Water Resources Graduate

  • Job Reference: 13437
  • Date Posted: 27 September 2019
  • Recruiter: United Utilities
  • Location: Warrington, Cheshire
  • Salary: £28,500
  • Sector: Science & Technology
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

About United Utilities

United Utilities provides water and sewage services to around seven million people in North West England.  Behind the scenes that means operating enough miles of pipework and sewers to wrap three times round the planet, investing billions of pounds to improve water and the environment across the North West, while taking care of some of the most scenic and environmentally sensitive countryside in the region. We're embracing new technology, thinking outside the box to improve services for our customers and even harnessing the renewable energy potential of the region's water, waste and weather. 

In short, it's our job to bring three million households and 200,000 businesses, clean, clear water and to take their waste water away so our customers can simply get on with their day.

As a Water Resources Graduate, you'll develop hydrological expertise and help monitor the performance of the company's water sources in terms of efficiency, reliability, compliance with abstraction licence conditions, and environmental impact along with liaison with the Environment Agency and other regulators on all hydrological and water resource related matters


Job Accountabilities

Through a tailored programme covering Water Treatment Process, Public Health, Drinking Water Regulations, and Laboratory Technical activities you will develop scientific competence in water treatment processes, regulatory compliance and scientific investigations supporting the day to day provision of safe clean drinking water to our customers. 

Through continuing professional development you will be encouraged to achieve Chartered status as a Biologist, Chemist or Scientist from a professional body relevant to your qualification and experience.

As a hydrologist team we are involved in a whole range of activities, providing professional advice and guidance around:

  • Water Treatment processes - operational best practice, including optimisation of water treatment processes, commissioning of new and modified assets, providing technical expertise.
  • Water Safety planning – supporting the organisation by implementing processes to secure the quality of drinking water.  Bring a systematic and disciplined approach to the evaluation and improvement of risk in line with International standards to ensure provision of safe clean drinking water
  • Quality Assurance- preparation, review and training of standard operating procedures (SOP)
  • Audit - We design business processes, internal controls and governance procedures
  • Laboratory analysis - bench trials, novel analysis, large volume simplistic and low volume complex techniques, innovative experimental design and reporting
  • Regulatory compliance – interpretation and implementation of regulatory requirements including data reporting, liaison with our regulators and other external bodies who support us.
  • Stakeholder support – working with teams across the company to develop and deliver operational best practice via technical plans using detailed assessments of performance. 
  • Optimisation of water source operation, providing hydrological expertise and knowledge to minimise whole-life costs in developing and operating surface water sources.
  • Maintaining and monitoring the company's hydrometric data surface water abstraction and flow records, develop and maintain the company's Drought Plan including submissions to Defra Environment Agency and Ofwat and contribute to the preparation of the company's statutory Water Resources Management Plan.
  • Managing, developing and maintaining appropriate hydrological analysis tools and modelling systems for the assessment for the optimisation of water source and system operation in relation to reliability, costs and water quality.
  • Contribute to the optimisation of water resources operations and investment to meet company standards for supply reliability statutory at minimum whole-life cost whilst complying with regulatory and statutory requirements along with carrying out water resources modelling to support the Drought Plan, Water Resources Management Plan, capital projects and operational management. 
  • Producing data for annual reporting to Ofwat and forecasts for Price Review submissions along with contributing to managing the performance and optimisation of UU's 200 surface water source assets, ensuring the sustainability of assets in the medium to longer-time (up to 25 years).
  • Liaise with the Environment Agency on matters relating to hydrology, water resources and modelling, ensuring that the company's interest are taken fully into account also liaise with stakeholder groups on water resources and operational matters. This will include participating in the management of joint studies and modelling, representing UU at meetings with stakeholder groups and managing investigations and modelling studies of existing sources or potential new source developments as required.
  • Drought Planning, including preparation of the company's statutory Drought Plan and associated submissions to the Environment Agency or Defra.  Develop and manage hydrological inputs to UU's Water Resource Plan, Drought Plan and the water capital investment programme and maintain the company's surface water flow records and source yield assessments.


Knowledge and Skills

  • You must have a 2:1 undergraduate degree in a scientific or numerate discipline
  • Highly numerate and possess a high level of competence in statistical data analysis, analytical reasoning, problem solving and planning ability.  
  • High level of competence in computer analysis skills
  • In possession of strong communication skills, including negotiating and influencing skills
  • Be self-motivated and be able to work on your own, initially under the supervision of more senior staff, and also within a multi-disciplinary team environment.
  • Show the ability to contribute as an effective team member working alongside the scientific disciplines as well as other stakeholders in the business.
  • Expected to be highly organised, excellent communicator and have a broad range of IT skills.
  • Have the ability to write clear, concise, accurate scientific reports and specifications with measurable outputs.


Desirable Criteria

  • A post-graduate degree in Hydrology or Water Resources.


Additional Information

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an assessment centre on 9th December 2019.

We need fantastic people to enable us to deliver a great service to the public. We are committed to reaching and recruiting from every community and then supporting employees to achieve their full potential ensuring they feel valued and included, regardless of their gender, age, race, disability, sexual orientation or social background.

If you are offered a job with us, a number of pre-employment checks need to be carried out before your appointment can be confirmed. Any offer of employment with United Utilities will be subject to a satisfactory checking report from the Disclosure Scotland / the Disclosure and Barring Service.