Water Quality Scientist (314_22)

Plymouth, England /
South West Water – Operations - Drinking Water Services /
Permanent full-time
At South West Water we believe that the strongest businesses are built on solid, stable foundations - with a vision and a culture that gives them the freedom to change, improve and innovate.
We’re proud to be responsible for providing reliable, efficient and high-quality drinking water and wastewater services for the beautiful South West area.
And we have huge ambitions.
Not only are we committed to reaching net-zero by 2030, but we’ve also partnered with wildlife charities, National Parks and local partners to help ensure a better future for generations to come.
So, if you want to be part of a diverse team where opportunities flow and fresh ideas are welcomed, #JustAddWater.

Would you like to use your knowledge and experience to be part of a progressive company with a focus on the future?
We currently have an opportunity available for a Water Quality Scientist to join our Operational Drinking Water Services team working in Plymouth. Joining us on a full-time, permanent basis, you will receive a competitive salary of £28,000 - £35,845 per annum plus excellent benefits.
About the role:
As our Water Quality Scientist you will provide high quality technical support to Operations in all areas of drinking water supply from source to tap, ensuring that the public health of the customer base is protected. Also ensuring that existing assets are optimised and maintained in such a way to meet current financial and drinking water quality requirements. You will identify operational and asset deficiencies to enable the promotion of appropriate solutions within Operations and Asset Owner/Manager. And oversee resolution of customer enquiries relating to drinking water quality ensuring the needs and expectations of the customer, regulator and business are met.   

What you'll be doing:

    • Assist the Principal Scientist in the preparation of an operating plan to ensure that cost, efficiency and Regulatory standards are achieved.
    • Comply with Health Safety & Security Policies
    • Ensure that all relevant UK and EC legislation is adhered to, in particular that relating to drinking water quality
    • Take action to maintain public health by identifying risks and ensuring that the appropriate remedial measures are taken including liaison with the HPU, EHO & other Regulators after consultation with Principal Scientist
    • Review operational practices and processes, identifying opportunities for improvements in efficiency and productivity whilst minimising the Company’s exposure to risk
    • Recommend, consider and appraise new works proposals, liaising with colleagues in other parts of the Company as appropriate, to assess if new schemes are likely to meet relevant quality standards
    • Ensure that commissioning operations for new plant allow smooth transition where changes to process are required, with no adverse effects on water quality
    • To provide support and advice during emergency incidents, including direct support to the incident management team.
    • Identify information requirements and ensure key reports are developed to enable effective management of resources
    • Review and critically assess Method Statements and Risk Assessments to ensure the Company position is protected along with its customer base
    • Implement and further improve the quality management systems, including the adoption of best working practices

What we are looking for:

    • HNC in scientific discipline, degree preferred
    • Full UK Driving license
    • Participation in standby rota to provide operational support 24 hours a day
    • Knowledge of the relevant UK water legislation
    • Water treatment process and distribution knowledge
    • Excellent customer service and communication skills with the ability to act with tact and diplomacy
    • Ability to influence through the development of a logical argument
    • Delivers to time, cost, quality and performance targets
    • Good computing skills
    • Committed to ensuring that a positive and strengthened relationship with colleagues is developed and maintained
    • Committed to team working and self-development to optimise performance
    • Flexible approach to work and happy to work both indoors and outdoors in all weather

What's in it for you:

    • We know that the support and commitment of our staff is key to our success so you will receive the opportunity for ongoing development and training for a long-term career with us. Therefore, you will complete a NVQ Level 2 in Monitoring the Water Environment NVQ Level 2 in this job role. We’re one of the largest companies in the Southwest and are proud to have been awarded Investors in People recognition.
      In return as our Water Quality Technician, we will offer an excellent range of benefits including:
    • 23 days starting holiday allowance plus bank holidays
    • Company van (not for private use but can be used for commuting to and from work)
    • A discretionary Bonus
    • Competitive Contributory Pension
    • Access to the Company Sharesave Scheme
    • Various health benefits
    • Wellbeing support programmes
    • A range of Group Discounts
    • Cycle to Work scheme
    • Financial Support services
    • Training and Development Opportunities
    • And more!
Closing Date: Monday 4th July 2022

If you are looking for a new challenge, please click apply now to be considered as our Water Quality Scientist - we look forward to receiving your application.

Please note that the successful candidate will be subject to a mandatory DBS check as part of the onboarding process.

Be yourself, we like it that way. Together, we will build a culture of belonging, where inclusion is instinctive. Diversity is our strength and a reflection of our communities. We care, we value everyone, we celebrate uniqueness.
Our core values which are essential to our success are:
·       Trusted - We do the right thing for our customers and stakeholders.
·       Collaborative - We forge strong relationships working together to make a positive impact.
·       Responsible - We keep our promises to our customers, communities, and each other.
·       Progressive - We are always looking for new ways to improve and make life better.