2022 Business and Economics Graduate Development Programme (Locations throughout Scotland)

  • Job Reference: R2045
  • Date Posted: 10 November 2021
  • Employer: Scottish Water
  • Location: Locations throughout Scotland
  • Salary: £26,500
  • Sector: Accounting & Finance, Administration, Project Management
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

Together we are Trusted to Serve Scotland.

We’re looking for talented, enthusiastic graduates or recent graduates (up to 2 year of experience), who are passionate about providing our customers with the very best service, to join our Graduate Programme in September 2022.

 We are looking for individuals who have the aspiration to become our next generation of experts!

 We are keen to hear from graduates of any discipline with inquisitive, logical minds, a knowledge of basic business, finance, management science and capital investment analysis principles and core skills involve problem solving at any level within Scottish Water.    

Our two-year graduate programme will further develop your skills and expertise. As a Specialist Graduate you will be based within the Business & Economics Team within the Strategic Customer Service Planning Directorate. The Business & Economics Team supports Scottish Water in business and regulatory decision making, engaging with its regulators and stakeholders, through the undertaking of analysis and project work across a broad range of topics relating to management, transformation, corporate decision making, water and waste water services.   The work might involve investment at local site, through to reviews of national charging structure and analysis of key national strategic ambitions such as zero carbon emissions or lead free water supplies.

On our graduate programme you will gain a broad overview of the business, building your knowledge and expertise during rotational placements in key areas such as: water service planning and operations, wastewater service, planning and operations, customer insights and finance as well as business and regulation. This is a particularly interesting time as you will be joining a team at the heart of developing and deploying some of the businesses, transformation for the future. You will help shape your programme - the opportunities, the development and the support will be designed around your interests and future ambitions. This will allow you to gain exposure to specific areas of the business and the challenges facing the industry.

 We will enable you to take on a specialist technical role on completion of your programme. On completion of the programme you will work in Business & Economics Team applying your technical and business skills in a corporate, consultancy and regulatory setting. 

 Placements within a number of key stakeholder teams during your two year programme will allow you to challenge yourself and colleagues as we are looking for Graduates who have the determination to succeed, add value and become our future subject matter experts and leaders. You’ll be given the chance to stretch yourself in placements across the business and across Scotland to, by being flexible in your thinking and sometimes in your location.  

The successful candidate must: share our passion for delivering great customer service and have a knowledge of basic business and investment analysis principles. An understanding of water services, waste water services and scientific investigations is not essential but an interest in the water industry and its future and research is. You will have a minimum 2:2 degree (or on track for a 2:2 degree) in a discipline where you have demonstrated strong numerical and technical aptitude alongside a keen interest in business.

 This is an excellent opportunity to gain fantastic experience in an exciting role with a progressive organisation and be supported in your development, with a September 2022 start.

 If you would like to help us create the Scottish Water of the Future than apply by midnight on the 16th January 2022.

 Starting Salary is: £26,500.

Do you have any Assistive Support Requirements? If we can support you further at any point during your application to Scottish Water, then please let us know by emailingSWRecruitment@scottishwater.co.uk

 Working at Scottish Water

 Scottish Water is one of the UK's leading water companies, the quality of drinking water and satisfaction with the service we provide our customers has never been higher - but we want to be even better – and you could help play an important part!

We take employee engagement very seriously and have an inclusive and collaborative work environment where we respect people’s differences. We are committed to creating an engaging environment and a positive experience for our employees and we have an inclusive and collaborative work environment. 

We were recently recognised as a Top 10 Flexible Employer in Scotland at the Flexibility Works Awards 2021 and by The Times as a Top 50 Employer for Women in 2019.
In 2019 we also won the Age Inclusive Award at The Herald and GenAnalytics Diversity Awards and were winners of the Best Public Sector Employer at the Family Friendly Working Scotland Awards 2020.
We have Carers Positive Exemplary Status and were Silver Award 2019 & Gold Award winners 2020 of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (DERS).

We aim for work to be an energising and fulfilling experience and everyone plays their part to ensure that Scottish Water is trusted to serve our customers and communities.

 We are passionate about creating opportunities for young people and are proud to have achieved the Gold standard in the Investors in Young People accreditation, demonstrating our commitment to creating rewarding opportunities for young people. 

You will have access to a host of benefits which include 37 days holiday a year, a defined benefit pension scheme, a discounted medical cash plan and cycle to work, plus a variety of agile working arrangements and family-friendly policies designed to support your wellbeing.

 Next Steps 

Any offer of employment with Scottish Water will be subject to the successful completion of a mandatory pre-employment screening process, including Disclosure Scotland and eligibility to work in the UK. Details can be found on our website.