Job descriptionTogether we are Trusted to Serve Scotland. Most people don’t think too much about how clean water reaches their taps. Or what happens to their waste water. But Scottish Water does. In fact, it’s all we think about. Want to join us? As a Water Operative, you’ll be on the front lines of making sure Scotland’s water is totally, dependably pure. What you’ll do You’ll join an experienced team that really knows its water, helping to monitor and maintain the quality of water at our treatment works and pumping stations. Our TOMS procedures will be your guiding star in operating the plant – you’ll calibrate monitors, filters, tank levels and more. And you’ll be the source of recordings on water quality, sorting the ‘exceptional’ from the ‘needs attention’ across measures including pH, chlorine, aluminium and phosphate. You probably figured it out already, but our aim is always to go beyond what the law and regulations expect of us. Join, and we’ll get you measured for a hardhat – regular inspections of plants, reservoirs and dams are part of the routine. You’ll also handle risk assessments and keep a close eye on health and safety protocols. As part of the team, you’ll take your turn on the standby rota for out-of-hours cover. What you’ll bring We’ll get you fully up to speed on the technical bits of the job. You’ll bring strong communication skills and confidence working on your own. And be comfortable turning your hand to new computer systems – we like to move with the times. Attention to detail is a must: on your watch there should be no risk of inaccurate recordings or health and safety failures. An eye for spotting trends is helpful and you’ll love solving a problem – on your own initiative and with help from site colleagues. You’ll need a valid driving licence, but we’ll provide the van. All for the good of Scotland’s water. Beyond that, we’re looking for a few ‘nice-to-haves’. Knowledge of water treatment processes and distribution systems would obviously be great. Mechanical maintenance experience? Perfect. But none of these are essential. Looking out for you While the work we do is important, we know it’s not the only thing that matters. That’s why we make sure you have everything you need to find a good work-life balance. But you’ll get plenty of time to recharge with 38 days of holiday every year (including public holidays). And you can even buy five more if you need a little extra time. You can also take paid time off to volunteer in your community. When it comes to major life events we have family-friendly policies around adoption, maternity, and parental leave. And for the everyday? We embrace flexible working. For your future, there’s our pension (the ‘know-what-you’ll-get-when-you-retire’ kind), as well as life assurance. As for some nice extras? You can expect an annual company bonus. Not to mention access to SW Splash – handy rewards that can save you money on holidays, bills, and shopping. The not-so-small print The salary range for these positions is 21,053.00 - 28,425.00 GBP Annual depending on experience. All new Scottish Water employees are required to complete pre-employment security checks before they can start work. If you’re interested in this role – or know someone else who might be - we’ll be accepting applications until midnight on 22nd September 2023. Do you have any support needs? Please let us know if there are any changes we can make to our application and selection process to make it easier and more comfortable for you. Email us here with the vacancy reference number in the subject line so we can work with you to support you throughout your application. Working at Scottish Water Scottish Water is one of the UK's leading water companies, the quality of drinking water and satisfaction with the service we provide our customers has never been higher - but we want to be even better – and you could help play an important part! We take employee engagement very seriously and have an inclusive and collaborative work environment where we respect people’s differences. We are committed to creating an engaging environment and a positive experience for our employees. We were recently recognised as a Top 10 Flexible Employer in Scotland at the Flexibility Works Awards 2021 and by The Times as a Top 50 Employer for Women in 2019. In 2019 we also won the Age Inclusive Award at The Herald and GenAnalytics Diversity Awards and were winners of the Best Public Sector Employer at the Family Friendly Working Scotland Awards 2020. We have Carers Positive Exemplary Status and were Silver Award 2019 & Gold Award winners 2020 of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (DERS). We aim for work to be an energising and fulfilling experience and everyone plays their part to ensure that Scottish Water is trusted to serve our customers and communities. We are passionate about creating opportunities for young people and are proud to have achieved the Gold standard in the Investors in Young People accreditation, demonstrating our commitment to creating rewarding opportunities for young people. You will have access to a host of benefits which include 38 days holiday a year, a defined benefit pension scheme, a discounted medical cash plan and cycle to work, plus a variety of agile working arrangements and family-friendly policies designed to support your wellbeing. Next Steps Any offer of employment with Scottish Water will be subject to the successful completion of a mandatory pre-employment screening process, including Disclosure Scotland and eligibility to work in the UK. Details can be found on our website. For more information about this role or if you require any additional support throughout the application process please contact the recruitment team: [email protected] As part of our commitment to developing a flourishing Scotland, it is important that Scottish Water employees are resident in Scotland and contribute to the Scottish economy by paying Scottish income tax on their earnings. As a result we ask all potential employees to confirm that they are resident in Scotland, or to confirm their intentions to move to Scotland within 3 months of their start date. Please note that candidates who have not submitted an application in the last 12 months will be automatically removed from our system records.
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