What is the purpose of the role?
The provision of our water supply and wastewater services has the potential to generate a significant quantity of air emissions through our daily operations. Our fleet of renewable, biogas Combined Heat & Power Plant assets are increasing the UK’s energy resilience and increasing the availability of low carbon and renewable energy. In addition, our diesel generators help to provide resilience in our operations and support the emergency supply market. The emissions to air from many of these activities are regulated by the Environment Agency through the Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR). As we strive to achieve our aspirations for environmental leadership within the sector, we recognise the need to reduce emissions from combustion plant and generators. It forms part of the contribution that we must make to improving air quality in accordance with all relevant legislation. In this new role, the post holder will play a critical part in achieving this objective by ensuring the business remains compliant with the appropriate permits for its combustion plant and generators. You will facilitate the delivery of all such permit requirements, providing project management and technical regulatory support. You will work with the Environment Agency, operational teams and external consultants to ensure compliance with environmental permit requirements for what are known as Medium Combustion Plant (MCP) and Specified Generators (SGs).
What makes this role unique?
This role uniquely provides the opportunity to make a positive difference for society and the environment. You will be a key member of a dedicated team of environmental permitting and regulatory technical specialists with your role focusing on medium combustion plant and generators. You will have the chance to utilise your interest for environmental issues whilst providing practical guidance to operations and the rest of the business. The variety of activities and people you will be dealing with provides a very interesting and challenging working environment.
What will this role involve?
An ability to understand regulator guidance relating to many aspects of air emissions, a proportion of which will be technically complex.
Provide technical advice, information and training support within the company on combustion plant to ensure effective and efficient delivery against permitting deadlines and regulatory obligations.
Preparing briefings for the wider business on the requirements of Environmental Permitting in relation to combustion plant and generators as well as support to wider business planning.
Lead on routine contacts with the Environment Agency on further information requests pertaining to combustion plant as well as supporting the business when compliance issues arise.
Project management of external consultants to coordinate the delivery of the environmental permit applications for combustion plant and generators.
Co-ordinate emissions testing requirements and ensuring the subsequent test reports meet the required standards for both TWUL and their consultants.
Contributing to wider Environmental Permitting team function when required (for example, waste or discharges to water); supporting documentation retention and control; responding to relevant consultation documents or routine requests for information from regulators or other technical stakeholders.
What are we looking for?
We are seeking an individual who ideally has knowledge and technical experience of the Environmental Permitting Regulations and/or air emissions. To be successful in this role, you will likely have a degree or higher level qualification in a relevant discipline and previous experience drawn from an applicable sector would be an advantage. The ability to project manage and multi task, with a high level of attention to detail is essential for this role. A good working knowledge of IT systems, such as Excel, would be useful to assist asset identification and interrogation. We are looking for someone who is a team player, resilient and confident as you will be working with regulators, operators and external consultants. Due to the nature of the role, a full driving licence is required. You will be required to travel to operational sites within the Thames Water Region on a fairly frequent basis.
Thames Water information and salary details
This role will be based at Clearwater Court, Reading. We are offering a salary of up to £34,500 depending on 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 28/05/2019.