Materials, Waste and Resources Consultant

Materials, Waste and Resources Consultant  – Resource Efficiency

Contract:  Permanent

Location:  Swindon

Salary:      Dependent on experience


Introduction to WRc

WRc is one of the UK’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 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 will be predominantly office based with occasional visits to client facilities. The role will also involve with working alongside WRc’s on-site laboratory to broaden our current test base and develop new client offerings.  


The Role Includes:

  • Leading or providing technical support for consultancy projects.
  • Liaising with clients to understand their needs.
  • Performing data analysis, modelling and reporting.
  • Specifying and managing chemical testing programmes including internal chemical speciation or biodegradability testing, and preparing interpretive reports.
  • Sharing findings with clients to help realise benefits in the light of WRc resource recovery or waste characterisation consultancy projects.
  • Contributing to wider service offerings arising from resource recovery, and process evaluation opportunities.
  • Proposal scoping and development.


The Candidate


  • An MSc or PhD, preferably in chemistry-based discipline or chemical, civil or environmental engineering.
  • Several years’ work experience within the waste and resource management, manufacturing, metal and mining or construction industries.
  • 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.
  • Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal).
  • Eligible to work permanently in the UK
  • Excellent IT skills


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.


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