What is the purpose of the role?
To manage leakage in a specific region/zone and ensure Thames Water achieves its challenging OFWAT ODI targets year on year. To ensure that leakage in your appointed region is optimised to the maximum degree by delivering an efficient leakage strategy and maintaining effective relationships with key stakeholders at all times, such as field services, capital delivery, control as well as other departments within asset management. The work varies between reactive troubleshooting and planned work, both which involve engaging and liaising with different departments, prioritising workloads and minimising the impact of reactive issues while supporting delivery of medium to long term strategies to meet year end leakage targets.
What makes this role unique?
This role encompasses all aspects of leakage optimisation and control within the specified region. As the leakage engineer you will monitor and oversee a designated region, allowing you to significantly improve the performance in your area. You will directly review methods to optimise and improve leakage detection and control whilst building an understanding of network configuration. An excellent opportunity to save a vital resource and contributing to the wider good of the environment and planet.
What will this role involve?
Liaising with field operation teams to prioritise detection targeting and mains repair for leakage survey work on transfer and principle mains.
The regular reviewing of zonal metering and liaising with the zonal and district metering team.
Ensuring that District Metered Area (DMA) targeting and pack quality are fit for purpose through the active management of the Leakage Optimisation Analyst.
Actively reviewing District Metered Areas (DMAs) water balances & target step testing resources and oversee process compliance while approving and authorising claims to reduce leakage.
Liaising with key stakeholders impacting on leakage delivery in each area. Supporting the team in delivering operability processes/policy changes.
Routinely reviewing and optimising performance and operability of our pressure reducing valves (PRVs).
Prioritising validation work stream to ensure fit for leakage targeting.
Identifying and raising any risks to leakage delivery and potential future investment opportunities through Risk Matrix/APS.
Preparing weekly leakage presentations for management (including weekly predictions).
Deputising for the Leakage Optimisation Manager when required, with the expectation to attend meetings and generally support the manager in delivering the company leakage action plan.
An out of hours standby rota (one in four) might apply.
What are we looking for?
We are seeking an expert in Water Networks with 3 to 5 years' experience in a 'clean water' industry, in order that you are able to make an impact within the team, and develop the ideas and processes. You must demonstrate excellent analytical skills and a good working knowledge of Excel. Experience with leakage, hydraulics or modelling would be an advantage. To be successful in the post strong communication skills are needed as well as confidence when presenting recommendations.
We are looking for someone who is degree educated, or equivalent, in civil engineering, environmental science or a similar subject. Please note a valid driving licence is essential for this role. As well as possessing a technical background, a good knowledge of health and safety is required. As part of this role, you are expected to be on 'out of hours' coordinator standby roster and travel across the north London region will also be required, so a full driving licence is essential. The following skills are desirable, but training and development could be offered to suitable candidates: Expert knowledge of Leakage, OFWAT regulatory targets, Unaccounted for Water, Pressure Management. Leadership experience Experience and knowledge of network systems to include Aorta, Netbase, GIS, OMS, etc.
Thames Water information and salary details
This role is offering a salary of circa £32,000 and £34,000 depending on skills and experience and will be based out of our Deephams site with travel around your region. 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.
Thames Water is an equal opportunity, Disability Confident, and Stonewall diversity champion employer.
Closing Date: The closing date for applications is 25/10/2018.