Waste Supervisor

Salary: £38,648 progressing to £42,369
Closing Date20 May 2024


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To directly supervise the statutory function of HCC as Waste Disposal Authority for the ‘in-house’ provision of the Recycling Centre (RC) service. This post is a critical part of the team accountable for the provision of the service to the c. 1.8m service users annually. The service is politically high profile and high value and so the postholder is required to uphold high standards of customer care, performance and compliance across the network of RCs.

Management within geographical zones (which are subject to change and other than weekend cover) of a number of Recycling Centre teams and frequent inspection of the Recycling Centres and, when required, Hertfordshire’s waste disposal, composting and recycling sites including supporting recruitment, disciplinaries and all issues related to the disposal services provided by the Authority.

Incidents, Accidents, Complaints, Customer enquiries. Dealing with these in a professional and competent manner via telephone, face-to-face, in writing (typically email responses). As representatives of the Authority out on the frontline service, the supervisors often have to manage aggressive and on occasion violent and abusive behaviour from Hertfordshire householders when following legislative and internally adopted procedures for waste disposal. The postholder must be capable of competently adapting their behaviour, language and exerting the necessary control on the environment to ensure the safety of themselves, site operatives and other site users. They will be able to competently resolve conflict and to ‘head off’ complaints before they escalate beyond a local level. Thorough investigation of complaints, when received and liaison with local police assisting with providing evidence for possible prosecution if required. Providing disposal advice and information to customers and assisting them where required. Conducting site visits for local schools and groups such as scouts, promoting the waste hierarchy and recycling initiatives on the Recycling Centres communicating an understanding of the processes involved for recycling each separated material on the Recycling Centres.

Ensuring Compliance: Monitoring H&S standards on both Recycling Centres and disposal sites including risk assessments, safe systems of work, H&S reviews and ensuring an ongoing awareness of all current legislation applicable to the waste industry. Liaising with the Environment Agency (EA) and the H&S Executive on matters relating to Inspections, permit conditions and the service as a whole. Supporting, responding and actioning reports from the EA as stipulated in the Waste Management licence conditions, development of safe systems of work and their implementation.

Additional Information

Assisting in the management and monitoring of ongoing costs/budgets for the service, which accounts for c. £7.5 million per annum for the Recycling Centres and advising where reductions in costs may be achieved for a more effective service for the County Council and the taxpayer. Principally, this involves identifying required works at the Recycling Centres, negotiation on costs with suppliers, commissioning and recommendation for approval of payment by the Budget Holder.

Administration: All aspects of invoice evaluation, payments, confirming work orders through an agreed quotation process. Organising regular contract meetings, minute taking, record keeping and compiling agreed agendas. Regular monthly unit and weekly operations meetings with colleagues in the Waste Management Unit.

Monitoring condition of County Council assets, identifying maintenance and repairs requirements for waste containers, compaction equipment, mobile plant, signage etc owned by the County Council. Ongoing liaison with Performance & Audit team of the Waste Management Unit and invoice evaluation and payments.

Assisting with the preparation of contracts related to Recycling Centre service delivery, waste disposal, composting and recycling, advising senior management on the development of future service specifications and lessons learnt on the ‘front-line’. The maintenance of various types of plant and equipment, monitoring their performance and providing recommendations to senior management on improvements thereto or the appropriateness of the cost of repair works as may be required.

Lone working at Weekends and Bank Holidays for a minimum of 1 weekend in every 2. This forms a significant part of the role where, at times, the only person representing the County Council supervisory and management team may be the Recycling Centre supervisor and, as such, they are delegated responsibility for the adequacy and ‘smooth running’ of the entire RC service. To put this in some context, the supervisors will be directly responsible for the service and are therefore responsible for supervising a number of residents and managing the inevitable complex problem solving that comes with a busy service (c. 1.8m residents p/annum). Therefore, decision making in these instances and the responsibility for directing wastes and dealing with problems arising during these busy periods falls to the supervisors which they must do competently and swiftly as a number of issues may arise in anyone day. During other periods, senior managers are available for advice and decision making should they be required.

For an informal discussion and more information please contact: Lorna.stump@hertfordshire.gov.uk

Ref: HCC25506

Benefits of working for us:

  • Flexible Working Arrangements (depending on the role)
  • Excellent Career Development
  • Salary Exchange for Additional Benefits
  • Excellent Pension Scheme with Employer Contributions
  • Shopping Discounts
  • Support Groups & Wellbeing Schemes

Diversity: We are an inclusive employer and value a diverse workforce.

Disability Confident: We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer and guarantee an interview to anyone disclosing a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.

Apply link: https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/statweb/jobs/job-details.html?nPostingId=117662&nPostingTargetId=179941&id=QY6FK026203F3VBQBV7V4F6GJ&LG=UK&languageSelect=UK&mask=newexternal

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