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Waste Management Graduate Consultant

Job/scheme locations: 
Croydon, London-Aldgate, Nottingham (location and requirements subject to change)
Type of opportunity: 
Graduate scheme
Closing date: 

AECOM’s waste and resources team provides advice to planners, architects, developers and design teams to help deliver sustainable waste management solutions for new residential and commercial developments, as well as providing waste management inputs to environmental impact assessments for major infrastructure projects, and a range of other waste-related projects including developing waste strategies and waste audits.   
The position will primarily focus on assisting the team in providing waste management advice for urban regeneration projects in London and in Nottingham for new infrastructure development.  There will also be scope for involvement in a wider range of waste management projects across many different sectors, including development and permitting of waste facilities, extractive industries, the nuclear sector, and manufacturing. Our recent projects include:  

  • Operational waste management strategies for major London developments, including South Quay Plaza, Earls Court Regeneration, Battersea Power Station Redevelopment, St. Mary’s Hospital, for the re-development of the old radio station, near Rugby, and for New Lubbersthorpe, a substantial new residential development, just to the west of Leicester.  
  • Duty of Care Audits on behalf of the Environment Agency across a range of industries.
  • Waste generation audits for international manufacturing organisations, and of the 3rd party facilities they use to manager their waste.  
  • Construction waste management advice as part of the environmental impact assessment for HS2, A38 Derby Junctions, A303 Stonehenge and Richborough Power Station  
  • Secondments to the Environment Agency permitting / local engineering teams, Sellafield Ltd, DSRL, and PSA (Luton).  

The Environment business line's 4,400 talented environmental professionals provide environmental solutions for private and public clients around the world. We offer environmental management services that meet client needs for feasibility, impact analysis, and operational compliance as well as remediation, restoration and reuse of impacted property.  
AECOM is built to deliver a better world. We design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries. As a fully integrated firm, we connect knowledge and experience across our global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. From high-performance buildings and infrastructure, to resilient communities and environments, to stable and secure nations, our work is transformative, differentiated and vital. 

Job Responsibilities 

When a graduate starts with us, we pair them with an experienced member of the team who will guide and mentor them through their initial period working on live projects.    

You will be expected to work under the guidance of one of our Associate Directors and undertake the following responsibilities:  

  • Support the delivery of waste management projects (including attending client meetings, writing and reviewing reports, strategies and application documents); 
  • Understand and implement project management principles and work within project budgets;  
  • Assist in the production of waste chapters for Environmental Statements and applications for Environmental Permits;  
  • Analyse data effectively and carry out desk-based studies and site visits when required;  
  • Keep up to date with relevant environmental legislation, policy and guidance;  
  • Research issues as part of the waste management process and to provide ideas, solutions and expertise to the waste team;  
  • Understand and comply with AECOM’s quality and health and safety requirements and ensure these are addressed throughout a project.   


  • Masters preferred but not essential focusing on waste and resources management in either environmental management, sciences, geography, technologies, planning, earth or natural sciences.  Civil, mechanical or process engineering; or any aspect of waste and resources management must have solid waste experience (not waste water treatment)
  • Ideally 1-2 years relevant work experience in waste management  
  • Ability to work as part of a team, collaborating with colleagues, client and stakeholders as appropriate and independently without losing initiative & focus.
  • Demonstrable aptitude to rationally explain, explore and discuss environmental issues
  • Keen interest in and awareness of sustainable waste management as it applies to urban regeneration  
  • Self-motivation, enthusiasm, hard working with ambition and drive  
  • Excellent research and report writing skills.
  • Ability to work flexibly under pressure, responding to changing project and programme demands.
  • Strong numeracy
  • Ability to communicate effectively to internal and external clients, both verbally & in writing with the confidence to engage with a variety of people (clients, colleagues, stakeholders and subcontractors alike) and the aptitude to rationally explain, explore and discuss technical issues and capture feedback
  • Good Microsoft Office skills essential such as Word, Excel & PowerPoint
  • Ability to structure & prioritise work effectively through close cooperation with the team as a whole  


  • A full driving licence would be beneficial as the role may involve travel for site surveys  
  • An understanding EIA as a technical specialism, including knowledge of EIA regulations and current best practice guidance, and/or of environmental permitting requirements, across part or all the UK, would be an advantage, but is not a ‘must have’.   


Our Graduate Development Programme (ADVANCE), along with our huge scope of projects across the globe, will challenge and inspire you to make a real difference to the world we live in. Our programmes form a core part of our business strategy globally, designed to develop the best talent across numerous disciplines to lead our business into the future. We have over 1,000 graduates on our programmes across the UK & Europe, from over 30 different disciplines, and each and every one of them makes a tangible difference to the environment we all live and work in.  

We will provide you with all the tools and support you need to achieve your professional development ambitions, including chartership with the relevant international professional institution – where we have graduates working towards over 30 professional institutions in the UK. We demand the highest standards and expect our graduates to pass their professional review first time. You will be assigned a mentor to support and guide your development and undertake regular training modules throughout the programme. There will be on-the-job and classroom training where required, and the opportunity to work on live client projects with significant multi-disciplinary exposure.    

 As part of the GDP we may expect our Environmental graduates to work in other AECOM sustainability and environmental teams on a rotational basis including our policy and appraisal, business sustainability and environmental technical disciplines teams, including where appropriate, interfacing with our office Green Teams.  
The Professional Institute you will work towards is the Chartered Institute for Waste Management (CIWM).

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