Product development manager

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Location: Reading

Type: Permanent

Ref: e20013330

What is the purpose of the role?

This is an exciting and innovative role where you will be expected to research, develop and deliver on tactical options to improve on how we identify leakage and manage our water network efficiently. Additionally, you will also be responsible for ensuring that current leakage detection processes are fit for purpose, introducing any new initiatives as required. Having reviewed current procedures, you will identify new methods that the business can use, both in the shorter and longer term, as well as then evaluating these options to produce the business case for implementation. You will play a leading role in developing and trialling technologically advanced tools to allow better targeting of leakage reduction and management of the network. If you have a passion for technology advancement, process improvement and seeing a project from inception to completion, then this might be the role for you!

What makes this role unique?

Working with a range of business areas across Thames Water and its partners, you will play a key role in developing the future of leakage detection at Thames Water and introduce new ways of working into the business. This role allows you to gain exposure to the full end to end process of developing a product from helping create the strategy through to it becoming a business as usual tool. This is also a great opportunity to become part of the Infrastructure Alliance which was created in April 2015. This partnership between Thames Water, Kier, Clancy Docwra, Morrison and Murphy is a ground-breaking time for the water industry, so an excellent time to join and make a real contribution to the development of this position.

What will this role involve?

With a proven track record within the water industry, specifically within the business area of leakage, you will be accountable for:

Defining, coordinating and monitoring the rolling plan for any new leakage detection products & programs.

Identifying where Thames Water needs to move to industry best practice in any aspect of its leakage and water networks activity.

Review current leakage detection tools and identify effectiveness of use.

Analyse tools and technologies used by competitors in the industry and identify if Thames Water could benefit from this equipment.

Pull together business cases on any products identified to bring into the business as new ways of working.

Work collaboratively with a range of business areas to identify key areas of development in process improvement.

Carry out routine scans of new innovation across the industry, and promote them into Thames where applicable.

Develop, appraise and prioritise activities, and evidence actual delivery of benefits.

What are we looking for?

The successful candidate must have previous understanding of the Water Industry, specifically within leakage detection. You will have demonstrable experience managing programmes of work and will be confident producing business cases for senior leadership review. You will be highly proficient in the analysis of data and the ability to present complex analytical data and relationships in a coherent and simple way. You will be self-driven and must have exceptional communication and influencing skills at all levels of an organisation. Previous experience in the process improvement or technology arena is essential as is the ability to drive new ways of working from inception through to completion for business advancement. You will be a credible leader and influencer and be prepared to use statistically insight and information to demonstrate technology efficiencies.

Thames Water information and salary details

This role is based from Reading, Thames Valley or London however regular travel to Reading will be required. We are offering a salary of 55,000 - 62,000 depending on skills and experience. On top of our competitive salary package, you will also receive a competitive bonus, car allowance, private healthcare and an industry leading pension scheme. 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 26/04/2018.