We are looking for a strategic, innovative and performance-focused leader to join us as Head of Service (Resources and Waste) and take us on the next part of our journey from waste to resources management.
North Yorkshire is a special place, a great county with people and businesses who are proud to live here, proud of what they do and proud of who they are. The people who work for us and represent the council are just the same - passionate about what we do and why we do it. We're proud of what we've achieved as a council and confident about the services that we provide. We're also ambitious for the future and are now seeking someone who shares our passion and values to become a Head of Service (Resources and Waste).
This is a unique time for our service, having worked closely with City of York Council, we have secured a long term waste treatment facility within the county and want to ensure we maximise the potential of the plant for the benefit of both councils.
Our treatment plant, Allerton Waste Recovery Park, is the first site in the UK to bring together three different waste technologies - anaerobic digestion, energy from waste and mechanical treatment - allowing us to make the most of our waste, increasing our recycling and creating renewable energy. The park means we are no longer reliant on landfill and have strong resilience to deal with future uncertainties, but we are ambitious to do more. We are committed to working in partnership with the district and borough councils, and our private sector partners, to improve services further. We aim to increase efficiency and ensure financial and environmental benefits for the local taxpayer. This is what we do best and this is who we are.
Critical to continuing with our ambition is where you come in. As this is a start to a new way of working, we are looking for an ambitious Head of Service (Resources and Waste) to respond to new challenges and develop the service. The role is about being innovative and continually finding opportunities to improve, working closely with the council’s own waste company, Yorwaste, who run all transfer stations and household waste recycling centres, and spotting change and being ahead of the game in responding to it as well as ensuring value for money.
Working for us also means you'll be joining an award winning service, having received national recognition for our innovative approach to waste and environmental services.
If you can deliver benefit realisation and take us on the next phase of our journey then we want to hear from you!
Ian Fielding, Assistant Director Waste Management - Transport, Waste and Countryside Services (BES).
We provide transport services for the council, including home to school transport for mainstream and special educational needs children, and transport of vulnerable adults on behalf of our health and adult services directorate. We also provide subsidised local bus services, and operate park and ride services in Scarborough and Whitby, as well as support to community transport schemes.
We are also responsible for managing the council's internal fleet of vehicles. As the integrated passenger transport function, we ensure the service meets the quality needs of clients and customers whilst giving good value for money.
The waste service includes disposal of waste collected by district and borough councils and provision of household waste recycling centres. We also provide financial support to district and borough council recycling schemes and are responsible for ensuring closed landfill sites don’t cause pollution and are safe.
We continually endeavour to deliver a sustainable long-term service to ensure compliance with obligations to reduce reliance on landfill. Supporting waste services are delivered through a highly innovative arrangement with the council’s own waste management company, Yorwaste.
Countryside access service
Our countryside access service works to connect people with the countryside and is responsible for maintaining countryside paths and rights of way. Access to the countryside contributes significantly to our quality of life and is an important part of the services we provide to the people of North Yorkshire.
We work with Yorwaste and Amey to help deliver our services. Find out more about their work below.
Yorwaste is a significant player in the North Yorkshire waste sector and has been for over 25 years. They specialise in creating environmentally sound waste management and recycling solutions for the region.
As a proud local business it employs more than 300 staff who aid the company in moving over 350,000 tonnes of waste per year around its network of transfer stations. Yorwaste also operates 22 household waste recycling centres on behalf of North Yorkshire County Council and City of York Council.
Recycling plays a significant part of the day-to-day operation of the business, with over 100,000 tonnes of recyclate being accepted into Yorwaste materials recycling facilities for the sorting and resale of plastic, cardboard, paper, glass and metals.
The business has also diversified into the green waste recycling market through the manufacture of PAS 100 peat-free compost under the brand Yorganics.
Yorwaste is one of the region’s leading commercial collection business, collecting both waste and recyclate from over 3,000 industrial and commercial customers.
The business also maintains and manages the environmental compliance of seven inactive landfill sites.
