Principal: Environment and climate change Ref: OFW– BC205 Senior Associate: Environment and climate change Ref: OFW– BC203


Ofwat (the Water Services Regulation Authority) is the economic regulator of the water and wastewater sector in England and Wales. Our role is to help it build trust and confidence with customers, the environment and wider society. Ofwat has an ambitious new strategy and as a regulator we are setting ourselves up to achieve and equal the ambition of this new strategy. It matters to us that things on the ground really change so that our impact on customers, the environment and the future of water is tangible and meaningful.
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. Our strategy sets out the role Ofwat will play. We will adapt, be confident, act with purpose and integrity and continuously improve so that we make the greatest contribution possible to improving life through water.

Job description

You will be expected to play an important role in delivering the environmental policy objectives of Ofwat’s strategy. In particular, you will play a key role in our climate change mitigation and adaptation work, working closely with the water sector on its Net Zero 2030 commitment. You will be comfortable representing Ofwat and communicating Ofwat policy to environmental stakeholders including government officials, water companies and others. You will provide advice and make recommendations, ensuring Ofwat understands and can incorporate climate change policy into its work, proactively sharing skills and knowledge.
You will be a policy professional with relevant experience in climate change mitigation and adaptation, or you will have a strong industry or environmental consultancy background relevant to the role. You will have a good understanding of environmental issues and experience of climate change policy, and ideally you will have a strong network in the climate sector. But regardless of your professional expertise, a range of skills will be needed – from policy development and systems thinking, to project management and stakeholder relations. Excellent communication skills, and an ability to work effectively across organisational boundaries and challenge the status quo are essential. You should be comfortable working in an agile environment.
Both as a Senior Associate and Principal you will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and will be expected to take responsibility for your work areas. You will have opportunities to develop and consolidate your skill set. You are a self-starter and do not require detailed supervision from senior colleagues. You will continue to hone your judgement and be expected to exercise it responsibly in line with our strategy and ways of working.


In the role Principal, you will be expected to:
• Lead Ofwat’s climate change work, making links across the organisation with our work on cost assessment, outcomes and resilience and providing expert advice as is required.
• Set the direction for Ofwat policy development on climate change mitigation and adaptation for the water sector, making the links between different environmental policy areas and taking into account government targets, policy and activity, stakeholder expectations and industry trends.
• Provide insight into the current state of net zero reduction techniques in the water and/or other sectors.
• Lead on the implementation of operational and embedded GHG emissions reduction measurements.
• Look beyond the water and wastewater sector, and where necessary other utility sectors, for creative and novel ways to meet the challenges the sector faces in relation to climate change.
• Stay abreast of the developments in climate science and how this is relevant to, or how it is translating into tools and practices used in the water sector.
• Lead on influencing and managing strategic policy relationships with government and regulators
• Forge excellent links across the water sector in England and Wales, including with water companies, environmental groups, government, and other regulators.
• Represent Ofwat at senior level meetings and producing expert briefs on net zero and climate change adaptation.
• Effectively communicate Ofwat’s perspective and regulatory approach to stakeholders and provide challenge where necessary.
In the role of senior associate, you will be expected to:
• Engage with water industry climate change mitigation and net zero work, developing and communicating Ofwat’s position.
• Support Ofwat’s approach to climate change adaptation.
• Advise on climate change across the organisation as is required.
• Coordinating and assessing industry greenhouse gas emissions reporting through company annual reports.
• Coordinate and draft briefing materials on net zero.
• Draft policy papers.
• Support the environment team’s work and policy projects more broadly as is required.
• Working collaboratively and flexibly with colleagues across different work streams and clusters to ensure joined up and consistent representation on environmental and climate change issues and priorities across all areas of Ofwat’s work.
• Work with the communications team to develop out internal and external communications on Ofwat’s climate change policy.
• Forge excellent links across the water sector in relation to climate change policy and environmental issues, including with water companies, environmental groups, government, and other regulators.


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Leadership
  • Seeing the Big Picture

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Seeing the Big Picture

The offer

Come and take a look, we offer a substantial benefits package including 25 days holiday plus 10 ½ bank holiday and privilege leave days per annum, a fantastic & highly competitive civil service pension scheme, among many other benefits.

A truly flexible, autonomous and trust based working culture is on offer to help you succeed within Ofwat.

Apply here

Please apply online here at Civil Service Jobs.

Please ensure that you have outlined how your skills and experience meet the criteria set out in the professional requirements section of the role profile.

The closing date for applications is Monday 31 January 2022 at 5pm.