What is the purpose of the role?
Reporting to the site manager you will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of a large London Production Plant, producing up to 200 million litres of water per day that supplies a third of London’s drinking water. You will be working as part of a team of 6 process controllers, to ensure the effective and continuous operation of the works 24 hours a day. This is a single man shift point, supported by Process Technician team.
What makes this role unique?
You will be responsible for monitoring and optimising the process of the water treatment works to maintain output and water quality. You will be required to react to any SCADA trends and alarms, finding and resolving faults in conjunction with the operations and maintenance teams. With the members of your team you will be responsible for manning and controlling the works 24 hours a day, making key decisions on the process.
What will this role involve?
This role will involve controlling the day-to-day operation of the works processes, including but not limited to rapid gravity filters, ozonation, slow sand filters, disinfection and wash-water treatment.
The successful candidate would be responsible for operating the works according to internal company requirements, a regulatory quality standard and to meet customer demand.
In addition they would monitor processes through visual inspection, sample gathering and on-line monitor checking and then completion of log sheets and shift logs to regulatory auditable standards.
Process fault-finding and suitable rectification by first fix, raising issues to maintenance or management as required.
Supporting process needs of contractors completing work to improve process reliability.
Communicating with London water control centre in a timely and appropriate manner, implementing their requests with due consideration for site capacity and performance.
Responding to specific situations to ensure the relevant processes are brought under control or escalated to an event.
This role has serious responsibility to ensure the effective and continuous operation of the works (24/7).
What are we looking for?
We are looking for someone with a good level of literacy: a minimum of GCSE Maths, English and ideally science subjects. As well as this you will have good computer skills with ability to use basic programs, such as Microsoft Word, Excel & Outlook. If you have experience of SCADA systems (including Wonderware & RTAP) with a good ability to navigate systems and use to fault find through trends analysis, this is ideal. Experience in a shift controller role, although full training will be provided, experience of the processes used at large water treatment works would be advantageous. You will possess the ability to work confidently and unsupervised on single man, 12-hour shifts, day or night. You will have a reasonable level of physical fitness as the job will involve movement around the site. A considerable portion of your time will be spent working in the control room.
Thames Water information and salary details
This role is based at Kempton Park water treatment works in West London. This role has a 6 week rolling shift pattern, for which you will be paid a 25% shift enhancement. We are offering a salary of up to £41,000 depending on experience and qualifications. 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 28/05/2019.