Head of Climate, Environment and Waste – South Cambridgeshire District and Cambridge City Councils

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Job title: Head of Climate, Environment and Waste – South Cambridgeshire District and Cambridge City Councils
Salary: Grade 11 £75,619 - £90,288 per annum (This is an indicative salary, pending job evaluation)
Location: Cambourne/Waterbeach
Contract type: Permanent
Hours: 37
Closing date: 10 May 2021


We’ve been recognised nationally for our environmental focus and efforts to lead local climate change issues. We’ve had one of the UK’s very first electric bin lorries collecting our recycling for months. We help support one of the fastest growing economies in the UK. We’ve ambitious plans to Double Nature. Could you be the person we’re looking for to take our plans to put the environment at the centre of everything we do to the next level? We’re looking for an exceptional candidate to lead our work towards a cleaner, greener, zero-carbon future. The current post holder leads a high-performing service but is moving on to a new challenge, so you’ve some big shoes to fill.

You’d be employed by South Cambridgeshire District Council but also lead our Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service with Cambridge City Council. Never has the key role of our recycling and waste crews been more appreciated by residents, so it’d be your job to build on the success of this high-performing service. You will ensure it embraces innovation and new ways of working while delivering commercial opportunities, profit and value-for-money alongside a culture of learning, development and professionalism.

Hate fly-tipping as much as we do? Good. Because you’ll also be responsible for South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Environmental Health service. Plus, you’ll lead our Business Plan priority to be ‘Green to our Core’, inspiring and leading Councillors, colleagues and residents to tackle climate change on a very local level. You’d be the Lead Officer on our Climate and Environment Advisory Committee too.

Finally, you’d sit as Director of the District Council’s two investment partnerships which will see up to £100 million invested to support the local recovery, through regeneration and housing development.

We’re based in one of the most beautiful parts of the country but, as you’d expect, work more flexibly than ever.  We have a strong culture of teamwork, hard work, but – and this bit’s important – we also enjoy work.  Having fun matters and we take that very seriously!  You’d be joining a highly collaborative and supportive team, who are passionate about delivering great services, being innovative and making a real difference.

To find out more about the position or for an informal discussion, contact South Cambridgeshire District Council Chief Executive Liz Watts via liz.watts@scambs.gov.uk

Letter from Liz Watts [PDF, 0.1MB]

Structure chart [PDF, 0.6MB] (please note this document is not accessible and is for printing purposes only. For an accessible version, please visit our Leadership team structure page which shows the current structure).

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