See job eligibility requirements: Senior Associate (Environment Team)

Ofwat (Water Services Regulation Authority)

Birmingham, UK 🇬🇧

London, UK 🇬🇧

Reference number



£35,328 – £52,660

Job grade

Higher Executive Officer
Senior Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

OFWAT – Policy and Outcomes – Environment Team

Type of role

Environment and Sustainability

Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time

Number of jobs available



Birmingham (B5 4UA) or London (E14 4HD) based with hybrid working.

About the job

Job summary

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. 

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.  

The role of Senior Associate sits within the Environment Team, which is focussed on delivering the environmental policy objectives of our strategy, and engaging and collaborating with key environmental stakeholders. 

Key environmental policy projects including: 

  • strengthening the water sector’s approach to climate change and its net zero 2030 ambition
  • exploring how we can use natural capital accounting methods
  • considering how to bring about change in how people use water
  • encouraging and facilitating nature-based solutions.

Job description

As an essential part of the Environment Team, you’ll have a real opportunity to shape Ofwat’s approach to water regulation in England and Wales. Whilst there are specific policy areas you will lead on, including our water quality and monitoring work (working closely with the water sector and other regulators), you are also expected to play an important role in delivering the wider environmental policy objectives of Ofwat’s strategy

More generally you will be comfortable representing Ofwat and communicating Ofwat policy to environmental stakeholders including government officials, water companies and others. You will provide advice and make recommendations, ensuring Ofwat understands and can incorporate environment policy into its work, proactively sharing skills and knowledge. 

You will have an excellent understanding of environmental issues and experience of the wastewater sector with a strong data analytical background.

The key deliverables will be to:

  • Engaging with water industry environmental work, developing and communicating Ofwat’s position.
  • Developing and implementing Ofwat’s approach to improving environmental water quality and monitoring including developing policy for implementing the new water quality duties for companies in collaboration with the EA.
  • Providing expert advice on water quality and monitoring across the organisation as is required.
  • Supporting the environment team’s work and policy projects more broadly as is required.
  • Forging excellent links across the water sector in relation to environmental policy, including with water companies, environmental groups, government, and other regulators.
  • Influencing and managing strategic policy relationships with water companies, environmental groups, government, and other regulators on environmental issues relevant to Ofwat’s work.
  • Working collaboratively flexibly, and at pace with colleagues across different workstreams and clusters to ensure joined up and consistent representation on environmental and climate change issues and priorities across all areas of Ofwat’s work.
  • Looking beyond the water and wastewater sector, and where necessary other utility sectors, for creative and novel ways to meet the environmental challenges the sector faces.

Person specification

Essential experience, skills and knowledge required

  • Academic or professional experience of environmental issues, wastewater and pollution.
  • Proven experience in a data analysis and data monitoring environment, with strong analytical and research skills and the ability to cut through complexity.
  • Strong communicator, able to effectively communicate complex issues to different audiences.
  • An ability to work proactively with stakeholders, balancing competing interests, to influence where needed and deliver policy objectives.
  • Experience of working flexibly and collaboratively with multi-disciplinary teams to bring policy expertise and solutions to problems, and deliver joined up strategic thinking.
  • Experience of working in a programme of analysis and evidence gathering to support robust decision making and influencing on policy issues.
  • Up-to-date knowledge of environmental policy in the water sector.

Essential attributes and behaviours

  • Promotes collaboration – you’ll promote collaboration between teams or with external partners.
  • Builds the team – You’ll understand that relationships are only as strong as our teams. You’ll always be willing to help others succeed while striving to further our goals and ambitions.
  • Committed learner – you’ll be committed to developing yourself.
  • Adaptable thinker – The way we adapt our thinking is central to our success.
  • Delivers outcomes – you’ll never lose sight of Ofwat’s strategic priorities and business outcomes and deliver against these every day. 

Desirable skills and experience

  • Knowledge of Environment Act 2021 applicable to the Water Industry and/or Storm Overflow Discharge Reduction Plan (SORP)
  • Quantitative data analytical skills including the ability to code and run regressions.
  • Experience in policy development, design or implementation.
  • Understanding the relevance and the impact of economic regulation from a regulated industry and regulatory body perspective, and being able to apply this.


  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

Things you need to know

Selection process details

At sift stage:  

We will assess your application on Essential Experience, Skills and Knowledge section above, particularly: 

  • Academic or professional experience of environmental issues, wastewater and pollution.
  • Proven experience in a data analysis and data monitoring environment, with strong analytical and research skills and the ability to cut through complexity.

At interview stage: 

In addition to the essential skills and experience requirements, we will also as behavioural based questions to assess the attributes listed ‘Attributes and Behaviours’ section above. Candidate will also be asked to prepare a short presentation (related to part of the essential requirements for the role) to deliver at the interview. Full details will be provided prior to the interview.  

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


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

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 for full details of our complaints process.


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