Graduate scheme

North West


United Utilities provides water and sewage services to around seven million people in the North West. Behind the scenes that means, operating enough miles of pipework and sewers to wrap three times round the planet, investing billions of pounds to improve water and the environment across the North West. UU take care of some of the most scenic and environmentally sensitive countryside in the region, owning more land than any other private landowner in the North West. With over 56,000 hectares of countryside and hundreds of buildings, our estate is large and complex, incorporating raw water catchment, woodland, agricultural holdings, residential property, recreational and commercial premises.

We have an exciting opportunity to come and work as part of the team who focus on developing our land management strategy, planning and operations. The role will consist of a three year rotational scheme of six placements, building knowledge across the full end-to-end land management capability. If successful, you will get to experience a range of diverse accountabilities during your time on the scheme, whilst continuing your professional skills development with potential opportunities for further education as part of a vibrant graduate community.

You'll be rewarded for your commitment with a starting salary of £28,500, a massive 26 days of annual leave every year, which will increase to a maximum of 30 days after four years' service, plus bank holidays. Our fantastic benefits include private healthcare, discounted gym, flexible holidays, and award winning pension scheme. United Utilities has also been honored by Glassdoor with the Best Places to Work in 2020.

We're looking for enthusiastic graduates to lead the way and help us to meet the challenges of the future.

Job Accountabilities

Placements will grouped in order to enhance development in a structured way, some of the areas the role will focus on are outlined below. Locations of placements may vary across our estate and therefore require the individual to spend time on different sites in locations across the North West.

  • Support setting company strategies and business planning activities relating to land and catchment management including water assets, reservoirs, boreholes, raw water mains, abstraction and compensation assets, etc.
  • Develop an awareness and appreciation of the process involved in land management for catchment purposes becoming familiar with associated constraints and opportunities.
  • Contribute to drinking water safety plans understanding the risks apparent and in relation to priorities the effort and funding required to mitigate them appropriately.
  • Support the team in overseeing delivery of water industry national environment programme (WINEP) schemes. This is the programme of work that water companies in England are required to do to meet their obligations from environmental legislation and UK government policy.
  • Assessing the merits of different catchment schemes and prioritising them in order for efficient delivery.
  • Build knowledge of the regulations and policies, in particular surrounding the Environment Agency and Natural England.
  • Aid the delivery of the company climate change targets with project work linked to tree planting and peatland restoration.
  • Work with the wider team in reviewing visitor behaviour and improvements to our access and recreational offer.
  • Support the ongoing development of an organisation-wide partnership framework, contributing to the internal engagement and rollout approach.
  • Work closely with one or two key partnerships to support them with successful delivery of key outcomes.
  • Support our approach to development, by helping to ensure that we leave biodiversity in a better state than before. By liaising with stakeholders to develop systems and processes to manage this across United Utilities, and also how it is communicated.
  • Support on the development of our geographic information system (GIS)

Knowledge and Skills

Our team has a strong reputation for excellence and our graduates are an important part of that success.

We require our land management graduates to have a minimum 2:2 degree classification in a relevant discipline such as land management, geography or environmental sciences.

You will need to:

  • Have an exceptional analytical capability with the ability to easily translate data into useful information for business benefit.
  • Be able to demonstrable organisational skills with ability to prioritise own workload.
  • Be proactive in nature and able to react in a flexible manner towards completing demands.
  • Be a proven problem solver with the ability to approach difficult situations positively displaying resilience towards setbacks.
  • Be an excellent team player, ensuring true collaboration by inclusivity and consideration of all views and perspectives.
  • Have strong interpersonal skills with ability to foster strong working relationships.
  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills to enable accurate conveyance of business messages in different settings.
  • Be able to think creatively, developing and presenting own ideas to ensure that appropriate changes are effectively delivered through the business.
  • Be Computer literate with an excellent knowledge of all standard Microsoft Packages.
  • Have a full UK driving license (or working towards this) and access to own vehicle.
  • Be confident in working in an outdoor environment.

Additional Information

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a virtual assessment centre which are taking place from 6 – 17 December 2021.

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