Anglian Water Graduate Leadership Programme

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  • Post Date: 10/09/2021
  • Apply Before: 10/03/2022
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Graduate Leadership Programme
I joined as a Graduate Management Trainee in Operations back in 1989 having worked as a Chemist for Anglian the previous year. I wanted to work for a business which made a difference and have enjoyed watching the company and employees grow over the years to the inspiring
organisation it is today. At the start of your career you get many pieces of advice. Mine is simple, remember that organisations function through relationships, with trust as the glue, so right at the outset treat everyone how you’d like to be treated yourself and in that way you’ll develop an amazing network of colleagues who will support you throughout your career. Live our values and have fun.

Peter Simpson l Chief Executive Officer
About Anglian Water
At Anglian Water we serve more than six million people, inspired by a big, but simple idea; we are more than just a utility company. We enable businesses to grow, environments to flourish and families to get on with their day to day lives.

The East of England
We’re constantly exploring; working hard to find new and better ways to look after our customers’ needs. Anglian Water is the largest water and water recycling company in England and Wales by geographical area. We operate from The Humber Bank in the north, to Milton Keynes in the west and to the coast in the east. We also supply water to the Hartlepool area. and supply water and water recycling services to more than 6 million domestic and commercial customers.
5,000 Awards
We employ over people We have over water treatment works and over 37,000 kilometres of water mains.

We have a reputation as industry innovators. Our key challenges are population growth, low rainfall, flooding and our flat low-lying regions which means most of our water has to be pumped and which is very energy intensive.
• Ranked first in the Industry Leaders sector rankings for the Graduate Energy and Utilities 2021
• The Queens Award for Enterprise and Sustainable Development 2020
• Glassdoor 2019 best place to work
• Utility Week Awards 2018
• Responsible business of the year 2017

About our Graduate Leadership Programme
• Salary: £29,000 per annum
• Permanent
• 37 hours/week
• Two-year programme
• Start date: September 2022
• Base locations:
Lincoln, Peterborough and Huntingdon

Our Graduate Leadership Programme runs for two years and is designed to give you the experiences you need to develop invaluable skills to become a front-line manager and take your first steps, in what we’re sure will be an incredibly fulfilling career with us! You can expect to gain hands-on experience working on technical or business-focused projects alongside skilled colleagues who’ll support you
throughout your programme – and beyond! The programme will give you the exclusive opportunity to work in all our core business areas where you’ll be supported by different placement managers across our region. For the duration of each placement, you’ll learn the skills and knowledge that you’ll need to flourish in a management role. As a Graduate with influence, you’ll help to lead and manage teams, gaining operational management experience to ensure our precious supply of water continues to flow through the recycling process, whilst embracing the obstacles we face and transforming our business into the water company of the future.

During the Graduate Leader Programme, you’ll have the unique opportunity to get involved with the following…

Spending time with our field teams learning about the sewage treatment process

Gain on the ground experience of network maintenance, sampling and leakage to help ensure that we continue to deliver a reliable supply of safe, clean water to our customers

Identifying and delivering optimisation programmes across the water treated distribution network

Understanding the maintenance of assets and driving efficiency across our business
Understanding the focus on health and safety and why it is at the heart of everything we do
Getting involved in supporting and managing big incidents caused by extreme and adverse weather conditions, making sure any impact on our customers is controlled and minimised

We are looking for candidates to demonstrate the following…
• A minimum of a 2:2 degree (any disciplines welcome – inspire and surprise us!)
• A strong passion and desire to make a difference whilst leading and developing teams
• A relentless desire to succeed
• A zest for complex problem solving
• Relish the excitement and opportunity to work outside of your comfort zone
• Eager to take risks and continually explore new opportunities
• Flexibility to travel and re-locate between placements including a full UK driving license

What does it take to be successful on the Graduate Programme?
This is a programme designed to create Operational Leaders that can work in any part of our Water and Water Recycling Front Line Manager spaces.
Our Graduates are not tied to a specific business unit and we want them to experience the frontline of operations across both, so they have a lens on how both operate and bring that to the table.

