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Mott MacDonald • Bristol, UK / Southampton, UK / London, UK

Senior Associate - Waste and Resource Management

2 days/week at home

A little flex time – We’re happy to talk flexible working and how we can support your responsibilities beyond the workplace. We offer a range of options depending on your role, so please discuss this with your recruiter.

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Job Description

Mott MacDonald

Position location: Bristol, UK / Southampton, UK / London, UK
Recruiter contact: Martin Keown

We’re a global engineering, management, and development consultancy.
Our purpose is to improve society by considering social outcomes in everything we do, relentlessly focusing on excellence and digital innovation, transforming our clients’ businesses, our communities and employee opportunities.

A fundamental part of this is respecting each person’s differences and striving to meet their needs.

We are proud to be a one of Glassdoor’s top employers to work for in the UK, as well as being recognised as a Top Inclusive Company in the UK.

Our values: Progress, Respect, Integrity, Drive, Excellence.

About the division
Environmental and social considerations are central to Mott MacDonald’s Purpose and its offerings across all sectors and territories. Our environment and social business provides essential services and innovative solutions which anticipate our clients' needs across all sectors.

About the role
The increasing success and reputation of Mott MacDonald in waste and resource management services both within the UK and internationally means that we are seeking to recruit a Senior Associate Consultant to further enhance our growing and diverse team, and to support the delivery of new and exciting waste and resource management projects. We are at the leading edge in delivering projects that achieve circular economy ambitions and promote sustainable waste management practices and are looking for someone that can help lead the team and grow our global waste practice.

Our clients range from international finance institutions to waste management contractors, and from country wide ministries to investors interested in new technologies.

We are therefore looking for a passionate and driven individual who has extensive expertise in technical aspects of waste and resource management, has demonstratable people management experience and is capable of leading complex projects.

Mott MacDonald is an employee-owned company, and this is core to our principles of ownership and valuing people.

We are looking for a Senior Associate level consultant with at least 10 years’ experience to join our waste and resource management team, based in the UK but working on a variety of international projects. We would be very keen to talk with you if you are interested in working across a diverse portfolio of projects, delivering waste and resource management outcomes for our clients and also helping to develop our people.

We are looking for someone to be based out of our Bristol, Southampton or London city centre offices.

You will play a leading role in waste projects in a growing international market with an increasing number of multisector opportunities. This may involve working independently or as part of a team. As part of the international work, you will be required to undertake international travel from time to time.

You will need to have technical expertise, commercial acumen, and significant experience of working in the waste and environmental sector.


  • Relevant academic/professional qualifications.
  • Chartership through a relevant organisation.
  • Highly experienced in the waste and resource management consultancy sector and in the technical delivery of waste infrastructure procurement projects.
  • An understanding of the broad principles of healthcare waste management.
  • Knowledge of organic and mechanical treatment systems and landfill.
  • Experience of working in a client-facing environment and ability to build relationships and influence stakeholders to deliver positive outcomes.
  • Significant experience in leading and managing projects with a strong emphasis on people management.
  • Experience in conducting thorough technical reviews.
  • Well organised with strong planning and management skills, with ability to produce high quality deliverables and manage budgets and programmes.
  • Experience working in diverse multi-disciplinary teams and leading teams to produce deliverables to a high standard.


  • Experience of working on waste sector projects for developing nations
  • Experience of working with international donor or lender organisations
  • Experience of delivering waste management strategies and masterplans.
  • Demonstratable experience in conducting business development activities and an ability to deliver high quality technical and commercial bids/proposals.
  • People management experience and supporting staff development including progression with professional qualifications
  • Confident delivery of workshops or training, both online and in person
  • Ability to occasionally travel internationally if required

As a Senior Associate, you will work collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team, alongside engineers, master planners, our advisory teams and a range of waste and resource management specialists.

Dependant on the area of demonstrable knowledge and experience in the waste and resource consultancy sector processes and deliverables.

You may be responsible for:

  • Management of project teams, budgets and programmes including project set up and through delivery phases.
  • Developing scope of works and tender specifications.
  • Preparation and delivery of feasibility study and technical solid waste treatment technical procurement documentation.
  • Working with client and project teams to identify and deliver opportunities to achieve sustainable outcomes in line with corporate requirements, community needs and planning policy.
  • Lead on the delivery of technical and commercial bid submissions.
  • Providing senior support to the waste and resource team members overseeing the technical delivery of projects.
  • You will be required to undertake technical checks and approvals of waste and recourse management deliverables across a range of specialist areas and undertake project reviews in line with our business and environmental management systems.

