Posted 25 days ago by Pertemps
Location Reading Job Type Permanent
Salary £20400 - £22000 per annum Sector Engineering, Miscellaneous
About the role:

Do you want to be a part of a company that provides an essential service to our 15 million customers? Do you pride yourself in being able to make a real difference to deliver exceptional customer service? This is an excellent opportunity to work for the UK’s largest water and sewerage company, Thames Water.

As the R&D Technician, you will be responsible for performing a range of practical activities including operation, routine checks and problem solving of Research & Development pilot plants and collection and analysis of samples to enable successful Research & Development projects’ delivery.

Key areas of accountability will include:
  • Collection and analysis of samples.
  • Operation of pilot plant and sampling and operation and calibration of lab equipment.
  • Monitoring, collating and reporting of data to ensure successful delivery of R&D projects.
To be successful, you will have the following skills and experience:
  • HNC level or equivalent in a scientific subject or a closely related subject, alternatively, science A-levels and previous relevant work experience.
  • Competent with Word and Excel.
  • A good understanding of laboratory Health & Safety systems.
  • Ability to work safely without direct supervision.
  • A good working knowledge of analytical techniques and quality control procedures.
  • Ideally some experience in providing ‘on-the-job’ training.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to work flexibly.
  • A full valid driving licence is required for this role.
  • Ability to work to continuous improvement and putting your ideas forward.
What’s in it for you?

This is an opportunity to work with recognised experts on projects of real relevance to the water industry.

This role really puts you at the heart of the business as you join a team dedicated to providing excellent customer service. Our Research, Development and Innovation department is a key part of the business which allows us to ensure that our drinking water is safe and clean and that our waste product is treated in the correct way.
We do this by running lab scale experiments, building and operating large pilot plants and full scale demonstrations on operational assets.

Our competitive salary package includes an excellent contributory pension, a minimum of 24 days holiday per year increasing to a maximum of 30 days depending on grade and 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 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.