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Waste Strategy Projects Officer OCC13693

Job Details:


Salary range: £30,507 - £36,876 pro-rata, per annum

Work location: County Hall, Oxford

Hours per week: 37 - we are open to discussions about flexible working

Contract type: Permanent

Closing date: Sunday 22nd September 2019

Interview date: Wednesday 9th October 2019




We are seeking a keen and motivated individual to join our busy, friendly and dedicated team, as a Waste Strategy Projects Officer


About us:


Oxfordshire County Council’s small but effective waste strategy team is responsible for:


  • Drafting and implementing the waste prevention strategy
  • Creating and implementing waste reduction initiatives
  • Providing strategic input into Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) development
  • Improving our re-use facilities


The team works closely with our operational Waste Management Team who are responsible for waste disposal contracts and our current network of seven HWRCs. The Waste Strategy team is also the first point of contact for the award-winning Oxfordshire Community Action Groups.


About the role:


We want to be at the forefront of a circular economy, trialling new initiatives and seeking ways to prevent waste entering our systems. We need you to help our county achieve this by:


  • Acting on topical issues such as plastics and food waste
  • Minimising the amount of waste entering our household waste systems
  • Working in close collaboration with our waste collection authorities


We have signed up to an ambitious Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy (Oxfordshire’s Resources and Waste Strategy 2018- 2023) together with our district colleagues, which sets some challenging targets for waste reduction and recycling. This is an exciting time of high economic and housing growth, and as one of the top performing areas for recycling and waste minimisation, our challenges include working in partnership to find innovative ways to keep improving, and ways to accommodate growth whilst minimising the impacts. 


About you:


We are looking for a natural collaborator, who will be happy working with a range of different partners such as Oxfordshire’s district councils and our Community Action Groups to develop and deliver a waste reduction strategy. This will involve delivering a range of waste reduction and re-use projects across different waste streams.


You will also be seeking out best practice on how we can drive behaviour change on waste including via social media.  


Rewards and Benefits:


It really is true that every single job role here contributes to bettering the lives of the people in our county - we want to do this for our employees too. We are proud of our strong flexible working culture, including the opportunity for flexibility on working hours and the use of technology to support agile working. We offer some of the very best learning and development opportunities to support your ongoing development.


We have a generous holiday allowance which rises as you remain in employment with us up to 32 days, as well as giving you the option to buy additional holiday. You will also have access to a Local Government Pension Scheme with employer contributions of up to 19.9% of your salary; a range of local and national retail discounts; and a host of enhanced family friendly policies including carers leave and paid time off for volunteering.


Want to know more?


Please click to view the Job Description & Selection Criteria.


For an informal discussion about the role please contact Rachel Burns on 07789 877310.


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Our Organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

As a Disability Confident employer we guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job. We also guarantee interviews to care leavers who have completed further education and who meet the essential criteria for the job. For those leaving care without any further education we guarantee an interview for our apprenticeships. 

All posts, unless stated otherwise, are open to flexible working arrangements.

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