Waste management opportunities

We are looking for strategic, innovation and performance-focused leaders to join our waste department and take us to the next part of our journey from waste to resources management.

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Welcome

Thank you for your interest in these roles.

North Yorkshire is a special place, it is a great county with people and businesses who are proud to live here, proud of what they do and of who they are; the people who work for and represent the County Council are just the same. We are passionate about what we do and why we do it. We are proud of what we have achieved as a Council; confident about the services that we provide and ambitious for the future even through the difficult times of austerity.

This is a really unique time for our service, having worked closely with the 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. We have a strong history of working in partnership with City of York, with plans for the services to combine under a single joint service in the near future.

Our treatment plant, Allerton waste recovery park (AWRP) is the first site in the UK to bring together three different waste technologies anaerobic digestion, energy from waste and mechanical treatment on one site - allowing us to make the most of all our waste, increasing our recycling and creating renewable energy. AWRP 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, to drive out more efficiency and ensure the benefit for the local taxpayer. This is what we do best and this is who we are.

In 2017, we received national recognition from IESE Award in 2017 and have been shortlisted in an LGC awards in 2019 for the Environmental Services category.

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 (waste) and an operations manager (waste) to respond to new challenges and develop the service. The roles are 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 HWRCs, and spotting change and being ahead of the game in responding to it as well as ensuring value for money.

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).

About transport, waste and countryside services

North Yorkshire is a place with a strong economy and a commitment to sustainable growth that will enable our citizens to fulfil their ambitions and aspirations. Recently listed in the Halifax quality of life survey, we can boast five areas within the county as being the best places to live.

We also have the most beautiful landscapes in the country, rich in history and heritage, but with that brings a range of pressures on our environment and infrastructure which we must manage. We have significant opportunities arising from investment by both the county council and other government agencies. We continually we seek to deliver the right quality outcomes, ensuring that a quality threshold runs through everything we do. 

Transport

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 Health and Adult Services. 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 County 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.  

Waste

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.   

You can find out more about our waste and recycling service in North Yorkshire here.

Countryside Access Service

North Yorkshire Countryside Access Service is primarily connecting people with the countryside through its work to maintain countryside paths. An events programme enables all ages and abilities to visit the countryside is a safe and enjoyable way. Access to the countryside contributes significantly to our quality of life.

Find out more about public rights of way here.

We have strong working relationship with our partners. Read about their companies and what they say about us.

“Yorwaste, is a significant player in the North Yorkshire waste sector and has been for over 25 years, specialising 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 while also operating 22 household waste recycling centres on behalf of North Yorkshire County Council and City of York Council. Recycling plays a significant part of the businesses day to day operations with over 100,000 tonnes of recyclate being accepted into Yorwaste in house materials recycling facilities for the sorting and resale of plastic, cardboard, paper, glass, and metals and produces. 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 also one of the region’s leading commercial collection business, collecting both waste and recyclate from over 3,000 industrial and commercial customers.

Yorwaste also maintains and manages the environmental compliance on seven inactive landfill sites.”

Find more information about Yorwaste and their services here.

 

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.

We 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 and with a workforce of approximately 90, we are reducing the amount of household waste going to landfill in the county by 90 per cent and using it to generate enough energy to power the equivalent of 40,000 homes.

Find out more about Allerton waste recovery park here. This video provides a virtual visit to Allerton waste recovery park. You can also read about the construction of the site here.

Find out about the Allerton waste recovery park education and visitor centre here.

Working at North Yorkshire County Council

We pride ourselves 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;
  • 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.

To find out more about what it is like to work at North Yorkshire County Council take a look at the following video:
 

Available opportunities

This is an exciting time for the waste department, and we are pleased to be offering the following opportunities to join our team. Select a job title below for more information:

Head of service (waste)

Location: County hall
Salary: £57,993 to £66,000* (subject to April pay award agreement).

