Field Scientist

Coppermills – East London - E17 7HE

About the role: 

The purpose of this role is to contribute to a team of Process Scientists who undertake a number of proactive and reactive activities to ensure that water quality is maintained from source to service reservoir and incidents are responded to in a timely and effective manner.

An additional element of this role is to recommend and champion optimisation initiatives to reduce cost or improve quality at no additional cost.

Key areas of accountability will include:

  • Water quality data analysis, reporting, process monitoring and internal auditing from abstraction source to service reservoirs.
  • Ensuring daily process quality whilst seeking means of driving continuous improvement via optimisation opportunities.
  • Trouble-shooting the process plant during incidents, ensuring lessons are learnt and corrective action management is adopted to prevent reoccurrence.
  • The provision of technical support to Production, Network and Capital Delivery Schemes.
  • Frequent travel across Thames Water’s west London region is required for this role.
  • Undertaking out of hours technical support on an approximately one in six rota for which appropriate training will be given. An additional payment is made for this work.

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

  • Qualified to HNC/Degree level (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline.
  • An enthusiastic self-starter with an inquisitive mind-set who enjoys investigative work.
  • A background in water science or process engineering operating within a regulatory framework would be advantageous.
  • Good organisational, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • An awareness of Industry Best Operating Practice as applicable to potable water treatment and transmission would be beneficial.
  • Ability to work in a logical and analytical manner and maintain a positive and professional approach when dealing with customers.
  • Travel to numerous sites is a requirement of this role and transport will be provided. A valid UK driving license is essential.

What’s in it for you?

This is an exciting opportunity to build on current experience and impart best practice to the Water Production and Capital Delivery teams ensuring they consistently achieve a compliant drinking water. Your work will ensure that we are delivering the very best water to our millions of customers across the Thames Water region.

Our competitive salary package includes an excellent contributory pension, 26 days holiday per year increasing to 30 with 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 suppling 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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