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This is a fantastic career opportunity for someone with engineering programme management experience within the engineering sector to join a highly collaborative and supportive team in our Capital Maintenance Projects and deliver modern and innovative solutions to our operational sites.

In this role you will be responsible for the delivery of a large portfolio of capital projects, providing MEICA and Civil engineering construction solutions for wastewater, water production, waste and water network functions, above and below ground.

You will have the opportunity to develop innovative and cost-effective strategies and solutions, which continually drive cultural change, business improvements, and increased productivity and help embed commercial focus, and corporate values and behaviours.

What you’ll be doing as an Engineering Operations Manager

  • Delivery of all capital projects to budget, ensuring turnover is managed in line with forecast.
  • Delivery of all construction projects on the program with 100% compliance with client specifications and corporate standards.
  • Management of the procurement process and the direct and indirect labour requirements.
  • Led, motivated, and developed a multi-disciplined team of Project Managers and Project Delivery Engineers, reviewing performance whilst monitoring and maintaining resource mix to meet the predicted workload.
  • Ensuring effective flow and input of commercial information to meet the financial deadlines of the business.
  • Managing the client's site requirements ensuring minimal impact on the operational functionality of the site.
  • Deliver all projects within legislative and regulatory requirements, including Health & Safety, Environmental compliance, and HR responsibilities.
  • Ensuring that Health and Safety is at the heart of everything that is done and that a strong Health and Safety culture is continually developed.
  • Maintenance, delivery, and development of ISO 9000, 14000 and 18000 business systems.
  • Management of multiple stakeholders, developing sustainable, long-lasting relationships across all areas of the internal business and our supply chain.
  • Base Location – Mogden in South West London but the flexible base location is within the central Thames Water geographical area.
  • Expected working hours are Monday to Friday, 36 hours a week.

What you should bring to the role 

  • Have a proven track record in the delivery of site-based construction projects within the water industry.
  • Have an operational management background in water or a similar process-related industry.
  • Hold an industry-recognised project management qualification.
  • Hold a relevant Health & Safety qualification. (NEBOSH or similar)
  • Sound experience in managing commercial budgets.
  • Have proven experience in managing a large team in person and remotely.
  • Demonstrate an inclusive, motivational leadership style and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Have an innovative and proactive approach to problem-solving.
  • Possess a tenacious and resilient personality with the ability to work with confidence in a challenging, reactive environment.
  • Hold a full UK driving licence and have your transport.

What’s in it for you?

  • Competitive salary between £62,000 - £74,000 per annum.
  • Annual Leave - 26 days holiday per year increasing to 30 with the length of service. (Plus bank holidays)
  • Car Allowance of £5,800 per annum.
  • Annual bonus opportunity.
  • Private Medical Health Care.
  • 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, background, 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.