Senior Consultant – Circular Economy & Waste Policy

Do you want to make a real difference?

Resource Futures works at the leading edge of UK and global policy on resources and waste topics such as circular economy, marine pollution, plastic waste and climate change. We collect and analyse data, provide insights, and help design policies that have a far-reaching effect on the environment.

We recognise the need for people with the requisite skills, passion, creativity, and technical understanding to help shape our ambitious plans for policy work. If you aspire to be the best at what you do, and want to work at the forefront of environmental policy, come and work with Resource Futures.

About Resource Futures

Our vision is to accelerate progress towards a sustainable world through high quality environmental consultancy. We work collaboratively with governments, businesses and the third sector to help speed up the transition to a circular economy and manage resources and waste in a more sustainable way.

We are non-profit-distributing and have a close-knit team of 50+ trusted employees who collaborate across various areas of the business. Our multi-disciplined and connected approach sets us apart from the competition and enables us to build robust solutions that have a meaningful impact in the world.

We are passionate not only about what we do but how we do it, and we’re proud to be a part of the global B Corp movement to use business as a force for good. Employee-owned and independent, we’re all about helping each team member grow, and together striving towards our goal of a creating a sustainable world. We are ranked in the top 5% worldwide for all B Corps in our size group, and we were named a ‘Best for the World’ 2021 B Corp for our company governance. 

We are motivated by the impact of our work and how it feeds into wider issues of climate justice and circular economy. Our work is far-ranging from supporting businesses to advising governments and delivering the evidence to support global change.  Read more about our company and how we go beyond for our people, to help them grow and thrive.

The opportunity

We are seeking an experienced and capable individual to join our Circular Economy and Policy Team as a Senior Consultant. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate experience in one or more relevant policy areas, either in a UK or international context, as well as strong project management skills and a positive attitude to problem-solving. Your knowledge and skills may have been developed in consultancy, government policy, the third sector, industry, academia or a combination of roles.

We are looking for a team member who complements our existing experience and brings their own specialisms. You may have a particular interest in either quantitative or qualitative analysis, but at this level a combination of strong data analysis and report-writing skills is a must.

We operate at the forefront of environmental policy, and support clients at all stages of policy development from preliminary research to policy design and evaluation. Our work reflects the experience and passions of our team members. As a Senior Consultant, you’ll have the opportunity to shape the workstream as we build on recent successes and develop new areas of growth. You will also play a role in training and mentoring junior colleagues.

Recent work in the UK has focused on tackling marine litter and waste issues from fishing and aquaculture gear, and exploring digital innovation in a UK deposit return scheme, alongside projects looking at extended producer responsibility, textiles, illegal waste disposal and global policy best practice. Internationally, we have been supporting governments of low- and middle-income countries to develop the evidence and strategies needed to tackle plastic waste.

Please feel free to get in touch to discuss whether the role might be suitable for you.

What you will be doing

  • UK/devolved nation policy research and analysis: Clients may include government departments and public bodies, environmental NGOs and other progressive organisations with an interest in circular economy, resources and waste policy.
  • Project management: You’ll manage a range of projects, with the support of the project director, using project management software.
  • Client relationship management: You’ll maintain excellent relationships with clients, ensuring they are well-informed, engaged and receive the value they seek from our work.
  • Business development: You’ll develop and manage proposals for new work, supporting the Policy Lead.
  • Strategic planning: You’ll work closely with the Policy Lead to shape the strategic direction of our consultancy work and impact.
  • People management: You will have some line management responsibilities and will be supported to build skills in this area.
  • Other responsibilities applicable for a Senior Consultant grade.

Your application

In the ‘Skills and experience’ section of your application, please aim to demonstrate the following essential and ‘great to have’ attributes.

The essentials

  • A keen interest in environmental issues and sustainable resource use.
  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent training or experience.
  • At least 5 years’ relevant work experience (including any postgraduate research).
  • A track record of successfully managing and delivering projects on time and on budget, for example in a consultancy, thinktank, government body, NGO or similar.
  • Demonstrable subject knowledge related to at least two areas of circular economy/waste policy, e.g., EPR, DRS, reuse, eco-design, product passports, electronics, textiles, construction, plastics, packaging, waste crime, waste exports, marine litter, etc.
  • Quantitative analysis and data modelling skills (could include experience in economic/environmental impact assessments, carbon modelling, statistical analysis, or other methods).
  • Qualitative analysis skills (could include designing and conducting interviews, surveys, literature reviews or other methods).
  • Strong communication skills, with experience of producing reports and giving presentations tailored to different audiences.
  • Highly competent IT user, particularly Microsoft packages, including Word and Excel.
  • A positive and proactive approach to problem-solving.

Great to haves

  • Postgraduate degree or research experience in a relevant subject.
  • Understanding of the interactions between the climate, resources and nature policy areas; interest/experience in systems thinking.
  • Additional analytical skills and interests, for example in GIS, R or other software.


  • Embedded hybrid working policy.
  • 25 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, each year – flexibility to work or use bank holidays for annual leave.
  • One volunteer day each year.
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay.
  • Enhanced sick pay.
  • Scottish Widows Ethical Series 1 pension plan – the company will match up to 7% of your contribution).
  • Life assurance cover.
  • Healthcare portal offering 24/7 GP access, mental health support, wellbeing advice, financial and legal guidance.
  • Established mental health and wellbeing group with trained mental health first aiders and responders, maintaining a focus on support for our team.
  • Cycle to work scheme and on-site showers.
  • On-site charging points for electric vehicles at the Bristol office.
  • Subsidised professional membership such as CIWM or IEMA.
  • An opportunity to become a company member, contributing to decision making and the future of our business.
  • Access to our Consultative Group platform – a representative group of employees that provides an anonymous vehicle for employee voice, raising issues and engaging senior management.
  • Regular line manager 1:1s and performance reviews, with opportunities to discuss and build targets that inspire and push you professionally.
  • Annual training budget to ensure continued progression and development, as well as regular internal ‘Lunch and Learn’ and other sessions to share skills and knowledge across all workstreams and roles.
  • Two annual team activity days, each followed by evening socials.
  • Green Bristol location, surrounded by nature, and only 10 minutes’ walk to the harbourside.
  • Central Glasgow location near train stations, with roof terrace.
  • An opportunity to join a friendly, fun, professional, challenging, and supportive place to work, and a team that is collectively focused on making a positive impact.

How to apply

We are an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from all, and we will always consider flexible working options if appropriate. We are Disability Confident and committed to recruiting, retaining, and developing people from the widest possible pool of talent. We are an accredited Living Wage employer, committed to paying a wage based on the cost of living to all of our people. In recruiting, hiring, developing and promoting employees, we treat everyone equally irrespective of sexual orientation, gender (including sex, marital status or gender reassignment), marital or civil partnership status, age, disability, colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, and place an obligation upon all employees to respect and act in accordance with this policy.

Resource Futures operate a blind recruitment process which reduces bias and promotes diverse hiring. The hiring team do not have access to the application forms that include any personal details and select candidates for interview based only on information provided on Application Form – Part 2.

To apply, please download the forms below and return to Please let us know if you would like to submit your application in a different format.

Job Description

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Senior Consultant – Circular Economy & Waste Policy

Contract: Permanent, either full time 37.5 hours per week, or part time 30 hours per week.

Location: Glasgow or Bristol office. Hybrid working available.

Salary: £32,000 - £48,000