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System Optimisation Engineer, 6 months fixed term contract, London


WSP
Location: London
Job type: Permanent
Sector: Manufacturing
Category: Systems Engineering Jobs
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About the Role:

At WSP, there’s nothing we love more than pushing boundaries. Harnessing innovation and sharing insights across our diverse, international team to create a tomorrow’s world that's cleaner, greener and safer. Join us and you’ll be part of an organisation that takes pride in its people and purpose: creating long-lasting solutions to meet the needs of generations to come.

What makes this role unique?

This is an exciting opportunity to work in a busy operational environment, within a high profile team where contacts are made with multiple stakeholders across the business. The System Optimisation Engineer is responsible for a geographical & hydraulic system area of the Thames Water potable water system, typically serving between hundreds of thousands of properties, who is tasked to use technical expertise of hydraulic system operations towards achieving key operational and regulatory targets. This is vital for Thames Water to maintain and improve its status at a time when the business gears up for challenges from a Customer Service and Leakage perspective. Through the course of the role, the candidate will work towards reliable operation of assets and the hydraulic system as a whole, water quality, leakage management, giving operational input into Engineering projects, risk assessing activities on the Network and Production sites, drafting safe method statements and the management of unplanned events.

What is the purpose of the role?

To work in conjunction with the System Optimisation Analyst to manage access to the clean water hydraulic system. The System Optimisation Engineer will develop and implement a sustainable longer-term strategy to run a calm system (including the production sites and network) within regulatory requirements with high area reporting availability. Other aspects to the role include working closely with the leakage team and numerous other internal stakeholders, take the lead in managing technical issues during unplanned emergency events and supporting business change initiatives. The role will also involve leading the risk review process for emerging hydraulic system risks, devising smart contingency plans to mitigate the risk in the short term, while driving business cases for investment to be secured.

A typical week would include:

* Monitor, investigate and resolve low pressure issues (DG2), complaints and escalations as highlighted either directly by the customer or by alarming Critical Pressure Points, understanding areas and developing solutions to individual problems or emerging risks.

* Monitoring the Zonal Availability and Zonal Meter (ZM) availability for emerging issues and supporting the technical resolution of the maintenance workstream. These are used for leakage calculations.

* Leading the technical operational input into engineering and customer-led projects.

* Be the technical system operations lead on unplanned emmergency events with a view to mitigating against adverse effects to the customer, Interruptions to supply, water quality, brand image.

* Write and assess risk assesments for the work impacting the clean water hydraulic system, for example the repair of leaks, the operation of assets on the network, production site outages and various other workstreams.

* Take the leak with analysis of long term issues such as excessive headloss, low flows, area integrity, supply resilience and water quality turnovers.

* Formulating operating strategies in conjuction with the water control centre and highlighting instances of non-compliance, balancing the drivers of leakage reduction and customer pressures, while maintaining a calm operation of the system.

* Evaluate and analyse operational information, understanding data integrity difficulties, to resolve complex problems. Design and update line schematics of water pressure zones and the hydraulic systems, to help management and investigation of issues.

* Assess and approve all new connection or development requests coming from the customer – including having an understanding of the system to evaluate hydraulic modelling and keep the business growing but in a sustainable way.

* Support creation/dellivery/monitoring and signoff of pressure managed areas and management of information through Waternet.

* Ensure all activities follow Thames Water Asset Management Procedures and that the Risk Assessment process is properly implemented and monitored in a timely fashion.

* Carry out Out of hours coordinator responsibilities on a technical standby roster.

We'd love to hear from you if you have:

* Degree educated graduate in a suitable technical discipline such as Engineering

* Industry experience

* An in-depth knowledge of hydraulic principles

* Knowledge of Thames Water’s corporate systems.

* A thorough understanding of the water industry regulatory measures relating to customer satisfaction, leakage, water quality, customer low pressures and interruptions to supply, also prior experience concerning industry best practice in this arena. Demonstrable, when carrying out risk assessments on a hydraulic system level.

* Strong communication and leadership skills are required when negotiating or liaising with different stakeholders in this role.

* Good analytical, problem solving, negotiating skills and extreme willingness to learn and work.

