Businesses need a waste management program manager with a proven track record, and that means they are looking to hire someone who has a solid track record with a long track record of success, said Kimberly Ruhle, executive vice president and chief financial officer for the National Association of Agency Recruiters.
Ruhle said the number of companies looking to fill a waste account manager’s role has skyrocketed in recent years.
She said the trend started when companies began to take notice of the waste problem in their supply chain, but it didn’t go unnoticed until it became a national priority.
“Companies started realizing that they needed to hire managers with the knowledge, experience, and skills to help address the waste issues in their businesses,” Ruhles said.
“As the demand for waste management jobs has increased, the demand from businesses has increased as well.”
Ruhles noted that the number one way companies hire waste managers is through the annual survey.
Companies looking to expand their waste account managers are using a variety of criteria to determine whether they are a good fit.
“The top three factors are the level of experience, the knowledge and the commitment to waste management,” she said.
Companies also need to understand the waste management culture of the organization, Ruhels said.
She said businesses should have an understanding of the company’s waste management standards, including how employees are expected to dispose of waste.
“We want to be sure that our waste management system is well-functioning,” Rulhle said.
Some of the factors considered in determining whether a company is a good match for a waste manager include:A company’s total cost of ownership, the percentage of waste in its products, and the number and type of products a company recycles and recycles at a reasonable rate, according to Ruhl.
The waste management company also has to be accountable to the company and the waste that it recycles, Rulhs said.
If a waste company is looking to recruit a waste accounting manager or waste account executive, Rump said, they need to know the company has a proven record of hiring managers who have demonstrated a solid record of waste management.
“That means they have been in a position to provide service to the organization for years and years,” Rump explained.