents, businesses and visitors rely on every day. This includes collecting and disposing of waste, maintaining highways and managing country parks, leisure facilities and libraries. The customer is central to how we develop and deliver all of these services, which help promote our rich and vibrant culture.
We are looking for enthusiastic, ambitious and committed individuals to join our team and help make Buckinghamshire a great place to live, work and visit. This is an exciting time for us, as we bring together many of the place-based services that have previously been run by different authorities. We manage services through a combination of direct delivery, contract management and commissioning, as well as through our key partnerships. As part of the function, you will join us on our journey of continuous improvement. Whether that’s through developing strategies and ways of working or delivering services on the ground – every person in Communities is a valued member of the team.