* Full driving licence and own transport is desirable, due to required attendance at meetings spread across various Thames Water offices.

What if we can?

What if we can have work-life balance? What if we can be rewarded in ways that support our individual needs? What if we can be accepted for who we are? Here at WSP – we can!

WSP recognizes that work is only one part of our lives and making time for the other things in our life is important – be that our families, our friends or ourselves. So, if working from home, working part-time or having flexible start and finish time will help with this let us know as part of your application.

As well as rewarding you with competitive pay, WSP offers standard benefits including 25 days annual leave, pension schemes, life assurance, personal accident cover and paid professional subscriptions, and some not so standard benefits as part of our flexible benefits scheme – so if you would like to hop on a new bike (cycle to work scheme) or thrill the family with your Lego building skills (Discount at Legoland Windsor) – WSP can help!

Be you, be happy - we strive to have a friendly and inclusive culture which respects and maximizes the contribution individuals can bring to WSP. We recognise the benefits that people with varying backgrounds and experiences can bring. VIBE (our LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group) and our Gender Balance Group work with the business to help ensure we continue to promote the right environment to enable LGBT+ and female employees to reach their full potential, and to ensure we continue to promote equality, inclusivity and diversity for everyone.

Here at WSP we positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender confirmation, religion or belief, marital status, pregnancy or maternity/paternity. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

In addition we support our people to achieve their personal health and well-being goals through our Thrive programme.

About us:

WSP is one of the world's leading engineering professional services firms providing technical consultancy to the built and natural environment. We believe that for societies to thrive, we must all hold ourselves accountable for tomorrow. For us, that means creating innovative solutions to the challenges the future will bring to the communities and environments where we live and work across the UK.

We are locally dedicated and propelled by international brainpower. We are technical experts and strategic advisors, including engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors and environmental specialists, as well as other design, programme and construction management professionals. Our experts design lasting solutions in the property & buildings, transportation & infrastructure, environment, industry, resources (including mining, and oil & gas) and power & energy sectors as well as project delivery and strategic consulting services. And safety and sustainability are embedded in everything that we do.

Check out for more info about the great work we do.

Please note that WSP reserve the right to close this vacancy prior to the advertised closing date.

#LI-EP1
About the Role:

At WSP, there’s nothing we love more than pushing boundaries. Harnessing innovation and sharing insights across our diverse, international team to create a tomorrow’s world that's cleaner, greener and safer. Join us and you’ll be part of an organisation that takes pride in its people and purpose: creating long-lasting solutions to meet the needs of generations to come.

What makes this role unique?

This is an exciting opportunity to work in a busy operational environment, within a high profile team where contacts are made with multiple stakeholders across the business. The System Optimisation Engineer is responsible for a geographical & hydraulic system area of the Thames Water potable water system, typically serving between hundreds of thousands of properties, who is tasked to use technical expertise of hydraulic system operations towards achieving key operational and regulatory targets. This is vital for Thames Water to maintain and improve its status at a time when the business gears up for challenges from a Customer Service and Leakage perspective. Through the course of the role, the candidate will work towards reliable operation of assets and the hydraulic system as a whole, water quality, leakage management, giving operational input into Engineering projects, risk assessing activities on the Network and Production sites, drafting safe method statements and the management of unplanned events.

What is the purpose of the role?

To work in conjunction with the System Optimisation Analyst to manage access to the clean water hydraulic system. The System Optimisation Engineer will develop and implement a sustainable longer-term strategy to run a calm system (including the production sites and network) within regulatory requirements with high area reporting availability. Other aspects to the role include working closely with the leakage team and numerous other internal stakeholders, take the lead in managing technical issues during unplanned emergency events and supporting business change initiatives. The role will also involve leading the risk review process for emerging hydraulic system risks, devising smart contingency plans to mitigate the risk in the short term, while driving business cases for investment to be secured.

A typical week would include:

* Monitor, investigate and resolve low pressure issues (DG2), complaints and escalations as highlighted either directly by the customer or by alarming Critical Pressure Points, understanding areas and developing solutions to individual problems or emerging risks.

* Monitoring the Zonal Availability and Zonal Meter (ZM) availability for emerging issues and supporting the technical resolution of the maintenance workstream. These are used for leakage calculations.

