Area Process Scientist


Job title: Area Process Scientist

Company: Wessex Water

Job description: Wessex Water has an exciting opportunity available for an Area Process Scientist to work as part of a multi-discipline team, ensuring we meet our environmental compliance standards for our water recycling centres across Somerset.

If you have wastewater process science experience working in the water, environment or food manufacturing industry then we want to hear from you!

This role involves a mixture of office and field-based working. There are various office locations available in Sedgemoor and South Somerset and your role will see you travel regularly around the local area

What you’ll do

Wessex Water treats 480 million litres of sewage from 2.8 million customers in the South West. Our Scientists help ensure that we not only comply with all the regulatory requirements but make sure there is no detrimental impact to the environment through our operations.

You will join the West Science team and work alongside three other Area Scientists, taking responsibility for ensuring water recycling compliance and process performance with your local operations team in Somerset. In addition, there will be regular engagement with colleagues across the wider Wessex Water business on a variety of interesting projects.

As an Area Process Scientist, you will ensure compliance with quality standards at water recycling centres, including numerical, descriptive and flow permits. You will plan and install measures to improve quality and lead initiatives to reduce operational costs.

Additionally, you will be involved with the following:

  • monitoring and optimising the effectiveness of sewage treatment processes
  • providing process support in urgent operational issues
  • providing technical support to operational staff to protect and maintain quality
  • innovate new operational practices
  • collaborate with engineering and construction colleagues to support the installation and commissioning of new plant to meet tighter regulatory requirements
  • liaising with various internal and external stakeholders, including the Environment Agency.

What you’ll need

We are looking for an experienced process scientist, who has experience monitoring and optimising processes to meet regulatory permits, understands the importance of environmental regulations and has a methodical and analytical approach to their work. You will also act as a role model for health and safety.

Previous water industry experience would be ideal. However, we know that there are great waste treatment scientists who work in other sectors such as manufacturing, environment and FMCG companies, who could transfer their process science experience into the water industry.

There is potential for a trainee position to be offered for a candidate with less experience who demonstrates an outstanding aptitude for the role.

You are going to be joining a very welcoming and supportive team. To build on this, you’ll need to be able to build professional and supportive relationships with your fellow colleagues, as well as being able to confidently engage and influence various internal stakeholders.

In addition, you will have:

  • a degree or equivalent level of experience in a science, environmental or engineering subject
  • sound knowledge of environmental permitting and wastewater treatment processes
  • COSHH experience would be highly desirable
  • IT literacy
  • data analysis skills – comfortable using Microsoft Excel to an intermediate level
  • a valid full UK driving license.

What you’ll receive

  • Total pension contributions up to 20%.
  • Career progression and professional development opportunities.
  • 25 days’ holiday rising to 28 with length of service.
  • The opportunity to buy up to ten days’ holiday and sell up to five every year.
  • A healthcare package that allows you to claim back healthcare costs.
  • Life assurance of up to eight times your salary.
  • A new electric car in exchange for part of your gross salary.
  • Cashback and discounts from more than 3,000 retailers.
  • One paid volunteering day each year.
  • Enhanced family leave and pay arrangements.
  • An interactive health and wellbeing platform.
  • Support from mental health first aiders.
  • A £1,000 referral fee if you recommend someone to work for us.

Who we are

We are one of the top-performing water and sewerage companies in England and Wales, serving 2.9 million people across the South West.

The work we do goes beyond providing an essential public service. We also aim to have a positive impact on the communities we serve and the natural environment.

Our people tell us Wessex Water is a great place to work, which is why so many of them stay with us! You will have the opportunity to develop and progress your career, while also receiving health and wellbeing support.

We also continue to promote diversity and inclusion – with that in mind, all applicants are welcome. We are delighted to have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and are a Disability Confident Employer.

This is an exciting opportunity to join us and if you would like to be part of our journey, we would love to hear from you. Please do not hesitate to let us know about any additional support you may need.

Sound interesting? Apply to start your application.

Expected salary:

Location: Taunton, Somerset

Job date: Wed, 20 Dec 2023 06:24:15 GMT

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