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Join us in supporting environmental change! We are excited to announce the CIWEM Environmental and Recycling Lead opening at Thames Water. As part of our Corporate Sustainability and Environmental mission, this role will ensure that our waste-to-product strategy aligns with our Corporate Social Responsibility and environmental commitments.

The CIWEM Environmental and Recycling Lead will oversee equipment repurposing for local community organizations and developing countries and establish the most eco-friendly methods of disposing of waste materials. This is a critical role in supporting our commitment to environmental change.

Additionally, the CIWEM Environmental and Recycling Lead will manage our internal ‘freecycle’ operation called “Green Tag,” which enables our operational teams to reuse and recycle items across the business.

Join us in making a difference and apply today!

What you’ll be doing as CIWEM Environmental and Recycling Lead

This role strongly emphasises coordinated stakeholder engagement and support across the whole business, which will mean you.

  • Deliver operational and financial efficiencies.
  • Ensure that all waste-to-product strategies comply with environmental laws and regulations.
  • Add significant value to our environmental continuous improvement - your ideas will help shape service delivery and maximise asset and resource usage.
  • Ensure that Thames Water meets its Duty of Care obligations regarding all waste produced from our operations processes.
  • Support the Contract Management Team, ensuring waste management companies provide Thames Water with a compliant service.
  • Provide project management and look to develop and implement a range of waste-to-product strategies in line with environmental law & regulation.
  • Work with our contract management and strategic sourcing teams to understand and identify waste products that can be disposed of more economically.
  • Identify ways to reduce waste generation and find ways to reuse and recycle what would otherwise be thrown away.
  • Ensure health and safety requirements are met within the company and legal frameworks.

What you should bring to the role

  • Relevant environmental and/or materials recycling or repurposing experience within an operational industry such as water, construction, waste, recycling, or another utility organisation.
  • Membership of the Chartered Institute of Waste Management. (CIWM)
  • Technically experienced with a good understanding of Waste Management and Environmental Legislation.
  • Familiar with relevant codes of practice and guidance documents applicable to the waste management industry.
  • Able to undertake waste classification, duty of care audits and site inspections.
  • Knowledge of current issues in the recycling market.
  • Comfortable working closely and productively with internal and external stakeholders, suppliers, and Environmental Agencies.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and confidence in the delivery of presentations.
  • Driver's licence for the UK and access to a vehicle for business use.

What’s in it for you?

  • Competitive salary between £48,000 to £58,000 per annum.
  • 26 days holiday per year increasing to 30 with the length of service. (Plus bank holidays)
  • Generous contributory pension.
  • Personal Medical Assessments – Open to all once a year.
  • Wider benefits scheme including our benefits hub, which is packed full of offers and information to save you money and support your wellbeing.
  • This role is based at our Slough Distribution Centre in Berkshire but will involve travel across Thames Water operational sites.

Who are we? 

At Thames Water, our purpose is crystal clear - to deliver life’s essential service so our customers, communities and planet can thrive.

Water is life’s great leveller. Every living thing needs it, every single day. From people to plants, birds to bees, farms to factories, we all need it to thrive, and we’re committed to taking care of it for us all.

But keeping water flowing is becoming harder. From scorching summers to wetter winters, extreme weather affects everything from our pipes to our local rivers. We must keep millions more kettles boiling, public services operating, washing machines spinning, showers running and more, so every drop is more precious than ever. Are you ready to play your part? 

Working at Thames Water

At Thames Water, we recognise that people are at the heart of our business. To help us succeed in providing life's essential service, we need a range of skills and capabilities, representative of society throughout our business.

We seek to attract and retain a cultural mix of people who can offer different but complementary attitudes, values, talents, and knowledge. We understand the importance of appreciating and harnessing the unique skills, experiences, backgrounds, and differences that each individual brings.

Our over-arching diversity and inclusion aim is to ensure Thames Water is a diverse and inclusive great place to work. We encourage applications from everyone and offer extra support for those who need it throughout the recruitment process.

Find out more about working at Thames Water.

When a crisis happens, we all rally around to support our customers. As part of Team Thames, you’ll have the opportunity to sign up to support our customers on the frontline as an ambassador. Full training will be given for what is undoubtedly an incredibly rewarding experience. It’s also a great opportunity to learn more about our business, meet colleagues and earn some extra money along the way.

Disclaimer: due to the high volume of applications we receive, we may close the advert earlier than the advertised date. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.