Field scientist

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Location: Reading

Type: Permanent

Ref: e20014104


What is the purpose of the role?

You will be responsible for providing expert technical support to operational teams, maintaining regulatory compliance and meeting internal business targets. As part of this team you will be expected to undertake activities such as water quality monitoring from the source to service reservoir, investigating water quality failures or events at company assets and providing recommendations to both internal and external departments on corrective actions to prevent reoccurrence. You will also be responsible for providing technical support to production, network and capital delivery schemes in order to ensure that water quality requirements are met and undertaking out of hours technical support.

What makes this role unique?

This is a fantastic opportunity to build on current experience within this environment and impart best practice to the water production team ensuring that they consistently achieve a compliant drinking water. This is a hugely varied role where you will be able to see the results of your work in a short space of time. A great time to join the water industry, this role allows you to have a direct impact on the quality of the water at our sites. We have two roles available whereby you will cover either the East Thames Valley area (Reading, Newbury, Guildford, Chilterns) or the North Thames Valley region (Farmoor, Swindon, Oxford).

What will this role involve?

Supply and analyse information to satisfy complex needs of the team and/or external clients, provide explanation or commentary.

Design and deliver an element of a technical solution and assist the team to implement it successfully.

Identify developments in the relevant technical specialism that may improve the business, and suggest initiatives to the team and/or line manager.

Coach and support others in own area of expertise.

Represent the Company in meeting with stakeholders to build awareness externally, regulate their activities or maintain the reputation of the Thames Water brand.

You will be required to take part in our out of hours rota (1 in every 5).

What are we looking for?

The successful candidate must have an HNC or Degree (or equivalent) in a Scientific or Engineering discipline. You must also have significant experience in water treatment processes, supply or regulation. Ideally you will also have experience of working with Sample Manager, EQUIS and SAP systems and previous line management experience would be an advantage although this is not essential. You will be dynamic in your approach and must be comfortable in a ‘hands on’ operational role. Good organisational, communication and interpersonal skills are also key to this role as you will be liaising with internal stakeholders within Thames Water on a day to day basis. Travel to other sites is required as a major part of this role thus a driving license is essential. You will be self- motivated and previous experience in the water industry is crucial. The ability to work in a logical and analytical manner and be able to maintain a positive and professional approach when dealing with customers is also essential.

Thames Water information and salary details

This role is offering a salary of 26,350 - 30,000 and will cover either the East Thames Valley area (Reading, Newbury, Guildford, Chilterns) or the North Thames Valley region (Farmoor, Swindon, Oxford). Travel across your region will be required. 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 04/07/2018.