Director, Environment & Waste

Location: Remote working - Maidstone, Kent
Salary: £98,000 - £117,000
Reference: 0117
Deadline: Closed

About the Role

Kent has experienced significant growth in recent years and, as the largest authority in the UK, it continues to adapt to the challenges it faces to ensure the services of the authority meet the needs of an expanding population.

During the course of the last year the Administration has refocused the Five year Plan in order to develop our Interim Strategic Plan “Setting the Course” outlining five key challenges to enable sustainable recovery and growth for our County. 

Supporting the Corporate Director, this newly created role will drive the Council’s responsibility in delivering sustainable businesses and communities and lead Kent’s commitment to Net Zero across its own estate and the wider county; Kent has a diverse physical landscape which includes multiple urban areas, country parks and natural, historic and coastal environments.

The collaboration of the Council with Central Government, the Environment Agency, Natural England, utility providers, districts councils, developers and other bodies is critical. The Director, Environment and Waste will partner these organisations to make sure the Council’s priorities are clearly communicated and funding opportunities are both maximised and secured.

Whilst huge progress has been made in terms of Kent’s Environmental Agenda, this role will further underpin the Council’s commitment to their residents and Place.

As a progressive and ambitious County Council, Kent invites and encourages creative thinking and you will be surrounded my like-minded peers.

About You

A strategic thinker with operational understanding, your background will outline your successes and contributions to Place; the climate change agenda, conservation of communities and overall improvement of waste management services. This may have been within local government or perhaps as a partner to local authorities.

Indicative Timetable

Closing date for applications:  29th January 2021

A Preliminary/Technical interview will take place for shortlisted candidates on either 15th or 16th of February 2021 with Kent County Council.

As part of the interview process for this role you will be required to complete an occupational personality questionnaire and telephone feedback session which will take place week commencing 15th February 2021. 

After the Kent County Council preliminary interviews, you will be invited to attend a Stakeholder, Service User Panel(s) and a Member Panel week commencing 1st March 2021 if you are successful at the Kent County Council preliminary interview stage. 

In light of Covid-19 it is likely that all assessments will be held remotely rather than face-to-face.

We will keep you up to date with any changes.



Dawn Faulkner
T: 0121 312 3755

Sarah Longbottom
T: 0121 312 3755


To apply for this job please submit your CV, a Supporting Statement (no more than four sides of A4), a completed Candidate Application Form and a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form to quoting: ‘Vacancy: Director, Environment & Waste, Reference: 0117’.

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Your Supporting Statement should set out how you think you meet the recruitment selection criteria outlined in the Job Description using examples to demonstrate how you meet as many of the essential requirements as possible. Please note the indicative timetable above and let us know if there are any dates when you are not available. Please also provide the names and contact details of two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, then you should state this clearly.