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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.

In 2020 we successfully recruited six graduates via online platforms, and this cohort will be shortly being their journey on the 2021 Graduate Leadership Programme! We are very excited to be starting that recruitment journey again for the next cohort of graduates ready for September 2022!

If you join us on our Graduate Leadership Programme, you can 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. 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.

Our Chief Executive, Peter Simpson, has a few words he would like to share with you as you embark on your recruitment journey with Anglian Water.

I joined as a Graduate Management Trainee in Operations back in 1989 having worked as a Chemist for Anglian the previous year. I wanted to work for a business which made a difference and have enjoyed watching the company and employees grow over the years to the inspiring organisation it is today. At the start of your career you get many pieces of advice. Mine is simple, remember that organisations function through relationships, with trust as the glue, so right at the outset treat everyone how you’d like to be treated yourself and in that way you’ll develop an amazing network of colleagues who will support you throughout your career.  Live our values and have fun. (Peter Simpson, Chief Executive)

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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 Leadership Programme

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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 Graduates & Operational Leaders across the business

Meet our graduates and operational leaders who are making a difference at Anglian Water

Studied Geography at Anglia Ruskin University
Senior Operations Manager
Supply Manager
Studied Business Management at the University of Lincoln
Studied Human Geography at the University of Sheffield
Treatment Manager
Studied International Business at Loughborough University  
Studied Geography at Anglia Ruskin University

I wanted to work for a company that delivered an important service to our society while making a positive impact on the environment.

I lead a team of experts who regulate and manage activities associated with trade effluent, environmental discharges, and waste for the whole AW region. Our work focuses on how these activities could impact the environment and our ability to protect it. We do this by ensuring compliance with environmental regulations, obtaining permission from our regulators, and collaborating with external stakeholders such as the Environment Agency and Defra.

To be a successful operational leader you will need to be interested in people and the environment and be flexible to working in a world of constantly changing priorities.

Anglian water is genuinely interested in developing graduates who are passionate about what we do. There are so many different and attractive development opportunities here which brings interest and variety to whatever role you decide to do.

Make the most out of your placements as you will get out what you put into them. They will also help you to decide where your interests lie and allow you to build a fantastic network of people doing a variety of roles with a huge range of knowledge and experience.

We want you to do well and we will celebrate your successes with you!

The best thing about the role is looking forward each day to working with a fantastic team who are as passionate about what we do as I am. It is so rewarding when we collaborate to deliver excellent customer service while finding ways to protect and enhance our environment.

Senior Operations Manager

I had friends who worked at AW and the business had a strong reputation for being a great place to work. It came well recommended and 8 years later, I’m also now a fan!

I lead a central-control team of managers and technicians and we coordinate the response to unplanned operational events and incidents. We work across both water and water recycling, so the engineering challenges are varied and sometimes complex.

Listening, I believe its important for everyone in the team to be heard, so they can shape team decisions. Inclusion, so we create an environment where everyone can bring the best version of themselves to develop creative solutions. I also believe we should target above-average results and support each other to get there.

There really are fantastic opportunities for graduates to develop their careers. I have been fortunate to have gained post-graduate qualifications and professional chartership, which has really helped my confidence in developing myself. I have also had some great roles which have helped me build my industry and leadership skills.

No matter your background, there is a place for you here. AW has excellent opportunities for career development, you just need buckets of enthusiasm.

The culture at Anglian Water is  friendly and supportive, particularly from senior leaders, who are approachable and helpful.

The best thing about my role is  the feeling of accomplishment when the team resolves a difficult event. The ongoing development opportunities, where I can reflect and learn new skills. Finally, the valuable role we play in providing an essential service and in protecting the environment.

Supply Manager

The graduate programme gave me the opportunity to develop into an operational leader by learning from a wide range of both technical and management experts.


Rotating through the key operational business units and their supporting services on the graduate programme really built my leadership skills and technical knowledge, all while developing my network & stakeholder management skills with teams that I now work with on a day to day basis.


While the scheme was very structured and supportive to develop me, it also gave me the flexibility to reach out to mentors across the business, organise to shadow experts in different fields, and essentially mould my own path through the support of others; while my degree was in an Environmental and Water Science field, and I knew of Anglian Waters great reputation as a top employer on Glassdoor, it was this mix of support and autonomy that really grabbed my attention.