Working in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council and City of York Council
As a 'Teckal' company, it is important that Yorwaste works very closely with its council clients, who are also shareholders. Over the past year, this working relationship has gone from strength to strength. Yorwaste management work very closely with the waste teams of both councils to ensure effective and efficient service delivery. These meetings are conducted with both transparency and trust as we share a common goal of delivering value for the public purse. We have also engaged in secondment programmes both to and from North Yorkshire County Council, which has benefited the client-supplier relationship as well as developing the individuals on the programme. A solid working relationship with North Yorkshire County Council, with shared common goals, is essential to Yorwaste’s future success.
Amey delivers a broad range of environmental and waste management services, including waste collection and treatment. They have a wealth of experience working with local authorities and businesses of all sizes. Their vision is to eradicate the need to use landfill for disposing of waste materials.
Amey also help local authorities and businesses meet their sustainability and environmental challenges by providing cost-effective, comprehensive waste and resource management solutions.
They are proud to be working in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council at the Allerton Waste Recovery Park. This state of the art facility is designed to make the most of rubbish from homes in North Yorkshire and York. Having opened in March 2018, the park aims to reduce the amount of household waste going to landfill in the county by 90 per cent and use it to generate enough energy to power the equivalent of 40,000 homes.
More information about Allerton Waste Recovery Park
About the role
Find out more about the Head of Service (Resources and Waste) role and how to apply:
Role: Head of Service (Resources and Waste)
Salary: circa £71k plus additional one-off payment of up to £6,600 and £8k relocation package available for exceptional candidates
The role of Head of Service (Resources and Waste) is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction in the delivery of waste management services for North Yorkshire County Council, and to lead the transition towards a shared service with City of York Council.
You will act as client for both councils in the transport and disposal of circa 450,000 tonnes of waste each year. You'll also be responsible for the operation of 20 household waste recycling centres on behalf of North Yorkshire County Council with a further two to be included when the joint service is formalised. You will also lead a team in the development, management and operation of integrated service delivery models to meet the needs of both councils.
Supporting waste services are delivered through a highly innovative arrangement with the council’s own waste management company, Yorwaste. You will be responsible for maintaining a productive relationship with Yorwaste such that the councils are able to fully take advantage of the commercial expertise within the company and the opportunities of the long-term contract.
As Head of Service (Resources and Waste), you will demonstrate:
- A strong commercial acumen, with the ability to maximise the services provided;
- Extensive experience of working in a senior position (public or private sector) within the waste management industry;
- Being a skilled negotiator, driving hard for value whilst maintaining excellent partnership relationships;
- Experience of developing and implementing organisational culture change within a large diverse organisation; and
- Extensive experience of strategic planning, policy development and implementation, and performance management.
- Closing date: Sunday 26 January 2020
- Shortlisting: 27 to 28 January 2020
- Interview date: Monday 10 February 2020
Working at North Yorkshire County Council
North Yorkshire County Council prides itself on being the biggest employer in North Yorkshire as well as being the employer of choice. Our vision is for North Yorkshire to be a thriving county which adapts to a changing world and remains a special place for everyone to live, work and visit. We are a top-rated authority and great changes are afoot to continue with the improvements that have already transformed working within the council.
We welcome and celebrate diversity and inclusion and the strengths this brings to our communities and work force, we aim to provide excellent and efficient local services enabling everyone to fulfil their potential, to do this we give everyone equal access to services and job opportunities. We heavily invest in the development of our employees, providing training and development to further enhance their careers.
We can offer you a comprehensive benefits package including:
- Flexible working hours;
- A local government pension scheme;
- Family friendly leave;
- Salary sacrifice schemes;
- Learning and development packages; and
- Employee discount benefits.
We can also offer you multiple opportunities for career progression working across a diverse client base and access to a range of technologies to support modern and agile ways of working.
As a council we are very much committed to encouraging flexible working for our employees, which will include working from other bases across the county as well as working from home.
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