RPM Technical Manager - Plastics

RPM Technical Manager - Plastics

Responsible Plastic Management (RPM) Program is a new and exciting not-for-profit enterprise that works with organizations to develop, assess and verify best practice standards for the mitigation against the global plastic pollution crisis. The RPM Program has already partnered with Lloyds Register and other significant organizations. The Program is due to officially launch in January 2020. 

The RPM Technical Manager Role.

We are seeking to recruit a dynamic and competent professional with excellent communication skills and extensive technical experience in the polymer science and plastic value chain (suppliers, processors, services, recyclates, circular economy, waste to energy, end of life). The successful candidate would become a senior manager in our growing RPM Program management team. The RPM Technical Manager will manage and further develop the RPM Program technical content, standards, metrics and objective processes ensuring the delivery of robust and credible measurement of improvements in plastic management of applicant organizations to the RPM Program.    

With extensive sectoral experience, the candidate will be conversant with industry terminology, processes and the sustainability agenda within the plastic design, manufacturing, value chain and circular economy.  The Role will involve extensive networking.

Reporting to: RPM Program Director 

Location: Home based/ability to travel to Head Office, Belfast, Regional Offices.

Travel: Ability to travel nationally and internationally

Education: Third level, preferably to Masters’ level in a related topic; Polymer Materials Science/Engineering, Waste Management with experience in plastics/circular economy, CSR/Environmental/Social Policy/Sustainability related disciplines. 

Salary: Competitive package 

Contract: Full-time, permanent 

Reports: Standards and Technical, Science based and Objective, Strategic Analysist.

About the RPM Program 

Our mission is to be the go-to global assurance program for plastic management. We act as a catalyst and verification platform for organizations to significantly reduce the amount of plastic waste produced and stop it from polluting the natural environment. 

We are a cross-disciplinary team who have been working in sustainability standards, assessment certification sectors for over twenty years. We are forming strategic partnerships with certification and assurance bodies (e.g. Lloyds Register) and government agencies and we are looking to build teams to deliver on national and international projects. 

RPM measures and promotes positive change.  We are interested in the tangibles and getting organizations started on their responsible plastic awareness and measurement journey.  We believe in healthy environments, water systems and seas for everyone. Driven by a deep concern of the impact of plastic pollution on the environment and oceans, we’re working hard to bring about the big changes needed to protect the environment, wildlife and society.

The successful candidate will demonstrate: 

• Strong technical understanding of the plastic value chain; plastic materials engineering, design for recycling/lower carbon; plastic use patterns in different sectors (packaging, consumer goods, electronic, textile, construction), waste management, materials separation and recycling systems, the legal frameworks for plastics/recycling and a working understanding of circular economy concepts.  

• Experience of turning theory into practical on-the- ground action and solutions. 

• Strong technical expertise and analytical capacity to support and influence business sectors to develop new strategies, action plans and policies, including alternative systems to significantly reduce single-use plastics. As such knowledge of Deposit Return Schemes (DRS), Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and improvements in waste management are important skillsets. 

• Dynamic and confident communication skills to engage senior government and business officials in our evidence and insights. 

• Ability to research, comprehend and translate technical policy and reports into a variety of writing styles (e.g. briefings, consultations, standards criteria, assessment methodologies and objective reports), which reflect the local context. 

• Develop active networks with the key actors, technicians, institutions, businesses across the plastics value chain to identify international stakeholders and opportunities for engagement.

• Proven capacity as a leader with at least five years’ related work experience in the applicable fields. 

• Excellent organizational and management skills. 

• Confidence to take the initiative and be a pro- active problem solver. 

• A commitment to our mission and ability to work in a fast paced, multi-tasking environment as a real team player. 

• An inspiring leader in your field an able to motivate stakeholders and colleagues alike.

How to apply: 

If you think you fit the role, please send a copy of your CV and a one- page cover letter outlining your suitability for the job to info@RPMProgram.com 

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