Area Operations Manager

Thames Valley

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About the role:

You will be responsible for supporting the delivery of a sustainable water production strategy that provides a continuous and wholesome across the Thames Valley region. Your role will provide advice and influence others to shape their approach to planning and delivering organisational objectives; To apply knowledge and expertise within the professional specialism to broader activities in the context of establishing best practice, policies and procedures; To use knowledge from the external environment to influence operations/best practice, interpreting legislative and/or regulatory requirements.

Please note this role is a 12-month fixed-term contract.

Key accountabilities:

  • Display strong leadership ability by setting the agenda, understanding how the business operates and being a role model of Thames water vision and values
  • Drive key changes to help deliver key components of the Thames Valley Water Production transformation.
  • Interpret and, where possible, influence new regulatory policy that impacts Thames Water, in a positive way.
  • Apply commercial acumen in managing contractors and suppliers to deliver best value solution through an agreed programme of work
  • Deliver a strong financial performance through efficiency workstreams for the region
  • Develop and manage relationships with key stakeholders to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of production plan delivery
  • Drive a culture of safety, quality compliance, performance management and exceptional customer service and experience

To be successful you will have the following skills and experience:

  • Excellent leadership experience, capability and vision
  • Strong communication skills
  • Excellent influencing skills
  • Excellent analytical
  • Project Management
  • Ability to deliver against stretching operational targets
  • Broad business knowledge and demonstrable commercial acumen
  • Preferably degree level education
  • Current H&S management competence i.e. NEBOSH, IOSH
  • Full driving licence required.
  • Resilience
  • Performance-driven
  • Sound judgement
  • Extensive relevant experience, ideally a minimum 2/3 years team/functional management

What’s in it for you:

Our competitive salary package includes an excellent contributory pension, 26 days holiday per year increasing to 30 with the length of service and a wider benefits scheme. This includes an annual pay review, season ticket loans, voucher scheme giving you money off in major retail outlets, loyalty awards for continuous service plus much more, including our referral scheme, where you can receive £750 for helping someone get a permanent position within the company. 

We’re also proud to be here for our local community, offering everyone two days paid volunteer leave a year, as well as proudly supporting a lot of local events and charities.  

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About us:

Thames Water is the UK’s largest water and wastewater company. We make a daily difference to millions of customers by supplying 2.7 billion litres of world-class water to around 10 million homes.  

As our world changes, the need to take care of our most precious resource is greater than ever, both locally and globally. That’s why, at Thames Water, every one of our actions, big and small, matters every day. Water is essential to daily life, and that means our business is always open. We’re passionate about providing world-class tap water, now and for the future.

We’re also turning waste into power, self-generating 20% of the energy we use and, in turn, doing our bit for the planet. We’re reducing plastic waste by celebrating our tap water and rolling out an ambitious water fountain project. We’re using our voice to lobby for change and partnering with WaterAid to provide clean water to the world’s poorest communities.

Together, we’re building a better future for our customers, our region and our planet.

Thames Water is a unique, rewarding and diverse place to work. If you join our team, you’ll enjoy fast-tracked career opportunities, flexible working arrangements and unparalleled benefits. We’re also proud to be an equal opportunity employer, Stonewall Diversity Champion and Disability Confident Leader, welcoming individuals from all walks of life and leading the way with an award-winning mental health and wellbeing strategy.

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