Slow Sand Filter Operator

Posted 6 days ago by Pertemps
Location Leyton Job Type Permanent
Salary £21500 - £29095 per annum Sector Engineering, Miscellaneous
About the role: 

You and your team will be responsible for the cleaning and maintenance of the Slow Sand Filters (SSF) at Coppermills Water Treatment Works to ensure throughput of production, meeting customer demand in line with company health and safety legislation. 

This role will involve:

Routine checks, maintenance and operating mobile plant to ensure that services are delivered to time, cost and quality standards.

The three key areas are skimming filters, the removal/ relaying of granular activated carbon (GAC) and re-sanding of SSFs.

Use of specialist mobile plant including skimmers, loading shovels, dumpers and excavators.Slow Sand Filter Technicians also operate the Floatex plant (Sand Washer) and GAC separation plants as well as the mobile crane when required.
General site housekeeping, plant checks and maintenance.

An adherence to legal and company health, safety and hygiene regulations are essential.

To be successful you will have the following skills and experience:
  • Previous industrial plant experience, especially driving ‘dumper’ trucks or excavators.
  • Ability and attitude to take pride in the work that they and the team does every day, whilst always striving for the highest standards.
  • Enthusiastic and physically fit with enthusiasm to learn.
  • Be prepared to work outdoors in all weathers and prepared to take on a range of manual tasks.
  • Team player with good communication skills are essential.
What’s in it for you:

This is an excellent opportunity to join the operations team at one of the UK’s largest water treatment works that has a direct impact on the treated water that goes straight to the customer.

Slow sand filters enable us to supply a third of London's drinking water. This frontline role maintaining these filters enables us to keep up with the demand and ensures London is always fully supplied with water.

Slow Sand Filters are cleaned in accordance with operational standards, which vary depending on the time of year (summer and winter strategy). This means that the work varies day to day and the majority of the work is outdoors.

Our competitive salary package includes an excellent contributory pension, a generous holiday allowance (which increases to 30 days 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, 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.