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Engineering Roles

Engineering is at the heart of what we do

 

Engineering is a crucial part of our ambitious business plans. We rely on engineers to deliver our investments for the future. That’s why we’re looking for experienced Engineers with the right skills, to help us on our journey to bring social and environmental prosperity to the region we serve.

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Project Engineers

As a Project Engineer, you will oversee the various stages of development for projects, preparing procedures and completing reports, ensuring progression and efficiency. Generally, the team of Project Engineers will get involved at every level of the project from proposals to operations.

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Technical Engineers

Our Technical Engineers are at the core of our teams across Anglian Water covering a range of roles and areas.  We have teams of engineers focused on, what some might consider, “traditional” engineering; designing and implementing projects to improve how our systems operate, by installing and configuring new assets.  Some of our engineers specialise in hydraulics, where others may not be specialists but deliver their strength across some of our innovative projects, data science and driving us towards automation and remote-controlled assets.   There is great breadth within our Technical Engineering operation but they all support each other towards our goals around energy saving, carbon reduction and efficiency.

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Operational Engineers

Integrated Maintenance Engineering

Our Operational Engineers are key in monitoring and controlling the process of cleaning water, making it safe to drink and supplying it back to our customers and the environment better

than we found it. Our end-to-end process involves taking water from the environment through our reservoirs, rivers or boreholes. From there it’s pumped to our sites where we begin the process of treating the water to high standards, before putting it back into supply.

Day to day this involves operating pumping equipment and reacting to changes in water quality. Our process also involves treating the water with chemicals and our engineers use computers to release chemicals from storage tanks.  Our Operational Engineers will need to maintain our sites, while working alongside our technicians.

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Operational Engineers

Operational Maintenance

Operational Maintenance are responsible for the planned and reactive operation and maintenance (electrical, mechanical and instrument) of circa 6500 pumping and vacuum stations. This team provide electrical, mechanical and instrument planned and reactive maintenance services to 1,124 water recycling centres.  Our Maintenance Technicians are first response to all pumping and vacuum station alarms along with planned electrical, mechanical and instrument maintenance. Integrated Maintenance Engineering also provides an electrical, mechanical and instrument planned and reactive service to all our Water Recycling Centres and Sludge Treatment Centres. 

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Other Engineering Roles

Electrical Statutory Compliance

The Electrical Statutory Compliance team is responsible for the delivery of Anglian Water's electrical regulatory maintenance programmes to ensure compliance with health and safety, electrical statutory and associated requirements. They are also responsible for the assessment of competence of our electrically trained technicians.

Service Contracts

The Service Contracts team is responsible for delivering a wide range of frameworks from pressure vessels to submersible pumps along, grounds maintenance and minor buildings work. They also manage the five manned workshops and the Water Recycling Centre mechanical screens team.

Integrated Operation Solutions (Water Recycling)

Integrated Operation Solutions (Water Recycling) provide Totex solutions to emergent and standalone needs which are too complex to be delivered locally. Skilled Project Engineers, Delivery Managers and Commercial Analysts from Barhale, Kier & Morrison work with Anglian Water Operational teams to design and procure the capital solutions which deliver best value.

Meet our People!

Chelsea Sarath
Systems Delivery Manager
Darren Newstead
Senior System Optimisation Engineer - Systems Opportunity
James Gelsthorpe
Senior Systems Optimisation Engineer
Jon Betts
SRP Technical Manager
Matt Sturgeon
Combined Heat and Power Technical Engineer
Chelsea Sarath
Systems Delivery Manager

I started my career with Anglian Water in in 2014, within TIDE Services, as a Conveyancing Customer Service Advisor. I progressed into a Sales Administration role after 2 years, eventually being promoted to Customer Services Manager in 2019.

In 2021, I took a 12-month secondment in Digital Operations within IS, managing the Core Systems OT team, in Lincoln, and the OT Configuration team, in Huntingdon. I did this to broaden my experience of People Management and to increase my understanding of the wider business. This was a huge challenge for me, as it involved learning a whole new industry, even though I was still with AW and managing two new teams remotely.

I didn’t go to University when I left Sixth Form, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do and heading straight to work allowed me to gain real-life experience. Working my way up to management means I have great respect for employees at all levels. I have a modern approach to management, seeing my role as an enabler, gaining the trust of my team and removing any barriers to allow them to reach their full potential. I am passionate about people and the value they bring to the business and I am currently working towards my Level 5 Diploma in People Management and HR with the CIPD.

Working at Anglian Water has allowed me to progress my career and explore different paths, as well as allowing me time to develop myself through our fantastic L&D programme. I enjoy the inclusive company culture and, as a woman in a male dominated area of the business, I am proud to be able to impact the diversity of my team and to enable personal development in their individual careers.

Darren Newstead
Senior System Optimisation Engineer - Systems Opportunity

Since leaving school I have always been involved in engineering, completing a 4 year Apprenticeship and qualifications in Engineering Technology up to HND level. I have always wanted to remain within this discipline and progress further within an engineering field. Anglian Water have supported me in this, with additional training and encouragement to push and advance myself and my experiences to enable me to progress along my chosen career path.

