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Circular Economy jobs and careers

Circular Economy is a discipline within sustainability that is an economic system and aids changes to climate change, waste, pollution and biodiversity loss.  

Why consider a career within the Circular Economy? 

This is a career that sees you working for or with clients that specialise in manufacturing design for a circular economy and for products to be reusable, which exposes you to an array of amazing industries. Your work can have you working on the design of new product innovation, whilst using recycled materials, which could range from electrical devises, recycled plastic to rather unusual materials such as potatoes or even coffee.  

What a job or career within the Circular Economy may entail… 

You often have the opportunity to work across the full product life cycle, from requirements stages through to design, production and manufacture. On a senior level, you will have a mix of innovation, leadership and hands-on design responsibilities.  

Typical role titles include: 

Mechanical Design Engineer 
Mechanical Engineer 
Electronic Design Engineer 
Electrical Engineer 
Product Design Engineer 
Operations Manager  
Materials Manager

Career progression example 

Head of Department  
Principal  
Senior 

Salary Benchmarks  

This often comes down to speciality, location, and whether you pursued a masters. 

Salaries for entry-level roles in this field range from £18k - £32k. 

On a mid-level, Engineers normally earn between £30k and £38k.  

Seniors normally earn between £35k and £45k.  

Salaries for Principal Engineers normally range between £40k to £65k. 

Is it right for me? The skills it takes... 

The following technologies and skills often appear on job descriptions; 

3D design (using software tools such as Solidworks, PTC Creo, Catia and AutoCAD), CAE, Thermodynamics, Materials selection, Stress, Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing, and Data Analysis (Matlab, ANSYS, Labview). 

What qualifications does it take? 

Often clients will look for you to hold a Bsc in Engineering, Product Design, Business, Environmental, Economics and Science. Otherwise, they will look for candidates who have undertaken an apprenticeship related to the field. An academic or industry-related technical background is normally necessary to secure a role in the field. 
 

 

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  • 16th May

    BSF Expert

    — Work as the Black Soldier Fly (BSF) Expert for a fast-growing and exciting entomology start-up, working to fix the broken food chain .

    Location:
    Cambridgeshire, UK
    Type:
    Salary:
    Competitive and dependant on qualifications and experience.
      Work to optimise and develop new solutions for BSF rearing and breeding. Join an entomology start-up, using BSF to recycle nutrients in the food chain. Attend events and represent the company on a variety of professional settings within the BSF community. This is a great opportunity to join a fast-growing and well-backed start-up who deploy insect farming in a decentralised and modular fashion. Work at the intersection between the Biology and Production teams, acting as the key reference point on all BSF biology-related enquiries related to rearing and breeding. Your role will include developing new solutions to current and future challenges, working on rearing scale-up plans. What you’ll be doing:   Working to explore the biology of BSF and looking to grow seedstock breeding centres. You will be in charge of overseeing critical BSF biology aspects in a multidisciplinary team tasked with improving the efficiency of existing operations and processes. Working alongside the Biology and Production teams to support centralised breeding and decentralised rearing scale-up plans. This role will include running trials, optimising specific breeding stage operations, and developing new solutions to current and future challenges. Work with a diverse team to deliver commercial-scale breeding centres and decentralised bioconversion fleets across the UK and internationally.   What experience you’ll need to apply: Prior industrial experience in BSF rearing and/or breeding is essential. Scale-up of production over time, for both larvae (rearing) and eggs (breeding). Active participation in BSF scale-up decision making. Proven ability to run complex and long-term biological experiments. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Experience managing datasets and making decisions based on available data. Collaborative team player, who is able to think innovatively when faced with new challenges and opportunities.   What you’ll get in return for your experience: Not only will your work have a positive impact on the world by addressing a global problem, but you will also have the opportunity to work alongside a creative and brilliant team who are all mission driven. Competitive salary dependant on experience.  34 days of holiday (including Bank Holidays). Pension scheme. Cycle-to-work scheme. Mileage Allowance Payments (MAPs). Opportunity for equity.   What’s next: If you would like to work as the BSF Expert within an exciting and fast-growing start-up, please apply for the position, or get in touch with Imogen Turner for more information.  
  • 19th Apr

    R&D Manager

    — Manager within an R&D Biology team specialising in Entomology.

    Location:
    Cambridgeshire/Hybrid, UK
    Type:
    Salary:
    Competitive and dependant on qualifications and experience.
    Fast-growing start-up working to reduce food waste.  Combining AI and nature to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. An opportunity to make a significant impact within the agriculture sector. Work as part of a fast-growing team within an exciting start-up that is working to decarbonise the food system and reduce food waste. Work for a company that brings together cutting-edge technology with natural methods, leading to a fully circular waste management solution. Help challenge the status quo and tackle a global problem; food waste! You will be working as the R&D Manager of a small but expanding team, ensuring that R&D activities are managed and coordinated successfully. Overseeing data and sample collection whilst ensuring that people and resources are maximised in this highly dynamic and flexible role. What you'll be doing: Managing a motivated and varied team of junior researchers and technicians. Coordinating R&D operations, ensuring the timely delivery of trial data, reports and activities. Ensuring flawless cross-sectional communication. Communicating ongoing and planned R&D efforts both within the team and across the company. Working closely with external stakeholders across the waste-livestock value chain. During performance trials, you will support the team with data and sample collection on farm sites. This role will be a blend of home, office, and field/site work, with each day bringing exciting challenges and opportunities. What experience you’ll need to apply?   A proven track record of successful people and project management within complex, science-led projects. Very good attention to detail. You will be super organised, hardworking, and passionate. Experience with data and sample collection related to livestock performance trials. It would be beneficial to have experience working with stakeholders within the livestock sector, such as farmers and producers. What you’ll get in return for your experience:Not only will your work have a positive impact on the world by addressing a global problem, but you will also have the opportunity to work alongside a creative and brilliant team who are all mission driven. This is a unique opportunity for ambitious individuals who would like to be exposed to new opportunities that would bring both further responsibilities and professional development. Competitive salary dependant on experience.    34 days of holiday (including Bank Holidays). Pension scheme. Cycle-to-work scheme. Mileage Allowance Payments (MAPs). Flexible working. Opportunity for equity. What’s next: If you would like to work as an R&D Manager in a varied role within an exciting and fast-growing start-up, please apply for the position or get in touch with Imogen Turner for more information.    

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