What is the purpose of the role?
You will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of an advanced water treatment works producing up to 90 million litres of water per day. 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.
What makes this role unique?
You will be responsible for monitoring and optimising the process of the water treatment work 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 dissolved air flotation, rapid gravity filters, ozonation and disinfection.
Operating the works according to internal company requirements, a regulatory quality standard and to meet customer demand.
Process monitoring by visual inspection, sample gathering and on-line monitor checking. (Completion of log sheets to regulatory auditable standards).
Collecting water samples from around the site and complete basic laboratory analysis on them.
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 Thames Valley 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. Experience in a shift controller role and experience of the processes used at Swinford would be advantageous. Experience in the water industry and of helping to manage or control processes. Good practical experience gained in a similar role. Fully competent in using the appropriate company IT systems and office software.
Previous experience in SCADA systems would be advantageous, with a good ability to navigate systems and use to fault find through trends analysis. You will have the ability to work unsupervised on 12-hour shifts, day or night and have a reasonable level of physical fitness as the job involves movement around the site. A considerable portion of your time will be lone working. Whilst this is a shift position, you are likely to spend the first 6-12 weeks working days Mon-Fri, as a period of familiarization with the role and site and undertake necessary training courses, to acquire the suitable level of competency. Please note, for this role you will need a clean, valid driving licence.
Thames Water information and salary details
This role is based at Swinford water treatment works, near Oxford. The salary is up to £30,000 depending on experience. This role has a 6 week rolling shift pattern, for which you will be paid a 25% shift enhancement.
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.
We are focusing like never before on delivering brilliant services and providing our customers with a great experience. We are in the process of transforming our business in order to achieve this. To help us succeed, we need a range of new skills and capabilities and will be recruiting for these in the coming months. We are on the lookout for talented people across our entire region who are interested in helping us to become the best water and waste-water company in the UK.
Thames Water is an equal opportunity, Disability Confident, and Stonewall diversity champion employer.
Closing Date: The closing date for applications is 19th October 2017.