Assistant Director - Waste and Recycling - Working for Essex
Salary: From £67,522 - £77,910 per annum
Closing date: 16 Jun 2024
Location: Castlepoint
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 17070
Role: Highways and Waste
About the role

Assistant Director - Waste and Recycling

Castle Point Borough Council

Permanent, Full Time

From £67,522 - £77,910 per annum

Location: Castle Point

Closing Date: 16th June 2024

Why Castle Point? Castle Point Borough Council aims to provide high-quality and financially sustainable services while prioritising outstanding customer service, transparency in decision-making, and promoting local democracy. Additionally, the council seeks to transform, modernize, and improve its performance, as well as support and enable the communities within its jurisdiction to be strong, healthy, and thriving.

Our Values: Trust, Respect, Improving and Learning, and Customer Focus

The Opportunity

Reporting to the Director, Commercial and Assets, this key role will provide clear, authentic and inspirational leadership to the Waste and Recycling teams. The postholder will be responsible for assessing opportunities to drive value for money, improve customer service (both internal and external customers), to drive forward the organisational strategy and Member vision for Castle Point. This role will be responsible for translating and implementing the strategic goals of the council into operational delivery.

Core to this role will be the need to lead, support and develop staff to ensure the effective provision of services in your portfolio to enable the delivery of the Council’s agenda, embedding across the team the required culture and behaviours for the council to succeed, whilst driving service development.

The postholder will provide support and advice to the Chief Executive, Directors, Portfolio Holders and Elected Members, ensuring they receive high-quality advice on the development and delivery of the services across the council with specific accountabilities for services within their remit.

Working collaboratively with the team of Assistant Directors, this pivotal role is at the forefront of the council’s change and organisation effectiveness agenda. The postholder will provide the effective running of their services and the most effective deployment of its resources across their portfolio. The postholder will strive for service development and improvement building workforce teams and building the required culture and behaviours for the council to succeed.

This role will support the Director through an integrated approach, delivering the effective provision and delivery of key Council front line services, by maintaining the highest standards in ensuring the provision of quality and timely waste collection, and to increase waste reuse and recycling.

This role is accountable for:

  • Waste Services
  • Recycling
  • The postholder will support assessing and developing the commercial opportunities across the council’s assets and operations to drive value for money, to deliver the organisation’s strategy and Member vision for Castle Point.

Service/Functional Accountabilities

Deputise for the Director of Commercial and Assets as appropriate.

  • Attend and present to all relevant Council Committees and meetings and brief the relevant Portfolio holder(s)
  • To be responsible for the setting, monitoring and management of the service budgets
  • To be responsible for the preparation of an annual service plan and ensuring that resources are in place, within budget to deliver the service plan
  • The preparation of funding bids where appropriate
  • Making representations on behalf of the Council to national and regional policy

Specific to their Service areas:

  • To be the lead officer on the options appraisal of and if appropriate, procurement, management and monitoring of waste collection contract
  • Partnership with the waste disposal authority and waste planning
  • Waste Services, including:
  • Waste collection
  • Vehicle maintenance
  • Availability of bins and sacks

Recycling services

  • Recycling banks
  • Large item recycling
  • Recycling promotion

Staff and Budgets

  • Leading a team of up to 49 FTE, including waste collection operatives, subject to service plan and corporate requirements
  • For the mentoring, development and support of the team and recruitment of staff
  • Appointment and management of consultants and specialist advisers as appropriate
  • Direct service budgetary accountability of c. £7.2 m
  • Budget accountability for any grant funding

Delegated functions as detailed in the Council’s Constitution (and as amended from time to time) ) and all relevant statutory duties and powers as per delegations. Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.

The Experience You Will Bring

  • Educated to degree standard or equivalent by experience.
  • Relevant professional qualification or elegibility in one or more of the service areas in portfolio.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development and experience in delivering commercial opportunities within the public sector, as well as clear and well evidenced metrics and data.
  • A successful and substantial track record of achievement, and managing change, in a large and challenging organisation.
  • Evidence of success of developing a high-performance culture, together with the management and development of staff.
  • Experience of successful resource management across services and whole organisation, together with the delivery and measurement of cost effective, qualitative services within constrained resources.
  • Evidence of ability to create a high- performance culture, can draw on specialist skills and expertise effectively and celebrates success. Brings together diverse capabilities from across the service areas around clear goals.
  • Embeds a culture of continuous improvement, problem solving and innovation – learning from current good practice inside and outside the organisation to test different approaches to service delivery.
  • Experience of cross functional service/team working and matrix management with internal and external stakeholders.
  • A natural collaborator who develops effective relationships across and beyond the Council, this leader displays their passion and determination to deliver high standard of service

Please note, the postholder will be required to attend evening and occasional weekend meetings and events.

Castle Point Borough Council is proud to be a disability confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

As part of employment with Castle Point Borough Council should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription, and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please go to

Castle Point Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

If you have queries on this role or to request a full copy of the role profile for this position, please email An informal call can be arranged to discuss further information with Matthew Harwood-White, Director Commercial & Assets.