Water Quality Scientist - Hybrid format

  • Job Reference: 38079
  • Date Posted: 10 July 2024
  • Employer: Thames Water
  • Location: Reading
  • Salary: £45,000
  • Sector: Engineering & Technical
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

In this key role you’ll be responsible for assessing water quality risk at network depots to deliver regulatory obligations associated with Drinking Water Safety Plans (DWSPs).

What you’ll be doing as a Water Quality Scientist
  • Complete Regulation risk assessments for network depots in line with Drinking Water Safety Plan (DWSP) obligations. Travel to depot sites across the Thames Water area will be necessary.
  • Complete DWSP updates on the company’s bespoke DWSP IT system to meet regulatory requirements and internal programme.
  • Actively seek to develop expertise in water quality aspects of distribution water quality, as well as regulatory requirements relating to DWSPs.
  • Participate in the Water Quality Risk Review process to validate existing DWSP risks and identify emerging ones, escalating significant risks within governance parameters.
  • Participate in routine system management activities for DWSP IT to ensure regulatory obligations can be met.
This is a hybrid role. Base Location – Clearwater Court in Reading, RG1 2DB.
Working hours: 8am to 5pm or 9am to 6pm.

What you should bring to the role
  • Be educated to degree level (or equivalent) in a relevant scientific discipline.
  • Have water industry experience in a relevant role.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills and an ability to build positive relationships with stakeholders across the business.
  • Be competent in using Microsoft Office software and preferably with some experience using company systems e.g. DWSP IT, EQUIS, Sample Manager.
  • Possess a proactive, can-do attitude as this is key to success in the role.
  • Be open-minded, supporting and developing new methods of working, and able to manage workloads.
What’s in it for you?
  • Competitive salary up to £45,000 per annum depending on skills and experience
  • Annual Leave - 26 days holiday per year increasing to 30 with the length of service (Plus bank holidays)
  • Contributory pension – Defined Contribution - Maximum of 12% -2x employee contribution
  • Personal Medical Assessments – Open to all once a year
  • Wider benefits scheme including our benefits hub, which is packed full of offers and information to save you money and support your wellbeing.
Who are we?
At Thames Water, our purpose is crystal clear - to deliver life’s essential service so our customers, communities and planet can thrive.

Water is life’s great leveller. Every living thing needs it, every single day. From people to plants, birds to bees, farms to factories, we all need it to thrive, and we’re committed to taking care of it for us all.

But keeping water flowing is becoming harder. From scorching summers to wetter winters, extreme weather affects everything from our pipes to our local rivers. We need to keep millions more kettles boiling, public services operating, washing machines spinning, showers running and more, so every drop is more precious than ever. Are you ready to play your part?

Working at Thames Water
At Thames Water we recognise that people are at the heart of our business. To help us succeed in providing life's essential service, we need a range of skills and capabilities, representative of society throughout our business.

We seek to attract and retain a cultural mix of people who can offer different but complementary attitudes, values, talents, and knowledge. We understand the importance of appreciating and harnessing the unique skills, experiences, background, and differences that each individual brings.

Our over-arching diversity and inclusion aim is to ensure Thames Water is a diverse and inclusive great place to work. We encourage applications from everyone and offer extra support for those who need it throughout the recruitment process.

Find out more about working at Thames Water.

When a crisis happens, we all rally around to support our customers. As part of Team Thames, you’ll have the opportunity to sign up to support our customers on the frontline as an ambassador. Full training will be given for what is undoubtedly an incredibly rewarding experience. It’s also a great opportunity to learn more about our business, meet colleagues and earn some extra money along the way.

Disclaimer: due to the high volume of applications we receive, we may close the advert earlier than the advertised date, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.