Our London based water sector client is seeking an experienced waste water policy manager to help lead the UK’s long-term strategy for the water environment (hybrid working considered).


Previous wastewater experience is desirable

The Job

This is a newly created position and will help our client secure long-term reforms, help support companies’ work, lead change, and communicate the sector’s plans to senior stakeholders and the public.

They offer proactive support for the development of knowledge, skills and contacts in a broad and fast-moving policy role with regular, senior-level exposure to regulators, FTSE-100 companies, Government and European bodies.

This role acts as the water sector’s focal point for wastewater policy issues, and will be expected to contribute across that agenda. You will be part of a collaborative industry team responsible for:

  • Waste water policy – including coordinating the industry’s approach to improving standards
  • Developing strategies and approaches to manage incidents that could impact customers or the environment, and working with colleagues in communications to develop coordinated response.
  • Supporting colleagues in the team on cross-cutting themes, such as enabling resilience and net zero.
  • Responsibilities

  • Leading policy work and projects, including conducting or commissioning analysis, developing positions, spotting risks and problems, coordinating responses and generating consensus
  • Leading aspects of long-term strategy, including engagement with regulators such as the EA and Ofwat (or their devolved equivalents)
  • Building networks with NGOs and other sectors, leading discussions and working together to solve problems
  • Supporting and co-working with other members of the team
  • Contributing to original thinking on solving particular risks and challenges, and developing practical solutions.
  • Producing briefs and papers, and contributing to outward communications and public affairs work to secure change.
  • Supporting international work and thinking about ‘what next after Brexit’. This will include liaising with peers in other countries and maintaining influence through European trade body over critical aspects of EU legislation.
  • Chairing or supporting working groups and other policy fora to develop and articulate positions.
  • Horizon-scanning for emerging environmental issues and shifts in Government and regulator agendas
  • Qualifications/experience

    All candidates will be expected to be:

  • Policymaker with relevant experience in the water, environment or other related industries.
  • A great team player, with a natural ability to collaborate across an organisation and the desire to see everyone succeed.
  • Confident multitasking and prioritising workloads, with a can-do attitude, ability to get things done, and ability to manage projects
  • Articulate in front of senior internal and external audiences
  • Outward-looking and curious, with experience of working with and influencing other organisations or building coalitions and networks
  • The vision and intellect to develop compelling and insightful positions and plans, and experience of influencing decision-makers
  • The creativity and numeracy develop innovative, evidenced and deliverable policy, and experience developing evidence-based positions and managing analysis. This could be in the public sector, a charity, a trade association, or similar.
  • A natural ability to communicate with clarity, fluency and impact, both verbally and in writing
  • The diplomacy and confidence to chair meetings, quickly judging and informing the views and drivers of others
  • The initiative and drive to learn quickly, juggle tasks with limited oversight, and deliver small and medium-sized projects
  • You will need to be comfortable working in a small team. That means a willingness to take responsibility, deal directly with senior staff, and a comfort with a lack of easy or ‘off the shelf’ answers.
  • Commitment to equality and diversity
  • Highly Desirable Skills

    The successful candidate will also have as many as possible of the following:

  • Experience of working in or with Parliament, Government, eNGOs or relevant regulators
  • An understanding of relevant waste water policy (including wider related policy like natural capital, habitat and biodiversity)
  • Experience of managing projects and working with consultants
  • Experience of working in or with a regulated industry or member association.
  • A relevant qualification (either science, humanities, or engineering)
  • Benefits

  • Salary offered between £40k-50k depending on experience
  • 27 days holiday plus bank holidays
  • Company health care scheme
  • Career development plan and training
  • Stakeholder pension scheme
  • Varied work engaging with key UK senior leadership figures and policy makers
  • Opportunity to drive real change
  • Candidates will already need to be eligible to work in the UK
  • Candidates must live in a commutable distance to a Westminster based office in London
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