Regional Scientist

Wessex Water

South West UK
c.£36,000 pa, dependent on experience + car allowance

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: environmental management, water & hydrology

Closing date: Monday, 27th June 2022   Closes today

Are you looking for an exciting new challenge? Do you have experience in environmental monitoring and permitting in the water industry? If so, we have an excellent opportunity for you to join our team as a Regional Scientist!

What can I expect?

Wessex Water provides water to 1.3 million people and treats 480 million litres of sewage in the South West. Our scientists help ensure we protect the environment and comply with the regulatory requirements in the most efficient and safest way possible.

As a Regional Scientist, you will provide support to maintain installation permit compliance through odour, bioaerosol and air sampling, monitoring and surveying. This role will cover the development, control and review of new procedures and management plans, as well as providing wider assistance in preventing statutory nuisance and making budgetary savings. You will also maintain compliance with best practice and Best Available Techniques (BAT).

Assisting the Area Scientists, you will ensure management plans are followed, along with data collection and ensuring that consistency is maintained across all installation permitted sites. The role will see you provide support to internal and external audits with regulatory teams and regulators.

You will work with various colleagues at all levels across operations, health and safety, engineering and compliance, as well as external consultants, stakeholders and other water companies.

Your team will be based in Bridgwater but there is flexibility possible on your office location within the Wessex Water region. A willingness to drive to sites across our region is essential and a car allowance or company vehicle will be provided to support this.

The ideal person

To succeed in this role, you will have achieved a degree or equivalent experience in a science or engineering subject, along with the following:

  • sludge, wastewater and odour treatment and nuisance management
  • odour/air and environmental quality monitoring, modelling and sampling methods
  • interpreting regulatory frameworks and guidance
  • writing technical reports and interpreting large datasets
  • being a role model for health and safety with knowledge of hazards associated with toxic gas, DSEAR, sewage and sludge
  • experience or awareness of health and safety procedures and risk management
  • the ability to communicate complex topics effectively with people of all backgrounds, levels of knowledge and authority
  • knowledge of waste management would be desirable.

Alongside the above, you will be a flexible, proactive individual who is able to work well with people across various scenarios. We are looking for an organised and practical person who is comfortable working self-sufficiently on site.

In addition, you will have:

  • IT literacy, including competency using all Microsoft packages, particularly Outlook, Excel and Word
  • a full driving licence and the willingness to drive across the Wessex Water region.

Benefits for you

  • Pension - up to 20% combined contribution
  • 25 days’ holiday rising to 28 with length of service
  • Opportunity to buy and sell up to five days’ holiday
  • Life assurance (four times your salary)
  • Flexible working
  • Cashback and discounts from over 1,200 retailers
  • Paid volunteering day
  • Enhanced maternity leave
  • Health and wellbeing programme
  • Support from mental health first aiders

What will you get from us?

Our people tell us Wessex Water is a great place to work, and they stay with us! We are proud of how we support development and career progression. We have a wealth of both financial and non-financial benefits to offer our people and are committed to ensuring we provide an environment that supports health and wellbeing and flexible working.

We continue to promote diversity and inclusion. With that in mind, we welcome all applicants.

We are delighted to have signed the Armed Forces covenant and are a Disability Confident Employer. Applicants who declare they have a disability or have previously served with the Armed Forces, and meet the minimum requirements for the job, will automatically be invited for an interview.

Please let us know if you require any additional support or adjustments to assist you in starting your journey with Wessex Water.

If you have what it takes to join this award-winning business and want to be part of our exciting journey and share in that success, then please get in contact with us to find out more.

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