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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.

Welcome to Anglian Water Country – and the kind of exciting challenges that will push you like never before.

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Our Graduate Management programmes

We offer a number of programmes for graduates. Running for two years, they’re all designed to give you the experiences you need to develop invaluable skills to become a 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.

Water Services & Water Recycling Operational Graduate Programmes

Applications are now closed

With an emphasis on the operational side of the business, our 24-month Water Services/Water Recycling Operational Graduate Management Programmes will give you the opportunity to work in our two largest business areas. Over the course of a number of placements, you’ll develop the skills and knowledge you’ll need to take on a management role within Anglian Water, helping us to embrace the challenges we face and transforming our business into the water company of the future.

Water Services:

You’ll gain on-the-ground experience of network maintenance, sampling and leakage to ensure that we can continue to deliver a reliable supply of safe, clean water to our customers. As a graduate with us, you’ll help to lead and manage teams, gaining the kind of operational management experience that will enable you to make sure our precious supply of water is accessible both now – and long into the future.

Water Recycling:

You’ll work alongside front-line managers in our largest business unit as well as spending time with our field teams learning about the sewage treatment processes and maintenance of our assets. Along the way, you’ll gain an understanding of our focus on health and safety, and why it’s at the heart of everything we do. Water recycling plays a critical role in our lives and you’ll add value through your involvement in critical operational projects.

Customer & Wholesale Services Graduate Programme

Applications are now closed

Our ambition is to help make life better for our customers, every single day. Our dedicated Customer & Wholesale Services 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.

Information Services Graduate Programme

Applications are now closed

Our Information Services department plays a critical role in enabling us to deliver our vital services across the East of England. Our increasing investment in leading-edge technology programmes make this an exciting time to join our function.

Over the course of a number of placements, you’ll help to shape our future strategy and technological direction. You can expect to deploy innovative solutions to business challenges, taking part in all elements of delivery. That will encompass everything from defining requirements and agreeing the scope through to solution design, and building and testing. It’s an opportunity to develop project management skills and to develop the ability to oversee outsourced suppliers.

Strategic Delivery & Commercial Assurance Graduate Programme

Applications are now closed

We’re recognised as being one of the leading infrastructure companies in the UK. Our strategic delivery and commercial assurance professionals are integral to keeping our assets running efficiently and effectively.

You could be interested in innovation, in designing and constructing new water and water recycling treatment works or in the commercial assurance of our investment programmes to meet customer demands. You may also want to develop smarter ways of managing our existing networks or pipes. If you’re interested in shaping the future of our business, our Strategic Delivery & Commercial Assurance Management Programme has something to offer you.

What we look for

As well as a 2:1 degree (the subjects we’re looking for vary from programme to programme), you should bring plenty of drive and a real passion for helping us shape the future of our industry. Team working skills are important too – you’ll be a natural when it comes to building strong working relationships and you’ll have the initiative to proactively share new ideas.

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.

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What’s in it for you?

You’ll receive a competitive starting salary (with a review every six months whilst you’re on the programme).

Being a successful utilities company takes lots of different people, all working hard to keep our water clean and readily available for our customers. That’s why we’re so passionate about recognising and rewarding the great work they do.


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:

Hear from our graduates

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

Shop Window Project and Engagement Manager
Assistant Treatment Manager
Head of Water Resources
Shop Window Project and Engagement Manager

“After studying Geography at Loughborough University, I joined the Generalist Graduate Scheme. I liked the idea of experiencing different areas.

There are plenty of training and development opportunities open to you on the graduate scheme. And in the two roles I’ve done since, that’s continued – I’ve just finished a professional project management course which will give me a formal qualification.

Last year, I was working as the Responsible Business of the Year Project Manager. A large part of the role was organising a Gala Dinner at the Royal Albert Hall.

“Seeing months of hard work and ideas come to fruition on a world-famous stage was incredible.”

My day-to-day role now mainly revolves around progressing a number of projects. A few of the areas I’m focusing on are household water-efficiency products and technologies, working with vulnerable customers and Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS).

Being a young female in a male-dominated industry has definitely been a challenge but the balance is shifting. It’s empowering to be part of that change.”

Assistant Treatment Manager

“I studied Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Bedford. The Anglian Water graduate scheme appealed to me because of the development opportunities. I felt I’d be able to build a career with a very supportive and responsible business.

I also liked the fact that I’d develop management skills throughout the programme which I’d then put into practice at the end of the scheme. Not many people get the chance to spend time in as many parts of the business as I did, so I feel very lucky.

During my time with the Shop Window team, I was tasked with giving a presentation to an international water company. This was far out of my comfort zone but, with great support from the team, we managed to deliver the message well. Despite the fact they didn’t understand my Mandarin!

 “I’ve been challenged to achieve more than I ever thought I was capable of.”

Being given the opportunity to then gain nationally recognised qualifications as well as gaining on-the-job work experience is invaluable. It also means you can offer fresh advice and ideas to the business – you can have a real impact.”

Head of Water Resources

“When I was looking for a job after completing my MSc in Environmental Geochemistry, Anglian Water’s brand and ethos really aligned with my aspiration to work for a socially-responsible organisation. I felt I could have a direct and positive impact on society and the environment here.

I lead a team of around 25 technical specialists and engineers. We look after the security of our upstream water resources across the region. This involves everything from planning for population growth and climate change through to looking after our reservoirs.

“My expectations of Anglian Water being socially responsible have definitely been surpassed.”

We’re genuinely committed to positively impacting communities. One example is our community regeneration project in Wisbech which has led to a vision for a new garden town.

The training and development here have completely prepared me for this leadership role. In 2011, I joined the graduate scheme and have since completed a Leadership and Management Diploma and a two-year leadership development programme. It’s been pivotal and I apply learning from my training every single day.”

Our locations

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.

Events for students

We run a number of events for students interested in embarking on a graduate programme with us. If we don’t have any events listed, it’s because we’re not recruiting for graduate roles right now. However, you’re very welcome to come and meet us at any of the other early years careers events that are taking place in our region.