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If you are just starting your ‘job journey’ or looking for a career change this could be the role for you!

Slow Sand Filters are used in water purification as part of the process to produce clean drinking water.

As a Slow Sand Filter Operator, you will be working in a small, dedicated team responsible for the cleaning and maintenance of the Slow Sand Filters (SSF) at our Ashford Common and Kempton Water Treatment Works, to ensure the levels of clean drinking water to supply our customers in London. 

What you’ll be doing as a Slow Sand Filter Operator

  • Operation of fixed and mobile process plant and equipment including driving and operating heavy machinery.
  • Installation and removal of the Slow Sand Filter materials using specialist mobile plant and laser equipment to a high degree of accuracy by Best Operational Practice.
  • Process cleaning, front-line maintenance, and fault-finding.
  • Monitoring, collating, and reporting process data to ensure statutory, regulatory, and best operational practice compliance is achieved.
  • Undertake site-wide safety and security checks.
  • If applicable, provide Slinger/Banksman support when a mobile crane is used to lift mobile ramps in and out of filter beds.
  • Take personal responsibility for the health and safety of self and colleagues while working in line with company health and safety legislation.
  • Liaise daily with, Controllers, Maintenance Technicians, and a variety of contractors.

What you should bring to the role

  • We are looking for a team player who is prepared to work outdoors in all weathers undertaking manual tasks.
  • Must be prepared to be trained in safety procedures including Confined Space Entry.
  • Have a 7 Tonne Dumper licence or be prepared to obtain it.
  • 360 Excavator, Loading Shovel and Sand Skimmer experience would be an advantage.
  • Basic literacy and numeracy.
  • Computer data input /enquiry experience is desirable.
  • Valid driver's licence.
  • All training will be provided.

What’s in it for you? 

  • Competitive salary from £25,000 depending on your skills and experience.
  • This is a great opportunity if you would like to start a career within the water industry, with some exciting opportunities for further training and a career progression scheme within Thames Water.
  • Annual Leave is 24 days holiday per year increasing to 28 with the length of service. (Plus bank holidays)
  • Contributory pension – Defined Contribution - Maximum of 12% -2x employee contribution.
  • 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.

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 need to 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, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.