Waste Operational Manager (Head of the waste service)

Cumbria County Council

Carlisle (with flexible and agile working arrangements)

  • Location

    Carlisle (with flexible and agile working arrangements)

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Local Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    to £59,621

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    26 April 2021

  • Client

    Cumbria County Council

Ref: GSe71130






Cumbria County Council are looking for an ambitious and enthusiastic individual to join us as head of the waste service, leading the service through new challenges and opportunities that are arising in the waste industry. It is also home to one of the country’s most picturesque and visited National Parks, The Lake District, giving access to fells and a wealth of leisure activities.

As the Waste Operational Manager, you will  provide strong leadership, focus, direction, operational management and budgetary control for the waste service - including the management and oversight of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) waste contract with Renewi Cumbria Ltd, and other contracts in accordance with statutory requirements as the Waste Disposal Authority, and in line the Council’s corporate aims, objectives, strategic plans and organisational values.

The Council is committed to reducing our carbon footprint to zero, working with our communities, partners and supply chains to support our county to achieve net zero.  Whilst we have a good track record of action, we are therefore looking for someone who understands the opportunities and challenges of climate change in a waste context.

We are also looking for an experienced candidate to lead and focus the service through the emerging themes that have been set by the Resources and Waste Strategy. This is a critical role in identifying innovative opportunities to improve our services. The successful postholder will act as the Council’s waste specialist providing intelligence, advice, guidance and support to Elected Members and Executive Directors/Senior Managers.

In return, Cumbria County Council is a modern, vibrant place to work offering a range of staff benefits, including:

  • Excellent training and development offers.
  • Flexible working opportunities.
  • Opportunity to join the Local Government Pension Scheme.
  • Various perks and discounts scheme.
  • Competitive salary

Our unique location makes this this an excellent opportunity to work in a progressive authority whilst being in a part of the world that offers excellent quality of life.


Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
12th April 2021

Longlist meeting
19th April 2021

23rd April 2021

How to apply


To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a 2 page Supporting Statement that addresses the role profile, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson



  1. Waste Service Plan Final 2021-2022.docx
  2. Waste Services - Structure August 2020.pdf


Philip Emms: 0113 205 6078