* Leading the technical operational input into engineering and customer-led projects.

* Be the technical system operations lead on unplanned emmergency events with a view to mitigating against adverse effects to the customer, Interruptions to supply, water quality, brand image.

* Write and assess risk assesments for the work impacting the clean water hydraulic system, for example the repair of leaks, the operation of assets on the network, production site outages and various other workstreams.

* Take the leak with analysis of long term issues such as excessive headloss, low flows, area integrity, supply resilience and water quality turnovers.

* Formulating operating strategies in conjuction with the water control centre and highlighting instances of non-compliance, balancing the drivers of leakage reduction and customer pressures, while maintaining a calm operation of the system.

* Evaluate and analyse operational information, understanding data integrity difficulties, to resolve complex problems. Design and update line schematics of water pressure zones and the hydraulic systems, to help management and investigation of issues.

* Assess and approve all new connection or development requests coming from the customer – including having an understanding of the system to evaluate hydraulic modelling and keep the business growing but in a sustainable way.

* Support creation/dellivery/monitoring and signoff of pressure managed areas and management of information through Waternet.

* Ensure all activities follow Thames Water Asset Management Procedures and that the Risk Assessment process is properly implemented and monitored in a timely fashion.

* Carry out Out of hours coordinator responsibilities on a technical standby roster.

We'd love to hear from you if you have:

* Degree educated graduate in a suitable technical discipline such as Engineering

* Industry experience

* An in-depth knowledge of hydraulic principles

* Knowledge of Thames Water’s corporate systems.

* A thorough understanding of the water industry regulatory measures relating to customer satisfaction, leakage, water quality, customer low pressures and interruptions to supply, also prior experience concerning industry best practice in this arena. Demonstrable, when carrying out risk assessments on a hydraulic system level.

* Strong communication and leadership skills are required when negotiating or liaising with different stakeholders in this role.

* Good analytical, problem solving, negotiating skills and extreme willingness to learn and work.

* Full driving licence and own transport is desirable, due to required attendance at meetings spread across various Thames Water offices.

What if we can?

What if we can have work-life balance? What if we can be rewarded in ways that support our individual needs? What if we can be accepted for who we are? Here at WSP – we can!

WSP recognizes that work is only one part of our lives and making time for the other things in our life is important – be that our families, our friends or ourselves. So, if working from home, working part-time or having flexible start and finish time will help with this let us know as part of your application.

As well as rewarding you with competitive pay, WSP offers standard benefits including 25 days annual leave, pension schemes, life assurance, personal accident cover and paid professional subscriptions, and some not so standard benefits as part of our flexible benefits scheme – so if you would like to hop on a new bike (cycle to work scheme) or thrill the family with your Lego building skills (Discount at Legoland Windsor) – WSP can help!

Be you, be happy - we strive to have a friendly and inclusive culture which respects and maximizes the contribution individuals can bring to WSP. We recognise the benefits that people with varying backgrounds and experiences can bring. VIBE (our LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group) and our Gender Balance Group work with the business to help ensure we continue to promote the right environment to enable LGBT+ and female employees to reach their full potential, and to ensure we continue to promote equality, inclusivity and diversity for everyone.

Here at WSP we positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender confirmation, religion or belief, marital status, pregnancy or maternity/paternity. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

In addition we support our people to achieve their personal health and well-being goals through our Thrive programme.

About us:

WSP is one of the world's leading engineering professional services firms providing technical consultancy to the built and natural environment. We believe that for societies to thrive, we must all hold ourselves accountable for tomorrow. For us, that means creating innovative solutions to the challenges the future will bring to the communities and environments where we live and work across the UK.

We are locally dedicated and propelled by international brainpower. We are technical experts and strategic advisors, including engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors and environmental specialists, as well as other design, programme and construction management professionals. Our experts design lasting solutions in the property & buildings, transportation & infrastructure, environment, industry, resources (including mining, and oil & gas) and power & energy sectors as well as project delivery and strategic consulting services. And safety and sustainability are embedded in everything that we do.

Check out for more info about the great work we do.

Please note that WSP reserve the right to close this vacancy prior to the advertised closing date.

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