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Planning Manager

Posted 7 days ago by Pertemps
Location Reading Job Type Permanent
Salary £45000 - £50000 per annum Sector Miscellaneous
About the role:

Exciting things are happening within Thames Water and the water industry as a whole to improve end customers service and this is the perfect opportunity to join us on our journey. Thames Water is at the forefront of the wholesale retail market and the inter wholesale market, known as the New Appointments and Variations market (NAV). We are looking for a dynamic leader to manage relationships with our retail partners and just as importantly our service performance to them within our WMS (Wholesale Market Services) business area.

WMS is required to develop, implement and facilitate the delivery of Thames Waters’ Market obligations. We enable the sale of services to all companies licensed to operate in the Water Markets, this equates to over £400m of revenue that is managed within the team. As well as managing up to approximately £200m of risk associated with market compliance.

This is a unique opportunity to play a major part in shaping and driving this process, creating revenue, drive insight and improve performance for the business. We will provide you with all the tools you need to grow within the business and embark on a successful career with Thames Water.

The Planning Manager is a key role, responsible for supporting the function heads and their teams to achieve the goals of WMS through the efficient administration of WMS and its planning and communication streams. A key conjugate for cross functional working in a fast paste customer focused commercially astute organisation which is always having to adapt and change to meet customer and market needs and achieve approximately a fifth of Thames Water’s revenue.

As part of your role you will be expected to:

Produce and maintain Planning and Communication Strategies and plans for the operational BAU, including objectives and project plans and report progress on a monthly basis to the Head of WMS and Function Head population.

Facilitate the capture and review of risks and issues onto the Risk Register. This includes: facilitating senior management meetings to review the register, capturing, disseminating and following up on all actions. Ensuring all documents are stored appropriately on SharePoint with the Risk Register, session attendance register, notes and action log.

Facilitate the weekly operational and planning meetings, record, disseminate and follow up on all actions.

Provide management support to ensure that WMS remains flexible and capable of performing/ delivering in an evolving market/ operational environment including its budgeting and forecasting activities.

Directly deliver internal and external communication including weekly reports, publications and all team events.

Support the planning and management of key function events such as customer and stakeholder visits e.g. from Retailers, NAVs, Ofwat and MOSL.

Own and report on the recruitment process, the headcount, FTE and vacancy phasing.
Support WMS and Thames with office management.

To be successful you will have the following skills and experience:
  • A highly organised individual with exposure to projects, strong planning experience and a proven record of working with stakeholders.
  • A personable character with strong, networking, negotiation, influencing and communication skills.
  • Passionate about the role and where we are headed as a business, this will be reflected in your flexibility and willingness to get involved in the various and ad hoc tasks that fall within this remit.
  • Proficient in MS Office programmes with the ability to present and be comfortable working in a busy environment with ever changing priorities.
  • Working within a technical or operational environment would be advantageous.
What’s in it for you: 

The UK water industry is rapidly evolving markets. We are responding to this challenge by becoming even more market-focused and developing and implementing innovative changes to enable customer choice.

Our competitive salary package includes an excellent contributory pension, 26 days holiday per year increasing to 30 with length of service and a wider benefits scheme.
This includes an annual pay review, season ticket loans, voucher scheme giving you money off in major retail outlets, loyalty awards for continuous service plus much more, including our refer-a-friend bonus, where you can receive up to £1,000 for helping someone get a permanent position within the company.  

We’re also proud to be here for our local community around Reading, offering all of our teams two days paid volunteer leave a year, as well as proudly supporting a lot of local events and charities.

About us:  

Thames Water is the largest Wholesaler in the retailer and NAV markets with over 27 Retailers and 500k supply points and over 47 NAV service areas, this is a major growth area.

Thames Water is the UK’s largest water and wastewater company. We make a daily difference to millions of customers by supplying 2.7 billion litres of world-class water to around 10 million homes.  

As our world changes, the need to take care of our most precious resource is greater than ever, both locally and globally. That’s why, at Thames Water, every one of our actions, big and small, matters every day. Water is essential to daily life, and that means our business is always open. We’re passionate about providing world-class tap water, now and for the future.

We’re also turning poo into power, self-generating 20% of the energy we use and, in turn, doing our bit for the planet. We’re reducing plastic waste by celebrating our tap water and rolling out an ambitious water fountain project. We’re using our voice to lobby for change and partnering with WaterAid to provide clean water to the world’s poorest communities.

Together, we’re building a better future for our customers, our region and our planet.
Thames Water is a unique, rewarding and diverse place to work. If you join our team, you’ll enjoy fast-tracked career opportunities, flexible working arrangements and unparalleled benefits. We’re also proud to be an equal opportunity employer, Stonewall Diversity Champion and Disability Confident Leader, welcoming individuals from all walks of life and leading the way with an award-winning mental health and wellbeing strategy.