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Anglian Water


Industry: Water and Water Recycling Utility
Size: Large (251+ employees)
Average yearly graduate intake: circa 10 annually onto specific ‘graduate management programmes’ but our overall graduate intake is likely to be circa 50+ annually
Locations of roles offered: Across the whole of East Anglia. We have our largest offices in Lincoln, Peterborough and Huntingdon though.  Hartelpool Water is also part of Anglian Water and we have a large presence there.
Accepted degrees: We don’t normally make a specific degree a requirement
Citizenship/eligibility: Right to work in the UK

Company Summary

Our vision is “Putting our customers first by delivering a personal, trusted and effortless experience to make Anglian Water a leading service provider in the UK”. This aspiration to become leading in customer service is the biggest driving force in the company at the moment and it is an extremely exciting time to be here!

There are close to 4,000 of us here at Anglian Water and we’re putting water at the heart of a whole new way of living.

We’ve set ourselves 12 goals backed up by over 100 commitments and measures to help us get it right for our customers.

We supply water and water recycling services to more than six million domestic and business customers in the east of England and Hartlepool.

Our population has grown by 20% in the last 20 years, but we still provide the same amount of water today as we did in 1990 – almost 1.2 billion litres every single day.

How? By minimizing leaks and encouraging more waterwise customers.

Our huge region stretches from the Humber north of Grimsby, to the Thames estuary and then from Buckinghamshire to Lowestoft on the east coast. Our 112,833 km of water and sewer pipes could take us a quarter of the way to the moon! They supply and transport water across an area of  27,500 square km.

We’re the largest water and water recycling company in England and Wales by geographic area.

We’re also one of the driest regions in the country, with just 600 millimetres of rain each year, on average a third less than the rest of England. In fact some areas have a lower annual rainfall than Jerusalem. That’s why it’s vital that we look after the water that we’ve got.

Compared to others, large parts of our region are typically flat and low-lying. The Fens of Cambridgeshire and the Norfolk Broads are just some of the stunning landscapes we enjoy in a part of the world where approximately a quarter of the land is actually below sea level. That means we have to be aware of the risk of flooding. With few hills around to help out with gravity we have to rely on pumping water from place to place and that uses lots of energy.

Because of the size of our region, we operate 1,257 water and water recycling treatment works. This is around a quarter of all those in England and Wales. Our coastline is approximately 1,240 km long and the recycled water we return to nature must pass strict quality standards set by law and by our regulators.

Employment Opportunities

We have specific ‘graduate development’ schemes that run and give people a range of experiences around the business to identify the area best suited to them – these generally result in candidates finishing the scheme and moving into first line management roles, it is not uncommon for them to continue at pace into senior positions in the company.

There are many additional different opportunities across the company for people with this level of aptitude. In the Lincoln area alone we have teams focused on Customer Services, Operational Management, Business Resilience, Debt recovery, Capital Delivery (construction activities), Planning and Forecasting, Strategy and Change management, Data Analysis and Insight plus many more!

'I have a great team working with me who are enthusiastic about leading the business to improve for our customers and our staff. Anglian Water puts a lot of effort and focus in developing its people, I learnt a huge amount of ‘on the job’ knowledge particularly in Operations but have also done ILM programs and recently a Leadership Transformation programme which was the best development I’ve done in my career so far – this is now being rolled out across all managers in the company.'

-Pete Holland, Graduate Employee

What to Expect

We believe your salary and bonus should be just the beginning of your reward package. So you can expect a superb range of benefits when you join us

Once you’ve been with us for two months, you’ll be eligible to join our pension scheme. It’s about much more than a post-retirement income. You could also benefit from life assurance, a pension for a surviving spouse, and benefits if ill health prevents you from working

Your wellbeing matters to us, so you’ll be entitled to membership of a private healthcare scheme covering a variety of treatments. We also provide a free and confidential 24/7 helpline, which offers counselling on a wide range of topics.

If you have young children or a busy family, you could benefit from flexible working arrangements - from job sharing and flexible hours, through to occasional or regular home-working, depending on your role. We offer childcare vouchers to parents, plus permission as standard to work part-time for up to 13 weeks for employees returning from maternity leave. In addition, we offer unpaid parental leave for each child under five (more time is available to parents of disabled children). In the event of a family emergency, we also offer short-term leave.

Through our free-to-join social club, you could enjoy a range of subsidised events throughout the year. And for getting out and about, you and your immediate family will be eligible for specially discounted prices on vehicles from Vauxhall.

If you’re keen to make a bigger difference in your community, simply join our ‘Love to Help’ volunteering programme. Donate your skills and time to community organisations and projects, and we’ll match that contribution up to 30 hours per year.

There’s plenty of scope to make an impact professionally too. Our Performance Development programme is designed to offer opportunities for high quality training and development. Wherever you want to go in your career long-term, you can be sure that the skills and experience you gain at Anglian Water will stand you in good stead

How to Apply

All our roles are advertised on our website:

Plus we have a dedicated student mini-site:

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