Demand & Capacity Planning Expert

  • Job Reference: 12021
  • Date Posted: 11 November 2020
  • Employer: Pertemps
  • Location: Reading
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Procurement
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

About the role: 
Please note this is an 18-month Fixed-Term Contract (FTC)

Are you an accomplished Demand & Capacity Planner who is ready to support our new and inspiring Water Networks Transformation team to set the direction for change?  This is a fantastic opportunity to fundamentally change how we operate and set ourselves up for future success. You will do this by harnessing the passion of our people and technology advancements to support our transformational journey and ambition.  

This role is critical to our AMP7 Plan and future success of our Water Networks business, making changes to both our service and delivery to achieve our Purpose of which we are very proud, “to deliver life’s essential service, so our customers, communities and the environment can thrive”.

We are key workers, committed to our Values, reaching higher and being better every day to achieve our Purpose under these challenging circumstances, doing the best for our customers and the environment. 

As a Demand & Capacity Planning Expert, you will lead on creating and implementing a best practice approach to demand and capacity planning and analysis for a large organisational transformation. You will define and deliver the demand and capacity changes required to embed a continuous process of demand forecasting, analysis and review. This will enable clear decision making and action to balance workload and resources as early as possible, in a consistent manner across the long and short term. This will allow the operational business to be less reactive and for greater coordination, consistency and control in managing demand through to planning and scheduling, jeopardy management and work execution.

In particular, you will lead the design, development and implementation of a holistic demand and capacity planning solution covering workload and resource forecasting; demand scenario forecasting; establishing the required business as usual governance mechanisms; the setup of repeatable processes for reviewing, updating and approving forecasts, workload options and action plans across all required planning horizons. This is expected to include a decision matrix across all of the work types in scope in order to determine and agree on the current priorities, tolerances, governance and operational execution.

You will also lead the requirements definition, design and implementation of any IT systems required to support demand forecasting, planning, modelling and analysis. The demand and capacity planning solution will be developed and delivered through a series of pilots to iteratively establish a consistent and coherent way of working on a day to day basis.

This role will sit within the ‘Desk’ Workstream as part of the Water Networks Transformation Programme. It will engage other workstreams in the Water Networks Transformation Programme and stakeholders working in operational workload demand, capacity planning and insights, planning and scheduling, alongside other inputs to the process such as asset management and customer contact triage.

The role holder helps to ensure that the delivery outcomes of the Water Networks Transformation Programme ‘Desk’ Workstream are met and that an enduring solution is put in place for demand and capacity planning across the water networks organisation.

To be successful you will have the following skills and experience: 
  • Experience of working in a high-performance demand and capacity team
  • Experience of leading new demand and capacity solutions, processes and governance changes
  • Experience of working within a regulated utilities, manufacturing, telco or logistics environment
  • Ability to interpret complex data and produce demand forecasting models and dashboards
  • Proven ability to utilise governance forums to good effect; enabling desired outcomes
  • Evidence of bringing structure to unstructured environments
  • Highly numerate with exceptional analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication and relationship-building skills, tailored to the stakeholder audience
  • Highly experienced in Excel and other data visualisation tools e.g. Power BI, SQL., Tableau
  • Strong business skills and commercial acumen
What’s in it for you: 
Please note this is an 18-month Fixed-Term Contract (FTC)
This is a rare opportunity to make a real difference to a business and cultural transformation. You will be a leader in a programme that is fundamental to the success of Thames Water and one of our key business priorities for the next AMP.  

This is an exciting and challenging time for our business as a whole and the water industry. A backdrop of climate change and population growth is putting pressure on our existing water resources and in turn driving the need for a series of significant investments in our assets. The projects we will develop and deliver in the next 5 to 15 years, will leave a lasting legacy for future generations across London, the South East and the UK. 

Thames Water is a unique, rewarding and diverse place to work. We’re proud to be an equal opportunity employer, Stonewall Diversity Champion and Disability Confident Leader, welcoming individuals from all walks of life and leading the way with award-winning mental health and well-being strategy. 

What’s in it for you?
Our competitive salary and package include a competitive bonus, car allowance, private healthcare, an excellent contributory pension, 26 days holiday. There is also 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 have a referral scheme, where you can receive £750 for helping someone get a permanent position within the company. 

We’re proud to be here for our local community, offering everyone two days paid volunteer leave a year, as well as proudly supporting a lot of local events and charities. 

About us:
Thames Water is the UK’s largest water and wastewater company. We make a daily difference to millions of customers by supplying 2.7 billion litres of world-class water to around 10 million homes.  

As our world changes, the need to take care of our most precious resource is greater than ever, both locally and globally. That’s why, at Thames Water, every one of our actions, big and small, matters every day. Water is essential to daily life, and that means our business is always open. We’re passionate about providing world-class tap water, now and for the future.

We’re also turning waste into power, self-generating 20% of the energy we use and, in turn, doing our bit for the planet. We’re reducing plastic waste by celebrating our tap water and rolling out an ambitious water fountain project. We’re using our voice to lobby for change and partnering with WaterAid to provide clean water to the world’s poorest communities.

Together, we’re building a better future for our customers, our region and our planet.

Thames Water is a unique, rewarding and diverse place to work. If you join our team, you’ll enjoy fast-tracked career opportunities, flexible working arrangements and unparalleled benefits. We’re also proud to be an equal opportunity employer, Stonewall Diversity Champion and Disability Confident Leader, welcoming individuals from all walks of life and leading the way with award-winning mental health and well-being strategy.