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Field scientist

Thames Water
Date Posted
9th November 2018
£29,000 to £35,000 Per Annum

What is the purpose of the role?

The purpose of this role is to contribute to a team of Field Scientists that undertakes a number of proactive and reactive activities to ensure that water quality is maintained from source to service reservoir and incidents are responded to in a timely and effective manner. An additional element of this role is to recommend and champion optimisation initiatives to reduce cost or improve quality at no additional cost.

What makes this role unique?

This is an exciting opportunity to build on current experience and impart best practice to the Water Production and Capital Delivery teams ensuring they consistently achieve a compliant drinking water. Your work will ensure that we are delivering the very best water to our 1000's of customers across the Thames Water region.

What will this role involve?

Water quality data analysis, reporting, process monitoring and internal auditing from abstraction source to service reservoirs.

Ensuring daily process quality whilst seeking means of driving continuous improvement via optimisation opportunities.

Trouble shooting the process plant during incidents, ensuring lessons are learnt and corrective action management is adopted to prevent reoccurrence.

The provision of technical support to Production, Network and Capital Delivery Schemes. Undertaking out of hours technical support on a one in six rota for which appropriate training will be given.

What are we looking for?

The successful applicant is likely to be qualified to HNC/Degree level in an appropriate discipline, an enthusiastic self-starter with an inquisitive mind set who enjoys investigative work. A background in water science or process engineering operating within a regulatory framework would be advantageous. Good organisational, communication and interpersonal skills are key as the role involves liaising with internal stakeholders on a day to day basis. Although not essential, an awareness of Industry Best Operating Practice as applicable to potable water treatment and transmission would be beneficial. Travel to numerous sites is a requirement of this role so transport will be provided and a valid UK driving license is therefore essential. The successful candidate must be able to work in a logical and analytical manner and be able to maintain a positive and professional approach when dealing with customers.

Thames Water information and salary details

This role is based at Crossness Sewage Treatment Works and is offering a salary of approximately between £29,000 and £35,000 depending on experience. Please note, frequent travel across this particular Thames Water region is required for this role. Our competitive salary package includes an excellent contributory pension and holiday scheme and a wider benefits scheme which includes an annual pay review, season ticket loans and loyalty awards for continuous service plus discounts at a wide range of retailers via Benefits on Taps. We also offer 2 paid volunteering days per year.

About Thames Water

Thames Water is the largest water and waste-water services company in the UK. We provide the essential service at the heart of daily life, health and enjoyment to 15 million customers across London and the Thames Valley and we are going through a period of exciting change. On a typical day we supply 2.6 billion litres of top quality drinking water and our 350 sewage treatment works treat more than 4.2bn litres of waste-water. Our 85,000 miles of water mains and sewers would wrap around the world three-and-a-half times.

We are focusing like never before on delivering brilliant services and providing our customers with a great experience. We are in the process of transforming our business in order to achieve this. To help us succeed, we need a range of new skills and capabilities and will be recruiting for these in the coming months. We are on the lookout for talented people across our entire region who are interested in helping us to become the best water and waste-water company in the UK.

Thames Water is an equal opportunity, Disability Confident, and Stonewall diversity champion employer.

Closing Date: The closing date for applications is 23/11/2018.

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