See job eligibility requirements: Principal, Water Infrastructure Policy

Ofwat (Water Services Regulation Authority)

Birmingham, UK 🇬🇧

London, UK 🇬🇧

Reference number



£51,628 – £78,970


Senior Executive Officer
Grade 7

Contract type


Business area


Type of role

Project Delivery

Working pattern

Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts



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

About the job


Ofwat (the Water Services Regulation Authority) is the economic regulator of the water and wastewater sector in England and Wales.

Water is a precious resource. Our water resources are coming under increasing pressure from population growth, economic development and climate change. Society also expects that water will be available for users whilst also improving the environment. These factors all contribute to a growing sense of urgency that we need to act now to develop efficient new national supply options to avoid restrictions in the near future.

In response the Regulator’s Alliance for Progressing Infrastructure Development (RAPID) has been formed to facilitate cross-regulatory collaboration on the development of strategic water supply infrastructure projects and to address issues relating to their development with a view to establishing an enduring regulatory framework for such projects. The partnership is made up of the three water regulators in England – Ofwat, the Environment Agency and the Drinking Water Inspectorate. It provides a seamless regulatory interface, working with the industry to promote the development of national water resources infrastructure that is in the best interests of water users and the environment.

RAPID is working with water companies and alongside the five regional water resources planning groups, to ensure that we have timely delivery of new infrastructure. Where necessary, RAPID will assist the regulators in identifying and overcoming potential regulatory and commercial barriers. RAPID is overseen by a Board chaired by the Ofwat CEO, with membership from each of the regulators.

The successful applicant will be working for Ofwat but allocated to the cross-regulator RAPID alliance to support its work.

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.

Job description

The focus of this role is on facilitating the timely progress of strategic water resources solutions. It requires expertise in project and programme management, development and implementation of policy, and the ability to work effectively with a range of stakeholders. The successful candidate will have excellent written and oral communication skills, policy development skills, a proven track-record of people leadership and stakeholder management skills, and the ability to deliver against challenging deadlines.

The successful candidate will plan and lead RAPID’s assessment of company submissions to the gated process set up at PR19. This will involve:

•*Working with the three partner regulators, Natural England, the Consumer Council for Water and Natural Resources Wales to develop and deliver the approach to assessment. This may include managing consultancy input;
•*Working with water companies on collaborative water resource solutions to identify and help resolve potentially conflicting objectives, to develop policy relating to the solutions and to learn lessons which can be applied to future gates and to wider policy development, including identifying the potential risks and opportunities this might pose for other aspects of the sector that we regulate;
•*Working with other relevant stakeholders to identify opportunities to provide multiple benefits to customers and the environment; and to highlight and resolve areas of potential tension between conflicting objectives and approaches. This will include taking into account the long-term needs of the sector and wider trends in approaches to regulation;
•*Understanding the need to protect the interests of water consumers, and embedding this in our approach to regulation and policy development; and
•*Line-managing a cross-regulatory and cross-disciplinary team of 5 staff and leadership responsibility for those involved in the gated assessments.

You will have a significant degree of autonomy and responsibility. You are expected to be a self-starter and to exercise your judgement responsibly in line with our strategy and ways of working. You will use your well-developed ability to communicate persuasively 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.

This role would suit an experienced policy-maker seeking to apply their skills to a high profile and fast-developing area. You will have ample opportunities to develop and consolidate your skill set. You will continuously develop your skills through continued learning and development within your professions (project management and policy) and within the RAPID cluster. Those from other professions (e.g. engineering or economics) would join the project management and policy professions in role but would also have access to learning and development in their pre-existing profession.


Some of the key areas of work include:

•*Significant people leadership responsibility, leading a team of 5 staff and contributing to the leadership of the RAPID cluster, in support of the Managing Director and Directors.
•*Lead the strategic regional water resource solution gated assessment process including overseeing review of company submissions, developing policy and guidance, and identifying and implementing lessons learned
•*Developing longer-term strategic policy, handling uncertainty and ambiguity, to support the development of wider regulatory and commercial frameworks to deliver large scale multi-party infrastructure development
•*Influencing and managing strategic policy relationships with government, regulators, companies and NGOs;
•*Provide wider support of the RAPID team in delivering its forward programme and the other related Ofwat clusters (primarily Future Assets & Resources and PR24 & beyond).

Experience and Knowledge required for the role:

•*Degree level qualification or equivalent experience
•*Proven track-record of people leadership and staff management, including leading multi-disciplinary teams or managing consultants effectively
•*Experience of leading strategic policy development, design and implementation in a complex organisational environment
•*Experience in fostering and influencing/ challenging mutually beneficial relationships with senior internal and external stakeholders and balancing the competing interests of a number of stakeholders in a political environment.
•*Understanding of utility regulation or infrastructure development


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

  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Seeing the Big Picture


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

Things you need to know


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.The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate Civil Service Behaviours and Strengths during the recruitment process. The following behaviours will be assessed based on the written application and at interview:
•*Communicating and influencing; and
•*Seeing the big picture

At interview, the following additional behaviours will be assessed:
•*Making effective decisions
•*Delivering at pace; and
•*Working together

Please note that the interviews will be conducted via video conferencing software such as Microsoft Teams.

The interview is likely to include a presentation which will test the communicating and influencing behaviour. Instructions for the presentation will be provided to candidates that successfully reach the interview stage. The written application and presentation will be used to judge candidates’ written communication skills.

Selection timetable:
Close date: 15 May 2022
Sifting: Week Commencing 16 May 2022
Interviews: Week Commencing 23 May 2022.

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

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

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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Further information

Please refer to the attached ‘candidate information pack’.


Candidate Pack – Principal Water Infrastructure Policy RefOFWBC255 (002) Opens in new window(pdf, 341kB)