Rubicon Global

Circular Economy Specialist

Job Description

Posted on: 
February 13, 2023

The Circular Economy Specialist will support the development of circular economy programs for Rubicon customers with a focus on:

  • Increasing diversion from the landfill through development of strategic partnerships with Key Account Managers (KAMs) and specialized service providers
  • Researching and understanding the fast-moving circular economy solution landscape; identifying innovative technologies and an expansive set of providers as well as deploying programs with Rubicon customers
  • Provides effective project management and execution of client requests, sales opportunities, and other sustainable materials management offerings
  • Writing reports, analyzing data, tracking department KPIs


  • Increase the diversion rate and environmental performance of customers and partners
  • Remain proficient in his or her subject area; build and maintain a foundation of knowledge and experience; seek continuing education opportunities; be willing to invent, conceptualize new ideas and innovations; share subject matter expertise; and be a decision-maker
  • Provide guidance, training and advisory services to internal staff, customers, and leadership as needed
  • Manage circular economy/recycling solutions needs to ensure supplier and customer satisfaction
  • Develop creative solutions for cost effective diversion of client’s commodities (paper, plastic, metal, glass, organics, regulated materials, etc.)
  • Analyze client’s current waste and recycling programs, develop cost/benefit analyses to lower cost and improve resource recovery effectiveness
  • Achieve assigned KPIs, financial and performance goals and objectives
  • Visit client sites to evaluate the effectiveness of existing programs and identify new opportunities
  • Communicate frequently with internal/external customers and suppliers
  • Maintain a working knowledge on the values of recycled commodities
  • Participate in company and departmental meetings
  • Manage the requests that the CES Team receives to meet client expectations
  • Work with internal staff to ensure that facts, details and content are correct so that projects, programs and other deliverable(s) meet or exceed the needs of the stakeholders, regulations, policies, standards, and best practices
  • Identify, research, and manage specialized vendors/service providers needed for selected material types and to fulfill specialized service roles
  • Assist Sales as a technical advisor
  • Assist in providing content to the Marketing/Communications and Sustainability Teams
  • Project management and other management functions
  • Be a thought-provoking innovator; lead and promote cutting-edge opportunities
  • Other duties as assigned

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 2+ years of related work experience in waste, recycling or environmental field preferred
  • Strong analytical and project management skills
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Proven skills to set priorities, develop workplans, achieve deadlines, and manage multiple tasks at the same time
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to switch tasks quickly and adapt to new situations
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint
  • Knowledge of sustainability and circular economy concepts preferred
  • Experience with recycling commodities, equipment, technologies, processes, and programs preferred
  • Experience with waste and recycling transportation and processing negotiation and protocol preferred
  • Ability to travel as needed
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