Senior Associates, Environment Team and Operational resilience Team, Ref: OFW– BC-209 & BC-210


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

We are recruiting two Senior Associate roles, one will sit within our environment team, and the other will join our operational resilience team. Both teams sit within Ofwat’s Policy and Outcomes Cluster, which focuses on developing and implementing regulatory policy, driving improvement to support our strategic goals for the sector and delivering the best outcomes for customers and the environment. The nature of these roles means that you will engage and work closely with Ofwat colleagues across all the clusters, including PR24.
This is an exciting time to join Ofwat’s environment and operational resilience teams. You will play a pivotal role in designing policy that can be used to meet the challenges involved in delivering net zero in the water sector and ensuring the sector’s assets are resilient in the face of climate change.
Environment work
Through our strategy, we are making the environment integral to all that we do, and we have set out how we will regulate in a way that means that water companies are able to build on the work they are already doing to make the environment an integral part of their business, inseparable from the services they provide.
You will also support our water quality work through advising on issues related to discharges from storm overflows and our work on nature-based solutions. You will also support the assessment of expenditure and the benefits delivered for the next price review, PR24, in some of these areas.
Operational resilience work
In our strategy we stated our aim to help strengthen the industry’s approach to achieving long-term operational resilience in its assets. We also set out our aim to collaboratively develop the frameworks needed to improve asset management in the sector over the long term, including how companies predict the impact and manage risks to their networks arising from climate change.


You will be a water sector engineer or water/wastewater specialist. These roles require a level of technical competency, good written and oral communication skills, policy development skills, well developed people and stakeholder management skills, and a track record of delivery against challenging deadlines. You will be able to provide advice on issues relating to water quality and pollution and influence both technical and non-technical audiences. You will work with others to develop solutions to the environmental challenges facing the water sector.
More generally, as a Senior Associate 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 will be 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.
You should be comfortable working in an agile environment. The full breadth of the environment team’s work is high profile, wide-ranging, and highly inter-connected; and so you will get involved in and contribute to a range of work outside of your core portfolio of work.


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

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • 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.