Environmental partnerships officer

Job overview

Context: This role is part of our work to improve the UK electrical recycling system. All businesses who manufacture, import and sell electricals (producers and retailers) in the UK must comply with environmental obligations. These include ensuring electricals are responsibly recycled to protect natural resources, and manage waste. Businesses who don’t comply are called ‘Freeriders’. 

This role will support the Local authority and environmental partnerships manager to educate electrical producers and retailers on their environmental obligations

You will carry out desk based research to help identify, map out and contact new and existing electrical producers and retailers (on and offline). And you’ll work with the inhouse team to develop communications and toolkits to help these businesses understand their environmental obligations. You’ll also work with the Environment Agency who are responsible or managing and investigating any potential ‘Freeriders’.

You will provide high-quality support and administration and have experience working in a similar customer-facing role. You’ll be a self-starter who can organise your time well to prioritise tasks and deliver results. Excellent organisational and communication skills are essential. You’ll enjoy collecting and analysing data. You’ll be comfortable working both independently and with other team members as well as with external partners.


We buy more and more electricals every day – but too often the old stuff we no longer want, use or need is thrown away in household bins or held onto because people aren’t sure what to do with them. This is contributing to one of the fastest growing sources of waste in the world and the UK: electrical waste. 

Discarded, unwanted electricals that are thrown away pose a major threat to the environment and human health. Electricals also contain some of the most sought-after resources on the planet, like gold, silver, copper, lithium, palladium and platinum, which are lost forever if they’re thrown away. 

Anything with a plug, a cable or a battery can be recycled – and over 75% of the materials can be reused so that we don’t have to mine for new ones. 

The organisation

Material Focus is an independent, not for profit organisation on a mission to stop electricals being hoarded and thrown away, and ensure they’re reused and recycled instead. We fund technical research on the barriers to recycling; work with partners to improve the current systems; and encourage and make it easier for people to change their behaviour through our nationwide ‘Recycle Your Electricals’ campaign. 

Recycle Your Electricals campaign objective

We throw away small electricals without even thinking about it, or perhaps we consider it but we’re too busy, and what would we do with it anyway? We need to stop people in their tracks, and give them a reason to think about it, talk about it, and do the right thing. We want to clarify what people should do, motivate them and make it mentally easier for them to act through a mix of behavioural interventions which we’ll be testing – like new kerbside recycling schemes, schools education & collection programs, and office collection trials.  

Position responsibilities

  • Support the Freerider outreach programme of work
  • Carry out desk based research to identify potential freeriders
  • Contact potential freeriders and provide advice and guidance to producers to support them to come into compliance 
  • Develop tools and resources to support this outreach work 
  • Attend conferences and support with presentations
  • Support the outreach and education process 
  • Build relationships with and work effectively with the Environment Agency and other stakeholders 
  • Gather data and evaluation information to highlight the work of the team
  • Provide admin support
  • Keep abreast of trends and sector changes and keep the team up to date on these.

Skills and experience

  • Proven experience in a similar role 
  • Able to demonstrate highly effective communications skills, both written and verbal
  • Excellent organisational skills with the ability to manage work with attention to detail
  • Experience of building effective relationships and working collaboratively, including with external partners
  • Ability to use initiative and deal with competing priorities and deadlines
  • Excellent organisational skills with the ability to manage work with attention to detail
  • Comfortable collecting and analysing data
  • Competency in Microsoft applications including Word, Excel, and Outlook and Google Workspace equivalents (gmail, docs, sheets, slides)

Desirable experience 

  • Demonstrable interest in sustainability
  • Knowledge and experience of producer compliance  is desirable

Further information

  • Reporting to: Local Authority and Environmental Partnerships Manager
  • Market competitive salary and pension + other benefits
  • Flexible working. 

Closing date

23rd June 2024

We will review applications as they come through and contact successful applicants for interviews. 


£27,000 – £31,000 depending on experience 

To apply

Please send in your two page CV and a one page cover letter, explaining to us in your cover letter why you’re interested in the role and why you think you’d be a good fit. Do have a look around our website to find out more about us. We won’t be able to review your application without a cover letter. We look forward to finding out more about you. Please follow this link to Prospectus our recruitment partner

As an organisation representative of all people in the UK, we welcome applications from all sections of the community and encourage applications from candidates who have an ability to apply awareness of diversity issues to all areas of work. 

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