Step 1 – Apply via our online application form which will include your CV and a number of application questions. Our in-house recruitment team will spend time shortlisting all the applications.
Step 2 – If you are shortlisted, you will then be invited to complete an online situational judgement test to assess your managerial judgement.
This takes approximately 25 minutes in total, and you will need access to a laptop or desktop to complete this. This stage is designed to assess your potential leadership, looking at your ability to weigh up real life management situations and decide on the most appropriate and
effective ways of handling them.
Step 3 – If you are successful with the online test, you’ll then be invited to a first stage interview on Microsoft Teams. This will be your opportunity to express your passion and interest for our programme, as well as showing a bit of your personality!
Step 4 – The next stage will be a virtual assessment centre where you will meet like-minded candidates and a number of assessors from around the business. Activities are likely to include a presentation and a group activity.
Step 5 – Final stage Interview
The recruitment process
Application hints and tips
Keep your layout clear and simple and to 2 pages of A4
It should be clear to anyone reading your CV where to find the information with enough ‘white space’
Sell yourself – what are your unique qualities, skills and experience that make you stand out from the crowd, put emphasis on your experience. Your cover letter and personal statement is a great way to show your motivation for applying for the role
Avoid leaving unexplained gaps – if you had a career break to travel or raise a family, explain what skills or experience you gained from this
Use action words and facts/figures to demonstrate the ‘so what’ of your responsibility or achievement
Remove all unnecessary information and avoid jargon
Have a master CV
Don’t make mistakes check your spelling and grammar meticulously
Having everyone feel welcomed and valued at work means we can all be happier, healthier and safer and this is fundamental to our business
success. Inclusion is the key to our wellbeing; in order to be happy, we need to feel comfortable to be ourselves. It is embedded in our values – Together we build trust, do the right thing and are always exploring.
Inclusion is vital to the success of our organisation. Having a wealth of people from different backgrounds and with different experiences
introduces new ways of thinking which in turn informs the ways in which we work.
Challenging our thinking and decision-making helps us to continually improve and outperform against our targets. It also better reflects our
region and the customers and communities that we serve every single day.

Peter Simpson l Chief Executive Officer
Frequently asked questions
Do I need a UK driving licence for the a role on the Graduate Leadership Programme?
In order to fully perform the duties of your role you will need to drive, if you do not already hold a full driving
licence, you must obtain one within 3 months of the start date of your employment, and then maintain a full driving licence during the course of your employment as you’ll need to travel and sometimes relocate between placements.

How much travel is required across this region?
At Anglian Water, we cover the largest geographical area in England and Wales. Our huge region stretches from the Humber estuary,
north of Grimsby, to the Thames estuary, and from Buckinghamshire to Lowestoft on the east coast. After an initial induction period at one of our offices or sites, you’ll then progress through a series of rotational placements which could be based at any of our sites or
offices. We also hold meetings and run training courses throughout the region, it’s important that you’re flexible about your location. As a Graduate Trainee your placements will change on a regular basis. You will be expected to temporarily relocate if it is unrealistic to travel on a daily basis to various locations across the Anglian Water region. The company will reimburse you for any reasonable expenses you incur in performing your duties.

If I am successful for the Graduate Programme, is there any financial
help I can get?
You will be offered an interest free loan of £5,000.00 when your contract of employment commences. This is to aid you with any student debts, setting up home, etc., but it’s optional and you may decline the offer if you so wish.

What other benefits are there to working at Anglian Water?
Other employee benefits include…
• Pension scheme
• Private health & dental care
• Generous holiday
• Recognition
• Volunteering
• Water park discounts
• Cycle to work scheme

Can I find out from past graduates what the job is like?
Yes you can see our case studies online and find out exactly what it’s like to be a graduate on our management training programme.
Click here to read what our graduates say…
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