We are looking for an experienced Project Manager to join the Council’s Waste Strategy team. We welcome applicants who will lead the delivery of a range of waste related projects and programmes including developing future delivery options and or service harmonisation within the Waste Services of Buckinghamshire.
The Communities directorate is at the heart of the organisation and this role, within Neighbourhood Services, 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 Buckinghamshire Council, and in response to the Government’s Resources & Waste Strategy and the far reaching Environment Act.
The role sits within the newly formed Waste Strategy team. The team are friendly, approachable and enjoy working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to offer proactive, innovative and customer-focussed solutions. 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 dynamic and supportive, and we invest in ‘growing our own’, so there are excellent opportunities for career progression.
About the role
The Project Manager will have relevant experience in leading and managing programmes and projects in a complex environment. 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, and cost. The post holder will lead the scoping, delivery and management of a range of projects, 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.
The work will involve high-profile decisions through organisation governances in line with the Buckinghamshire Council’s vision, values, and strategic objectives.
The ideal candidate 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 projects, including prioritising and co-ordinating project teams and colleagues.
You will need to have excellent experience in managing projects using formal methods such as PRINCE 2, and the ability to work under pressure to deliver against project milestones. You must be able to collaborate closely with relevant in-house and external expertise to deliver various projects to ensure outcomes are delivered meeting expectations. You will lead, negotiate and make decisions to take forward the programme of projects with stakeholders. You will need to be customer-focused and anticipate customer changes to deliver high service standards.
Waste management experience and knowledge is not essential but is desirable.
For full details please see the attached job summary.
The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 30th January 2022.
Interviews could occur throughout the advertised period with final interviews during the week commencing Monday 7th February 2022. 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 and culture
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
- opportunities to take part in fun activities such as fundraising and social events
About the Business Unit
Our Communities directorate work 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, museums, theatres and libraries, as well as developing our cultural strategy. 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.
We recognise and reward you
Hard work and success deserves 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 on 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.