Strategy Lead (Conditional Allowance)

Reading - Clearwater Court - RG1 8DB

About the role:

Reporting to the Water Strategy Manager, as the Strategy Lead, you will lead the development and implementation of a Strategic Asset Management Plan which is a key deliverable of the London Water Network Conditional Allowance Programme. The Strategic Asset Management Plan sets out how we manage our assets to ensure we achieve our objectives including:

  • the expected levels of performance in specific areas.
  • how these will be achieved.
  • how the optimum asset interventions will be determined and key accountabilities.

You will be responsible for developing, documenting, and maintaining key asset class intervention methodologies and developing long-term investment strategies.

You will be influential in supporting the delivery of the programme working towards ISO55001 accreditation and lead the development and implementation of a continuous improvement plan for the asset management system.

Responsible for programme reporting to both internal and external stakeholders, this role gives you the opportunity to get involved in engagement and close collaboration with several senior stakeholders across the business.

Key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Develop and deliver the Strategic Asset Management plan required to meet Ofwat requirements.
  • Lead and manage one team member.
  • Own the development and document Water Asset Strategies/Long term asset plans.
  • Contribute towards Asset Management system development.
  • Document and develop key investment methodologies/processes.
  • Support ISO55001 audits in accordance with the audit programme.
  • Develop a continuous improvement plan for Asset Management.
  • Support the wider Asset Management community in identifying gaps, working collaboratively to continuously improve and develop.

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

  • Educated to degree level with further professional/management qualifications or outstanding role-specific experience.
  • Previous experience of ISO/Quality Management.
  • Strategic long-term thinker.
  • Previous experience of developing and implementing an asset management strategy/working towards ISO certification is desirable.
  • Working knowledge of Asset Management.
  • Prior experience of water investment planning is desirable.
  • Excellent leadership and communication skills.
  • Experienced in stakeholder engagement and relationship management.
  • Self-starting, resilient and tenacious under pressure.
  • A great team player with the ability to work collaboratively in a challenging environment, who is fully competent at using the appropriate company IT systems.
  • A balanced, realistic approach to pressure, always maintains a positive outlook in front of others.


What’s in it for you?

A key role within a newly formed team within Asset Management, this unique opportunity gives you the ability to influence how decisions are made at Thames Water and document how Asset Management works. This is a challenging and exciting role, for which we are looking for proactive and engaging individuals who can drive improvements forward. You will be in a key position to influence how Thames Water meet its objectives and the direction of the business.

Our competitive salary and package include a competitive bonus, car allowance, private healthcare, an excellent contributory pension, 26 days holiday. There is also 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 Tap.  We also have a referral scheme, where you can receive £750 for helping someone get a permanent position within the company. 

We’re 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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