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Thames Water early careers

Science Graduate Programme 2021

Job/scheme locations: 
Thames Valley
Type of opportunity: 
Graduate scheme
Application deadline: 

What is the Science Graduate pathway?
Are you looking for a brilliant opportunity to gain direct access to world-leading experts in one of the largest utility companies in the UK? Thames Water are one of the key custodians of the environment. Our scientists help protect and improve the environment for current and future generations; as well as ensuring our water quality is the best it can be for our 15 million customers. As a function, we’re here forever and continually working to create a sustainable future.

Our science graduate pathway is unique and offers you the chance to learn and develop and potentially go on to be a leader in our business. You will follow a journey through our various scientific service teams learning about the different science disciplines and how these fit together as a whole, and with other Thames Water teams such as our operational and asset management teams . You could be based anywhere across our Thames Valley region; from Reading to Swindon to East London and anywhere in-between.

We will look at your strengths and qualifications throughout the whole recruitment process. Your base will change dependent on your role placements as you progress and develop the skills and experience you need.

What could you be doing as a Science Graduate?
We will give you an all-round experience of our scientific centre of excellence and the world of our Chief Scientist as well as the different types of scientists that keep our customers safe and healthy.

Our science pathway follows a rotational approach working with our clean water and wastewater science teams. You could be liaising with our regulators, influencing them or dealing with the implementation of new commitments, dealing with field and asset issues, offering solutions and maintaining compliance, investigating pollution incidents and build mitigation to prevent their recurrence, build systems within the lab to enhance quality of analysis and reporting or make sure that Thames Water is in the front of all environmental actions.

You will have the chance to explore and develop into the type of scientist you would like to be through experiential learning, time with experts and three varied placements. You will witness the large scale vital work each of these areas contributes to the safety and wellbeing of our customers on a daily basis. You will also appreciate how each of the areas relates to one another.

What can you expect from the Graduate Programme?
All our graduates complete a two-year core graduate development programme. Throughout, you’ll have support from the managers and mentors in your business area. The programme has been designed around you to make sure you have the opportunity to maximise your potential. It has several elements that help you to develop your knowledge, skills and experience to succeed. You’ll be joining a network of graduates already in our business and will have all the support you need from day one. We review our programme each year but the core elements include:

  • Business and personal development modules
  • Health and safety training
  • A charity business challenge
  • Time to Give volunteering days
  • Coaching
  • Mentoring and buddying opportunities

There are also opportunities to become STEM ambassadors at Thames Water and to mentor and inspire the next generation of scientists.

Life after the Graduate Programme
There are varied opportunities at Thames Water within our scientific services. Depending on the type of scientist you want to be there are roles within a variety of specialisms and areas whether they are out in the field or based in head office.

Our science graduates can also move towards leadership roles heading up teams within their specialism.

What kind of graduate are we looking for?
We are a diverse business and are looking for self-driven graduates who are confident stepping into new environments, adding value and whose values reflect ours:

  • Reach higher, be better
  • Take care
  • Passionate about everything we do
  • Be respectful and value everyone
  • Be proud, be blue

We’re looking for real go-getters with a hunger for knowledge and a passion to succeed. Our graduates enjoy influencing colleagues and sharing ideas and creativity. They thrive on working with others, respecting their views and valuing the diversity around them. They are humble and decent and treat others the way they’d like to be treated. They also hold great passion for the industry we work in and our future aspirations.

We’re looking for graduates with a science degree in any discipline. If you have a minimum of a 2:2 expected or achieved and an appetite to drive and develop your own career, apply today to shape your future.


  • Project management
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision, under own initiative to deliver specified outputs
  • Computer literate having knowledge of MS: Excel, Word and PowerPoint
  • Good interpersonal skills; effective communicator
  • Proactive approach
  • Attention to detail

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More about this vacancy

South East
Number of vacancies: 
6 to 10