Waste Composition Field Supervisor

  • Role type
  • Full time

  • Location/s
  • Oxfordshire (Harwell), Hybrid

  • Closing Date
  • 19/12/2023

Job Description


Role: Waste Composition Field Supervisor

Location: Hybrid / Partial Remote


Role ID: 2023-2127


Our vision is to create a safe and sustainable world.

Ricardo plc is a global strategic, environmental, and engineering consulting company. 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.


The role

Our Strategic Waste Operations Team has an excellent opportunity for someone interested in Waste Composition Analysis (WCA), which is the manual sorting, categorising, and weighing of the different materials found in a waste stream. This is a customer facing role based in the field.


We are looking for a fieldwork supervisor to complement and expand our dynamic team, supporting the growth of our strategic advisory portfolio and to help in delivering our waste composition analysis projects here in the UK and internationally.  You will be working with highly experienced colleagues who will support your growth and development in Waste Composition.


You may be currently working for a local authority or private sector contractor delivering front-line services and looking to apply your skills and experience in a different way with a view to broadening your career in the sector or you may have an interest in the waste sector - full training will be provided.


Our clients are typically local authorities and government departments. We help our clients to understand the waste streams that they need to manage. If you do not know what is in your waste you can not manage it cost effectively and in line with social and environmental constraints and targets. Using Waste Composition as a measurement tool we are able to tell our clients exactly what they are dealing with. The tables and charts that are generated from the data we collect in the field show our clients the weights and composition of material in each of their waste streams, capture and diversion rates, contamination levels, opportunities for waste reduction and reuse as well as carbon footprint and biodegradables. Collectively, this comprehensive data provides an unparalleled insight into our wasteful practices.


Key Responsibilities

  • Working with a team to supervise/manage the operation of waste composition analysis, responsible for ensuring the work is undertaken in accordance with Ricardo’s standards, working in partnership with the head of waste composition analysis and team.
  • Leading and supervising/managing waste composition analysis projects including their quality assurance and technical review of project work undertaken by others.
  • Completion of risk assessments and Safe Systems of Work.
  • Health and safety for yourself and for the team in the field.
  • Data entry and analysis using Excel.
  • Assisting with drafting waste composition analysis reports.
  • Project Management.


Key competencies and experience

  • Experience of managing manual workforces.
  • Motivator and leader.
  • Good problem solving skills.
  • Highly organised and methodical with a good eye for detail.
  • A good level of numeracy including knowledge of Excel.
  • Ability to travel both in the UK and rest of the world.
  • Ability to work outdoors.
  • Excellent communication skills.


  • Knowledgeable about the UK waste management industry.
  • Experience or interest in waste sector.
  • Project management and delivery. 
  • Ability to write clear concise and accurate reports, which are tailored to the audience.


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. 


Our core benefits include 25 days' annual leave, plus 8 flexible bank holidays, a competitive company pension scheme, life assurance and professional subscriptions reimbursement. We also offer a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.


Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion statement

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person's potential, and we'll help you reach yours. We have an ambitious diversity, equality, and inclusion approach as explained here. We value diversity; recognising that a more diverse workforce creates a richer and more varied working environment. Diversity also drives innovation, by allowing us to offer our clients the best consultancy service that we can. As part of our commitment to engage positively and pro-actively with all our employees and to ensure an inclusive culture, we are a recognised as a 'disability confident' employer.


Next steps

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.


Ricardo is a Disability confident employer please advise the recruitment team via if you require any adjustments to support you throughout the recruitment process.