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Central Adelaide Waste and Recycling Authority

The Central Adelaide Waste and Recycling Authority (CAWRA) is a joint initiative of the Cities of Charles Sturt and Port Adelaide Enfield.  Established as a local government regional subsidiary, the entity exists to actively support communities to recycle and to enhance the circular economy.  CAWRA owns the state-of-the-art Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) which receives, sorts and processes kerbside recyclable material to be sold into the local market for remanufacturing.  The MRF is operated under contract by an operator (VISY) with recycled materials on-sold into the commodities markets at the direction of CAWRA. 

The inaugural Chief Executive Officer position for the Authority has now been created.  Reporting to the Chair of CAWRA, the CEO is accountable for providing strategic, financial and operational leadership for the expanding Authority and works closely with the Board and key stakeholders to oversee the contract for managing the operations and performance of the MRF, resource optimization, waste reduction, promotion/education and development of the local circular economy are fundamental areas of focus for operations and strategy. CAWRA is also planned to coordinate the delivery of all waste related services for the constituent Councils.   Key responsibilities include:

  • Working closely with the Board and constituent Councils in the effective management of the Authority, promoting and driving emerging opportunities, trends or issues in waste management;
  • developing the three year Business Plan linking the core activities of the Authority to strategic, operational and organisational objectives;
  • overseeing the financial management of the Authority including budgeting, reporting and financial sustainability;
  • managing and leading the human resources of the Authority and professional advisors to the Authority;
  • fostering operational excellence by the Plant Operator to ensure risk mitigation, legislative and statutory compliance and continuous improvement practices;
  • identifying business development opportunities across the waste, recycling and commodity streams to enhance the objectives of CAWRA and constituent Councils. 

Applications are sought from experienced professionals with strong leadership capability and the ability to think strategically.  Commercial acumen combined with negotiation, contract management, budgeting and business practices capabilities will be expected.  Genuine relationship building capacity, a collaborative mindset and high level communications skills will be key for success in this role.  Tertiary qualifications in a relevant field are desirable. While not necessary, experience in waste or a process production environment will also be well regarded. 

This is an outstanding opportunity to lead, influence and grow a unique business contributing to future environmental and economic sustainability for the community.

For a job and person specification, please click on the PDF icon above or below, and for further information on our client, please visit 

Applications should be addressed to Andrew Reed and Justin Hinora.  Please click on the Apply Today button to submit your application.

For a confidential discussion, please call (08) 8100 8849.

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