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Leakage engineer

Thames Water
Date Posted
5th November 2018
£32,000 to £38,000 Per Annum

What is the purpose of the role?

To manage leakage in a specific region and ensure Thames Water achieves its challenging OFWAT targets year on year. This is an excellent opportunity 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. Duties would vary between reactive troubleshooting as well as planned work, both which involve engaging and liaising with different departments, prioritising workloads and minimising the impact and risk to the business.

What makes this role unique?

You will be joining at a time when Thames Water has invested record levels into managing leakage, which means we have the largest permanent noise logging operation in the country, are finding dynamic ways to operate a CALM network, and are striving to integrate other new technology and processes into the operation as we speak. This role encompasses all aspects of leakage optimisation and control within your specified region. As the Leakage Engineer you will monitor and oversee a designated region, allowing you to have a direct influence on significantly improving the performance in your area. You will review methods to optimise and improve leakage detection and control whilst building an understanding of network configuration. This will influence operating strategies to develop and promote fresh ideas and strategies in your area.

What will this role involve?

In addition to the above duties, you will be responsible for: Liaising with field operation teams to prioritise detection targeting and repair for leakage. Regularly reviewing your zonal metering. Constant communication with the district metering team to carry out efficient leakage detection. Actively reviewing water balances & target step testing resources. Liaise with key stakeholders to have an impact on leakage delivery in your area. Support the team in delivering operability processes/policy changes. Routinely reviewing and optimising performance and operability of our pressure reducing valves (PRVs) and PMAs. Prioritising DMA validation work stream to ensure fit for leakage targeting. Identifying and raising any risks to leakage delivery and potential future investment opportunities. Mentoring the Leakage Optimisation Analyst to develop succession plan. Preparing weekly leakage presentations for management (including weekly predictions). Deputising for the Leakage Optimisation Manager on occasions.

What are we looking for?

To be considered for this role you will be an exceptional communicator, and ideally you will have gained experience within the clean water network industry. You will be analytical in your approach and will be confident working with numerical data on a daily basis. You will be competent with Microsoft Office and an advanced user of Excel in particular, is essential. We are looking for someone who is degree educated or equivalent in Civil Engineering, Environmental Science or a similar subject. 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. Please note, a valid driving licence is essential for this role.

Thames Water information and salary details

This role will be based at our Stroud Green site in Croydon and is offering a salary of up to £38,000 depending on experience. 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 Tap. 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 19/11/2018.

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