Waste Strategy and Implementation Lead

  • Role type
  • Permanent

  • Location/s
  • Flexible

  • Closing Date
  • 31/03/2023

Job Description


Role: Waste Strategy and Implementation Lead

Location: UK Flexible - individual will need to travel and spend time in Middle East 

Role ID: 2022-1554


Our vision is to create a safe and sustainable world

Ricardo plc is a global strategic, environmental, and engineering consulting company, listed on the London Stock Exchange. With over 100 years of engineering excellence and employing close to 3,000 employees in more than 20 countries, we provide exceptional levels of expertise in delivering leading-edge and innovative cross-sector sustainable products and solutions. Every day, we enable our customers to solve the most complex and dynamic challenges to help achieve a safe and sustainable world.


Energy & Environment, one of Ricardo plc’s five operating business units, is a leader in sustainability consultancy, solving complex environmental challenges through industry-leading analysis, advice and data. With more than 40 years of heritage in addressing air quality, environmental and sustainability issues, our customers value us for our deep understanding and breadth of services covering the entire value chain from evidence, policy & strategy to implementation.


We are currently looking for a Waste Strategy and Implementation Lead to join our Waste team. This is a great opportunity for anyone who would like to work in an expanding international market, traveling to the Middle East is required for this role.

A particular focus of this role will be on the development and implementation of long-term resource and waste management strategies helping clients to navigate the changing global and national resource management picture. The role of resource management in delivering Net Zero Carbon Roadmaps will also be of increasing importance in the delivery of our strategic advice.

Your key responsibilities will be:

Leading the delivery of resource and waste management strategies including for our Middle East clients.
Supporting our business development leads in the winning of new business, through networks and relationships, including writing proposals and participating in conferences and events.
Leading client management activities and interpreting client expectations into successful project delivery.
Undertaking the role of Project Manager or Director as required on Middle East projects and quality assurance of project work undertaken by others.
Aligning strategies with best practice frameworks, e.g. net zero, circularity etc.
Technical support on strategy development and implementation projects and other services offered by the business area to key decision makers in the waste industry, particularly governments, municipalities and waste management companies.
Responsible for the quality of own work and reviewing the work of others.
Ensuring tasks to be delivered on time and within budget.

Apply for this role if you have:

Experience in waste strategy development at a local, regional and/or national level.
An understanding of the tools and process associated with the strategy development process.
An understanding of international resource and waste management policy.
An appreciation of the key international mega trends and the need to build strategic resilience for our clients.
Knowledge of the Middle East waste market, key stakeholders and service delivery models.
Strong communication (written and verbal), presenting (technical knowledge to a non-technical audiences) and facilitating skills.
Ability to interpret complex issues and data, and identify solutions quickly.
Must be able to conduct and analyse appropriately referenced research and arrive at well-reasoned conclusions from its analysis.
Skilled at numerical analysis.
Ability to write clear, concise and accurate reports.
Experience of project management and delivery including management of more junior staff and sub-contractors


Tertiary qualification in a relevant subject area.
Experience with circular economy and carbon policy.
Member of an accredited body.
Fluent in Arabic (Preferred).
Existing client relationships and networks within the industry (preferably in the Middle East).
Appreciation of different waste technologies and infrastructure development process.

 Skills and behaviours:

Receptive to new and varied challenges, and able to rise to them and to learn.
Able to work independently and as part of a project team, irrespective of position or role on the task.
Attention to detail and pride in producing quality work.
Able to meet (multiple) deadlines and manage and deliver competing priorities.


Working here

You will be warmly welcomed into our workplace where every voice matters. We are diverse thinkers and doers, coming together to create a culture of inclusion. We will support you to find your place.

We will encourage you to use your passion and expertise to make a positive impact through the projects you work on.  Your knowledge and desire to bring about change will be invaluable in helping deliver innovative solutions that support communities across the globe in becoming safer and more sustainable.

Work life balance

We offer flexible approaches to work, whether that is working from home, being in the office, or as a hybrid worker. We're happy to discuss flexible working arrangements. Wellbeing is at the core to our culture, allowing employees to flourish and to achieve their full potential.


We want you to know how much you are valued. Your remuneration and benefits package will reflect that. You will receive a range of benefits which include support for your physical and mental health. 




Once you have submitted your application a member of our Recruitment Team will be in touch. Please be aware that the timing can vary dependent on the volume of applications that we receive for each role and in some cases, we may start to review applications prior to the closing date.