Partnership Lead - Recycling & Waste - Working for Essex
Salary: Up to £53,292 per annum
Closing date: 23 Jun 2024
Location: Chelmsford
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 17067
Role: Environments and Public Services
About the role

Partnership Lead - Recycling & Waste

Fixed Term (18 months), Full Time (part-time considered)

Up to £53,292 per annum

Location: Chelmsford

Working Style: Anywhere worker*

Closing Date: 23rd June 2024

Please note this role will be offered on a fixed-term contract or secondment basis for 18 months.

*The role can be fully office-based at County Hall, Chelmsford, or hybrid. Regular visits to each of the 12 City, District and Borough council offices will be required.

Working within the Climate, Environment and Customer function, and across the Essex Waste Partnership (EWP), the Partnership Lead will work closely with Members and Officers of the 13 Essex councils of the partnership, Government and its agencies to promote the effective and efficient delivery of waste services in Essex. This role will be integral to helping councils in Essex build on current high recycling performance to transition to a circular economy and exceed targets for waste minimisation, greenhouse gas emissions and recycling. 

By leading the creation of partnership plans, development of regular progress reporting and by providing a conduit between operational and strategic teams, the role will promote joint working between partnership councils. Delivering a culture of collaboration and integrity, the Partnership Lead will use data-led evidence, insight and best practice to secure support for innovation and service improvements. Commercially aware and with experience of working in a complex partnership and political environment, the Partnership Lead will support creation of new partnership agreements, support funding applications and secure senior stakeholder buy-in to initiatives and plans. 

Emily from ECC's Circular Economy team tells us about the team, the work they do and the positive impact you could have on our county on YouTube here; 


Responsible for coordinating the secretariat function to the Partnership Officer Group and Member Advisory Board in line with the agreed Terms of Reference, including forming agendas, providing briefings to chairpersons, providing reports and connecting with sub-groups.


Development and maintenance of a rolling partnership plan for delivery of the partnership’s vision and ambitions incorporating activities, risks, opportunities for joint working and challenges that require partnership review. 


Responsible for coordination of rolling business reviews with all partnership councils. Review performance and progress against the vision and objectives of the partnership. Publication of resulting documents.


Coordinate the creation of data and evidence-led insight and progress and performance reporting for the partnership, including capture of requirements and development of options for delivery. Interpret and convey concisely, data and insight to support whole-system working. 


Reinforce a strong partnership culture of collaboration and integrity, promoting joint working and developing relationships with partners and at regional and national level. 


Provide subject matter expertise, undertake research and benchmarking to extend opportunities for innovation and ensure the partnership can respond to current, emerging and future need in the local context.


Develop relationships and work across structural boundaries with key networks and delivery teams (operations, data & insight, and communications and behaviour change) to be the conduit between operational and strategic priorities, and ensuring activity, priorities and opportunities are mapped into the wider partnership. 


Identify opportunities for external funding and secure partnerships with external organisations.


Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.


The Experience You Will Bring:


Educated to degree level or equivalent by experience.


Evidence of continuing professional development and broad knowledge of waste management.


Experience of partnership management in a complex partner environment with leadership skills to deliver cultural change and to motivate and enthuse diverse teams, over which you have no direct control, to collaborate to deliver shared objectives.

Experience of working at a senior level in a political environment, proven skills in understanding and responding to different perspectives and taking a cross organisational and cross partner perspective.


Experience of working in a programme and project environment (desirable), with experience of managing competing objectives and timescales to deliver outcomes.


Experience of advising and influencing senior decision makers and other stakeholders with credibility. Excellent presentation and report writing skills to convey complex information and ideas to diverse audiences and gain support.

Proven ability to interpret data and insight to monitor progress, suggest future strategy and set priorities. Able to produce business cases and plans to secure resources for project delivery. 


Experience of commercial management and procurement, with good knowledge and understanding of governance procedures and legal agreements.


To read more about us please visit: Climate, Environment and Customer Services

Why Essex? 

Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us here.

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What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

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