Cornwall Council Jobs 2023 – Waste Officer

  • Full Time
  • Cornwall

Website Cornwall Council

Cornwall Council’s Waste Service provides high profile, statutory waste collection, cleansing and disposal services to the residents and visitors of Cornwall. The services are mainly delivered through large contracts with external providers to a consistently high standard. Now is an exciting time to be a part of our motivated and high performing team, as we embark on the expansion of our chargeable waste collection service, to deliver the objectives of our resources and waste strategy and climate change commitments.

The Role

Reporting to the Senior Chargeable Waste Officer, the postholder will support the management, development and administration of the Council’s Chargeable Waste Services including supporting the development of new service offers, expanding the existing services and customer base, along with increasing income generation. These services are provided primarily through a high value, public facing contract which provides waste collection and cleansing services across Cornwall.

The Chargeable Waste Officer will assist in maximising opportunities and income, liaising with customers and other stakeholders, promoting and selling the available services, whilst maintaining administrative systems, processes and records and producing performance reports. The role includes a specific focus on supporting the management of the Council’s commercial waste collection service, working with the contractor to deliver the services.

The Council is preparing for significant change to the design of household waste collections from 2023, this will also impact on commercial waste customers, and the postholder will have a key role in developing the commercial waste collection service ahead of this change.

This is a fixed term role for 18 months. This position may be extended at a later date, dependant on the success of the new services, and the level of additional income generated.


Educated to A’ level or equivalent relevant experience, the successful applicant will be able to demonstrate considerable knowledge and experience of providing high quality customer service and support in a sales and marketing related capacity.

Adept at in working in a service delivery environment, managing service and contract queries received from customers, the right candidate will also have experience of developing and managing customer databases, monitoring performance and producing relevant reports. We are therefore looking for someone who has excellent organisational, administrative and IT skills, who can effectively use Microsoft applications.

This is a customer facing role and the successful candidate will possess excellent customer service skills, and the ability to advise potential customers of the rules, legislation and the service we provide. The postholder will also be adept at developing and maintaining good working relationships.

This is a unique opportunity for an individual who meets the requirements and who is passionate about shaping and developing high quality customer facing services in Cornwall.

Please view the role profile here, your application will need to demonstrate how you meet the required criteria. Please ensure you answer all of the pre-screening questions within the application form in full.

Cornwall Council is committed to safeguarding and following safer recruitment principles to help make sure our staff and volunteers are suitable to work with children, young people and adults at risk. It’s a vital part of creating a safe and positive environment and making a commitment to keeping all service users safe from harm.

Fairness and inclusion are at the heart of our vision for Cornwall. In order to best serve our communities, we are striving to achieve a diverse workforce that is inclusive of all backgrounds, cultures and identities, e.g. race, disability, sex, gender, age, religion and sexual orientation. We are an equal opportunities and Disability Confident employer, and we will assess applicants on their merits.

More information about working for Cornwall Council is available here


Whilst the location/work-base for this role has been specified, our evolving ways of working means that the role may require you to also work remotely (e.g. from home/other locations). We will discuss this with shortlisted candidates during the interview.

Further information

For an informal discussion about the role, please initially contact Verity Palk – Waste and Environmental Contracts Team Leader via email at [email protected]

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