Materials, Waste and Resources Consultant

Contract: Permanent

Location: Swindon

Salary: £32-40k dependent on experience

Introduction to WRc plc

WRc plc is one of the world’s most innovative and independent scientific and engineering consultancies. Founded 90 years ago, we have a unique heritage. We are trusted by government, industry, regulators and the utilities to solve today’s most significant and urgent challenges in the fields of water, gas, waste and the natural environment.

The WRc Opportunity

2018 marks the next stage in our journey. We have embarked on an ambitious plan that aims for significant growth and expansion in the next five years. This will provide exciting opportunities for the right people to join us. You will play your part in our future by enabling us to achieve our commercial objectives through the delivery of customer-focused solutions. In return, you will be part of an organisation in which expertise is celebrated; an infectious passion for your specialist skill-set is actively welcomed; and drive and performance are rewarded.

The Team

Our Resource Efficiency team supports clients who recover value from unavoidable waste by generating energy and developing products. Combining the expertise of statisticians and waste scientists with our specialist laboratories, we provide independent and verified solutions that have credibility with the regulator. We work closely with in–house toxicologists and modellers to assess the potential hazardous properties of wastes and the environmental risks of waste recovery options. We also gather evidence for policy development and provide peer review and expert statistical assessment to optimise the value of research.

Our services include resource recovery underpinned by waste characterisation, consultancy in resource efficiency to support the circular economy, environmental risk assessment, statistical analysis/survey design and waste testing in our in-house laboratories. WRc’s expertise in the characterisation of waste treatment feedstocks and residues, and statistical interrogation of in-house datasets, provide insight into the efficacy of a treatment process.

The Role

Our Resource Efficiency team is looking for a waste chemist, geochemist or material scientist to support our ‘waste doctors’ resource recovery offering. You will help us to support waste producers that need an in-depth understanding of the chemistry of their wastes to improve a waste classification outcome, remove problem contaminants from waste production or treatment processes and/or increase resource recovery options. Our Consultant will have practical experience of physico-chemical treatment or other waste treatment operations, and/or have undertaken post-graduate research that includes material, product or waste characterisation to recover resources from waste.

The role includes:

  • technical support for consultancy projects on recovery options for specific waste arisings. This will include specifying and managing chemical testing programmes including internal chemical speciation testing and interpreting the results, for example through applying thermodynamic models;
  • implementation of technological improvements in the light of WRc resource recovery or waste characterisation consultancy projects
  • contributing to wider service offerings arising from resource recovery, process optimisation and process evaluation opportunities

The Candidate

  • Minimum of a first degree in a STEM discipline, preferably a chemical science.
  • Several years’ work experience within the waste and resource management, manufacturing, metal and mining or construction industries and/or
  • An MSc or PhD, preferably in chemistry-based discipline or chemical, civil or environmental engineering.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, and make recommendations.
  • Ability to work in compromising situations, possess a "can do" attitude, able to devise new approaches to problems encountered.
  • Ability to lead and motivate, willingly takes ownership of issues and seeks team participation to achieve best solution.
  • Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal).
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Flexible approach to work
  • Eligible to work permanently in the UK

Culture & Benefits

In our welcoming and inclusive environment, at WRc we foster a culture where talented and motivated people are nurtured, encouraged and supported to succeed and develop their skills. We know that with the right people, we are able to build on our unrivalled reputation in the fields of innovation and technical excellence. We welcome team members who bring new ways of thinking and fresh approaches to problem solving as well as those who have a genuine passion for their specialist subject or area of research.

In return for your commitment, we offer a wide range of benefits including:

  • Full on-the-job training
  • Flexible working hours based on a 37-hour week, Monday to Friday
  • A contributory pension scheme
  • 25 days holiday plus Bank Holidays
  • Free accident/life insurance
  • Cash Health Plan
  • Active Sports and Social Club
  • Subsidised on-site staff restaurant
  • Free Parking
  • Childcare voucher scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • On-site gardening club & allotments
  • Office location with easy M4 access / excellent travel links

For more information on the type of work that we do please visit our 'What we do' page.

Please APPLY ONLINEClosing Date 23rd March 2018.

WRc is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates.