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HCC is recruiting a Waste Contract Manager

Posted by hertswow on March 10, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Thanks to WelHat FoE for this notice; the commentary is HertsWOW's.

Herts. County Council is recruiting a manager for developing its Waste Management contracts.https://jobsathcc.hertsdirect.org/sap/bc/webdynpro/sap/hrrcf_a_posting_apply?PARAM=cG9zdF9pbnN0X2d1aWQ9MDA1MDU2OUMwMDA0MUVFMjlERDlFREU0N0IwRTVGNzEmY2FuZF90eXBlPUVYVA%3d%3d&sap-client=400&sap-language=EN&sap-ep-themeroot=/sap/public/bc/ur/HCC_Recruiting_Candidate#" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> job spec.

COMMENTARY

This might seem premature or provocative - as moving the Special Needs School clearly is - at a time when the Council is forbidden by central Government from commencing construction on the New barnfield site.

On the other hand it will increase the Waste department's capacity with fresh external experience. The "RERF" (incinerator plant) is prominent in the job spec. but the remit is much wider than that, for instance to include "keeping colleagues updated on current thinking to use in their planning and service delivery",  "keeping colleagues updated on current thinking to use in their planning and service delivery" and "ability to understand and interpret data". 

These are much-needed qualities. To date, the Council has been far too reliant on "the market" - notably Veolia ES - for what to do, say and decide. Perhaps the incumbent of this new role will provide some critical distance between the Waste Managers and the market, in the public interest.

If the New Barnfield project is abandoned before or on Defra's decision, this contract development manager will have to earn her/his keep in making a quick switch to interim measures and an alternative solution fort the long term. We expect that the right sort of person will exercise their "comprehensive understanding of contract and risk management" to call a Risk Crisis meeting at which to cancel the RERF/incinerator project with immediate effect in favour of an up-to-date, localised scheme with high and increasing levels of diversion from waste. 

Welcome as the Public Inquiry is to us, we would welcome such a strategic officer even more in its place... 8)

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