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Local Government Lead - South London

Who are we?

Thames Water is the UK’s largest water and wastewater company. We make a daily difference to our 15 million customers by supplying 2.6 billion litres of water through 32,000 km’s of pipes, to keep taps flowing and toilets flushing. We are an essential service and have operated throughout the Covid19 pandemic. 

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.

What you’ll be doing

This is an exciting opportunity to support in the development and deployment of Thames Water’s stakeholder engagement to enhance the company's reputation through understanding, building and maintaining relationships with key opinion formers across the South London area.

In this role you can expect to work across the business, playing an active role in overseeing and implementing stakeholder engagement and communication strategies across all tiers of government and third parties, to aid with the delivery of our environmental, community and operational objectives.

As part of the Local Government team you can expect to undertake the following:

  • Build upon existing and identify new political relationships; communicating stakeholders views internally and reflecting the business’s position(s) externally
  • Produce and deliver briefings and presentations, often on complex and sensitive matters, to senior colleagues
  • Monitoring of the national and local political environment in order to identify and advise on emerging issues that may impact upon the business
  • Provide stakeholder incident support to the wider business, when things do not go as planned

We’re looking for you to show:

  • Excellent political knowledge with a strong focus on MP and local government relationships across the South London area
  • Top communication and influencing skills with the ability to establish strong working relationships with colleagues and partners at all levels. A strong track record from a background in stakeholder engagement, communications, public affairs, media relations or similar is preferable
  • The ability to influence, showing empathy and understanding is vital, along with the passion to understand key opinion formers and their needs. As a confident public speaker, you will be credible, diplomatic and be able to form strong relationships
  • Awareness and understanding of company issues
  • Excellent time management skills and an ability to work under pressure
  • With regular external meetings across our supply region, a full, clean UK Driving License is essential
  • A desire to get stuck in. Our business is 24/7, so you will be expected to occasionally work evenings and weekends

What’s in it for you?

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.  

We’re proud of the positive ways of working we have adopted during the pandemic. We want to create a more flexible and dynamic environment so all our colleagues can thrive. For our office-based roles we’re moving to a hybrid approach where we’ll provide options around working from our offices, our operational sites and home dependent on role/team/individual. This will be discussed during the assessment process.

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 and we’re a Times Top 50 Employer for Women. 

Click here to find out more about working at Thames Water.