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Water is a learning curve.

Supplying water to millions of people in what is the driest region in the country means we have to be innovative. We have to keep pushing the boundaries and approach challenges from different angles.

That’s why we always embrace fresh perspectives. And it’s why, as a graduate with us, your ideas will be highly valued.

You can also expect to be part of an environment where learning is celebrated – people here love to push themselves and we make sure they have the training and development they need to do exactly that.

By joining us, you’ll help us to raise awareness of the importance of water. And whether you’re collaborating with customers, your colleagues or our communities, you’ll play your own part in building a secure future for our region’s water.

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Applications are now open!

Have you got what it takes to be a future leader of Anglian Water?

Our Graduate Leader Programme

Our Graduate Leadership programmes run for two years. The scheme 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!

Our bespoke 2-year Graduate Leader Programme

Applications are open until October 18, 2020

Our ambition is to help make life better for our customers, every single day. Our teams are at the heart of making sure this happens.

What we do really matters. Water is the lifeblood of our world and we’re proud of the difference we make. We enable businesses to grow, environments to flourish and families to get on with their day-to-day lives.

We have a reputation as industry innovators. We’re constantly exploring new opportunities; working hard to find new and better ways to look after our customers’ individual needs. And this is where you come in – we need more great people to help us on our quest. You’ll learn how we work with our operational colleagues in the field, as well as how we schedule and manage our tasks so our customers get the best possible service.

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

Hear from our 2019 graduates

Meet our graduates who are making a difference at Anglian Water. With our support, they’re well on their way towards successful management careers.

Studied Business Management at the University of Lincoln
Studied Human Geography at the University of Sheffield
Studied Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at the University of Manchester
Studied International Business at Loughborough University  
Studied Geography at the University of Bristol
Studied Business Management at the University of Lincoln

I began working at Anglian Water 5 years ago when I moved to Lincoln, after volunteering to help with some student recruitments taking place I decided to go to university. Anglian flexed my hours completely to suit my university schedule for 3 years while still offering career progression and development. There was no question of which company I was going to undertake a graduate scheme with. 

My day to day role varies entirely with wherever my current placement is. This can be presenting, participating in project management, problem solving for placement objectives or getting hands on experience in the field. 

The scheme involves placements around various areas of the business building up a network of contacts and wider business knowledge. There are opportunities to attend utility conferences and frequent graduate forums where senior leader share insight on how to personally and professionally develop as well as showcasing key objectives and programmes around the business. 

Across Anglian Water there is a healthy respect for graduates, and you are trusted to deliver business change as well as deliver key projects. 

Anglian Water have a great people culture, share your interests and demonstrate how you can add to this culture. The programme is about development so show your eagerness to learn and build on existing skills. 

The working culture at Anglian Water is very people focused, both in terms of staff and customers. The make today great programme is a great example of this approach making sure that every member of Anglian Water understands their impact to our customers.

The best things about my job are the willingness of people to spend time sharing knowledge and advice, the mentor programme is only one part of this with many people across all areas of the business providing insight. I am only in my third placement, but I have already benefited from knowledge and contacts in other business areas helping me to provide fresh perspectives and solutions to my current placement area. 

Regular calls and updates with both fellow graduates, my line manager and mentor have helped ensure my development has continued throughout the pandemic. Existing help such as Employee Assistance have also provided further personal and professional support. 


Studied Human Geography at the University of Sheffield

My support network has been amazing. I have regular catchups with my mentor, who provides great advice and guidance to support my development.

The closeness of my graduate cohort helps us learn more about all areas of the business, in addition to the graduate forums, and our line manager is easy to contact and provides support when needed.

Engaging with different placement managers and teams has also expanded my list of contacts, which has been very helpful.

I have really enjoyed that my placements have been a mixture of office-based and operational work, as it has given me more opportunities to learn about all aspects of Water Recycling. So far, I have had placements in Optimisation (WR), WR Networks and Maintenance and IOS (WR).

These teams have all been friendly and welcoming, organising various site tours, shadowing days and ensuring my involvement in numerous projects.

I have been encouraged to absorb as much information as possible during my first year of the Graduate scheme, which is something I have really appreciated.

The variety has been stimulating and I hope that the fast-pace and new challenges continue as I move into my second year of the programme.

Anglian Water appealed to me because it was number one on Glassdoor and I liked the strong environmental focus. I also loved the idea of moving across the region for a variety of different placements, as I wanted to explore new areas and embrace new challenges.

Previous graduates have progressed well in the company, which is a good sign that the graduate scheme is well-regarded.

Studied Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at the University of Manchester

I chose Anglian Water largely because I already worked at the company prior to applying for the scheme and so I knew the culture and values were ones with which I aligned and that it was a friendly, welcoming business with loads of different opportunities in a whole variety of remits.

Some days I get to go out into the field and shadow technicians and other days I am problem solving and trying to work on improving processes and systems within the business.

No two days are ever really the same which makes the job much more stimulating and enjoyable. You get to experience so many different roles – project management, people management, change management, etc.

 I’ve met lots of different people and always tried to make friendships along the way in each of the placements I’ve been working within. I think this has helped me from a professional perspective regarding building a network and influencing people but also from a personal perspective as I am very sociable and like to engage with people for my own enjoyment.

The scheme works through a series of placement rotations over a duration of 2 years. You will work in each placement for a couple of months and then move on to the next.

