Buckinghamshire Council

Project Officer (Waste) G6


Are you looking to champion change and reduce our impact on the environment?  Do you want to help Buckinghamshire navigate some of the biggest changes in Waste Services for 20 years?  Look no further, as we are seeking a professional Project Officer to support a programme of waste related projects, including developing future delivery options and or service harmonisation / transformation within the Waste Services of Buckinghamshire.  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.

About Us

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 Officer will support complex waste programmes / projects utilising their project management skills and experience to deliver to time, quality and cost.  The role will require an ability to plan and organise projects, and maintain project documentation.  The role will require an individual with excellent organisation skills, who can maintain good working relationships and communicate effectively with all stakeholders, including the Neighbourhood Service Director, Heads of Service (Waste) and the Waste Strategy Manager, as well as in-house and external experts.  The work is likely to involve high-profile decisions through organisation governances in line with the Buckinghamshire Council’s vision, values, and strategic objectives.

About you

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 support the delivery of waste related programmes and or projects, prioritising and co-ordinating project teams and colleagues.  You will need to have a project management qualification and or good 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.  Good time management and communication skills are key, as well as the ability to pro-actively build and maintain good working relationships.  You will have good ICT skills and the ability to research, analyse, interpret and evaluate information and data. 

For full details please see the attached job summary at https://jobs.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/job_detail/235461/ 

Further Information

The closing date for the 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.

Our Values

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.