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Waste & Environmental Compliance Officer

Project Waste & Environmental Compliance Officer
Employer University of Strathclyde
Job Description

Location: Glasgow, Scotland

Number of Positions: 1

Salary (per annum pro rata): £28,000

Start Date: January 2020

Length of Opportunity: 6 Months


Join the University of Strathclyde as Waste and Environmental Compliance Officer! Making Strathclyde a more sustainable University. We are number 9 in the world for recycling and sustainability and number 12 in the world for climate action, based on the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings.

Work with the Sustainability Manager to promote and continuously improve waste resource use, recycling and environmental management, by implementing the University’s ‘Environmental and Sustainability Strategy’.

We are:

The University of Strathclyde is home to 3,500 staff and 20,000 students from more than 100 countries. The University of Strathclyde is committed to ensuring our students make a useful and positive contribution to social and environmental challenges, locally and globally. This aim is embodied in our research and curriculum and demonstrated through our operational and management practices.

We value:

The University of Strathclyde is a place of useful learning where we're recognised as being:

People-oriented: committed to our staff and students, providing opportunities and investing in their development.

Bold: confident and challenging about what we do, and supportive of appropriate and managed risk in our decision-making.

Innovative: focused on discovering and applying knowledge with impact, and encouraging creative thinking and new ideas.

Collaborative: working together, internally and externally, with integrity and in an open, respectful way.

Ambitious: for our institution, staff and students as well as supporting the ambitions of our partners.

We need:

The role would suit someone who is a quick learner and passionate about sustainability and circular economy. You will bring knowledge of environmental management systems and excellent interpersonal, project and time management skills.

You will assist the Sustainability Manager with a range of initiatives to drive the University’s waste reuse, reduction, recycling and compliance agenda.

You are:

  • Postgraduate in an environmental subject or experience working in a similar role

  • An excellent communicator

  • Able to demonstrate strong skills in organisation, prioritisation and meeting deadlines

  • Experienced conducting environmental audits and inspections

  • Able to translate numerical data into easily understandable reports and communications.

  • Able to problem solve using logical, analytical and innovative thinking

  • Proficient in IT, particularly all Microsoft Office applications

In an ideal world, you are also:

  • Knowledgeable of Environmental Management in a University setting

  • Experienced managing a budget

What’s in it for you?

A fantastic opportunity for anyone who has a diverse sustainability interest, you can deliver real improvement in environmental performance in waste, water, energy, carbon reduction, biodiversity and sustainable travel. You will be working in an inspiring team and be liaising with departments across the University.

Day in the Life / Key responsibilities:

• Management of the commercial and hazardous waste contracts which include the financial and operational responsibility for a £300K budget and which includes the management of the University’s Resource Reuse and Recycling Centre (RRREC) at Corn Street, Glasgow.

• Hands-on engagement with relevant teams of staff such as catering, cleaning, grounds and gardens, Portering staff in order to ensure that the University responsibly manages its waste resources.

• Development and implementation of a site waste management plan that helps the University to develop a ‘circular economy’ approach to our resources. This will include the creation of a management plan for the RRREC that considers reuse and recycling solutions as well as ‘last mile’ strategies for University deliveries.

• Direct responsibility for the line management of the RRREC Logistics Supervisor (a new post)

• Completing site waste audits and inspections

• Ensuring waste management compliance with environmental and health and safety legislation

• Commercial, hazardous and clinical waste uplift management from across the University’s estate

• Implementing the University’s ‘Environmental and Sustainability Strategy’, including regular review and updating of the associated action plan.

• Reducing the volume of food waste at the institution by engaging with relevant stakeholders and creating a range of solutions and procedures that deliver positive change.

• Oversight of activities relating to the implementation of an Environmental Management System at all University locations, including monitoring, data collection, reporting, training, auditing and documenting.

• Working with colleagues on a range of activities related to waste, water, energy and carbon reduction, biodiversity and sustainable travel, taking a lead role when required.

• Assisting in the production and maintenance of new and existing policies, strategies, plans, surveys, reports and web-based information associated with the environmental and sustainability objectives of the University.

• Organising and facilitating the range of ad-hoc and scheduled events and meetings which support University’s Environmental and Sustainability agenda.

• Working with external stakeholders, particularly from HE and public sector; developing strategic partnerships and representing the University at relevant events

• Providing sustainability presentations and training to staff, students and stakeholders.

• Producing environmental reports and information for internal and external stakeholders.

• Management of communications and social media updates for this function to the Estates Communications Officer as required.

• AND other such duties within the scope and spirit of the job title, purpose, and it’s grading.

Nitty Gritty Details:

Hours/Week: 35

Annual leave: 27 Days + Bank Holidays pro rata

Work outside normal hours: Possibility of some work outside of normal hours

Employer: Change Agents UK (on behalf of the University of Strathclyde)


Closing Date: Midnight on Sunday, 24th November 2019

Telephone Interview Date: Please be available w/c 25th November 2019

Interview Date: Wednesday, 4th December 2019

This recruitment is being managed by Change Agents UK, please direct all correspondence to or call 01572 723419

Location Glasgow, Scotland
Salary £28,000
Application Deadline 2019-11-24
Interview Date 2019-12-04
Hours Per Week 35.00
Places Available 1

Closed - no further applications permitted