Wastewater Area Scientist

Wastewater Area Scientist

CLOSING DATE: 24/02/20


DEPARTMENT: Operations

LOCATION: Somerset

STARTING SALARY: Circa £35,000 per annum. Salary dependent on experience.

CATEGORY: Permanent

PACKAGE: 40 hours per week. Location is the south of Somerset.

Do you have proven experience of working in a scientific role and looking for a new challenge? If so, we have a great opportunity for you.

We are proud to be one of the top performing water and sewerage companies in the UK. Wessex Water treats 480 million litres of sewage from 2.8 million people in the south west via a network of 34,700km sewers, 1,660 pumping stations and 409 treatment works. 

Our operations team of scientists work with passion and determination to ensure that we not only comply with all the regulatory requirements but also ensure there is no detrimental impact to the environment through our operations. Taking pride in our work, we draw on each other's expertise to achieve excellence. Our diversity and teamwork culture helps us to accomplish our achievements and our aim is to continually drive up standards particularly in the areas that matter most to our customers.

This is an exciting opportunity to join our team as an area scientist. We are looking for someone who is skilled and self-motivated to provide process management and scientific expertise at our water recycling centres to maintain cost-effective environmental and regulatory compliance. You will report to the western lead scientist and work in partnership with other wastewater scientists as part of the area science team.

As a valuable member of our team, you will ensure compliance with quality standards at water recycling centres, including numerical, descriptive and flow consents. You will plan and install measures to improve quality and lead initiatives to reduce operational costs and minimise pollutions. Additionally, you will monitor and optimise the effectiveness of sewage treatment processes, optimise the use of treatment chemicals and provide process support in operational emergencies. You will also provide technical support to operational staff to protect and maintain quality, innovate new operational practices and provide cover for other area scientists.

The ideal candidate should have a degree or equivalent in a science, environmental or engineering subject and should be working towards or have attained membership to an appropriate professional body. Extensive knowledge and operational experience of waste water treatment is essential for this role, as is excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office). In addition, expertise in advanced treatment and sludge processes is desirable. You will also be efficient in problem solving, communicating, teamworking and having the ability to plan and prioritise work effectively.

A full driving licence is essential.

In return, we offer a range of benefits including:

* Competitive defined contribution pension scheme

* Financial and development support for further relevant qualifications

* 24 days' holiday rising to 28 with length of service

* Paid volunteering leave

* Tax-free childcare government scheme

* CycletoWork scheme

* Life insurance

* Discounts and cashback scheme from more than 1,200 high street and online suppliers

Sound interesting? Please apply by clicking APPLY below quoting job reference REQ3109. The closing date is 24 February 2020 but assessments for potentially suitable candidates will be held throughout the advertising period.

If you would like to have an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Kate Silby on 07823 370644.

Please remember you must be able to prove your eligibility to work in the UK and provide evidence of qualifications gained. All offers of employment will be subject to a Basic Disclosure Criminal Records check. 

Wessex Water is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to providing an environment that supports and encourages the many skills, interests, backgrounds and experiences that people from different social groups can bring. We strive to provide a workplace which is free from discrimination, harassment and bullying, and where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

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