I knew front line operations was where I wanted to step into after the graduate programme and following a long placement in Water Supply, where I was given the trust to pick up projects and cover roles when people were absent, I was lucky enough to get a seconded position as a Support Manager during my second year on the scheme.

4 years on from joining the programme, I now lead a team of 17 technicians who maintain the operation of over 70 water treatment works, storage points, and boosters.

In my job no two days are the same, as from day to day I  transition between reactive needs such as managing operational incidents – to managing a team and the heath, safety and wellbeing in a wide operational area – right up to delivering on more strategic objectives such as our key business targets and supporting the future needs of our customers against potential risks such as climate change and housing growth.


The graduate programme is a great step into Anglian Water, and gives you a real core understanding of the business, while continuously developing your own skills to able to transition into a leadership role at the end of the 2 years. I would definitely recommend it.

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.

Treatment Manager

I joined Anglian Water in October 2014 via the Graduate Programme; a two-year scheme designed to enable graduates to gain first-hand operational experience in all the core areas of the business. The programme provided me with such a broad range of experiences and meant I got to sample what it would be like to work in a variety of departments before choosing which direction to start my career in.

For me, it was Water Recycling that really grabbed my attention and shortly after completing the programme I stepped into the role of an Assistant Treatment Manager.

I spent 18 months as an Assistant Manager, developing my leadership skills and improving my process knowledge before taking the leap to becoming a Treatment Manager.

I’m now responsible for a team of 16 people and the operation of around 100 water recycling centres, the combination of which brings daily challenges in what is a fast-paced and exciting job.

For me, Anglian Water stands out because it prides itself on excellent customer service and during graduate placements you are given the opportunity to make a real impact to the people and the environment we serve.

 I would highly recommend the Graduate Programme as a great place to start in the organisation and one which provides a sure footing for the years to come!


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. 

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.


A guide to our recruitment process

Step 1

Fill in our online Application Form, including your CV and a number of application questions. Our in-house recruitment team will spend time shortlisting all the applications.

Step 2

If you are shortlisted, you will then be invited to complete an online situational judgement test to assess your managerial judgement. This takes approximately 25 minutes in total, and you will need access to a laptop or desktop to complete this. This stage is designed to assess your potential leadership, looking at your ability to weigh up real life management situations and decide on the most appropriate and effective ways of handling them.

Step 3

If you are successful with the online test, you’ll then be invited to attend an short video interview. This will be your opportunity to express your passion and interest for our programme, as well as showing a bit of your personality!

Step 4

The next stage will be a virtual assessment centre where you will meet like-minded candidates and a number of assessors from around the business. Activities are likely to include a presentation and a group activity. All candidates who make it to this stage of the process will be full briefed about what to expect in advance of the assessment centre. Again, you will need access to a laptop or desktop to complete this.

Step 5

The final stage in our selection process is an Interview with a panel of interviewers, including our Early Careers Talent Manager.


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

At Anglian Water, we recognise that a diverse workforce needs an inclusive environment to flourish and that is why inclusion is embedded within our working culture and recruitment practices; we have a thriving Inclusion Community which is open to all our colleagues and we continually work to educate and raise awareness and to review our practices. We ensure that merit, competence and potential are the basis for all recruitment decisions. For our graduate Leadership programme, we are looking to recruit candidates with future potential and in the early stages of the process are testing for that potential through our online situational judgement test ‘Graduate Scenarios’. This is a unique managerial judgement test to specifically assess judgement in graduates who may have limited work experience to draw on.

Our Chief Executive, Peter Simpson, champions our diversity and inclusion strategy:

“Inclusion is vital to the success of our organisation. Having a wealth of people from different backgrounds and with different experiences introduces new ways of thinking which in turn informs the ways in which we work. Challenging our thinking and decision-making helps us to continually improve and outperform against our targets. It also better reflects our region and the customers and communities that we serve every single day.”

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.

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! It would also be beneficial to review our case studies on this page just above! There is some great information available here. Or even better, sign up to one of our events listed at the top of this page for more face to face information!

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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.