Shift Operator

Job Title: Shift Operator
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Beckton
Salary: £27115 - £36685 per annum
Start Date: 2019-06-24
Reference: 4262
Contact Name: Robyn Smith
Contact Email:
Job Published: June 24, 2019 17:28

Job Description

About the role:

The successful candidate will support the Specialist Process Controller in ensuring the overall operation of the desalination plant at Thames Gateway Water Treatment Works to treat saline water abstracted from the river Thames fit for distribution into the London water network.

You will work as part of a shift team and perform a range of assigned operator activities including operation, water quality sampling & testing, routine checks, first line maintenance and problem solving to ensure that services are delivered to time, cost and quality standards. This may also involve using specialist electrical, mechanical or ICA skills.

This role will involve:

Assisting the specialist process controller and other technicians to ensure the continuous operation of the desalination plant and its equipment, working alongside and assisting the site process control engineer and managers to ensure site wide key performance indicators are met.

Responsible for first line maintenance and process fault-finding while reporting any defective equipment, to ensure a swift resolution following any breakdowns, and for monitoring, collating and reporting of data to ensure statutory and regulatory compliance is met and the works meet regulatory quality standards and customer demand.

Undertake safety and security checks and take ownership of your own, and colleagues, health and safety through escalating any concerns to your manager and resolving them yourself where possible.

To be successful you will have the following skills and experience:

You must have good practical experience in a relevant industry and in a related role along with experience of helping to manage or control the appropriate processes.

You will have a minimum of GCSE level maths and English or equivalent, and have completed an NVQ level 2 units or equivalent experience in addition to Appointed Persons for HV (electrical work). A technical City and Guilds or HNC qualification is also desirable.

You must be prepared to be trained in safety procedures including working in confined spaces, chemical treatment, possess a valid driving licence, be computer literate, especially with Office software, and previous experience of SCADA systems would be advantageous.

What’s in it for you:

Working both indoors and outside, with no one day being the same provides a very interesting working environment. You will be presented with unique challenges whether it’s using your expertise to diagnose a fault, or working with your teammate to remove large objects to prevent plant damage.

This role boasts about its great, closely-knit team so you will never be short of support. You will gain experience on a wide range of plant and equipment some of which are innovative investments providing exciting new experiences.

You will also receive competitive benefits as well as full training will be given for health and safety, technical and processes related to the plant.

Our competitive salary package includes an excellent contributory pension, 24 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, 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 the area, 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 water and waste-water services company in the UK. We provide the essential service at the heart of daily life, health and enjoyment to 15 million customers across London and the Thames Valley and we are going through a period of exciting change. On a typical day we supply 2.6 billion litres of top quality drinking water and our 350 sewage treatment works treat more than 4.2bn litres of waste-water. Our 85,000 miles of water mains and sewers would wrap around the world three-and-a-half times.

We are focusing like never before on delivering brilliant services and providing our customers with a great experience. We are in the process of transforming our business in order to achieve this. To help us succeed, we need a range of new skills and capabilities and will be recruiting for these in the coming months. We are on the lookout for talented people across our entire region who are interested in helping us to become the best water and waste-water company in the UK.

Thames Water is an equal opportunity, Disability Confident, and Stonewall diversity champion employer, welcoming applications from all walks of life to join our diverse team. We’re also leading the way with our award-winning mental health and wellbeing strategy.