Posted Date:  14 Sep 2023
Posting End Date:  28 - Sept - 2023
Location:  Coventry
Company:  Severn Trent Water
Department:  Water Network Ops
Salary (£):  £34,000 - £40,000

Strategic Network Optimisation Advisor


Hello, we’re Severn Trent and we think water is wonderful. Oh, we’re pretty keen on people too.


24 hours a day, 365 days a year we serve 4.8 million households and business across the heart of the UK. Each cuppa drank and every toilet flushed is only possible because of the 6,500 brilliant team members working across our patch.


We welcome people from all walks of life and celebrate individuality. We know diverse minds, experiences and backgrounds help us to learn and better serve our customers and the communities where they live.


If you want to do more because you care, we’d love to talk to you. There really is something for everyone here.





Our Network Control team have an opportunity for you to join as our new Strategic Network Optimisation Advisor.


Working in the Water Resources team, you will be an integral part of Severn Trent’s Network Control function. This niche specialised team is responsible for creating the daily production plan for our large Water Treatment Works. This simply means that you will be ensuring that there is enough supply in our Strategic Grid, and therefore sufficient treated water available to all our customers. You will also look to ensure that we use a good mix of water sources, so that water is produced at the lowest possible cost.


The team are also responsible for raw water storage management, bulk imports of water, forecasting demand, and coordinating planned works. Ultimately, the team are here to make sure we have enough water to supply to our customers every day of the year – an incredibly important role.



Key accountabilities will include:

  • Manage the Strategic Grid network, moving water to maintain reservoir levels and optimising the set-up each day.
  • Create the daily production plan for Water Treatment Works, ensuring that demand is met, and water is produced at the lowest possible cost.
  • Coordinate planned works (known as interventions) at Water Treatment Works with operational colleagues, develop contingencies, create go criteria, and ensure there are no clashes on the Strategic Grid. 
  • Schedule and oversee infra and non-infra capital improvement programmes, strategic reservoir inspection programme, groundwater maintenance plan and other interventions which alter the way we supply water to our customers.
  • Manage our £12m bulk water import budget.
  • Monitor company raw water storage levels and modify production plans to maintain sufficient storage capacity, including drought preparation and prevention.
  • Effectively manage Grid storage to help save money via energy management 
  • Utilise PowerBI and Excel to improve our data analysis and reporting.
  • Engage with a wide range of stakeholders, including Water Treatment colleagues, Network Control Leads, and Senior Leaders throughout Severn Trent Water.
  • Become an expert in the Strategic Grid, sharing advice and expertise with Operations and wider Network Control, through training sessions and the Water Resources standby rota.




You’ll have experience of Network Operations, and preferably understanding of the Strategic Grid and Water Treatment processes. You’ll be able to analyse data, create reports, engage with stakeholders and make important decisions based on your analysis and rational.


The right skills and experience are important. But if you have the right character, positivity, and a caring attitude we want to talk to you too.


We welcome people from all walks of life and celebrate individuality as we know diverse minds, experiences and backgrounds help us to learn and better serve our communities. We want people who show up and get involved. Those who are ready to be part of something bigger and who want to make a difference because they care. Is that you?





Working here isn’t just a job. You can build a career at Severn Trent, and we’ll reward you for it too. We have a range of benefits that recognise great work, and award-winning training to help you reach your potential. And we’ll also help you play your part in looking after the environment and the communities where we live.


With that in mind, here are just some of our favourite's perks that you’ll get being part of the Seven Trent family:


  • 28 days holiday + bank holidays (and the ability to buy/ sell up to 5 days per year) 
  • Annual bonus scheme (up to £2,250 based on company performance and subject to eligibility)
  • Leading pension scheme – we will double your contribution (up to 15% when you contribute 7.5%)  
  • Sharesave – the chance to buy Severn Trent Plc shares at a discounted rate
  • 10% monthly discount with Busy Bees Nurseries and one-week free childcare 
  • Dedicated training and development with our Academy 
  • Electric vehicle scheme and retail offers 
  • Family friendly policies 
  • Two paid volunteering days per year 





We can’t wait to hear from you.


Before you apply, you’ll need an updated copy of your CV and about five minutes to spare. If you’re not too sure about what you need to do, or have a question about the role before applying, please get in touch with our amazing team of recruiters at


And if your curiosity has peaked and you're wanting to find out even more, search #LifeAtSevernTrent on social media.


Ps. we’ll always let you know the outcome of your application after the closing date - so keep an eye on your phone and emails.