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Be the leaders of the future

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.

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 journey to Net Zero Carbon!

Learn about how we are working to achieve our long term climate change targets!

See what our 2021 Grads got up to during their induction week

Meet Megan, Oliver, Paul, Louis, Connor & Georgia

Did you know...

Our Chief Executive, Peter Simpson started out as an Anglian Water Graduate?

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.

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

Applications are now closed

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

Megan
2021 Graduate
Craig
2019 Graduate
Louis
2021 Graduate
Megan
2021 Graduate

Since joining Anglian Water as a graduate in 2021, not one day has been the same. When looking at potential graduate jobs this was a key factor in my decision. I wanted to ensure that my future job would have variance and an ability to spend time both in an office and out on site. The operational graduate scheme at Anglian water has fulfilled this and more by offering an incredibly high level of autonomy and flexibility.

Prior to joining the scheme, I had been at Northumbria University for 4 years studying for a BSc in Psychology followed by an MSc in Business with Management. I was slightly apprehensive to apply for a job at a water company considering I had little experience in the industry and my educational background didn’t seem to perfectly align.

However, Anglian Water have encouraged diversity of thinking since day one whilst also providing a great environment for me to learn the systems and processes on site.

I am moving towards the half-way point of the 2-year scheme and since starting I have completed placements in Bioresources, Water Recycling Treatment, Leakage and Water Quality with a future placement in the SMART programme lined up.

The placement structure of the graduate program allows us to develop a good knowledge of many different aspects of the business, creating a holistic view and allowing us to find which areas most interest us. It also results in a large network of people which we can go to for advice and explore potential future opportunities with.

My favourite aspect of the scheme is the strong graduate community which we have formed. When starting a new career, it is extremely reassuring to be supported by people who are going through, or have been through, a similar journey to yourself.

There is not one problem or challenge I have faced alone, and we really are in it together. I would highly recommend the scheme to anyone with a curious mind, a desire to lead people and who wants to learn something new every day.

 

Craig
2019 Graduate

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. 

Louis
2021 Graduate

Autonomy and responsibility have always been high on my list of priorities, wanting to influence change, support people, and generally make ‘waves’. In the year I have been on Anglian Water’s graduate programme, I have been empowered to achieve these.

Since I have been on the programme, I have spent time in Water Metering (IMDS), Water Networks (WN), Water Recycling Networks (WRN) and most recently Treatment. My various placement managers organised work shadowing, involvement in projects, and more recently assisting with leadership tasks.

This exposure has broadened my understanding of the challenges our teams face, and will put me in good stead to approach leadership opportunities.

I wanted to join Anglian Water due to aligned values such as encouraging curiosity and building trust, as well as wanting to positively impact our environment. I feel I have been able to live these.

Moreover, the graduate programme is highly regarded within the business, which I felt could provide me with a greater platform to achieve my goals.

What makes Anglian Water stand out is the support the People Development team help build. From a monthly coach, who helped me work through challenges, and guide to build on my strengths, to the mentors and line managers, who assist with their own experiences within the business, and a close graduate cohort, who all support each other and create a safe space to develop.

Having this support has created an environment where I make sure to challenge, to question, to embrace every experience and throw myself in headfirst.

Some of the best experiences I have had have been heading into the unknown, and it’s great I’ve felt empowered to do that.

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 us more about you.

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. For the optimum assessment centre experience, we recommend using a laptop or desktop with a webcam 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.

FAQs

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
-Dress 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? In 2019 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.

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.