Circular Economy and Green Economy Project and Delivery Officer
As part of the WMCA’s ambitious climate change and environment programme, we have identified the circular economy as providing significant economic, social and environmental opportunities for the region. The WMCA is currently producing the first Circular Economy Routemap for the West Midlands, which will identify the enabling policies and strategic projects, focusing on strengths in manufacturing, sustainable construction, a sharing economy and food.
To support this, we are looking for Circular Economy and Green Economy Project and Delivery Officer to lead on projects and initiatives that will emerge from the Circular Economy Routemap, and to work with colleagues across the region to drive green manufacturing and industrial decarbonisation. Working with stakeholders, you will also develop new opportunities for projects, policy and research. Working with colleagues in our Economy and Strategy directorate, Energy Capital and the West Midlands Growth Company, you will drive wider initiatives to promote green manufacturing and industrial decarbonisation.
This role is being offered on a two-year fixed term contract.
We’re looking for someone who wants to make a real difference to our region and our planet, and who wants to leave a lasting legacy for generations to come. You’ll be curious about, and have passion for, current challenges related to sustainability, conservation and climate change. Graduate calibre, or with the equivalent knowledge and experience working on the circular economy, you’ll understand the wider issues around the green economy and industrial decarbonisation.
You’ll have exposure to a broad range of stakeholders in this role, including government departments for funding and policy devolution, and therefore you’ll need excellent interpersonal skills and be able to confidently lead and deliver solutions and practical programmes of work to a range of people.
What’s more, you’ll have a clear commitment to creating a fairer, greener, healthier West Midlands with examples of how you have put this commitment into action and an understanding of relevant policy agendas and their significance.
About the team
In June 2019, the WMCA declared a climate emergency and set a 2041 zero carbon target. In March 2021, we had published our first Five Year Plan setting out our priorities for decarbonising the region. The West Midlands Combined Authority’s Environment Team, which forms part of the Public Service Reform Directorate, is leading the delivery of the directorate’s work on environment and climate change with the aim to create a fairer, greener and healthier West Midlands.
As part of this, we have a vision to create circular economy opportunities for the West Midlands The aim is to support sustainable growth in the region’s businesses through new circular business models, as well as to provide opportunities for the social economy and the region’s communities.
Our role in the West Midlands has never been more important and in these extraordinary times we’ve shown we can step forward, speak up for our region and bring people together. Everything we do is focused on making life better for people in the West Midlands – that’s our reason for being here and it drives every move we make. We lead and support others to deliver our shared future vision for the region – a happier, healthier, better connected place to live and work.
As an employer we fully believe that we are only as great as the people who work for us. We are committed to providing a positive, healthy and inclusive working environment where our people feel valued and respected. We are a “Leaders in Diversity” accredited organisation, are in the Inclusive Top 50 Employers List and are one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women.
Our employees feel they can make a difference and are excited by the growth and the potential to shape the future. As the WMCA is undergoing a period of significant change, our employees are engaging with what is going on and we are encouraging a culture where people feel they can contribute towards improvements.
We’re ambitious, forward thinking and determined to find better ways of working, always leading the way in what we do. We trust and support each other to get the job done, and encourage creativity, originality and curiosity from those who work with us. We’re committed to creating an accessible and diverse workplace, one that nurtures an inclusive environment where our people can be themselves.
If your values align with ours and you’re committed to working towards creating a future we can all be proud of, we want to hear from you.
We are designing our organisation of the future and planning a new, flexible approach to the way we use our office space. This approach will mean most of us working from home some of the time and using our office space to come together to share ideas and learn from each other. We will continue to use digital technology for meetings, collaboration and communications - bringing teams together virtually wherever they’re working, saving time and spending on travel.
We are committed to developing an organisation that is representative of the diverse communities that we serve and welcome applications from all sections of the community. The following groups are currently underrepresented: young people, Black, Asian and ethnic minority groups and women at senior levels.
We are a Disability Confident Employer and offer a guaranteed interview scheme for applicants who meet the essential job role criteria. We will make reasonable adjustments, in line with the Equality Act, for disabled applicants if these are needed. Wherever possible we will offer flexible working options which assist work-life balance.
We’re dedicated to providing a broad range of rewards and benefits and constantly benchmark our benefits packages to ensure they are attractive for all our people. As well as a competitive salary, employees also receive 27 days annual leave (plus bank holidays) and access to a great pension scheme.