Core skills applicable to this role include the ability to influence the interests of clients, stakeholders, regulators and other government agencies, while communicating with the team to ensure project-related concerns/ opportunities are identified and addressed.

As a key member of the waste and resource management team, you will engage and influence a diverse range of internal and external clients and stakeholders, from both the public and private sector both within the UK and internationally. You will be required to lead the management of project resources, manage project budgets, provide technical guidance and oversight to staff, have a high competency in project management and with contract and risk management and undertake attendance at client meetings. You will also be required to lead the preparation of fee estimates, proposal writing and general business development activities, as well as providing technical guidance and mentoring of more junior staff members.

Equality, diversity, and inclusion

We put equality, diversity, and inclusion at the heart of our business, seeking to promote fair employment procedures and practices to ensure equal opportunities for all. We encourage individual expression in our workplace and are committed to creating an inclusive environment where everyone feels they can contribute.


We want you to perform your best at every stage in the recruitment process. If you are disabled or need any support to enable you to apply or attend an interview, please contact us at reasonable.adjustments@mottmac.com and we will talk to you about how we can support you.

Agile working

Happy to talk Flexible Working and how we can support your responsibilities beyond the workplace.

We offer some fantastic benefits including:

Health and wellbeing

  • Private medical insurance for all UK colleagues.
  • Health cash plan to support you with every day health costs and treatments.
  • Access to Peppy, providing free support from menopause experts for all UK colleagues.
  • A variety of wellbeing support is available through our comprehensive wellbeing program, including access for you and your family.
  • Ability to flex your salary to opt into a wide range of health benefits, many of which can be extended to your family too.

Financial wellbeing

  • We match employee pension contributions between 4.5% and 7%.
  • Life assurance equal up to 4 x your basic salary, with an option to increase the level of cover to 6 x your salary.
  • Our income protection scheme provides a financial benefit, as well as absence and return to work support due to long-term illness or injury.
  • Flexible benefits, including increased life assurance cover, critical illness insurance, payroll saving and will writing.
  • As an independently owned business we share the financial success of the business with all our colleagues in various ways including annual bonus schemes.


  • A minimum of 33-35 days holiday each year, inclusive of public holidays and dependent on level, with the ability to buy or sell leave through our flexible benefits programme.
  • Holiday entitlement increased to a minimum of 35 days after 5 years’ service.
  • Variety of employee saving schemes and discounts from high-street retailers.

Enhanced family and carers leave

  • Enhanced family leave policies, including 26 weeks paid maternity and adoption leave, and two weeks paid paternity/partner leave.
  • Our shared parental leave matches maternity leave meaning we pay up to 24 weeks at full pay.
  • Up to five additional days leave are provided for those with significant caring responsibilities, two of which are paid.

Learning and development

  • Primary annual professional institution subscription.
  • A broad range of opportunities to enhance both technical and soft skills through mentoring, formal training, and self-development options.

Networks, communities, and social outcomes

  • Join a wide range of groups including our Advanced Employee Networks which support our LGBTQ+, gender, race and ethnicity, disability, and parents/carers communities.
  • Make a difference within our communities through our social outcomes.

Apply now, or for more information about our application process, click here.

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Adoption leave – 26 weeks full pay
Open to part time work for some roles
Buddy scheme
Flexible working week
Enhanced sick pay
Dental coverage
Compassionate leave
Health assessment
Eye Care Support – Eyecare vouchers
Private GP service – Private Medical care for all UK staff
Season ticket loan
Theme park discounts
Religious celebration leave
Buy or sell annual leave
Accrued annual leave
Caregiver Leave
Enhanced maternity leave – 26 weeks
Enhanced paternity leave – 2 weeks
Shared parental leave – We match up to 24 weeks full pay
Pregnancy loss leave
Tax-free childcare
In office yoga classes
Cycle to work scheme
Faith rooms
Salary sacrifice
Life assurance
Annual pay rises
Pension match/increase
Life insurance
Annual bonus
Income protection
Employee discounts
Professional subscriptions – We pay for your primary professional annual subscription
Lunch and learns
Employee assistance programme
L&D budget
Teambuilding days
More information needed
More information needed
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Work-life balance
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Role modelling
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Working at Mott MacDonald

Company employees

18,000 worldwide

Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

UK Wide; London, Croydon, Birmingham, Derby, Altrincham, Manchester, Whitehaven, Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Durham, Bristol, Southampton, Reading, Cambridge, Peterborough, Brighton, Norwich, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness, Cardiff, Newport, Exeter, Leicester, Leeds, Skipton, York

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom

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