This allows you to trial lots of different roles and to start to learn what you like and what you dislike and where you could see yourself working in the future.

You have a placement manager for each different placement which changes for each rotation and you will also have a mentor who will support you throughout the entire scheme.

I personally like that Anglian Water doesn’t have a corporate attitude where you feel like a tiny fish in a great big pond and that your opinion isn’t valued or listened to. Within Anglian Water you are actively encouraged to contribute as much as possible and to speak up amongst senior leaders and challenge the status quo.

I still have a year left on the scheme and so I don’t want to jump the gun too much as I have a lot of opportunities that I am yet to experience. However, as it stands, I would say I am really interested in getting involved in a change management team whereby you’re working with others to implement new ideas and improve processes within the business.

Working from home has been an interesting change to the office norm but everyone in the business has muddled together and supported one another as much as possible. The other graduates and I have had weekly Zoom catch-up calls and the team I am currently working with has half an hour every Friday dedicated to playing a virtual game of Pictionary, Charades, Desk Yoga… you name it.

You also have your mentor who you can get support from if you’re struggling.

Studied International Business at Loughborough University  

No two days are the same at Anglian Water while on the Graduate Programme, I could be having meetings and presenting work one day, and another day I could be discussing opportunities with stakeholders. There is a lot of diversity to the work you can do. 

The Graduate Programme is run over two years, where Graduates experience 3 to 6-month placements across the business. Supported along the way by an experienced Mentor and receiving constant training throughout. 

In my opinion the culture at Anglian Water is very collaborative and supportive. We provide a very important service to the community, but this can only be achieved through working together and always doing the right thing. 

Throughout the Coronavirus Pandemic I have been working from home. However, I have always felt well connected with my team through daily Zoom calls and business wide virtual events. Safety is at the forefront with Anglian Water and their policies throughout the Pandemic have always been focused around the wellbeing of staff. 

Studied Geography at the University of Bristol

The main reason I chose Anglian Water was due to the Water Resources graduate scheme that was offered at the time. The job description perfectly complemented the skills and knowledge that I had gained at school and at university.

I also really wanted to make a positive difference to local communities and by working for Anglian Water with the Love Every Drop campaign I felt like I would be able to help educate the public and help secure the water supply for future generations in the area. 

Throughout the two years we get a chance to do a number of different placements of varying lengths across the business which gives us great exposure to what Anglian Water does. As part of the graduate scheme we have regular forums where we get to hear from managers that work in different departments. We also get to take part in training programmes and workshops which are really helpful for personal development.  

For me what sets Anglian Water apart from their competitors is the company’s constant drive to deliver a better and more sustainable future for our customers whilst also providing a large environmental benefit.

I also think that Anglian Water provides brilliant support and training to help the graduates progress within the company which is above and beyond other employers. 

Once the programme finishes I would love to gain a full time role working within the Water Resources team at Anglian Water. This would allow me to use the skills and experience that I have gained over the two year scheme in ongoing and future projects, hopefully providing lots of positive outcomes for the team, wider company and the customers that we serve. 

I really like working at Anglian Water because the organisation just feels like one big family.

It also feels like everyone has the same overall goals and aims which helps to create an environment which really promotes continuous growth and improvement.   

I think the best thing about my job is that you get to work on projects that provide outcomes which have a very real and visible impact on the local communities that we serve.

There is nothing more satisfying than completing a project that not only helps your team and the wider company but also has great benefits for our customers. 

My team have been great during the Coronavirus pandemic and have provided lots of support as well as the flexibility that is needed when working from home.

The team have regular catch-up video calls which are a great way for us to see what everyone has been up to in and away from work. The company also supplied a free subscription to a mindfulness app which had a really good positive impact.  


What we look for

As well as a 2:2 degree (any disciplines welcome), you should support the sustainability of our business, and bring plenty of drive for helping us shape the future of our industry.

You’ll have a real passion for engaging, inspiring and motivating others as their Leader.

Being a natural leader, you’ll have the ability to form strong working relationships, networking and effectively leading and motivating.

We’re also looking for a flexible approach and a full, UK driving licence as you’ll need to travel and sometimes relocate between placements.



We’re committed to supporting the learning and development of our people, ensuring they have the skills and knowledge they need to be successful and achieve their potential. You can also choose your own benefits – including these:


Everything you need to know about becoming a future leader

Yes absolutely. We encourage applications from anyone with a 2:2 or higher degree under their belt. We welcome applications from all walks of life!

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. And because we also hold meetings and run training courses throughout the region, it’s important that you’re flexible about your location.

Once applications close, our in house recruitment team will spend time shortlisting all the applications. If you are shortlisted, you will then be invited to a telephone interview around 2 weeks after the closing date.

If you get past the telephone interview stage, you'll then be invited a virtual assessment centre which will take place wc 9 November 2020.

Congratulations on getting this far! To prepare for a virtual assessment centre, we recommend:

-Ensuring your internet connection is stable a few days before the Assessment Centre
-Using headphones where possible
-Sitting in quiet space where you're not disturbed
-Dressing smartly as you would for a face to face interview
-Practising the video platform with friends and family members

Why not take a look at our fantastic employee reviews on Glassdoor? Last year we ranked the top spot!

Click here to see what our employees say

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 is optional and you may declinethe offer if you so wish.

In addition, 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 the new location. Whilst on the Graduate Programme, you may claim up to £2,500 to help with the costs of relocation.

In order to fully perform the duties of your role, 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.