What is the purpose of the role?
We are recruiting for a range of Network Service Technicians covering a range of sites across the Thames Valley region. You will be responsible for providing excellent customer service to our customers by undertaking operational tasks, resolving customer issues and carrying out network valve activities with the least disruption to supplies. Network service technicians are also required to support capital delivery and operations project work, to support ongoing leakage delivery activities. You can be based out of our Reading or Newbury site however travel across your assigned area will be required.
What makes this role unique?
This is a varied role where you will be meeting different people and organisations on a daily basis. This will entail dealing with a variety of issues from the small scale to the complex. This role is particularly interesting as you will be getting involved with a varied range of projects and you will be joining at a ground breaking time for the water industry. This mean working in different ways, more efficiently and with more emphasis on keeping our customer promises.
What will this role involve?
You will be required to carry out various network operations in the field in order to progress jobs to completion in an efficient manner - giving the best service to all stakeholders involved - contractors and customers alike.
Key areas of responsibility will include:
Operation of the mains network, including controlling burst mains, ensuring isolation of mains to facilitate planned work, emergency repairs and maintenance.
Personal ownership of customer issues, responding to queries & complaints, resolving issues.
Ensure water quality compliance during repairs.
Act as local network expert for isolation and rezoning providing information for risk assessments & sharing information regarding network risks and other health & safety issues Responsible for investigating the clean water network to resolve poor asset performance, including high or low pressure, leakage, metering queries and loss of supply.
Working in compliance with our procedures including AM standards, health & safety and streetworks legislation.
What are we looking for?
Our customers are at the heart of everything we do so previous customer service experience within a constantly changing environment is essential.We are looking for someone that has experience of working within an operational/network role, ideally with strong working knowledge of water industry procedures; this will include safety, health & wellbeing and street works. Our ideal candidate will have knowledge of domestic plumbing, water mains and leakage detection however field experience in any other industry is also considered. Alongside this, a new road and street works certificate and water industry qualifications in operating water networks or an equivalent qualification is preferential but not essential. Due to the nature of the role, you will be required to work 1 in 4 weeks on standby, including night hours call out. An enhancement of 49.4% is compensated for this duty. As the role involves driving to multiple sites, you must be a confident driver, as well as holding a full, UK driving licence.
Thames Water information and salary details
This role is offering a starting salary of £20,400 and can be based out of either our Reading or Newbury site. Due to the nature of the role, you will be expected to travel around your region and must have a full UK Driving Licence. You will also be given a generous salary enhancement for the standby element of the 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.
Thames Water is an equal opportunity, Disability Confident, and Stonewall diversity champion employer.
Closing Date: The closing date for applications is 18/12/2018.