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 of pipes, keeping taps flowing and toilets flushing. At Thames Water, every one of our actions, big and small, matters every day. Water is essential to life, so our business is always open – and this matters even more through a pandemic.

We’re proud of the positive ways of working we’ve adopted during the pandemic, creating a more flexible and dynamic environment so all our colleagues can thrive. For our office-based roles we’re moving to a hybrid approach with various options across working from home, office and our sites. We’ll cover this during the assessment process.

What you’ll be doing
In this role, you will primarily be responsible for all the commercial and/or operational aspects of the contracts allocated to you by your Manager. You will be provided a diverse portfolio of projects from working within our AMP7 programme within Operations Commercial. You will join one of our established and expanding Operations Commercial Teams and over the course of your career at Thames Water, you will have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects ranging in value from £25k to £200M. Your key duties will include:

  • Ensuring your portfolio of contracts are contractually compliant and processes are in place
  • Identify any non-performance and implement corrective actions
  • Resolving general disputes and claims and providing advice and support to the business
  • Performing cost control via extensive auditing of supplier accounts
  • Identifying, analysing and developing responses to commercial & contractual risks
  • Preparing and analysing costings from received tenders or quotations
  • Analysing outcomes and writing detailed progress reports
  • Valuing completed work and arranging payments using SAP or similar accounting software
  • Supplier account management involving analysis & processing of high volumes of data

  • £28,000 to £34,000 depending on skills, experience and location
  • Hybrid working – Can be based in the London area or Thames Valley
  • Required to attend ad hoc meetings and regular site attendance
  • 36 hours per week, Monday-Friday
  • Full training and excellent wider benefits package

What you should bring to the role

  • Hold a Degree in Quantity Surveying or similar
  • An enthusiastic attitude with the ability to take ownership of tasks, think on your feet, devise plans of action and deliver effective solutions
  • The ability to work semi-autonomously and be confident as well as professional at all times
  • An inquisitive mind and have meticulous attention to detail
  • The ability to hold your ground and offer reasoned advice in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent IT skills on MS office packages
  • Hold a full UK Driving Licence and have your own transport

What’s in it for you?
You will be working within an established team you will gain insight into how the UK’s largest water company selects and manages its suppliers across a wide spectrum of services, from supplying pumps to repairing leaks and recruiting temporary staff through to managing our facilities or treatment plant upgrades.

You may also have an opportunity to become a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and you will work within a very successful structured APC training programme with the support network of several Chartered Quantity Surveyors, RICS APC assessors and colleagues studying to become MRICS and FRICS.

Our competitive salary package includes an excellent contributory pension, 24 days holiday per year increasing to 28 with the length of service and a wider benefit scheme.

Thames Water is a dynamic, rewarding and diverse place to work, with opportunities around every corner.  If you join our team, you’ll enjoy a fulfilling career, flexible working arrangements and really great benefits. We’re also proud to be an equal opportunity employer, Stonewall Diversity Champion and Disability Confident Leader employer.

Find out more about working at Thames Water

We deliver life's essential service so our customers, communities and the environment can thrive.  This means, when a crisis happens, we all rally round to support our customers. As part of your role, you’ll be asked to help out our Instant Support Team to help our customers in their hour of need. This is incredibly rewarding, and you’ll be given full training – it’s also a great opportunity to learn more about our business and meet colleagues. 

Disclaimer: due to the high volume of applications we receive, we may close a vacancy earlier than the advertised date. This is so we can manage all the applications properly and give candidates a positive experience. Once closed, we can’t consider any further applications, so please submit your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.