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Posted Date:  17-Mar-2023
Posting End Date:  31-Mar-2023
Location:  Derbyshire
Company:  Severn Trent Water
Department:  Water treatment
Salary (£):  £31,786 - £36,392

Water Treatment Scientist


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.





Working within our forward-thinking Water Treatment department, you have a fantastic opportunity to join us as a Water Treatment Scientist, you’ll act as a key member of the Process team, providing day to day technical advice to a number of our Groundwater treatment works. You’ll be looking after process issues at your works of accountability, and will also monitor process performance via reviews of works trends, thus ensuring we continue to provide the right quality of water to our customers.

The role will be based both in the office and out on our operational sites at Severn Trent.  As you’ll be travelling between sites the role comes with a car allowance and you’ll also be part of an out of hours standby cover rota.

Sound like you? Then read on.


Some of your other key accountabilities will include:


As a Water Treatment Scientist, you’ll be reviewing performance of our Water Treatment Works, participating in water quality improvement initiatives, while identifying and supporting the delivery of operational efficiencies (chemical, energy).You’ll have the opportunity to define the future of our water treatment works by working closely alongside the Process Design Engineers, helping to define new capital projects to further improve performance and reduce operational risk.

Whilst leading investigations into water quality issues and failures at Surface Water Works, in order to identify the root cause, you’ll look to identify the mitigating actions for all relevant stakeholders, and be responsible for producing key reports and recommendations.

A key aspect of the role is supporting the identification and reduction of water quality risks, by the completion of the water treatment element of Drinking Water Safety Plan (DWSP) audits, subsequent DWSP actions and identification of the capital and operational investment needs required to improve water quality performance.





To be successful in this role we are looking for someone who has excellent technical knowledge on water treatment processes and issues and has the ability to bring solutions to life. Due to the nature of the role being that you are working with many different stakeholders, we will also look for you to have excellent communication and influencing skills, as you will be dealing with people both internally and externally to our business at different levels. This role sits in a busy and diverse team so your ability to prioritise, plan and deliver outputs to timescales which have been mutually agreed with be a key element which you will need to be able to do. As will the ability to understand both operational and customer issues.


A number of our tasks are computerised so having comprehensive IT skills (eg Word, Excel, SAP, Cognos, QUIS, ESCADA) will stand you in good stead along with the ability to interpret trends and make critical decisions. If you have the ability to demonstrate recent experience of commissioning, plant optimisation and providing process support this will help you. 


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) 
  • Car allowance
  • Technical progression and growth is supported within role with our framework, this allows team members to increase there recognition and reward
  • Annual bonus scheme (of up to £2,250 per annum based on company performance) 
  • 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 
  • Dedicated training and development with our ‘Academy’ 
  • Electric vehicle scheme and retail offers 
  • Family friendly policies 
  • Two 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


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