Why join Ofwat?

There are so many reasons why Ofwat is a great place to be! We have amazing offices, with an excellent agile working environment, a great team and are driven by our values. We actively encourage collaboration and innovation and there’s a real culture fostered by trust, flexibility and respect.

A great opportunity to make a Splash!

The Ofwat Graduate Development Programme provides a powerful start to your career. Carefully designed to provide you with a breadth of knowledge and a huge amount of insight into how a regulator works, you’ll get to work within our professional multi-disciplinary teams, alongside some of the most senior and experienced professionals in the regulatory field. The work we do is complex and has direct implications for the customers and the environment so you’ll have the opportunity to make a real impact!

Our People and culture

Our people are the heart and soul of Ofwat, and our People Strategy is ambitious and well-embedded. We have a well-developed social mission. We are forward-thinking, creative, innovative and ambitious. We constantly push the boundaries and embrace new ways of working. We actively encourage autonomy, collaboration and innovation and there’s a real culture fostered by trust, flexibility and respect. As a learning organisation we actively embrace new ways of working and provide the freedom to our people to work smarter achieving a work life balance. We strive to ensure our people feel connected and valued, where your voice matters.

You will be provided with the space and support to shape your future while taking greater control of your own growth and development. Our work is high-profile and fast-moving, within a dynamic and agile environment. The work that you’ll be involved in every day will be about helping us to deliver our strategy, helping to us to be the regulator we want to be and helping the sector to deliver outcomes that matter to customers and society.

In our annual people survey in 2021, 82% of people said they would recommend Ofwat as a great place to work.  We have an employee engagement score of 72%, and a PERMA Index score of 74% This measures how people are flourishing at work and is based around the 5 dimensions: Positive emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Accomplishment.

Our scores compared very well with the Civil Service group of high performing employers. Ofwat outperforms the civil service benchmark in 9 of the 10 key theme areas.

Driven by our SAILOR values, we are committed to developing an inclusive culture where our people can bring their whole selves to work, where everyone is treated equally and empowered to thrive and where we are reflective of the customers and communities we serve.  We encourage applications from all walks of life, so that together we can achieve our vision of improving life through water.

Ofwat Values

The offer

As a Graduate Associate on our programme, you’ll be employed on a 2-year fixed term contract with a starting salary of £29,000 plus a substantial benefits package including 25 days holiday plus 10 ½ bank holiday and privilege leave days per annum. In addition, you will receive exclusive discounts on a range of goods and services (retail, theatre, gym membership etc), regular professional development, health and wellbeing initiatives and an excellent civil service pension.

We have offices in Birmingham and London and employees have the opportunity for hybrid working so you will have the chance to work both at home and in the office. Ofwat is an inclusive employer and agile working is an important part of our culture with all the IT/infrastructure (including a Surface Pro and iPhone) to enable you to work efficiently where and when needed. We know that agile working empowers you to manage your own time, fostering a healthy work-life balance and boosting health and wellbeing while maintaining productivity.

Here at Ofwat we believe spending regular time together in person is important to support collaboration and development, build and sustain relationships with others, and support the delivery of Ofwat’s business outcomes. Working from the office will provide additional opportunities for development, support, face-to-face interaction and connection, training, in-person meetings, and networking. Each of our teams have developed a Team Charter which agrees how they will work in a hybrid environment.  You will agree the balance of home/office-based working with your People Leader.