Assistant Project Director – Resource Efficiency & Waste (Strategic)
Home Based

Vacancy Reference: 002528

Location: Home Based

Closing Date: 08/06/2022

Salary: £45,000 per annum

Employment Type: Permanent, full-time

Department: Local Partnerships

Hours Per week: 35

Please note, the recruitment for this role is being administered by the Local Government Association on behalf of Local Partnerships LLP

About Local Partnerships
Local Partnerships LLP is jointly owned by the Local Government Association, HM Treasury and the Welsh Government. We occupy a unique position in the public sector, facilitating change through working impartially and collaboratively across all parts of central, local and regional government, and devolved administrations.

Our vision is as simple as it is challenging: to strengthen the public sector to deliver more effectively, achieve more swiftly, and give value for money to the taxpayer and customer.

Our impact report for 2020-2021 can be found at:

We provide support across England and Wales, working with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) managing its Waste Infrastructure Delivery Programme (WIDP) and with the Welsh Government in their Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy Division, assisting in the shaping and delivery of their ambitious Waste Infrastructure Investment Programme. We also provide bespoke support and advice to Local Authorities as needed. 

To support the programme, there is a need to recruit an Assistant Project Director, with some specialism in the strategic delivery of the work to support the Project team in these activities. This will include knowledge of governance and procurement relating to project delivery and stakeholder engagement. 

About the role
Assistant Project Directors are responsible for driving the successful delivery of activity within specific project workstreams for Local Partnerships, ensuring that the objectives are clearly defined and achieved within the agreed time, cost and quality constraints. You should hold sector specific knowledge at a detailed level and be able to apply that knowledge to a variety of scenarios.  

You may work on your own but will more often form part of a team of different specialists undertaking an assignment stretching over weeks or months, or occasionally years, for a client who will typically be a central government department or one or more councils. 

Assistant Project Directors are assigned to a programme area headed by a Programme Director.  While every assignment is different, Assistant Project Directors typically bring their professional expertise and project management skills to bear on complex projects and problems and ensure the Local Partnerships’ quality standards are met in completing the assignment on time and budget. 

The role may be based anywhere in the UK. You will need to travel to clients’ offices around the country. 

About you

  • Educated to a degree standard, with professional qualifications appropriate to the role
  • Excellent stakeholder engagement and management skills including the ability to deliver solutions that meet collective needs and communicate in a variety of different ways
  • Able to work as part of effective teams within organisational structures to deliver projects and commissions
  • Able to assess the implications of interrelated issues and to make sensible judgements that balance with stakeholder priorities

From a specific Resource and Waste Programme perspective, we are looking for:

  • A member of a recognised professional body 
  • Experience and expertise in the delivery of Resource and Waste programmes and projects, including understanding of the waste treatment and collection sectors, provider positions (in-house or outsourced) 
  • An understanding of government (local and central) strategic and commercial management, outsourcing, governance issues, change management, procurement methods and contracts
  • An understanding of relevant sector specific legislation and guidance 
  • Experience of directing the development of business cases using the Treasury’s five case model
  • Good strategic and operational understanding of the issues that will deliver savings
  • Experience of risk management approaches, and ability to identify and mitigate risks
  • Knowledge of waste treatment infrastructure in particular energy from waste, material recovery and anaerobic digestion

Closing Date:          5pm, Wednesday 08 June 2022
Interview Date:       to be confirmed, by the end of June 2022

We value diversity and encourage applications from all sections of the community, regardless of race, national or ethnic origin, disability, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, transgender identity, religion or belief