What is the purpose of the role?
This is a key position where you will be managing and leading a small team who are responsible for the delivery of the polluted Surface Water Outfall Programme (SWOP) to comply with our regulatory targets for the (EA) Environment Agency and Ofwat. You will be responsible for overseeing specialist contractors, providing effective liaison and engagement with both the Environment Agency and Local Authorities on behalf of the Quality & Compliance Team within the Chief Scientist function. You will provide technical support, advice and direction to our operational front line teams in relation to emergency incident response, longer term investigation and EA communication.
What makes this role unique?
This is a varied role that requires extensive liaison with the EA and Local Authorities on the Surface Water Outfall Programme (SWOP) to ensure that regulatory requirements to reduce misconnections are reasonably met. Within this role, you have the opportunity to positively improve Thames Water's impact on the environment and engage and build relationships with local stakeholders. You will have the opportunity to manage both your own team and contractors to ensure delivery of the programme and will also provide support to the Waste Operations Process and Network teams when required, through providing incident response cover, including out of hours Event Scientist duties. This will include providing advice and direction for Operations, water quality monitoring, data acquisition and provision of mitigation and remediation advice to minimise the effects of contaminating discharges.
What will this role involve?
Project management of the polluted SWOP including financial control of the capital funded budget, working with our Asset Planning and Engineering to scope solutions, overseeing delivery of solutions via contractors and undertaking pollution prevention survey visits. Continue to develop the SWOP waiting list ready for AMP7.
Day to day management of the Environmental Protection team including: resource planning and programming, support and coaching, 121s and PDRs, development and training.
Liaise with the EA and Local Authority at all operational levels to maintain and improve regulator satisfaction.
Provide advice regarding remediation and mitigation of the effects of contaminating discharges through liaison with Thames Water Operational teams and external stakeholders including local environmental and catchments groups.
Taking part in our out of hours Event Scientist rota and providing support and direction to operational teams during pollution incidents and longer term investigations.
Development and implementation of policy and guidance in respect of pollution control across the Thames region and nationwide at the National Misconnection Strategy Group.
Work with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), to ensure delivery of the Outfall Safari initiative alongside other key environmental and catchment groups.
Opportunity to implement and oversee proactive initiatives to resolve misconnections and reduce pollution to rivers within our region from surface water outfalls.
Providing excellent customer service and identifying opportunities to continue to improve the customer experiences and journey.
What are we looking for?
Are you looking for a challenging and varied role where you can make a difference? Do you possess excellent knowledge of wastewater sewerage networks and processes? Are you educated to degree level in a scientific or environmental discipline or equivalent? You will have exceptional written and verbal communication skills as well as strong project management experience. As a manager, you will need to effectively and successfully manage your team. The ability to build positive relationships at all levels is essential, as part of the role is managing both internal and external customers, contractors and working closely with the EA and Local Authorities. Due to the operational nature of this role, health & safety qualifications, for example IOSH or NEBOSH, are desirable. Please note, due to the nature of this role you must have a full, clean UK driving licence.
Thames Water information and salary details
This role will be based out of our site in Reading, however there is flexibility to be based at other sites. The salary will be between £38,250 - £45,000 depending on your skills and 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 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 24/01/2019.