Social & Economic Infrastructure Specialist(Copy)

Ofwat (Water Services Regulation Authority)

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 2nd October 2022



Reference number



£34,528 - £50,000


Higher Executive Officer
Senior Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

OFWAT - Company Performance and Price Reviews - Future Assets and Resources

Type of role

Environment and Sustainability
Project Delivery

Working pattern

Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts



Birmingham, West Midlands (England), B5 4UA : London, London (region), WC1B 3HF


Ofwat (The Water Services Regulation Authority) is a non-ministerial government department. We regulate the water sector in England and Wales. Safe, reliable and sustainable water and wastewater services are essential for our day-to-day lives, our wellbeing, and our natural world. Our role is to help it build trust and confidence with customers, the environment and wider society. Ofwat has an ambitious new strategy and as a regulator we are setting ourselves up to achieve and equal the ambition of this new strategy.

We are forward-thinking, creative, innovative and ambitious. We constantly push the boundaries and embrace new ways of working. We actively encourage autonomy, collaboration and innovation and there’s a real adult culture fostered by trust, flexibility and respect. As a learning organisation we actively embrace new ways of working and provide the freedom to our people to work smarter achieving a work life balance.

We strive to ensure our people feel connected and valued, where your voice matters. You will be provided with the space and support to shape your future while taking greater control of your own growth and development.

Job description

We are seeking an experienced professional with experience in large capital projects. The successful candidate may come from a variety of professional backgrounds, for example, policy, engineering, commercial and financial etc, and they will play an important role in delivering our strategy and will need to be able to respond flexibly to the needs across the organisation. They will be deployed in the Future Assets and Resources team to facilitate the delivery of major infrastructure projects, primarily through competitive delivery models such as Ofwat's Direct Procurement for Customers model.

The team's responsibilities are to deliver future major infrastructure and water resource needs in a cost effective and environmentally beneficial manner for customers. The team is responsible for the Direct Procurement for Customer model/process; the Thames Tideway Tunnel; and the overall framework for delivery of major infrastructure projects. The team also interfaces with RAPID (Regulator's Alliance for Progressing Infrastructure Development), which is responsible for accelerating the development of strategic water resources and is a joint team made up of Ofwat, the Environment Agency, and the Drinking Water Inspectorate.

The role requires a high level of written and oral communication skills; well-developed people and stakeholder management skills; and a track record of delivery against challenging deadlines.

You will be expected to uphold high standards of delivery and collaborate with water and wastewater companies to support them to deliver the best value for customers from the major infrastructure projects and strategic water resource schemes being proposed.

You will have a degree of autonomy, responsibility, and you will have ample opportunities to develop and consolidate your skill set. You are expected to be a self-starter and do not require detailed supervision from senior colleagues. You will continue to hone your judgement and be expected to exercise it responsibly in line with our strategy and ways of working. You will also be developing and using your ability to persuasively communicate and engage with stakeholders, both internally and externally. You are expected to provide support to colleagues across the organisation, proactively sharing skills and knowledge, and equally will be supported by coaching and mentoring.


As a Senior Associate, you will play a key role in the Future Assets and Resources team – supporting the development of Ofwat's approach to the delivery of major infrastructure projects. You may lead small workstreams or projects and you will also be expected to work across a range of infrastructure projects, supporting through various processes that have been designed to ensure efficient and effective delivery including through Ofwat's Direct Procurement for Customers framework; and bespoke gated processes. You will also interface with projects that have been approved through the RAPID processed. Some of the key areas of work are expected to include:

• leading the delivery of work in a specific area of policy related to major infrastructure projects;
• support the management of major projects through Ofwat's various processes, including management of our expert advisors;
• analysing companies' submissions to us including analysing complex commercial, financial and technical proposals– providing effective scrutiny and challenge, and preparing recommendations for senior management.
• support engagement with water and wastewater companies on their large infrastructure projects, including proposed commercial models and procurement strategies; cost and risk estimation; and related technical issues.
• providing wider support to the FAR team in delivering its programme of work, including interfaces with RAPID and PR24.

Our culture is collegiate and will require you to collaborate with others and work seamlessly across Ofwat and beyond (e.g. with colleagues in RAPID) to ensure an end-to-end policy framework is in place to deliver high quality and successful outcomes for the projects and programmes in question.

Essential skills, experience and knowledge required:

• Educated to degree or post graduate level in a numerical, technical or other relevant discipline or equivalent experience.
• Experience of carrying out a relevant role within a regulated business, water sector supply chain organisation, consultancy, Government, or in another similarly relevant position.
• Experience of large infrastructure projects, possibly in a commercial or technical capacity, including ability to understand complex commercial and financial concepts.
• Ability to analyse complex data, including interrogating financial models, and present options and recommendations to senior management
• Proven ability of working under pressure to produce high quality analysis to tight timescales while managing competing priorities
• Experience of working effectively in multi-disciplinary teams
• Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex analysis and issues to non-technical audiences.
• Highly numerate with strong analytical skills.
• Ability to work effectively as part of a team and to provide support and guidance to less experienced team members and to help them develop.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
Annual leave:

On appointment the post holder will be entitled to 25 days annual leave plus 10½ days’ public and privilege holidays a year. Annual leave entitlement will be increased by one day for each year of continuous employment with Ofwat, up to a maximum leave allowance of 30 days.

We also offer a range of additional benefits. These include:

· fantastic civil service pension
· access to our package of benefits via our ‘Edenred’ scheme. This is a voluntary benefits scheme where staff have access to exclusive discounts on a range of goods and services such as retail outlets, theatre tickets, holidays, insurance and gym membership;
· cycle-to-work scheme;
· season ticket loan for travel between home and office;
· flexible working arrangements;
· fees paid for membership of relevant professional bodies;
· regular professional development.
· health and wellbeing initiatives; and free eye tests and contribution towards lenses/spectacles for VDU users, if appropriate
· learning and development tailored to your role
· an environment with flexible working options
a culture encouraging inclusion and diversity


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.
Selection timetable:

• Closing date: 10 July 2022
• Sifting: 12 July 2022
• Interview dates: 20 and 21 July 2022

Please note that the interviews will be conducted via video conferencing software such as Microsoft Teams.
Further details will be provided to shortlisted candidates upon invitation to interview. It may be necessary for a second stage interview, which will be communicated to the successful candidates, if required. If you have any queries about any aspect of this role, selection process, or you require any reasonable adjustments please email

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

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We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
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