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Company Profile - Thames Water


Thames Water provides an essential service to more than 13 million customers, making us the largest water utility in the UK.


We're embarking on some of the largest, most radical, and important engineering projects in our history: the London Tideway Tunnels, the London Ring Main, Beckton Desalination Plant, investing an unparalleled £1billion every year for the next 10 years in our network.


In fact, we face all sorts of exciting challenges - from planning for climate change and finding more sustainable solutions for energy and water use, to developing better ways of identifying and monitoring water usage and customer needs.


Projects of this scale need the best talent to take them forward. As a graduate coming in to Thames Water, you will be joining an experienced, highly skilled and respected workforce.

Who are we?

We are the UK's largest water and wastewater services company. Every day, we supply 2,600 million litres of tap water to 8.5 million customers across London and the Thames Valley. We also remove and treat 2,800 million litres of sewage for an area covering 13.6 million customers.

Since new ownership in 2006, we have performed better than ever, meeting regulatory targets and making an annual investment of nearly £1billion (2007/08) - the biggest ever investment of any UK water company.

During this time, our work to protect the environment and operate our business sustainably has also been recognised and rewarded by the following bodies.


2009 Utility Website Usability Award – Winner


Utility Industry Achievement Awards 2009

Career Opportunities

12 – Engineers -18 months programme, you will need a minimum 2:1 in science or engineering (evidence required at assessment centre) You will obtain On-the-job training, structured training course for the Diploma in Water Engineering Level 3, shadowing site personnel, knowledge bursts, structured foundation leadership programme. Qualification obtained will be a Diploma in Water Engineering Level 3.

2 – Finance - 36 months you will need a minimum 2:1 in any degree with high numerical capability(evidence required at assessment centre) You will complete a 2-3 rotational placements throughout the finance department and a  structured foundation leadership programme. You will obtain a CIMA or ACCA qualification.

4 - Strategy and Regulation / Asset Management Graduate Programme - 18 months - you will need a minimum 2:1 (evidence required at assessment centre) We would consider graduates in Engineering (Mechanical, Chemical, Civil), Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Environment), Business Studies, and Economics. Graduate and post graduate degrees are both welcome. The business does not want Engineers for at least 2 out of the 4.  Their requirement is anything but specifically numerate degrees would be desired (bus studies, stats, economist etc).  They would also be happy with someone looking at environmental degrees. A combined programme between S&R and Asset Management. This will ensure a breadth of experience we can offer a graduate during the development programme that will cover all areas of the business such as business strategy, regulatory management, investment planning, engineering design, project management, performance management, contract management, etc, across both water and waste water business. This will offer potential candidates with a very attractive development programme, and a structured foundation leadership programme in the largest water company operating in one of the exciting industry sectors in UK. You will have the potential to work towards chartered status, including Mechanical Engineering qualification.

What we look for

We are looking for Graduates with a 2:1 or above in an Engineering, Science, Mathematical, Business or Economics based degree.


We require all candidates to complete an online application form for these positions. Please apply online via our website 

What we offer

Starting salary of £23,000 per annum

Retention bonus of £2,000 on successfully completing the scheme

26 days holiday package

Eligibility to join the pension scheme

Interest free loan of £5,000

Participation in engineering and business competitions

Various opportunities to be involved in community, sports, social and fundraising activities

How to apply

See our vacancy on the right of this page and apply online.

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