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If you're looking for a role that makes a difference, look no further! We're seeking a talented individual to join our team and help us manage our water network. As part of our business-critical reporting, insight, and assurance capability, you'll play a vital role in ensuring we provide clean, safe water to our customers while protecting the environment.

Working with colleagues from across the business and third-party providers like OFWAT, you'll help build a risk and assurance culture that improves our data's accuracy, reliability, and resilience. If you're passionate about making a difference and have a keen eye for detail, we'd love to hear from you. Join us in our mission to provide essential clean water to communities in the Thames Water regions.

What you’ll be doing as a Risk and Assurance Specialist

  • To promote a risk and assurance culture across all contributors within the Leakage reporting process. Create a safe and constructive environment that encourages colleagues to report risks and concerns and to work together to solve problems.
  • To record and maintain the risk register and incident log. Working with colleagues across the business to understand the impact and consequences of risks and issues.
  • Prepare and present risks to senior managers, escalating concerns promptly and clearly.
  • To maintain a catalogue of controls and conduct periodic testing to assess their effectiveness. Working with business areas and risk owners to identify gaps and target areas of weakness.
  • To develop and embed standards and best practice procedures to improve resilience, consistency, and transparency of reporting.
  • Track and monitor internal and external audit actions.
  • Work with action owners to document and prepare commentary for year-end reporting.
  • Hybrid – Clearwater Court, Reading. You will be required to travel to Thames Water sites 1-3 days a month, but this may change in line with business requirements.
  • 36 hours a week, Monday to Friday ( we are open to full-time and part-time applications for this role)

This role does not require a driver's licence or access to a car.

What you should bring to the role

  • Degree education or professional qualification in risk management, Institute of Internal Auditors, or compliance.
  • Risk, assurance, internal audit, compliance background.
  • Ability to question and challenge constructively with all external and internal stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of producing audit and assurance reports to provide to external auditors.
  • Knowledge of how to use Data processing and transformation tools – e.g. Power Query, Python, SQL.
  • Awareness of Statistical methods, Modelling, and forecasting.

What’s in it for you?

This role will enable the successful candidate to help Thames Water ensure we provide the best quality water to our customers while protecting our environment, agriculture, and rivers.

  • Competitive salary from £41,600 per annum to £50,000 per annum.
  • 26 days holiday per year increasing to 30 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.
  • A wider benefits scheme includes our benefits hub, which is packed with offers and information to save money and support your well-being.

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 complementary, 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 complimentary 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.