Water Regulations Inspector
Thames Water Utilities Ltd - Dartford

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Job Type: Permanent
Location: DARTFORD
Salary: £20000 to £29999
Start Date: ASAP
Duration: Permanent
Reference: 188993-JS20004343

What is the purpose of the role?
This is an essential role which ensures the integrity and safety of the water network for all of our customers. You will take responsibility for checking high-risk customers and ensuring that the properties fall into the legal compliance levels within a specified agreed time scale.

What makes this role unique?
This role will ensure you are directly linked with the customer on a daily basis. You will be required to have an excellent rapport in order to deliver difficult messages to the customer, working to ensure that the customer and premises are legally compliant.

You will need to guide the customers through the specific legal requirements and follow up on your initial inspection. No two days and no two properties are ever the same in this role.

What will this role involve?
  • You will be allocated appointments to attend onsite at external customers commercial properties, such as restaurants and hairdressers. These are graded on the risks to the Thames Water customer from low to high.
  • During the appointment you will be required to inspect the pipe work and fittings, checking all pipes in the building match the water regulations standards. As there are very specific criteria that have to be met within the scope of the inspection, the outcome will be either a pass or a fail.
  • Customers can learn that there is a need to spend money on improvements, and so on occasion can be quite confrontational. You will need to be able to diffuse this situation whilst remaining the positive and professional face of Thames Water during any possible confrontation.
  • You will be required to guide your customer through the reason why the issues are occurring and where their money will be required to be spent. You may wish to advise them on where to get parts, therefore excellent communication is required at all times.
What are we looking for?
Ideally you will have knowledge of the Water Supply Water (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999. You must be educated to A level, BTEC, City and Guilds or NVQ level in plumbing or equivalent, due to the requirements of the role.

You will need to demonstrate great attention to detail, as the legal compliance of a site depends on this. You will also have excellent customer service skills and proven experience in delivering difficult messages to a customer. You are required to manage your own time, and it would be your responsibility to follow up on revisits to your customer sites.

Thames Water information and salary details
Salary up to £25,000 per annum, depending on experience
This role is based at Darenth Water Treatment Works in Kent

Why Thames Water?

We are the UK's biggest water and sewerage company with around 14 million customers across London and the Thames Valley. You would be joining a company with an amazing history and exciting future, proud to be official Water Utility Services Provider of the 2012 Olympic Games.

We provide clean and take away wastewater for almost 25 per cent of the UK population every day - that's more than 11,000 Olympic size swimming pools worth of clean water and 16,000 pools of waste. The scale of our work means we have to recruit and develop only the most talented candidates. Is that you?

We will not compromise on standards which is why we carry out more than 400,000 tests per year on our drinking water. We continue to invest and this year will be spending more than £1 billion to improve our networks and infrastructure - our pipes, sewerage treatment and clean water treatment plants, which are some of the biggest and most advanced sites in Europe. And we will spend the same again next year in our challenge to make sure that if our customers had a choice, they would choose Thames Water.

Planning for the future is a key part of our strategy and we already generate enough electricity to power more than 55,000 homes. We also understand the importance of speaking to our youngest customers through our sustainability and education programs in schools and effectively manage and maintain a number of nature reserves.

Above all this, Thames Water values its staff as number one and we can now look forward to welcoming you to our team...

Our people

You would never guess half of the jobs we have at Thames Water. These range from the usual head office roles you expect such as customer service, HR, finance as well as specialist water and wastewater roles. Some of the areas that are not so obvious include our community investment team, sewer rehabilitation teams, rangers on our nature reserves, and don't forget to ask us about the shepherds...