The role of Head of Service (waste) is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction in the delivery of Waste Management services for the 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 and 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 be responsible for leading 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 (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.
  • Skilled negotiator, driving hard for value whilst maintaining excellent partnership relationships
  • Experience of developing and implementing organisational culture change within a large diverse organisation
  • Extensive experience of strategic planning,  policy development and implementation, and performance management

For an informal discussion about this opportunity please contact Ian Fielding on 01609 532161.

Applying for this role

To apply for this post either click on the apply button below or send your CV in a word document (not PDF) quoting HSW in the subject line, to resourcingsolutions@northyorks.gov.uk by midnight on 17 March 2019.

It is important that your CV includes: your full contact details (telephone, email, address), full employment history (name of employer, job titles, dates of employment and salary), full education history (qualification, grade, dates and place of study), explanation of any gaps in employment. Your personal statement should outline your motivation for applying and how you meet the criteria for the role.

Application pack

 Job description / person specification (pdf / 509 KB)

This is a politically restricted role.

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Key dates

Closing date: 17 March 2019
Shortlisting: 18 March 2019
Interview date: 29 March.

We will not accept applications from agencies.

Operations manager (waste)

Location: County Hall
Salary: £42,683 to £46,503* (Subject to April Pay Award agreement)

The role of the operations manager (waste) is responsible for delivering the Council’s waste management service.  You will provide the operational lead for waste management with a full time commitment to achieving high quality and value for money through customer focussed services.

You will provide a high quality service delivery and performance, and have the responsibility for ensuring the Council only pays for the waste services it receives. You will drive continuous improvement in service delivery and will be responsible for demonstrating that operational services provide value for money. This is especially important when large value services are being delivered through means other than competitive procurement.

A significant part of your responsibilities is the management of the change. This includes moving away from delivering services mainly through traditional landfill contracts to new ways of delivery through a combination of the County Council’s company; Yorwaste, and a long term PPP waste treatment contract. As part of this you will be responsible for developing and implementing new and robust contract management systems and processes for the management and supervision of the biggest contract let by this council. These systems will be necessarily complex.

As operations manager (waste), you will demonstrate:

  • Extensive experience of waste management industry
  • Effective management / leadership experience in managing staff and performance
  • Experience of the development of strategic policies and effectiveness in partnership working
  • Proven and effective experience of the management of resources in a changing organisational environment, including financial resources.
  • Experience of strategic planning, target setting and performance measurement

For an informal discussion about this opportunity please contact Ian Fielding on 01609 532161.

Applying for this role

To apply for this post click on the apply button below or send your CV in a word document (not PDF) quoting OMWM in the subject line, to resourcingsolutions@northyorks.gov.uk by midnight on 17 March 2019.

It is important that your CV includes: your full contact details (telephone, email, address), full employment history (name of employer, job titles, dates of employment and salary), full education history (qualification, grade, dates and place of study), explanation of any gaps in employment. Your personal statement should outline your motivation for applying and how you meet the criteria for the role.

Application pack

 Job description / person specification (pdf / 477 KB)

This is a politically restricted role.

Apply

Key dates

Closing date: 17 March 2019
Shortlisting: 18 March 2019
Interview date: week commencing 5 April.

We will not accept applications from agencies.

"I’ve worked in the waste management team at North Yorkshire County Council for over 11 years and no two days have been the same. We are a small team managing the largest contract the Council has ever let, along with 20 HWRCs and seven Waste Transfer Stations. It is a fast paced environment with a wide variety of tasks and the opportunity to get involved in a large number of activities which I thoroughly enjoy.”

We always work to develop positive working relationships and there are a large number of people working together to deliver high quality effective and efficient services. 

I have had the opportunity to develop within my role and have been fully supported from all levels of management at North Yorkshire County Council. I did not come from a waste background but have been offered and undertaken a wide range of industry and role specific training which has enabled me to progress from the role of projects officer to the commercial manager which has been both challenging and thoroughly rewarding.

North Yorkshire County Council is a great place to work, senior management are visible, supportive, open to challenge and not afraid to make tough decisions. The Council has an agile workforce and looks to develop staff to get the best out of themselves and for the services delivered."