Asset Strategy Lead

Employer: Southern Water
Job location
West Durrington, West Sussex
Job salary
Up to £44,800
Job term
Job closing date

Why Water?
Without water, life as we know it would be impossible. Every day, we rely on it for drinking, washing and cleaning. It helps create the energy we need for heat and light. It’s also essential to the products we enjoy and the natural world we depend upon.
Yet the South East faces a future of more people and less water. Our population is growing fast, and climate change is bringing greater risk of both drought and flooding.

In the water industry, your work will help to address these challenges and give people access to sustainable, high-quality water and wastewater services for decades to come.

The South East is also home to over 700 miles of coastline, two National Parks, four Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and some of the world’s rarest chalk streams. As well as working within these breath-taking environments, your activities will help preserve them for generations to come.

Why Southern Water?
Each day, over four million people across Sussex, Kent, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight count on us for their essential water or wastewater services. Our work is vital, because we’re providing water for life.

Do you want to make a difference? At Southern Water, you work will help to enhance health and wellbeing, protect and improve the environment and sustain the economy. You’ll also play an important role in helping us deliver a resilient water future for the South East.

Are you a natural collaborator with a strong moral compass and high standards? If so, you’ll fit right in. Everything we do is underpinned by three values: succeeding together, doing the right thing and always improving.
Do you want to bring your authentic self to work every day? We do too. That’s why we’re building an inclusive culture and are proud to offer equal opportunities regardless of age, cultural background, disability, gender, marital status, nationality, political belief, race, religion or sexual orientation. We believe the unique perspectives and experiences each of us brings make us stronger.

About the Role:
Job Title: Asset Strategy Lead (Catchment)
Location: Falmer/ Flexible
Perm/FTC: Permanent
Hours: 37 hours per week
Salary: Up to £44,800 per year depending on skills and experience.

Within Wastewater Asset Strategy and Planning, we are seeking an Asset Strategy Lead to join a team in solving our asset management challenges by driving simplification and standardisation of the frameworks used to manage Southern Water’s extensive asset base throughout the asset lifecycle.

In this role you will develop policies, strategies, methodologies and guidance which can be applied across the wide-ranging types of assets that interfaces or is associated with the wastewater networks.

The purpose of the role is to:
• Manage and develop the technical frameworks for asset management tools and techniques.
• Act as the key interface between other internal teams and hold responsibility for the development of key relationships.
• Keep abreast of internal & external changes within areas of expertise to ensure ongoing improvement and adoption of better practices utilising international benchmarking information.
• Communicate standard issues associated in a clear and concise manner both verbally & in writing.
• Proactively identify improvement actions which will include presenting issues via the appropriate Southern Water governance frameworks.
• As part of our hybrid working approach, this role offers a mix of office and home working, but there will be the opportunity to spend time working in one of our offices in Falmer, Worthing or Chatham as well as travelling to sites where required.
• Lead the development of our long term strategies and supporting the development of our business cases as part of the price review cycle.

About you
As an Asset Strategy Lead, you will have experience of implementing technical industry change as a result of involvement in internal and external working groups, with the ability to communicate complex issues associated with areas of expertise in a clear and concise manner both verbally & in writing.
Technically, you will have an understanding of the asset lifecycle and role of asset management, and experience with asset management standards (e.g., ISO55000 series), and an analytical approach to understanding describing, modelling, and solving real world problems.

Detailed knowledge and understanding of the asset management system, including business drivers & planning requirements is key, and an understanding of Southern Water’s role in the water industry and the water industry regulatory framework are highly desirable.
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