In my current role, I assist in identifying and implementing opportunities to improve the way we deliver treated water to our customers; from abstraction, all the way to the customers tap, across the Anglian region. I get to work with a range of different people, from across the business and externally. By collaborating together we aim to identify, design and implement the best possible solution to any given opportunity.

As engineers applying to Anglian Water, I would say there are so many different opportunities to branch into, even if you do not know where you want to go to begin with. There are plenty of  opportunities to learn and develop and if you’re willing to progress, you will always be supported in doing this. Whether that is through training or mentoring, there are people throughout the business who are willing to help and encourage you.

James Gelsthorpe
Senior Systems Optimisation Engineer

I joined Anglian Water in September 2019 within the Smart Water and Asset Operations Team in Optimisation, as a Project Engineer. This was working on the application of new technology to support long standing business challenges. Over my time at Anglian Water I have progressed into the role of Senior System Optimisation Engineer, leading the development of holistic solutions that will meet the challenges our systems face now and in the future.

My current role enables me to be able to influence, design and optimise the way our networks are operated and managed, something I find very rewarding. Taking an idea or a concept, from modelling and seeing it through design, to ultimately getting into the ground and operating, is a challenge, but is very satisfying when it comes together and means no two days are the same! My specialism is in modelling and hydraulics and I get to use these skills on a daily basis in my role and also mentor and support junior team members on these areas.

The main selling point to a career in engineering at Anglian Water, for me, is the ability to have an influence on the environment in the region I live and call home. This is quite powerful, especially with the climate change challenges, that are more acutely felt in this region of the UK. In addition, I’ve found there to be many development and learning opportunities available to progress; I’ve learnt a lot year on year since joining, with every day offering the opportunity to learn something new!

Jon Betts
SRP Technical Manager

Having trained as a Multi-Skilled Engineer in a factory environment, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I joined Anglian Water, but quickly found all my skills were fully transferable into the water industry. When my previous Employment ended, due to redundancy, Anglian Water was on my list for places to seek a new job. I was very excited when I got the call to join one of the most up and coming teams in water recycling ‘The Steam Team”.

Since joining, the support from within the company has meant that ,within 3 years, I am already in a management role and now looking for new engineers to come join me on this journey.

A big thing for me was, that I wasn’t doing shifts or weekends anymore and had more time with friends and family, a massive work life balance improvement.

Engineer’s within the business play such and important role and I cant recommend it enough; anyone who wants a change in industry, it’s worth giving this one a try!

Matt Sturgeon
Combined Heat and Power Technical Engineer

In my role within the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Team of Anglian Water, I see Engineering as ensuring that all assets run efficiently within the engineering tolerances, as set out by the manufacturers guidelines. In the case of CHP, this means gas using equipment, such as engines and boilers. This is done through proactive servicing work and reactive repairs.

I wanted a career in Engineering to work on big cool stuff – and it doesn’t get much bigger than 12Bar Industrial Steam Boilers and 91 Litre V18 Biogas Engines! Anglian Water has provided me the training and experience to work on these assets; starting at small service work, to full strip down and rebuilds of a variety of engine types.

I have also been encouraged to develop my skillset further, by exploring other engineering fields, such as cyber security, remote access engine management systems, and gas assets.

SMART

The Smart Water Systems Team embraces systems thinking to understand and visualise the current performance of the Water Supply System from “Source to Tap”, connecting our people, our processes and our assets.  The team is focused on the identification of opportunities for improvement, developing and deploying innovative, disruptive and digital solutions to deliver outstanding outcomes for our customers, the environment and our people. 

Our Strategic Optimisation Team is led by Katherine Dobbs and is focused on exploring modern technologies and innovations to discover the art of the possible when it comes to enhancing the way in which our knowledge, processes and technology is utilised across the business. This is carried out across the entire Water Recycling system with us having dedicated teams looking at Process, Network and Technology advancements. 

  • SMART Process is responsible for optimising the process part of our recycling system with projects looking at both the Treatment and Biosolid Streams, with a focus on pollutions and compliance in line with drive reward. 
  • SMART Networks is responsible for everything before waste reaches the point of treatment. They are continually looking at ways to improve and enhance our network to reduce internal and external sewage flooding, pollution events and customer dissatisfaction. 
  • SMART Technologists are responsible for exploring what is available, what advancements have been made and opportunities for innovation to aid the SMART Process and Networks teams in delivery of projects.  

At Anglian Water, we are working with our engineers to identify and create the conditions for smart technology to be successful in the short and long term. This means having the right enabling technology, processes, data, culture, and skills in place and helping our people to adapt to digitally enabled ways of working. Why is this important? Well, we want to give our people the right information at the right time to support decision making and to build a better-connected organisation to make life easier for our people. We have many exciting engineering initiatives happening within this programme including the designing of digital twins for our Strategic Pipeline Alliance and Cambridge Waste Water Treatment Plant Relocation Project. 

We have Engineering hubs throughout our region